I bought a floor model Epson, and After running out of color ink, I switched settings to blank ink only, and it won't print, it just says to change colored ink. So does this mean it only works when you have all cartriges full?
How do I print with just black ink?
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If a cartridge is expended, you must replace it to be able to print. If a cartridge is low, you can continue printing until a cartridge needs replacement. You cannot print or copy when an ink cartridge is expended even if the other cartridges are not expendedI have come across this issue many times and unforunately you have to replace the colour carts in order to continue to use the printer.
I would imagine that you are printing in black more than you realize. The color inks tend to last longer because they are not normally used as much. Also when you print in color you are always using the black ink to make the correct colors. So every print that you have, whether it be black only or color only, the printer is using the black ink to make the colors. I work in a copier business and printer business and this is a highly asked question. Hope this was of some help.
I've noticed the same thing on my Epson Stylus Photo 820 ink status monitor. If it's set to use only black ink, then logically it shouldn't actually be using any color ink other than when it does a cleaning cycle. Truth is... the built in monitor counts at the same rate for color and black regardless of the true levels. So, unfortunate consumers are likely to restock prematurely on expensive cartridges if they aren't aware that monitor is counting prints, and not actually measuring ink.
I've bought refill kits made by JetTec at Staples and they make a Re-Setting Device for cartridges. Lately my local Staples have stopped carrying this brand but I'm know they're available online. The re-setter is a little plastic device with and LED light that changes color after you match up it's little metal prongs with the microchip on your cartridge to indicate that it has been re-set. Just follow the directions that come with the re-set device. This is also a good way to get the last remaining bits of ink out of cartridges when they're low. The Epson print counter stops you from printing once it "thinks" it's out of ink but the reset device convinces it otherwise untill you really do run out.
One of the possible reason why you can't print black in white because Epson ink jet printers require all of the ink cartridges to have ink in them in order to print any color, black and white, or grayscale images. More than that Epson printers contain a permanent print head that needs to be charged with all colors to work. Even when users are printing black text only, a small amount of color ink is used to keep the print head charged for color printing and prevent air bubbles from entering the color print nozzles which can damage the print head.