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Re: Borther MFC-440CN Can't I just use black cartridges...
Unfortunately, this is an all too common situation. The answer is no. The printer will purge the printhead in order to keep the head in good condition. This involves sucking down a small amount of ink everytime. Slowly but surely it will by default empty all your cartridges. There is nothing you can do about it.
Unfortunate but that is the way it is with all ink printers.
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Hi and welcome to fixya You can print black pages with the color cartage. HOW ? just when you select the size of the paper A4 then ther is an option of colored printing or black if you have ink in the color cartage then it can be done that you can print black pages with that cartage thanks hope that will be helpful
Black does not necessarily use only the black cartridge.
You can do a few things to save on ink expenses. First, you probably print way more than you have to. Unless you absolutely have to have a copy ... dont print it at all. Second, select draft mode for your default print mode. This will save big. Third, avoid printing color when ever you can. You can select "grayscale" for youyr 'fancy' printing.
I do not try to save $ by refilling nor do I use anything but the original equipment from the printer manufacturer.
you need to install all the print cartridges in the printer to work the sensors in the print cartridges are needed for the printer while if the empty cartridge is inserted ans not working you will have to buy anew one
its ok I solved it! I didn't realise that all the photo cartridge does is gloss over the colour picture produced by the colour cartridge. I simply had to replace the colour cartridge which had run out, so now its all working perfectly!!
Unfortunately, like most multi cartridge ink jet printers when one ink is empty the printer will cease printing regardless of whether you just want to print in black and white and you have plenty of black ink left.
I have heard of people tricking the printer into believing the cartridge is full by placing coloured tape etc in front of the ink sensing device but I am not sure how the Brother senses the ink levels as i have some aftermarket ink cartridges for mine which seem to be completely non-opaque (unlike the originals).
The need to have colour cartridges in even if you only ever print with black ink is good news for Brother as the MFC-210c uses a large amount of ink during it's routine cleaning cycles (that you cant stop) and will empty all 3 cartridges in under 6 months without ever printer a single drop of colour ink.
Sorry about all the bad news, at least your not alone......