Question about Brother Multi-Function Center MFC-240C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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It won't print without all the cartridges.

Some of the ink cartridges are run out and it won't let me print only in black, which hasn't run out. It keeps showing me to get a new one and how to put them in. I already know all that. I just want to print in black. Do i need all the ink colours to do that?

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Unfortunately, Yes... This is usually caused by the print driver but is sometimes hardcoded into the device itself. Typically you can still use the copier function with other empty cartridges but not the print option from your PC. There are some work-arounds with Epson devices. However, with a brother device there is no known workaround at this time.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

  • Rob Hufault
    Rob Hufault Dec 14, 2008

    I have one 'unconfirmed' possible solution. Give this a try before giving up:




    1. In the software application you are trying to print from, click File , and then click Print . The Print dialog box opens.

    2. Make sure your printer is selected, then click Preferences . The printer Preferences dialog box opens.

    3. Select the Color tab, then select the Print in grayscale option.

    Hope it helps Kristin!

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