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Need to scan

My CX6600 is giving an error message saying that two of the inks need to be changed. All I have to do is scan something onto a smart media, is there anyway to do that or does the ink need to be changed first?

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Re: need to scan

If you choose the setting to scan to memory it should function without problem. However, why not change the ink anyway. If the carts are empty and you leave it too long you will probably find that when you do change them you will loose ink output as the head/wicks will dry out.

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