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Cannot print in black because yellow cartridge is empty ?

So i wanted to print in black color only and i've set in color tab > print in greyscale: Black print cartridge only options but everytime i try to print this message on the printer lcd screen come up: " Replace the following empty cartridge(s) (yellow one) to resume printing

more info: The printer does not have enough ink to ensure printer health. The empty ink must be replaced to resume.

question is, do i really need to replace the empty "yellow" cartridge just to print in black only because it won't let me? can you help me please . thanks

Quang from montreal quebec canada

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  • kathryn2009 Jan 19, 2009

    My hp printer has the same problem, and I banged my head against the wall trying to figure out why I couldn't just print in black... and what happened to all my yellow ink considering I wasn't printing anything in colour. Then I came across this website:
    http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/27...
    If this is your problem too, then unfortunately the only solution is to spend more money on hp yellow ink in order to continue printing in black.
    Kathryn, Toronto, Canada

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Take the "empty" cartridge out and shake it, and then reinsert it. I did that on my HP 8500 and it worked. The indicator light showed it was full.

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Ok, let's start from square 1 to assess your printer system....
In most cases when the HP02 cartridge is not recognized, or has poor connectivity, you will normally receive an "Unrecognized Cartridge" or "Cartridge Problem" error message with a big RED X; in most cases (like 99.3%) the smart chip needs to be replaced with a new one - please note the chip life has 25 month expiration window from the time the HP02 (or 363 in the UK) cartridge is initially installed into the printer. Costco USA/Canada and Fry's Electronic's (along with some Best Buy stores in Canada) provide a top-notch refilling/chip re-programming service today...check it out:
http://www.costcoinkjetrefill.com/pricing
I suggest you activate a CLEAN PRINTHEAD routine from the TOOLS/MAINTENANCE menu to see if you can blow/**** ink down and thru the PRINTHEAD nozzle plate. You may also need to place a damp cloth under the printhead to help 'wet' the nozzle plate in an effort to remove residual black ink buildup...you can find some youtube videos on how to do this. For additional HP02 support information, please visit our HP02 system support page which includes videos of procedures below: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1372
The permanent PRINTHEAD may be electrically damaged (unfortunately it is not replaceable; you can verify this by performing the following):
To bypass INK SYSTEM FAILURE message please see the HP Printer Diagnostics Tests file (pdf) for instructions: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1813
Verify the permanent built-in PRINTHEADs electrical performance inside this legacy printer model by running the TAP 43 diagnostic test (either one of the procedures below applies to all printers which use HP02 or HP363 ink cartridges): For additional HP02 support information, please visit our HP02 system support page which includes videos of everything mentioned below: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1372
A. HP02 ink-series printers with KEYPAD (i.e. keypad numbers 1-9)
Tap 43 PRINTHEAD Health Diagnostics:
Video Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2391
1. Press * and # keys simultaneously.
2. "Enter Special Key Combo" will be displayed.
3. Press 123 to display the 'Support/Service' menu.
4. At 'Support/Service' menu, click the Right Arrow 3 times until Special Reports menu is displayed.
5. Select Ok, then click Right Arrow 2 times until the 'print-mech button tap' menu is displayed.
6. Select Ok ('code = 0' will be displayed); click and hold Right Arrow until 'code = 43' is displayed. Use the Left Arrow if you need to decrease numerical count.
7. Select Ok. The test page prints.
8. Check the 4th line at the top of the printed report; an electrically good/stable PRINTHEAD 'Pen Status' will state "Pen Status: Pen OK".........if any other message is displayed then the PRINTHEAD may have failed and may need to be replaced (if part is still available). It is suggested to perform the 'Printer Reset' procedure below to first rule out printer firmware related problem.
B. HP02 ink-series printer models that DO NOT HAVE a KEYPAD:
Internal Test Print:
1. Press the Menu button, press the Right Arrow button to select 'Tools', and then press 'OK'.
2. Press the Right Arrow button several times to select 'Print Test Page', and then press 'OK'. The test page prints.
Tap 43 PRINTHEAD Health Diagnostics - See Video Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2377
1. Turn ON the printer.
2. Press and Hold the "Print Photos" & "Red Eye Removal" buttons.
3. Release both buttons.
4. You will see a new screen that says, "Enter Special Key Combo"... The Key combo is: press and release in sequence the "Red Eye Removal", "Print Photos", and then "Red Eye Removal"
5. Scroll through the menu by pressing the right arrow button until the display says 'Special Reports'.
6. Select Ok, then press the arrow button until the 'print-mech button tap' menu is displayed.
7. Select Ok ('code = 0' will be displayed); click and hold Right Arrow until 'code = 43' is displayed.
8. Select Ok. The test page prints.
9. Check the 4th line at the top of the printed report; an electrically good/stable PRINTHEAD 'Pen Status' will state "Pen Status: Pen OK".........if any other message is displayed then the PRINTHEAD may have failed (unfortunately the PRINTHEAD is not replaceable). It is suggested to perform the 'Printer Reset' procedure below to first rule out printer firmware related problem.
For additional and advanced HP printer diagnostics, please visit: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1813
To help solve other HP02 ink-series printer/printing related issues please visit http://www.inkjet411.com

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