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Re: Is there a way to only use black ink cartridge?
Easily done! Right click your printer and choose Properties. Look for Printing Preferences and then a Color tab. You'll find an option to print in grayscale. Look at the options and you'll find an option for Black ink only. Locations of these may vary slightly but will also give you the option to use less ink also. This will help save on replacement costs as well. While you're in there, tool around and see what other settings are available to you! You'll be surprised at some of the features available.
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If you go into your pronter properties... start/control panel/printers and faxes....
Right click on the printer in question, and scroll to properties.
There you will see a series of tabs.
Under the GENERAL tab, there is a button to click - PRINTING PREFERENCES.
under the tab PAPER/QUALITY you can choose B/W or color.
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There is a good chance that your color ink cartridge needs replacement. You can tray wetting a paper towel and putting in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds then placing the cartridge on it for a few minutes. This sometimes will correct that type of problem...Be careful the paper towel will be hot (handle with care).
Replace color cartridge:Reason: Color cartridge carries three color for color combination, in that any one of color empty or dried up color combination wont happen perfectly, result printer get mismatch colors.. In your case it might be magenta color over.. replace color cartridge to get good print outs..
start control panel printer and fax right click your printer, choose properties go tab by tab and look for print quality and then try something like this choose econo mode, or ink saving mode to start.
try to print in grayscale mode and use only the black ink cartridge.
that should be your new default, and you don~t have to change it from winthin other programs
It's all a scam. I have the same problem and I called Brother and they told me that the machine uses color ink to clean itself. It costs more to replace these color cartridges then to buy a new one, which is what I'm going to do. Buy a black and white from a different company. It's all a scam to get you to spend money on their color ink that you don't use.
Your Brother machine is designed to stop ALL printing operations (printing from the pc, printing received faxes and printing copies or reports) when any of the ink cartridges are empty. This is to ensure the life of the print head and maintain premium print quality. If the unit were to continue printing, print jobs and cleaning cycles would suction air from the dry cartridge and damage the printhead. Even if you print in black only or change the print settings to MONO or GRAYSCALE to avoid printing in color, the programmed cleaning cycles would still suction the dry cartridge, because they are programmed to clean ALL the ink nozzles.
The only way to continue printing is to replace the empty ink cartridge or cartridges.
While memory is available, black and white faxes will continue to be received into memory. If a color fax is being received, the Brother machines HANDSHAKE will request the fax be sent as black and white fax.
All faxes received into memory will automatically print once the ink cartridge is replaced.
NOTE: Brother strongly recommends that customers do not use generic ink or refill their Brother ink cartridges. Using non-Brother supplies may affect the hardware performance, print quality and machine reliability since the ink formulation in genuine Brother ink cartridges prevent smearing and clogging of the print head. The Brother limited warranty does not apply to any problem that was caused by the use of unauthorized third party ink and/or cartridges.
According to " HP Officejet R, PSC 500 and Color Copier - General Copying Issues and Solutions", under the problem heading "Black is not Black", notes that:
"The unit will perform mono (or black) copies using the color
cartridge to create a composite black in Normal
and Best modes. This is necessary to create the correct grayscale shades. NOTE: The HP PSC 500 all-in-one product cannot perform black copies. Scan the image in and print it out in greyscale.
The color cartridge may be out of one color of ink. Run a self-test page to
verify that all the colors are there. Replace the cartridge if they are not."
In other words, the device only uses the black ink cartridge when used as a computer printer. When used as a stand-alone copier, it uses the color ink cartridge, and all three ink colors must be present and working to give a black and white copy. Perhaps you can refill the color cartridge with black ink in all chambers?