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Scanner won't work while Color ink cartridge is out

The Alarm light and color ink light are flashing each time I turn it on. I went in properties and said print only in black--NOPE. Won't scan--I only want to scan not print. Looked through troubleshooting--only three things listed (say what?)

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  • ddpatbethel Jan 29, 2009

    What a BUMMER!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    WTF, ... how do you make a printer that won't scan if an Ink cartridge is out!?!?!?!? That is such a money hungry undercutting ruthless angle on the poor consumer. I will NEVER buy another Brother Printer, or any other printer that will not scan when an Ink Cartridge is out???? WOW what a load...

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All cartriges must have in in them or no scan.

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