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The reason is fairly simple. A tiny amount of ink has to emit from the color cartridge to keep the printer heads for the color from drying out completely. Let's say you bought a new printer and never used the color cartridge for 6 months but it was warrantied for 1 year. After 6 months you sell it to someone else and they can't print color. The manufacturer can be held responsible and has to pay to have the heads replaced. They just lost any profit they made on the printer to begin with.
this one is one of my favourite hate printers... but, no you cannot disabel this function easy, you can "fool" this printer by following that procedure:
1. switch off your printer, wait few sec, switch it on 2. on your computer go to "start" 3. select "control panel" 4. select "printer and faxes" 5. right click on your "kodak easyshare 5300" 6. select "properties" 7. click on tab "services" 8. select "service this device" 9. click on tab "estimated ink level" - it shows estimated ink level after restart
you can use refill (very easy to do by yourself and about 1/3 cost of original replacements). and yes, you are right, cartridges do tend to dry out. i would suggest printing at least one page per week to prevent dry out of the cartridge.
as this particular printer will not work without both cartridges present. i would suggest to insert one empty cartrdge in colour slot and keep it there. on full cartridge use any sticky tape to prevent nozzle from drying, cover breather hole on the top of cartridge as well. when you need to print, remove tape from breathing hole first and then from the nozzle. this way you will prevent or at least slow down your cartridge evaporation ratio.
The ink must be dried up since you haven't used it for several months. Yes you can try uninstalling and reinstalling, but before you reinstall it, please clean the print heads and the contact points on the printer as well. Try shaking the cartridge and let it spill some ink drops.
This will help you fix this problem, and don't forget to restart the printer before you reinstall the cartridges.
When the print cartridge contacts are dirty and the printer cannot detect/communicate with print cartridge.
Clean the contact points on the cartridges with a dry, lint-free cloth.
1. Open the top cover of the printer.
2. Remove the print cartridges.
3. Clean the copper-colored contact points on the cartridges with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Use a dry, lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.
5. Insert the cartridges back into the printer.
6. Close the top cover.
7. Try printing again.
If you still cant communicate try with new cartridge
did you take the tape off the new cartridge and is the print head burned out for the black? if you installed the diagnostic's on it then run it and see what it says, otherwise expect the print head to be cooked, however it is possible to get a bad ink cartridge try tapping it on your finger and see if ink comes out if it does not then the ink cartridge is dried out or no good, about %15 of print cartridges are bad on just about any brand printer some more than others.
As far as i know it will not work for color print unless all the cartridges are full. It will still print in b&w- go to properties of your printing document and change to "greystyle" but this will only work if you don't/have not turned off the machine at the power point. Once the machine is reset it wants to confirm all new cartridges and wont allow a black print until they are all in and full. So you cant use cartridges that have run out to "trick it". I'm not sure if this is the intent of brother ( my guess is yes) a design oversight or a genuine precaution measure for consistency by not letting the printing heads dry out. The yellow always runs out first, so stock up on them if you do alot of color printing- but the cartridges only last for 6 months so don't go crazy.
Brother if your reading this- Most of us don't care about color~! We just need a printer for uni and information. Make it work on our price range please!
Remove print head.
Go to sink or tub (stianless steel, not pastic type), pick up roll of paper towel on the way.
Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface.
Run HOT water till HOT.
Turn hot water to dribble.
Run hot water through print head, careful not to wet contacts.
When water is clear coming through print head, place print head on paper towel.
Repeat process until no colour on paper towel.
DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out to dry.
You may wish to let print head air dry overnight but I replace it after drying.
Replace print head in printer and replace cartridges.
Start printing again
I do this on all my Canon printrs every 6 months
1 the cartridge might be empty if its not then boil water and place in a shellow bowl (About a cm of boiling water) then place the cartridge in the hot water which should remove the dried ink and get your cartridge to release in properly.