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Red light on green light on

I've just put in a new black cartridge in an effort to get the red light to go out but it hasn't made a difference. I only want to use black. Is there a way I can "turn off" the coloured cartridges as I don't use them and maybe one of them (there are five) is causing the red light problem. I can't afford to replace all the colour cartridges in an effort to work out which is at fault.
2nd question - how do I tell how much ink is left in a cartridge? And how do I perform a printhead clean?

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The other two solutions are completely incorrect for this problem so ignore them... They're fixating on the "service required" issue instead of reading the problem properly.


Right... to answer the question properly.

Short version is "No" You cannot printer using just black cartridges without having your other cartridges registering as full or at least not empty.

The reason for this, whilst understandably frustrating, is that your printer is a colour inkjet printer and by design is not intended to print just black. As a result it's expected to be able to produce a colour document or image at any time and needs to keep itself ready to do so.

So, the printer will regularly eject ink out of it's nozzles to keep them clear of rubbish, dust, or clogged ink so it can print successfully when you are ready to print in colour.

All these little cleaning routines are performed regularly and after a while they predictably get empty and need replacing. If the printer just ignored them then the colour nozzles would become damaged, clogged and not work so the printer is programmed to scream blue murder and refuse to work unless you sort it out.

It's a pain but in truth the best solution to the problem is to get a mono laser printer and use this instead. It's cheaper, more forgiving of inactivity and does what you need.

Not exactly a solution I realise but hopefully it explains some of the logic that goes into these things and why it has a sort of license to drive you slightly nuts :)

Hope that helps.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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Put this in to google (ssc) download it and this will reset your printer

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