I have an HP Officejet G85. I would like to save money on colored ink by having the option to print in black only...even though I may be copying a colored picture from the internet or from a magazine page placed on the copy machine. Is that possible to do with this printer, or do I need a laser printer for that?
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The print head may be clogged. Replacing the color cartridge, or if it uses a combination black/color ink cartridge with two print heads on the bottom of it, replace the whole thing.
Otherwise, a messier solution is to remove the ink catridge(s) and and set each print head on a pile of perhaps five alcohol wipes, for not more than five minutes, or until the alcohol wipes are colored with ink.
U must be using HP74, 75 cartridge for your printer.
There are few reasons you are getting black and white (gray)...for printing job.
1. No color ink.
- If you are out of color ink.. that's what it happens.
- check your ink level through control panel.
2. Printer set up. (I think this is pretty much the reason you are not getting color)
- First, check your printer setting.
If they are on gray scale mode, pls chang to color.
How? when you click the print (through file manu), there are option for control panel on your screen. Click that option and will see some detail option you can choose from size, print quality.
Among the print quality option, pls choose, color mode instead of gray mode. That's it.
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go into your driver and change your color preferences to black and white. that way when you want to print color you actually have to tell it to do so. which will save your color ink, and will print much faster. full color printing of a black and white document uses all ink colors except black to make what is called process black.
i had the same problem with the hp 4580. i needed to replace the black ink which i did. then the error message appeared "incompatible print cartridge tri color"...chatted with hp customer support, wasted a hour. claimed its a hardware problem need to have it fixed. i asked would i be charge he said yes but the printer was under warranty. he asked other questions...bottom line i left the chat box....bought another hp 4580, used same cartridges, same message...THEN finally i replaced the color cartridge...and BAM! it worked on both printers. solution...replace the color cartridge...cons..if this happens again its a waste of money to keep buying the colored ink...
No, I've never found one. HP wants you to buy those expensive cartridges. However, you can just leave the empty color in place and ignore the message. It will not print at all without a cartridge in it. When you print black, make sure you set it in your printer options to print from the black cartridge only (there are blacks that use some color in them). Or you can get a black only printer. Hope that helps. If so, would you rate this solution? Thanks!
Sounds like the machine needs to be cleaned. Probably a heavy use machine that has quite a bit of ink spray build up on the inside. I would imagine your service station has quite a bit of ink build up in it as well possibly causing the cartridges not to be cleaned like they should. A good cleaning cures most of what ails inkjet printers. We would charge $85 in our shop for complete disassembly down to the metal frame and cleaning.