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I have a brother printer and I recently bought black ink and it wont work in less i have all the colors....is this normal or is there something I can do???????

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Brother machines will not work unless there is ink in all the cartridges.
This is done on purpose to make sure no air enters the ink tubes. You will have to get new colour cartridges or you will have to remove them and put black tape on the sensor area of the cartridge. This will make the machine think the colour cartridges are always full. This will also cause air in the ink tubes, and thus dry out the colour portion of the head. Once dry, it is unlikely you will get the colour working again.

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