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Can't use black cartridge only to print

After printing far fewer than 100 mostly blank pages using mainly black ink (perhaps 10 pages used a bit of blue and/or red) my color cartridge ran out. Under printer properties I tried to select option to print black and white only, but was not allowed to. Lexmark's online support told me to do the same thing, so I called phone support. I was told by that tech that I could not use only the black cartridge, that the printer needs both color ink and black ink to print black only. Huh?! Am I just a total idiot for assuming that a black ink cartridge was for printing black only, and color ink was for printing color only? Is there a way around this or is this all true? And if it is true, are there any relatively inexpensive all-in-one inkjets out there that WILL use black for black and color for color? Thanks!

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Unfortunately it is all true.
Personally I would stay away from Lexmark, I am a Canon fan, the MP520 looks real nice, but it's personal choice at the end of the day.

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I am also a Canon Fan. Switched a year ago, since then i didnt change to any kind of printer. Im using e40 btw

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