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Why does my printer use all my colored ink before it uses my black and I have it set to only use black.

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Even tho you have it set for black only, it will still use colored ink to clean the nozzles inside the printer to prevent dried up ink in the head. this will prevent the printer from messing up.

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Do you print photos? Think how much ink it takes to cover that entire area of a photo, compared to a few dots per letter, spread out across a page. Also see this article.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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