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Trouble Printing My cyan cartridge is empty, and I want to print in black and white. Why won't it print in black if I choose mono? Shouldn't I be able to bypass the color cartridges by printing in blacka and white?

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2007

    I have the same problem (Canon Pixma ip1600), and like all tech troubles, this one decided to show up within 12 hours of the deadline of a major project. It's not like I can just drop by the local market to pick up a $30 ink cartridge. Why have they done this to us, to humanity? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY!?!?!?!?!?!?! I HATE DEVELOPERS SO MUCH!!! I WANT TO IMPALE THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!! DIE, DIE, DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! DIE SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY, SCREEEEEAMING IN AAAAAGONYYY!!!!!!

  • wendell jann Dec 05, 2007

    my printer wont print even i still have black ink. is there any installer to bypass this prob?

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2008


    *glares at Hewlett Packard*

    You mean I have to buy a color cartridge to print in B&W? We don't NEED yellow, people, why do we have to buy it??

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    I have the exact same problem.

  • dej1067 May 13, 2008

    I just installed a new black ink cartridge-both my color and black ink cartridges are now full. When I go to print something/go to preferences/the option to click "print in black and white" is grayed out. I tried everything, how do I only print in black ink? Any suggestions? Thanks!



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You go into your control panel and select properties, select reset ink counter and tell it you have a new color cartridge. It won't know you lied. When you choose gray scale printing it uses the colors to create black just to extend the life of your black cartridge.

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Some printers will not let you continue printing if one of the toner cartridges are empty, the machines are programed that way,it's very frustrating,we get this alot,bad design on programing.

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I Need to Print

Sadly in a word, 'No'.

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The only way to continue printing is to replace the empty ink cartridge or cartridges.

While memory is available, black and white faxes will continue to be received into memory. If a color fax is being received, the Brother machines HANDSHAKE will request the fax be sent as black and white fax.

All faxes received into memory will automatically print once the ink cartridge is replaced.

NOTE: Brother strongly recommends that customers do not use generic ink or refill their Brother ink cartridges. Using non-Brother supplies may affect the hardware performance, print quality and machine reliability since the ink formulation in genuine Brother ink cartridges prevent smearing and clogging of the print head. The Brother limited warranty does not apply to any problem that was caused by the use of unauthorized third party ink and/or cartridges.

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This came from brothers website:

The Yellow ink cartridge yield is up to 300 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.
The Magenta ink cartridge yield is up to 300 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.
The Cyan ink cartridge yield is up to 300 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.
The Black ink cartridge yield is up to 350 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.

so it appears that what you are experiencing is not normal and you may have a leaking printer.

There is one thing you can check though, everytime you print, make sure that you are not printing at the highest quality option selectable as this almost certainly will fire out more ink than regular printing... choose a middle quality option or even draft option if you will be printing regular text.

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