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Yes, it won't work. Most machines are designed to not work if one color is empty so as not to get an air bubble or damage the printhead. Lasers use all colors when printing as well.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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WITH THE LEXMARK X2250 ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER CAN I USE THE COLOR INK CARTRIDGE TO PRINT BLACK, IF MY BLACK CARTRIDGE IS EMPTY? HOW CAN I DO THIS?


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Some printers offer the option of printing in Black only in Preferences so you could try that. Another choice is to remove and reinstall the cartridge as sometimes it will reset. If your black cartridge is empty, the color cartridge can print black for awhile but it is probably more expensive per page to do it that way. If the color cartridge is empty, then it would be probably cheaper to print from only it.

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I see you don't have much knowledge about printers. It always helps to know something about your printer. It seem you have a color printer. Usually a color printer has two cartridges. Black cartridge and color cartridge. The color cartridge usually contains three colors; cyan, yellow and magenta. If the black cartridge is empty, you won't see black text in the printed paper. Print a small photo and see. If it has all the colors, but looks dull (without proper black color), that means only the black cartridge is empty. If it is greenish, the magenta ink is missing. Generally orange colored printouts suggest cyan is missing. Likewise, purple color means the yellow ink is missing. If you installed the printer properly using the CD from the printer manufacturer, you will be notified when the cartridge is empty or close to run out of ink. But if Windows automatically installed your printer, then the system won't give such information. From the information you have supplied, I believe your blck cartridge is empty or missing. Oh, I almost forgot to say, some manufactures sell some printers (for example some Canon Pixma models) with only the color cartridge. Switch on the printer and open the printer cover. The cartridges will move to the middle. You can check whether the black cartridge is missing. Do not hesitate to contact us for further help.

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Hello merelU. I'm afraid you may have to replace the empty color cartridge as there may be problems with the printer while an expired cartridge is installed on the printer (even though some of the cartridges are still under warranty) and also, HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of expired ink cartridges.


all the best.
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