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Cannot print without color cartridge but I need to do so

I cannot print without color cartridge installed. I tried the previous solution about changing cartridge settings under the printing preferences and it still would not allow me to print.

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SOURCE: Epson C66 won't print without color cartidges

I have the exact same problem with my epson RX420 printer.
When my color cartridges were running low, i went into the settings and changed it to 'print only in black and white' - a number of weeks passed and somehow the color carts came up as empty, althought i never printed anything in color.
Epson is a complete rip off.. I now have a printer with a full black ink cartridge and cant print anything until i replace the color ones (COSTING €50!!!! )which i have no use for>
My Advice to anyone =DO NOT BUY EPSON PRODUCTS/EQUIPMENT/PRINTERS.
This sort of treatment of customers/users is just evil

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

Metawatch
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SOURCE: print black w/o color ink cartridges loaded

No, in general all current inkjet printers require the installation of a color cartridge even if you want only black printing.
(If you had an old cartridge "Empty", you might be able to purchase a resetter (Epson) and set you printer to print in black only.)

You can, set up your computer to print in black only by selecting Mono printout in your print set-up.

There are a few Canon printers (Older) that used to print in Black or Color only printing....but no longer available......

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

old marine
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SOURCE: switching between color and black and white

Go here. In the search box in the center of the screen, type "print with black ink only" and click Search. Choose the appropriate link, and you will get instructions for printing from either Windows or Mac.

Posted on Jul 03, 2008

dotball
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SOURCE: HP Deskjet, Set to Black & White; but still prints with color!

Bronze, hopefully this is a logical issue: Assuming you're on WinXP > Go to Start>Control Panels>Printers (and faxes).
Find the printer in question in the list (maybe there's only one or 2 listed) and 'Right-click' on the icon > go down to "Printing Preferences" (about second/third down the list).
In here you will be able to set the printers default settings. I'm not 100% familiar with HPs printing dialog, but there maybe a setting there for either 'Black & White' and 'Grayscale' (albeit it should be greyscale, anyway...) if you choose black and white your printing will not have any mid-tone, so if there's a choise, choose 'Grayscale'.
You can set other features here which will become the new default each time you go to print something - personally I set to 'Draft' or 'Fast Draft' mode by default, that way when I just print out rubbish, I am saving "lots" of ink and if I want something in good quality, I change it at time of printing.
Now, there are some programs and files that "remember" you last print settings, so if you've used a colour print setting previously, that file may still pring in colour, even though the new defaults are mono (black & white). So, print using the new defaults and save the file when finished. It's unlikely the case with OpenOffice, but, I don't know. We'll tackle that as we get to it.
So, if that has not cured the problem, please let me know.

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Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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SOURCE: help section says i can print without a color cartridge in "backup mode"....how?

You can but you still need to have functioning colour carts

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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