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Why are their two black cartridges in the Pixma MX850? When one empties (5 Bk) the other (8 Bk) does not "kick in". I have to replace the #5 cartridge to continue printing, even though the smaller black ink tank is not empty.

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One is a photo black and the other one is for text.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

Testimonial: "Thank you. Can I print temporarily from the small cartridge by changing my print settings? (ie. to printing photos?)"

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    Wayne Pennington Dec 03, 2009

    Sorry dude, no you can not. When one cartridge is dry you must replace it. Sucks.

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