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PIXMA MP500 I continually run out of black ink in the number 5 cartridge, but the number 8 cartridge is completely full.  Is there any way possible I can make it so that the printer uses the number 8 black ink cartridge to print?  Thanks!

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The number 5 is a Pigment text black while the number 8 is a dye photo black. The text black is for black text mainly and the photo black is for use when printing photos. Since the text black is always running out it means you are printing a lot of documents in plain paper mode.

I recommend using QUALITY refill ink like Hobbicolors which is sold on eBay and will save you a bundle of money. The MP830 is a 5 ink printer so you need the 5 ink kit like the IP4300.

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