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Brother 210C One colour cartridge empty, want to print a black and white fax

Is there a way to set this machine to print faxes from black cartridge only?

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Re: Brother 210C One colour cartridge empty, want to...

Yes, if you dont need the color anymore in future:

You can cheat with empty c/y/m carts by sticking some dark but very thin adhesive tape around the nose (see picture).

After that the printer logic expects the c/y/m carts always as full.

But you cant print any colors within the next 2 weeks anymore because air will dry out the print head (and destroy the color nozzels)!

See brother homepage for instructions on how to print in grayscale only!

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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Re: Brother 210C One colour cartridge empty, want to...

I've created an hole (about 0.4cm wide) in the side of the cartridge and put some dark green liquid (detergent) in it. After that I closed off the hole with tape and put it back in to the printer, which recognized the cartridge as being full.
It is a very drastic measure... only recommended if you really feel urged to print some grayscale text or something like that. Before you start printing with colors again you should change your 'artificial'-cartridges.
I don't know if this solution can cause harm to your printer. I have done this experiment with a MFC-215C printer (brother). I am not responsible for any damage caused by this method.

Good Luck!

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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Re: Brother 210C One colour cartridge empty, want to...

Something that has worked for some Brother owners to get cartridges recognised.

1. With your MFC powered up, open it up and remove the cartridge you are having a problem with, then close the MFC, leaving it powered up. It should report that there is no cartridge in the machine.

Still with the MFC powered up, open it up and reinsert the ink cartridge, then close the MFC. It should either ask if you have replaced a cartridge or go into its cleaning mode.

Answer "yes" to "have you replaced cartridge?" and it should either "print" or "clean" and then "print".

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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Re: Brother 210C One colour cartridge empty, want to...

I put new ink cartridge in my printer but the cyan keep saying that it is empty.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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Mix-it-up, Thanks a lot. I've used your 2 solutions for different problems. They helped me much. I really appreciate your help.

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Re: Brother 210C One colour cartridge empty, want to...

Worked big time on my MFC420CN. Thanks abunch. Kept me from having run up to computer store until another time.

Posted on Mar 01, 2008

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Re: brother mfc 210c printer-fax. will not print black- only color. have replaced black cartridge w/ no improvement

Try removing the colored cartridge and see if it will print. Also on your print settings try to see if you can select print using black only. next look at the black cartridge and see if ink is flowing or if there are any blots or clots that would stop the ink.

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Can i print black prints without refilling the color ink cartridges? my color cartridges are empty but the black is full. The printer wont let me print black and white files.

Not certain on that model of Brother but on mine I was able to get it to print by changing the settings in "Print Setup" If you change these so that it can only print in black and whiye, it won't look for the colour cartridge, like mine didn't

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I changed the ink cartridge the black one but it still says cartridge empty I unplugged it and it still sais the same thing

My MFC-420CN acts up occationally. Remove the new cartridge, hold it as you would to install it, Rotate it to the right about 45°. Snap it with the back of a finger (dislodges any air bubbles in ink feed). Reinstall cartridge (ensure it is fully seated. This works for both Brother cartridges and the eforcity cartridges I've been using for the past couple of years. HTH

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How to use black only cartridge on a brother LC-1000BK printer/fax/scanner machine

i haven't got a brother but most systems are the same if you got to print setup on the document on the bottom of the box that comes up there is printer click on that then on the next box you will see properties click that and you will be given the choice of colour or black and white hope this helps regards Jim

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I Need to Print

Sadly in a word, 'No'.

Here is the exact answer from Brother:

Your Brother machine is designed to stop ALL printing operations
(printing from the pc, printing received faxes and printing copies or reports) when any of the ink cartridges are empty. This is to ensure the life of the print head and maintain premium print quality. If the unit were to continue printing, print jobs and cleaning cycles would suction air from the dry cartridge and damage the printhead. Even if you print in black only or change the print settings to MONO or GRAYSCALE to avoid printing in color, the programmed cleaning cycles would still suction the dry cartridge, because they are programmed to clean ALL the ink nozzles.

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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My colour ink catridge is empty, but I do not want to use it. Is there a way to overide using colour ink?

You can go to the printer settings (Start, Printers and Faxes, rightclick on printer and click Properties).
Click on Printing Preferences and in there should have a setting to print Black & White only.


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Help with Cartridges

you can cheat if you like:
stick some tape around the "nose" of the colored ones. The part of the printhead which uses the C/Y/M might be in disorder because of lacking ink after some time!

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Printer not printing

Unfortunately, like most multi cartridge ink jet printers when one ink is empty the printer will cease printing regardless of whether you just want to print in black and white and you have plenty of black ink left. I have heard of people tricking the printer into believing the cartridge is full by placing coloured tape etc in front of the ink sensing device but I am not sure how the Brother senses the ink levels as i have some aftermarket ink cartridges for mine which seem to be completely non-opaque (unlike the originals). The need to have colour cartridges in even if you only ever print with black ink is good news for Brother as the MFC-210c uses a large amount of ink during it's routine cleaning cycles (that you cant stop) and will empty all 3 cartridges in under 6 months without ever printer a single drop of colour ink. Sorry about all the bad news, at least your not alone......

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