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Printer= Epson stylus Photo R200=will not print in black

I Have an Epson printer, PhotoR200 and I have been told by the company that in order to print black only i still must buy the colour cartrages. They say it is impossible to use the black only as the colours must be filled as well. Is there are other way to by pass this and just use the black?

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  • jsimstrinity Feb 16, 2009

    the papers feeds, but noting has printed on the paper.

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    I changed all ink cartridges but the red empty light still on



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I print in black ink only most of the time. Choose print from the menu, when the print dialog box opens, choose properties, advanced, black ink only (gray scale in Vista), then APPLY. You do have to have ink in the other cartridges but you only use them when you want to. Hope this helps!

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The printer is designed so that you have to have ink in all the ink cartridges. They sell more ink this way. I have the same printer and investigated this a few years ago. there is no work around. Peter

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