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Re: What to do now....
I've had that problem. There's something wrong with that particular model in terms of the black ink slot. My recommendation would be to upgrade to regular printer or HP All-in-One and keep the A940 strictly as a scanner.
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Go to Google Maps, select one and print it out. Does black work then? (On mine it does)
If you try to print an e-mail with both color and black fonts, are the black ones missing from the print? (On mine, the black letters are missing)
How about a scan which contains both color and black features? (Again, both black and color works for me)
And finally, if you scan an all-black font document after hitting "copy...black", you get nothing....but do the same thing after selecting "copy...color"...and it'll print the black.
I'm sorry I haven't found the answer as yet, but maybe if you try some of these little experiments I did this morning, then it'll catch someone's eye and we'll both have a solution (which may cost more than a new printer!
Remove the color ink cartridge then lower the cover of your printer. If the error message displays again, replace the black cartridge with a new one (or return the new one). Reinstall the color cartridge and remove the black ink cartridge then lower the cover. If the error message displays again, replace the color cartridge with a new color cartridge.
Note: My manual indicated that the printer might have detected a short circuit in a cartridge. I returned a month old black cartridge got a new one and my printer is working fine now. Good luck.
Sometimes this happens with most printers i advice that you get hold of this software..called Virtual Printer it takes care of many of the printer problems...It wil really save you lot of time and hair!Atleast it woked for all of my 2 printers till now..
Do check the option and make sure that you have not inadvertently set it to black only- This could be computer wise or on the A940 panel.
If you are sure all is well here
Remove the scanner software and reinstall.
Email Dell to See what they have to say