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Can you print black and white only i have no color ink

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  • Chris Williams May 11, 2010

    Are the cartridges empty and installed in the printer? Usually you can print in just black and white as long as there are cartiridges installed, but you will get an annoying message reminding you to replace the empty ones.

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Hi there

No sorry printer will not work it knows it colour is emty, and needs all the inks to print any thing.

All the best Pineworks

Posted on May 03, 2010

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