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I have a HP 2600 color printer that I would like to print only with the black ink. Can I remove the empty colored cartridges and override their settings for the black print only?

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The Color cartridges must stay in the machine or it will not feed the paper through.
It is a colour printer, and will always need cartridges. Even if set up for mono printing, there mat still be a tiny amount of colour toner added to the page. (Model dependant)

Posted on May 11, 2010

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