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Why is there 2 black ink cartridges in my Canon MP600 printer

I have printed about 200 pages with only text from my homebanking page and about 25 full page photo colour prints. Now the small black ink tank is already empty and the big one full. What is the purpose of two black tanks? I thought the big one was for text only and the small one was used along with the colour tanks for pictures.

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On some printers, probably including yours, the black ink will be taken from the reserves in your colour cartridge unless you specifically tell it to do a black and white print on each document, regardless of whether it's printing black exclusively. I wouldn't worry, the black ink in it's own cartridge can also be used for colour photos etc with no detrimental effects.

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