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Unfortunately there is no way to force the printer to ignore the lack of the colour cartridge(s) because it's designed to require all of them.
The reason for this is that the printhead is designed to always hold ink in the nozzles ready for printing so it refuses to do any printing (and often, annoyingly, scanning!) to avoid potentially damaging or ingesting air into the nozzles.
If you're really only interested in black printing then it's well worth considering a mono-laser as your next printer as they are considerably cheaper to run and don't have the potential for clogging issues compared to inkjets.
Sorry for the bad news but no point in trying to suggest a solution that doesn't exist.
Sorry, steve, that you are experiencing this problem.
According to canon.com's website regarding the i9900 InkJet Photo Printer:
Why color ink may be used when printing in black and white
Even when printing in black and white, color ink is used for the following reasons:
Automatic cleaning of the print head.
To prevent the print head nozzles from clogging, the print head is automatically cleaned periodically. At that time, a small amount of each color ink is consumed.
Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink is also consumed.
Color inks may be used to create black.
When printing in grayscale or on photo paper or when duplex printing, although printing appears in black and white, the color black may be created using the three (cyan, magenta, and yellow) color inks. Printers without a pigment black tank / cartridge will print black / grayscale will create a composite black using color ink even on plain paper.
Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink may be consumed.
In order to keep the heavy black ink from smearing on the page or in the printer, color ink is used when duplex printing to help create black text.
I might suggest taking out the color ink cartridges leaving only black there, but some printers don't take kindly to this. So, you may have to further experiment with magenta, cyan, and yellow to make it at least seem b&w to your best eye's judgment.
1 - Open the top lid
2 - Open the ink cartridge carrier
3 - Shake the ink cartridges
4 - Unpack the ink cartridges
5 - Remove the yellow tape from each cartridge as you get ready to install it, but not before
6 - Install each color cartridge into its corresponding color slot pressing down all the way until it "clicks"
7 - Close the ink cartridge carrier
8 - Close the top lid
At this point the printer should charge its ink cartridges. Let this finish before using your printer.
Hope this helps!
Canon MX300 Hi It is ink low error U051
1. Disconnect the power cable 2. Connect it while holding down the power button 3. With the power button still down, press twice the "Cancel/Stop" red button 4. Release the power button 5. The prints turns into a kind of factory mode...(wait for about 10 seconds, utile it says "Idle") 6. Press the ">" (next to the "OK" button) once.” Shipping Mode 3" 7. Press the "OK" button. 8. Press "OK" again for "Without cleaning" 9. A test page will print. 10. Open the cover, like you are about to change the cartridges. 11. Disconnect the power cable again. 12. Take out both cartridges. 13. Close the cover. 14. Connect the power cable once again. 15. Turn the printer on. 16. Now just put the cartridges back...
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Take out the black cartridge once you've determined that you are completely out of black ink. You'll have to rely on the dark hues from the color cartridge to print in black.
Adjust the printer software settings. Once you take out the black cartridge, your printer's software will typically warn you that you are missing a cartridge. Follow the instructions for your printer to allow the printer to print without the black cartridge. Then set the printer to print in black and white, not color. This overrides the black cartridge and allows the printer to access the dark hues of the color cartridge.
Print a test page to ensure that your printer now prints black using the color cartridge.
Print your documents. Bear in mind that your documents may not appear as black as normal. Still, they should be dark enough to pass for black, depending on how much color ink you have and the strength grade of the ink.
The SX205 is a bit of a pain to use. There doesn't seem to be a way of changing an ink cartridge unless the printer decides it wants to let you. I managed it by employing fairly brutal tactics. I opened the lid to expose the works, switched the printer on, and with my finger over the switch at the mains socket I waited while the printer went through its start-up procedure, then when the ink carrier was in the right position to make a change, I quickly switched the power off. You have to be really quick to catch it in the right position, and you might need to try more than once to get it right. After changing the cartridge, I switched the mains back on, then switched the printer back on, and everything worked OK after that. It seems crazy that Epson hasn't incorporated a way of doing this into the design. Its certainly the worst Epson printer I have owned from the point of view of ease of use. Photos from it aren't very good either. Dinty
you need to print only in black if that is all the ink you have, and also you need to remove the color cartridge as it still registers in the printer as able to be used, although it is empty or near so. Did you remove the tape over the print head fron the new ink cartridge? Do a print head alignment, or use the toolbox icon to tell the printer that you just replaced the cartridge. Some HP models chip the ink cartridges so even a refill wont register as a full tank and the printer wont print. chip needs to be reset (difficult) or just replaced with a new cartridge.