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On the top is a red light and it won't print even tho I know I have black..will it print even if the color carts are empty?

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Difficult to say but try going into the printing preferences (button at the top of the print box when you hit 'print' in Word or wherever you're printing from) and then asking your printer to print in black only (sometimes called 'greyscale'). If this red light means it won't do ANYTHING it's probably gone into a state of 'shock' at running out of colour and it needs a power reset to recover - pull the power lead for a few seconds then see what it does after it's reset. Finally it may simply want all it's cartridges full just to talk to the pc - some printers do and it's not at all annoying - oh no

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