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How to print only in black when coulor cartrages are empty

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There are several ways to "trick" the printer into thinking the ink cartridge is full, but none are without some risk. The LC-51 inkjet cartridges for this particular printer use an optical system to "see" if there is any ink left in the cartridge, similar to the optical outlets on Brother toner cartridges. Basically, there are two things you could do: first look on your cartridge; on the side where the ink comes out. In the middle there should be a small plastic window that shows the ink level. Cover that window with a opaque tape (electric for example). Make sure you dont just cover the whole window though! Make the tape take the form of the plastic inside, not just flat over the whole thing; there are two plastic arms that have to fit inside it. This should trick the printer into thinking the tank is full. The risk in doing this though is that if you don't keep track of your ink usage, once the cartridges are empty if you try to keep printing with them you will simply be shooting air through the printhead, which could damage it if you do it too much. The second option is a little more drastic: emove the optical device itself; it looks like a U shaped piece of black plastic that sticks out from behind where the ink cartridge goes. Of course this will void your warranty and you run the risk of damaging more than you intend, but it would work. There is a wire connected to this as well, so you'll have to cut that.

Try the easier option first and if you feel techy enough go for the second. Good luck!

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  • jamesfoster8 Aug 25, 2010

    Not sure what he guys problem was below but the above (tape)worked fine for my printer....Thanks

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Unfortunatly you cannot with this machine. It is designed to stop functioning once one of the inks go empty.

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