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Printing without color?

Mac OS 10.4.11
Do I have to replace my empty color cartridges to be able to print a text document with my new black cartridge?

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Im sorry to inform but yes, Epson ink jet printers require all of the ink cartridges to have ink in them in order to print any color, black and white, or grayscale images. Epson printers contain a permanent print head that needs to be charged with all colors to work. Even when users are printing black text only, a small amount of color ink is used to keep the print head charged for color printing and prevent air bubbles from entering the color print nozzles which can damage the print head. Therefore, once one of the cartridges are expended, the printer signals you to replace the cartridge in order for printing to continue.

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Try new color cartridge.

Then if you don't need color go in and set to use black cartridge to print black (text).

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click Start
click Control Panel
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