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I can't afford color ink refill for brother mfc-490cw, I would like to print in black only for a while but can't figure out how to set it up like that? any suggestions

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Hi, the problem is you cant, when the color ink has run out the printer will stop working and keep telling you their is no ink and it needs replacing, on older printers you use to be able to do this but on the more modern ones they stopped this so you had to use new inks all the time, their is no way round this problem, sorry

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