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Unfortunately, you cannot print without using black ink on Epson, and most other, printers. Some printers allow you to use a combination of the color ink to create a "false black". But, the Epson Stylus C46 cannot do this.
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Unfortunately the Epson stylus needs both ink cartridges to print. I've tried useing an emty cartidge to "fool" the printer,but that won't work. When my Epson was ready for replacement I bought a printer (Lexmark) that prints with one cartridge empty.
Is the black ink cartridge empty? If not, have you tried cleaning the print heads? Sometimes, if printers are used a lot, or used and then left unused for a long period, ink can dry on the print heads. While this usually just results in bad print quality, in extreme cases it can prevent the ink from printing at all. Check this article for directions on cleaning the print head.
Remove the cartridge(s) and use an alcohol swab to reach inside and clean the print head surface where the ink comes out.You may have to move the head with the power turned off to get at it or turn the printer on it's side to be able to reach under the head to clean. Q-tips work fine for that and it will likely take quite a few.Clean until there is no more ink on the q-tips. Also clean all rollers and surfaces where ink can collect. A defective head will also do that as it sometimes leaks excessive ink when printing.
epson.com, actually you can print using black ink only, but you have to reset the color ink for it to register as full. :) or you can freeze the ink counter using the ssc service utility before the other ink rans out. :)