I'm trying to print just a black word text, but my printer wont do anything because there is no magenta ink left in the cartridge. Of course, you would say : "Buy some magenta ink!»... But this is an urgent printing and the buying budget is for next month. How can I print my black document without the printer freaking out about irrelevant magenta ink?
Thank you for your time, Andre. Printer: HP color laserjet 2600n Computer: Apple, Mac OSX 4.10.11
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Re: black blocked by magenta
One ovbious option would be to have a friend print it out. I assume that is not an option.
Some printers just won't let you print if a single color is out. Yes, stupid. Try printing a blank page. If it fails, there is no other option but to replace the cartridge or print elsewhere. If the blank page test works, this next option/test is worth a try... Depending on the app you are using, you can specify the color breakdown of the colors you are using. In your case, it is possible that the text is set to a rich black (4-color) rather than just black. If that is the case, to test this most quickly, make a new file, and create a new black (black2), set to 100 black, 0% other colors. Type a wor and set it to print in that color and try to print it. If that works, apply the same technique to your real document. Hope it works. I've been stuck in the same situation, and some printers will just not let you print if a single color is out. Good luck. DigiChick
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maybe the cartridge is wrong, release it and clean the electrical contacts, put them again one by one, if notting happen, try this
As the printer operates, it moves ink from the ink cartridges into a printhead reservoir. The printer does not deliver a message when an ink cartridge goes empty, because it still has ink in the reservoir. The printer continues printing until the ink level in the reservoir falls to a first trigger point - then a message appears advising the printer owner to Replace Cartridges Soon . At this point, other cartridges that are empty but have not reached the trigger point are also mentioned in the message, to save trips to the retailer. After the first trigger point, the printer can continue printing until ink levels in the reservoir reach a second trigger point. At the second trigger point there is only enough ink left to perform vital servicing tasks, and a new message appears, saying Ink Cartridges Empty . The options offered depend on the usable inks remaining. If no options are offered, the cartridges indicated must be replaced before printing can continue.
The Ink Cartridges Empty options are described in the table below:
Ink colors outOptionPrint mode possible
Cyan, Magenta, or Yellow (any or all)
Continue with other colors
Cyan/Magenta/Yellow mode (composite black)
Text and photo quality will differ from those printed when all colors are available
Light Cyan or Light Magenta (either or both)
Cyan, Magenta, or Yellow (any or all)
(Black still available)
Print with black ink only
If the printer was unused for a week or 2 the print heads are clogged with dried up ink.
You can use the maintainance tab for the printer for cleaning and nozzle check or the program below. I have been using it for several years.
This is a utility to manage your ink. Gives an accurate count of how many ink shot are left in each cartridge. The printer just told me I need a new magenta but this program says I have 13% left. It also has sepparate routines for cleaning the black and color (unfortunately not individual cartridges) and a powerful clean cycle when they are really cogged. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
what are you trying to print in black? the best way to test out a black ink is to open word pad and type some thing random and print it and see if that works. if you have a all in one printer u might have 2 inks one color and one black in the printer
Here's what you should do.
Remove all ink cartridges.
Get some rubbing alcohol, preferrably 91% proof (leaves less moisture)
Get a couple normal paper towels.
Check each cartridge for dried ink and remove it using an alcohol wetted paper towel. (The deep cleaning procedures aren't always effective.)
The gold contacts on each cartridge should be gold when you are done.
Use the same procedure on the gold contacts of the ink cartridge housing inside the printer.
Take your time, do it well.
If that does not fix the problem, then do the following.
Switch the black and magenta cartridge. Some printers won't print when you do this, other printers don't know the difference. If your printer is the later, then attempt a print job using a page that has a line of both black and magenta text.
If you see a black print, then the problem is your magenta cartridge (despite having installed a new one)
If the magenta prints, then you know the magenta cartridge is good.
If the magenta prints but the black doesn't, then you have a printer failure.
Let me know your results.
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Well, first off, are the alignment, and nozzle check sheets looking good? If not, then work on that. If so, then we have a problem. Try creating a test sheet in Word. Make red, yellow blue & black text and see if anything else prints wrong. Get back to me!