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INK Is it possible to use black for printing if you don't need the other colors? I replaced the black ink, but the fax machine still won't print.

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Brother multifunction printers require that all ink be filled before you can print to it. If any ink is empty, you cannot print, even if you are printing only black.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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    art blossfeld Feb 16, 2014

    they are all full if i make a copy or a fax comes it prints blue

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Your Brother machine is designed to stop ALL printing operations
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The only way to continue printing is to replace the empty ink cartridge or cartridges.

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