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MP470, Won't print B&W only

I can use configuration settings to tell the printer to print grayscale and to use the B&W cartridge only, but once I select any type of photo paper it insists that it must use the color cartridge. I do not want it to.
How do I print B&W photos using only the B&W cart?

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  • lmerrick0 Sep 28, 2008

    My Pixma Mp 460 will not run with only one inkjet. I want it use black and white only. I am tired of paying for color ink which I do not want. I just want the black ink to print. Although I have a color inkjet it is "not recognized" "error U051." My black inkjet is new but it is no longer recognized either? ARGGGG.

  • thebartyone Oct 06, 2008

    I have a macbook and there aren't any printer options which allow me to choose between printing in color or in black and white. Color ink is expensive so it seems as if my printer is forcing me to waste money. Are there any sort of driver support etc. for this issue?



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If you use gray scale they definitely use the color caritridge

When you printing a photo they normaly use the color cartridge

Try to set the printer to black& white and try to do it

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Check for and remove any grayscale settings. Use the following steps to check this setting.
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  2. Select the correct product and then click Properties . The Properties dialog box opens.
  3. Click the Color tab.
  4. Check the Print in Grayscale setting. If necessary, unselect the setting.
  5. Click OK to save the settings.
If this doesnot work:

    1. Open the Printer Toolbox .
    2. Open HP Solution Center .
    3. Click Settings .
    4. Click Print Settings .
    5. Click Printer Toolbox .
    Now Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab. This will tell u that the cartridge might be running out of ink even if the graphic shows that there is ink remaining in the cartridge.Lines or streaks always appear in printouts when the cartridges begin to run out of ink. Replace print cartridges that are out of ink or low on ink.
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  • If the Print in grayscale option is not the problem and the print cartridges are not low on ink, print and evaluate a self-test page to determine if the cartridges or printer is causing the problem.
    1. Load the input tray with unused plain white paper.
    2. Press and hold the Cancel button and then press the Start Copy Color button.
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    This will definitely work for u.
    Thank u.

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