Re: does not recognise the smaller black ink cartridge
I have had this printer for many ink cycles and I have yet to replace the smaller black cartridge. I am looking at 8 to 10 small black ink cartridges that have never been used because the smaller black never seems to run out of ink. How do I get the printer to use the smaller black ink cartridge?
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No! The large cartridge is used for text only printing. The smaller black cartridge is used for black in images such as pictures. You have a "C (cyan) M (magenta) Y (yellow) and B (black) color system. This actually saves the color inks for you. If the Black was not there, you would need to make a composite black from the color inks. Don
You cannot switch to the larger black cartridge. You are using a CMYK (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black) format for printing color images.
The larger cartridge is used for text only. The smaller black cartridge is used for color or graphic images.
If the black cartridge was not present, every time you needed black in an image, it would have to come from the composition of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. This would greatly reduce the life of the color cartridges.
It mean that the black cartridge is not recognised. It the black cart is original or compatible? Some printer won't recognise cartridge, if the black and colour is not same type. Try to install the black only. Is it recognised?
It won't default to the small one...I emailed Canon support; this is the response I got.
The reason for the two different black ink tanks is for the different types of printing your unit is capable of.They are not intended as backups to each other.The larger black tank is pigment based, and is primarily used for standard black text printing or output.The smaller black ink tank is dye based like the color inks, and is used for photo and graphics output.They are designed to complement each other, allowing the printer to produce the best possible black text output or photo quality as appropriate.
The printer does recognize 2 different catridges. My understanding is that the smaller is specific to photos,
but the larger is used for everyday text and pages.
I would get the cartridge and then wait to see if the printer
won't print photos when small cardtridge is out. If it does
print, pictures may not be good enough for you.