Just replaced black ink cartridge now color needs to be refilled.It seems that the printer will not print unless both cartridges are in and working. Will need to install a color cartridge before the computer will print. Does the printer use ink from both cartridges to produce "black"??
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Usually black is provided by the black cartridge only. You might be able to setup the printer through the control panel using black and white printing until the color cartridge is replaced. That might turn the color cartridge off allowing you to print.
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Open the front cover on
the printer. The print cartridges should slide on a conveyor belt from
one far end of the print chamber to near the center. There should be one
black ink cartridge and one color cartridge. Remove the cartridges
from the printer. This should simply involve grabbing and pulling the
cartridges out. There may be a flap holding the cartridges in place that
you need to flip up first. Or you may need to press down on the
cartridges to spring them out of place. Decide on replacing
the cartridges with a brand new ones or refilling the existing
cartridges. Refilling the cartridges can cost less money in the
long-term and reduce waste, while new cartridges will guarantee to work
and have the most ink up front. Refill the cartridges with fresh ink in order
to reuse them. With black cartridges, you need to drill or melt a hole
in the cartridge lid, while you will remove the lid to find the color
cartridge's holes. Inject the correct color ink with a plastic syringe
bottle. Reseal the lid on a color cartridge after refilling. Dispose of the
cartridges properly after you purchase new ones. Take the old cartridges
with you to whichever store you get the new ones from. Not only will
this help you find the correct replacements, but the store may also take
the old cartridges for recycling. Insert the new or refilled cartridges
into your printer. New cartridges likely have protective tape over the
print head that you'll need to remove. Run a test print on thecomputer to make sure that the
cartridges properly work Check to see if the
printer still reads the cartridges as being empty (if you are reusing a
refilled one). This will be due to a chip in the cartridges that the
printer reads for the ink level. It doesn't change just because you
refilled the cartridges. You must purchase anelectronic device that will
reset the chip for you.
I have the same problem & have been searching for weeks for a replacement printer that will print B & W with one or more colors empty. I haven't had any luck yet - I did run across a post that said: For black and white images and photos, a blend of colors called "composite black" may be used to achieve significantly better image quality and smoother gray tones than can be accomplished with black inks alone. I'm still searching...
With this type of printer you need to have a full black cartridge to print black and white. The new Canon BCI-24 black cartridge from Staples is only $8.29. These cartridges are even cheaper from refillers. I recommend Cartridge World or Office Depot for printer cartridge refills.
I own a Cartridge World ink refilling store and I can't refill the Lexmark 36 and 37 cartridges. Your printer deactivates the electronics on this cartridge when the ink levels get low. Your printer needs a black and a color cartridge with functioning electronics to print. I NEVER recommend Lexmark printers. They are poorly made, don't accept refills easily, and have the most expensive ink across manufacturers and it is designed to clog your cartridge unless you use it quickly. If you keep this machine you are stuck buying Lexmark brand ink (the return program cartridges are a little cheaper though).
You can't refill these cartridges yourself. Sure you can get ink and inject it in, but your printer remembers the serial number of each cartridge and how many pages you've printed with it. Because it remembers this information it turns off the cartridge electronics to prevent the use of refills. I would try to get refills for the black but not the color cartridge. I own a Cartridge World ink refilling store and we have a high return rate on the color cartridges. It seems the printers are extremely finicky about color refills. If you get a black refill and your printer won't print with it, exchange it for another one because you happened to get a cartridge with the same serial number as the last one you had. I recommend Cartridge World refills, then Office Depot brand refills.
you need to print only in black if that is all the ink you have, and also you need to remove the color cartridge as it still registers in the printer as able to be used, although it is empty or near so. Did you remove the tape over the print head fron the new ink cartridge? Do a print head alignment, or use the toolbox icon to tell the printer that you just replaced the cartridge. Some HP models chip the ink cartridges so even a refill wont register as a full tank and the printer wont print. chip needs to be reset (difficult) or just replaced with a new cartridge.