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Can i print a black and white document without a yellow ink?

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For printing in black and white you may want to go to printer preferences pannel in system setting => printers and select the grayscale option.

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All printers require that all inks are to be full or not empty before it can print your document or print your pictures. So what i can suggest for you to purchase a new set of ink cartridges or have a refill if its available. You can also choose the black and white option or grayscale but i think your pictures have different color aside from black and white so it getting a refill would be the best option. Hope i was able to help you with your problem. Have a great day

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Black and white prints are not black


Sorry, steve, that you are experiencing this problem.

According to canon.com's website regarding the i9900 InkJet Photo Printer:

Why color ink may be used when printing in black and white Even when printing in black and white, color ink is used for the following reasons:
  1. Automatic cleaning of the print head.

    To prevent the print head nozzles from clogging, the print head is automatically cleaned periodically. At that time, a small amount of each color ink is consumed.

    Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink is also consumed.

  2. Color inks may be used to create black.

    When printing in grayscale or on photo paper or when duplex printing, although printing appears in black and white, the color black may be created using the three (cyan, magenta, and yellow) color inks. Printers without a pigment black tank / cartridge will print black / grayscale will create a composite black using color ink even on plain paper.

    Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink may be consumed.
  3. In order to keep the heavy black ink from smearing on the page or in the printer, color ink is used when duplex printing to help create black text.

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I might suggest taking out the color ink cartridges leaving only black there, but some printers don't take kindly to this. So, you may have to further experiment with magenta, cyan, and yellow to make it at least seem b&w to your best eye's judgment.

Good luck on this.

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My mfc240c says to replace the yellow ink cartridge but I don't want to spend money on that if the 'light bulb' is ruined. When I turn on the machine, I don't see any light for scanning or copying. ...


By the "light bulb," do you mean the scanner lamp? That lamp should only turn on when you are actually scanning, faxing, or copying a document. You should be able to still use the machine to scan and fax, even with the yellow ink empty. Try scanning a document to see if the scanner lamp comes on.

As far as printing or copying goes, you won't be able to print or copy anything until you replace the yellow ink, even if you try printing in black and white only.

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BROTHER MFC-210 PRINTING IN BLACK INK POOR QUALITY BUT COLOURED INK FINE. USING INK MANAGEMENT TO CLEAN PRINTER NOT HELPING. HAVE TAKEN OUT AND REINSTALLED BLACK CARTRIDGE WITHOUT IMPROVEMENT. WHEN...


Try cleaning the black printer heads several times in a row, at least 5 times then print a black document with best quality setting.
Press the ink button, then down to select select cleaning and then press menu/set and menu/set again to select black.

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Can't print in black because no yellow


Yes replace the Yellow cartridge. This is because the printer will construct the black colour as a mix of all the colour inks installed in the printer.

However, on the printer preferences you can see when you print a document from an application by using the FILE tab and then selecting the PRINT option then go to PRINTER PREFERENCES there is an option to select printing in Greyscale or Black & White only.

Also if you are printing text from an app such as Word make sure that the text is actually 100% black as if it is not then the printer will automatically ignore the black ink cart and try to mix it from the colour ink carts just as it would when printing an image.

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Wouldn't print black-and-white if the color cartridge is empty


Select true black and white. Any other setting uses the colour cartridge to sharpen the printing.

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Brother DCP-145C Print in black and white..?


As far as i know it will not work for color print unless all the cartridges are full. It will still print in b&w- go to properties of your printing document and change to "greystyle" but this will only work if you don't/have not turned off the machine at the power point. Once the machine is reset it wants to confirm all new cartridges and wont allow a black print until they are all in and full. So you cant use cartridges that have run out to "trick it".
I'm not sure if this is the intent of brother ( my guess is yes) a design oversight or a genuine precaution measure for consistency by not letting the printing heads dry out.
The yellow always runs out first, so stock up on them if you do alot of color printing- but the cartridges only last for 6 months so don't go crazy.

Brother if your reading this- Most of us don't care about color~! We just need a printer for uni and information. Make it work on our price range please!

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Won't print with just black ink cartridge


When you print, in the printing window, click properties, then click advanced. Most times you can select to print using black cartridge only. Unfortunately you will need to replace to get the printer working. If you need further assistance let me know.
Thank you,
Lee

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Won't print with only 1 cartridge empty


sorry you can print unless all your cartridge are having some ink

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I cannot print but i have only the black cartridge but i dont have the yellow cyan ang midget


Most modern printers use some colour when printing Black and therefore will not print if ANY ink cartridge is showing as empty.

Unless your printer has a setting for using Black ink only (this is not the same as printing a black and white document), then you will need to purchase and install the colour cartridges before printing can take place. The good thing about this is that very little colour ink is used when printing black and white documents - so they should last a long time.

Good luck.

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