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I have a Brothers MFC 440CN . My Magenta ink cartridge is empty , how can I get the machine to print in black only ?

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  • purpleangel1 Aug 15, 2008

    It disables when the ink cartridge , and ink , goes dry. we have all but magenta , so none will work. We will just buy a different printer !

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Read the manual.. IT tells you what the sotry is on printing and what carts are rewuired. you may find that All carts in a brother printer need to be present and full of ink, even if you want to print in black only.

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If you look at your printers software, there may be an option to "Print greyscale" or Print B & W Only.

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