When I am printing pictures, the printer will print in spurts, starting and stopping for a few moments, then starting again, over and over until it eventually prints everything. It can take 30 minutes to print 8 pages.
This printer prints at a really slow 1.4 PPM, and
if it's doing that, it means that the buffer in the printer is full and it must print what it has in memory before recieving more of the page, if it's a really high resolution picture, it can take forever to print. This isn't a defect at all, it's just something that you can't fix that makes this printer useless for an office. I have this printer too, I usually just go do something while it does its thing...
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The title of this topic is for the MX860. It has no "RESUME" button, so the advice submitted by cene765 does not work. But there is a solution.
The MX860 has two black ink cartridges--one small (like the colored ones) and one large. So, you will run out of colored ink way before you run out of black. I found that by selecting the "Gray scale" printing option, I could still print with color cartridges being very low. Even when the printer told me that the color cartridges were empty, I could still print by clicking the "OK" button. However, this does not last. Eventually, the printer will flag the color cartridges with an alarm. When that happens, the printer stops working, freezing at the alarm until you replace the cartridge.
However, you can still print. What you need to do is press and hold the STOP button for a few moments. The alarm will be released and then you let go of the button. Printing can resume. This happened to me where the alarm was triggered by the cyan cartridge, before I could even try to print. When I used the STOP button bypass, printing started but was then flagged by the magenta cartridge. I thought for sure that pressing STOP while in the middle of starting the print cycle would abort it, but thankfully it did not--the alarm was cleared and printing resumed.
That may be normal for a demo page. Your machine MAY take a bit of time to format and transfer the page data.
If it does this for normal print, then there may be an issue. The print data is spooled onto your disk before going to the printer. If you have other heavy activity going on such as downloading files, this can interupt the printing in spurts.