Black/white prints fine, pictures/graphics/color fonts lack the cyan component. Installed new OEM cyan cartridge, still no cyan print. Tried everything thinkable, also consulted with technician. Fact: cyan does not print.
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OK now this might seem bizarre, but did you go ahead and click the "Black Only" print option?
I have a C6180. Just installed all new cartridges. Tried to print and got the message that Cyan is empty. Tried all sorts of things. Then out of frustration clicked the Black Onl option. Document came out printed in color! Double checked with a picture that has lots of cyan colors. It all printed too! Go figure.
No. You need all the cartridges installed with functioning chips for your printer to work. The reason why you need all the colors when all you print is black is because a small amount of color prints when you print black. The manufacturers want to make up their R&D costs on the printers by selling lots of expensive ink.