My PC is set to print simple black text, but I the text prints in all colors of the rainbow. Started when I replaced the black cartridge with a new one. I have replaced the new one with a NEWER one, but the problem persists. All cartriges are genuine HP cartridges. Printer is just over 1 yr. old.
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Your right. Simple answer. Take the coloured cartraiges out (you may need to set your printer to mono crome though. not sure.? Save a bit more money and recycle your cartrages you get paid for them. then you can buy refill cartrages and save even more. Some say do not use them they cause problems, but i have from day one and still have no problems 29 years later!!! and i am a high user on a A1 PRINTER!!! (draughtsman if your wondering)
Im sorry to inform but yes, Epson ink jet printers require all of the ink cartridges to have ink in them in order to print any color, black and white, or grayscale images. Epson printers contain a permanent print head that needs to be charged with all colors to work. Even when users are printing black text only, a small amount of color ink is used to keep the print head charged for color printing and prevent air bubbles from entering the color print nozzles which can damage the print head. Therefore, once one of the cartridges are expended, the printer signals you to replace the cartridge in order for printing to continue.
I had removed and reinstalled the empty 3e cartridge. Sorry for the Confusion. I hadn't put a new 3e cartrige in until today. Them I ran " deep clean" twice. The printer works fine. I still don't understand why the printer wouldn't print color, when I was had set the printer to print in color when my 3e cartridge was empty and all colors including the 6 black showed full.
Chewbacca08's solution gave me an idea. I set the print setting to photos paper (even though I was trying to print on plain paper) and IT WORKED. It's worth a shot before you trash a perfectly good printer.