Low on color ink, but can't print B&W with a full black cartridge?

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  1. sharpshooter

    sharpshooter Member Millennium Member

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    My printer is low on all 5 colors of ink, just put in a fresh black ink. It printed several B&W pages (captured images from Google Earth) but the color was more like dark purple not black. I tried converting images to B&W and then printing, I tried printing in greyscale, nothing improved the purple color. It will print Word type documents in black but not images.

    Now it won't print at all, a message pops up that says the ink is out. It's not out, the black ink is totally full, I just put it in.

    Why can't I use my color printer to print with just black ink? Canon Pixma iP6000D.
     
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    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    That's the way most ink jets are designed, they will not print any color with a empty cartridge.
     

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    I concur with this opinion. Most inkjets are "dumb" enough that an empty cartridge will cause a "fail state." It will likely not "recover" until the color cartridge is replaced.
     
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    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    Sorry to post a non-constructive message but laser printers are so cheap now, even color ones, that I just have NO idea why anyone tortures themselves with inkjets any more.

    :dunno:

    -Stooxie
     
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    HKUSP45Css

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    Yeah, normally it irks me when someone says "just get something else" in response to a technical problem but, in this case, I agree...

    Newegg, cheap replacement toner, color, laser, 17ppm, wireless, Samsung: 129.99 shipped price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828112121
     
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    Dang. That's lame. I'm gonna have to replace the 5 empty individual color ink cartridges before it will work just for black & white? $11 x 5 cartriges is $55 just to get it going again, not including the $13 black one I already put in.

    I could buy a new B&W inkjet for half that and it comes with ink.

    Lame.

    Next printer will be a plain B&W laser, color is such a rip off. Especially when B&W printing uses color ink.
     
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    HKUSP45Css

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    Really, it's only a few dollars savings to get a B&W laser over the color, laser will still print if it's out of one color toner too (though your colors wll be "off."

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828112184

    Samsung B&W laser, 24ppm, wireless 99.99 shipped

    Laser does not use color to print B&W, fwiw
     
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    Agree completely. You get so much more for your money (far lower cost to print per page with a laser over an inkjet) and the print quality is light years better.



    I've purchased & implemented several of them & they are great printers. Not the most straightforward in the world to set up to print wirelessly, but it can definitely be done.

    Now, HPs have a pretty elegant wireless print function.

    But the price & quality on those Samsungs can't really be beat. I think I even saw that one for $99, but it wasn't wireless, WAS color though.
     
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    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    Please follow this advice. Keep in mind, also, that even the smaller toner cartridges in these low end printers will print at least a thousand pages, if not more, and you never worry about the dang things drying up on you.

    Ink blows... end of story.

    -Stooxie
     
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    HKUSP45Css

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    Be very, very careful buying ink cratridges from an online seller, particularly an E-bay seller. Ink carts will dry up just sitting on a shelf, also, many less scrupulous sellers will refill used carts and sell them as new. If you insist on using an inkjet printer I would, professionally, recommend purchasing them from a reputable, local, brick and mortar establishment.

    That way you have a physical building to set fire to when they don't work and they won't refund your money.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:


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    "I believe you have my thtapler....."


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    Take the empty color cartridge out leave the black one in and it will print
     
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    Not on any I've used ...
     
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    The crappy all in one HP I have will print in "back-up mode" if you pull the color cartidge.
    Just found this out because it has decided the color cartridge is incompatible for the printer.