02-27-2012 07:20 PM
I want to print black and white with empty color cartridge. My model is HP Deskjet 4288 All-in-one.
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02-27-2012 09:15 PM
Unfortunately you (or we) can't print black without color cartridges even we can set the printer only print grayscale as default. This is to protect the printhead, w/o ink the printhead may damage.
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02-27-2012 11:11 PM
The Deskjet F4288 has integrated printheads on the ink supply. These are replaced with each cartrdige change so there is no concern about printing with empty color or black cartridges.
You should be able to print in "ink backup mode" by removing the color (or black, but not both) cartridges. There will likely be a warning message about ink backup mode but you should be able to print and the printer will use whichever cartridge is available. In ink backup mode with the black cartrdige only the color areas will be printed as shades of gray. If printing in ink backup mode with only the color cartridge installed then black will be printed by mixing the colors.
See page 75 of the manual here, which says:
Use ink-backup mode
Use the ink-backup mode to operate the HP All-in-One with only one print cartridge. The
ink-backup mode is initiated when a print cartridge is removed from the print cartridge
carriage. During ink-backup mode, the product can only print jobs from the computer.
You cannot initiate a print job from the control panel (such as copying or scanning an
NOTE: When the HP All-in-One operates in ink-backup mode, a message is
displayed on screen. If the message is displayed and two print cartridges are installed
in the product, verify that the protective piece of plastic tape has been removed from
each print cartridge. When plastic tape covers the print cartridge contacts, the product
cannot detect that the print cartridge is installed.
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