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Colour ink is out but i have black will not let me print in black only

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I ran out of yellow but i only want to print in black. printer says to replace colour first. have no spare now but i need to print in black only. i chanced properties to black only but this did not help at all.

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Sorry, you will need to replace the depleted cartridges.  Your Officejet Pro 8500 has individual ink cartridges and two printheads connected by tubing. Running the printer with one or more inks out could allow air to be ingested in the "plumbing", which can damage the printhead.

 

HP and other printer manufacturers have different printer technologies for different needs.  For inkjet printers:

 

  • Some have printheads built into the ink cartridges.  These printers can typically print with one or more of the colors completely empty, or even with color or black (but not both) cartridges removed. The Officejet 8040a is an example.
  • Other printers have separate ink supplies and replaceable printheads.  An example would be the Officejet Pro 8500.  The printhead in these printers can be replaced if they are damaged by running the printhead with colors out.  Some of these printers will allow printing with a color out, other will not.  If the printer is run without ink in one or more colors the printer may be damaged, but the user may be able to recover without having to send the printer for service. Replacing the printheads is a rather expensive option....
  • Other printers have permanent printheads.  To run these without some ink in all the colors would risk causing damage to the printhead due to clogs, air ingested in the printhead or burned out printhead firing resistors. The Officejet 6700 is an example of this type of printer. For printers with fixed printheads this could require service to get the printer to print properly again when the ink is finally replaced. 

 The document here describes how ink is used.  While the document is written for HP Inkjet printers the same principles apply to inkjet printers from other manufacturers. 

 

If you never print in color a laser printer would likely be a better choice.  If you occasionally print color but mostly black an IPH printer like those in the first category above may be a good choice.


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