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Epson Ink Cartridges...


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#1 Tichbourn

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 03:45 AM

Hi, We have an Epson Stylus Photo RX500 printer. It needs 6 cartridges and they must have ink in them before it will even print a plain sheet of text using ONLY black ink. Does anyone know of a way round this so it will print a plain page with black ink if only one colour cartridge is empty?

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:13 AM

According to Epson, it can't be done:

Q: Can I still print in black if a color cartridge is empty or vice versa?

A: No. You cannot print at all if any ink cartridge is empty. Leave the empty cartridge installed in the printer until you have obtained a replacement; otherwise the ink remaining in the print head nozzles may dry out. It's always best to have an extra cartridge on hand.


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Posted 04 October 2006 - 03:45 AM

Okay thanks for your reply. Next time we upgrade our printer I'd think twice about getting one like this. Its annoying to have to change a colour cartridge just to print a plain sheet with black text.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 07:10 AM

You're welcome, Tichbourn.
Glad I could be of help.

You should have ink in all of the cartridges, anyway.
At least once a week you should print out a black, and a color page (using all colors), just to keep the nozzles from drying out.
Once a nozzle drys out, it can be a pain to clean it, not to mention messy.
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 04:36 PM

FYI also Epson ink cartridges are rigged with a micro-chip. It goes by number of pages instead of the amount of ink in the cartridge... So if you print a pixel sized dot or a full page of yellow it still counts as a page... So when you throw out a cartridge it actually still has some ink in it...




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