I got the bright idea to also take out the empty color cartridge, so that I could get that recycling credit, too. Well, now it will not print without a color cartridge, even an empty one, installed. It says: "The following ink cartridge cannot be recognized. Printing cannot be executed b/c the ink cartridge may not be propertly installed,
Just curious... If you turned in the old color cartridge for recycle credit , then what empty cartridge did you re-install in the machine?
even an empty one, installed
Are you sure it's the correct cartridge for that machine?
If it is a correct empty from a previous replacement (And your machine was indeed previously operating with an empty cartridge
), you may try cleaning the contacts on the cartridge with rubbing alcohol to see if the machine will recognize it.
Whatever happened to the old printers that just used a different colour if they ran out of one particular one. For example, you would be printing a page of red text, the printer would run out of red and print in yellow instead... Halfway through the page.
I have one, (HP Deskjet 648c) that I bought in 2002. I still use it daily as my primary printer for b&w documents. The color cartridge did start printing yellow last year. Haven't tried it this year. (don't want to for fear of damaging the components
) But it still prints b&w just fine maybe because it's older technology.
My HP Photosmart C4480 printer/scanner/copier will also operate with an empty color cartridge, but I keep functional cartridges in it just because...
It's all a inside job to use the color slightly and to a point that is not noticeable
Maybe not. It's likely due to periodic purge of both cartridges in order to keep the ink in the machine (post cartridge) from drying up, therefore damaging the print head components.
Canon thinks they will continue to take my hard earned $$'s? Think again! Goodbye Canon forever!!
You go!!! But Cannon is not the only one. Most every printer manufacturer has this feature nowadays, and for good reason. Printers have gotten cheaper over the years and for much improved technology for the $. But these machines use very tiny high speed components that perform well, but can be easily damaged by a 'dry ink' condition, or a cavitation (air instead of ink) of fluid , the ink which in most cases actually serves as a lubricant/coolant for these parts.
I've seen some information for a work-around to this issue on different sites but I would not recommend doing so.
So, my advice would be to save up for a new color cartridge, install it, and set your printer to print black ink. Better than a dead printer to have to replace. A full color cartridge should last for a couple of years or more if it's only used by the hardware for maintenance purging.