I have a Canon MP530 Multi Printer. The Ink costs almost 100 quid to replace.
But I don't need the Magenta, Cyan, Yellow, etc. All I need is the black ink.
Is it possible to bypass so only the black ink will be used - even if the coloured carts
are empty. Btw those carts have chips on them also. Those are not refillable, but I
managed to fill them up with a syringe, but the chip still sees the carts as empty AAARGH!
Can I bypass/fool the printer to use only black ink?
....I'm back, but only as a part-timer...
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Some manufacturer's ink cartridges contain chips that include an Expiration Date or Run-time Hours setting. No matter how full the cartridge is, or how well it is working at the time, it will list eventually as unusable. I've even heard of people buying "new" cartridges only to find they had actually expired before they bought them.
There are supposedly some entrepreneurs that sell modified cartridges with the expiration date effectively disabled and/or set to "way out there".
Or, perhaps someone has a firmware software patch (or replacement BIOS chip) for your printer? I'd imagine one might be able to also modify the printer's BIOS/firmware to bypass the control protocols supposedly implemented by manufacturers to "ensure best ink quality" (but which I suspect are primarily revenue enhancers by requiring new cartridge purchases whether or not they're printing fine).
How many ink cartridges does that printer take. I have the MP610 and I get that warning a fair bit as I print out alot of pictures I take. I have 2 black and then the colours.....if one runs low it tells me that I cannot continue but if I go into properties and just select (Greyscale) and fast print it only uses the TEXT black ink as opposed to the picture black. If you get me....?.
I'm kinda surprised that worked these days, Plug. I seem to recall that Canon at one time claimed that for some of its printers (I think mostly the thermal drop-emitter types) it "required" the color cartridges and the black cartridge to be "functional" in case any cartridge "ran out of ink/malfunctioned". It was some kind of backup. They claimed it could damage the very expensive printhead to print with an insufficient flow of ink. I don't know if that was BS or not...I haven't really kept up with printer technology.
Last time I checked, replacement printheads almost always cost more than buying a new (and usually superior) printer.
Personally, I preferred Canon ink-jet printers when the printhead was integrated into each cartridge. I had far fewer problems with them. I suppose the higher-tolerance mechanical requirements of photo resolution printing makes that unfeasible/uneconomical.
These days I just use the self-help photo printers at the local pharmacy. Much cheaper in the long run. I would guess however, if you're printing "art" photos, some upstanding citizen might call the manager or the cops even if what you're printing is perfectly legal.
Oh...wait a minute...look who I'm talking to. Never mind. Clearly there should be no store printer usage for you guys.
My multifunction printer currently has a expired black cartridge and it still works just fine. This black cartridge was freshly opened, installed, and the printer replied... hey bugger, this cartridge has expired. I just told it to continue and it works. Havent had any of the color do that to me....... yet. The one function that gets the most use is copying (b&w), due to home schooling stuff.