Solved

colour ink use while set to grayscale

Posted on 2003-11-02
4
620 Views
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
why do my canon i850 and i550 printers still chew through the colour ink tanks while the printers are set to grayscale printing?
0
Comment
Question by:lkelly
4 Comments
 
LVL 62

Accepted Solution

by:
☠ MASQ ☠ earned 250 total points
ID: 9665464
This from the i850 manual:
  "Once an ink tank has been used, do not remove it from the
printer and leave it out in the open. An ink tank left out in
the open and then reinstalled in the printer may not
function.
  Color ink consumption may occur even when black-andwhite
or grayscale printing is specified.
Color ink is consumed in the head cleaning and deep
cleaning, which are necessary to maintain the printer’s
capabilities."

Sounds like they just want you to buy their ink - how much is it getting through?  Does it do it with text printing as well?

i850 manual here:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cpr/pdf/Manuals/i850_condmanual.pdf

M :o)
0
 
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:patrickab
ID: 9666498
MASQUERAID - agree with your summary of how an ink jet keeps functional by using all colours of ink during its cleaning cycle.

Don't try to stop the cleaning cycles and don't remove the ink cartridges unless they're empty. Ink dries quickly and if you don't use the printer the ink nozzles will get clogged thus the need for the cleaning cycles.

Just pay the money for new ink cartridges and keep smiling! Try low cost clone ink cartridges - they're often OK.

0
 
LVL 21

Expert Comment

by:wyliecoyoteuk
ID: 9667457
greyscale printing often uses cmy instead of cmyk or k.

In other words, some of the greys have colour in them.
0
 

Author Comment

by:lkelly
ID: 9668055
well spotted, always pays to read the instructions!
does seem a bit of a rip off though as the printers are really mainly used to print black text.

cheers
lkelly
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Problem Passing a Report Parameter In Access 2010 Database 3 56
HP DesignJet 755CM driver 3 77
ithaca itherm 280 gibberish print 2 63
Not Replacing Printer Drum 9 48
If you use a Brother DCP 130C or similar Brother printer, at some point you might encounter the following problem: after you change the ink cartridge, the printer displays an "ink empty" message. Sometimes you just need to follow the instructions…
This seems to be a very common error related to the Samsung printer driver. First, this is the error we're talking about: Log: System Type: Error Event: 7000 Agent Time: 3:37:24 am 22-Apr-09 Event Time: 6:07:24 pm 21-Apr-09 UTC Source: Se…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …

778 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question