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Cannon MF8350 toner issue

I have a cannon MF8350 that I purchased 6 months ago.  I pretty much have only used it for light printing example to print kids homework assignments and scanning.

I suddenly get a flashing red error light that tells me that I have to replace my black toner.  And it won't print again unless i power cycle the thing.  

Problem is I don't care to purchase toner.  I don't believe its empty and I don't want to pay cannon for the honor of telling me my toner is low when it shouldn't be.  

How can I tell this thing to "Print anyway" and ignore the toner issue?  I would rather have poor looking prints than pay for another toner cartridge.
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tmonteit
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hdhondtCommented:
You don't mention how many pages you have printed, nor what type of coverage you usually print. "Kids homework" will likely include quite a few images, which can bump the coverage up way above the standard 5%.

The standard black cartridge in your printer is rated at 3400 pages. However, most printers are sold with "starter" cartridges. I don't know about yours, but typically they are rated for 1000 pages. If my guess is correct, that would mean that the cartridge would be empty after 2 reams of paper at 5% coverage. If images bump your average to 10%, it could be empty after just 1 ream.
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