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I accidentally broke the yellow cartridge of my brand new Laser Printer hp CP1215. I want to just use only other colors like magenta and cyan etc. But the printer is not printing at all because there is no yellow cartridge.

Is there a way out to print using other colors like magenta or cyan? I want to do only text typing (highlighting) using these colors. I am using Windows 7 Ultimate and hp Color Laser Printer CP1215

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The printer may not be able to print without yellow because of government mandated tracking information added to the page. I believe my Samsung adds yellow even when I specifically configure it for grayscale, because the yellow toner is depleting much faster than cyan or magenta. See – Mark Ransom Jan 19 '12 at 17:04
@Mark Ransom: Thank you for the clarification. We have to help Governments for security purposes. But the unfortunate aspect is that we are paying for the yellow cartridge even if we don't use it. It is the printer toner cartridge manufacturing company which is benefited. Tracking may be disabled at least when monochrome printing or text only printing is done so that our money is not wasted. – DrWho Mar 10 '12 at 5:51
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This is really for the HP CP1210 series but nevertheless, it doesn't hurt trying. From Page 51 of the HP Manual:

Cartridge out override

An Order Supplies message appears when a print cartridge is nearing the end of its life. A Replace Supplies message appears when the print cartridge is depleted. To ensure optimal print quality, HP recommends replacing a print cartridge when the Replace Supplies message appears. Print-quality problems can occur when using a cartridge that is depleted, resulting in waste of print media and toner from other cartridges. Replacing a print cartridge when the Replace Supplies message appears can prevent this waste.

The Cartridge out override feature in the HP Color LaserJet CP1210 Series Toolbox allows the product to continue using a print cartridge that has reached the recommended replacement point.

You can enable or disable the Cartridge out override feature at any time, and you do not have to reenable it when you install a new print cartridge. When the Cartridge out override feature is turned on, the product automatically continues printing when a print cartridge reaches the recommended replacement level. A Replace Supplies Override In Use message appears while a print cartridge is being used in override mode. When you replace the print cartridge with a new supply, the product deactivates the override mode until another print cartridge reaches the recommended replacement level.

Enable or disable the Cartridge out override feature

  1. Open the HP Color LaserJet CP1210 Series Toolbox. See View HP Color LaserJet CP1210 Series Toolbox on page 43.
  2. Click the Device Settings folder, and then click the System Setup page.
  3. Next to Cartridge out override select On to enable the feature. Select Off to disable it.
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Thank you for the answer. My problem is that I don't have the yellow toner cartridge since I accidentally broke it. Only when there is an yellow cartridge with low toner levels can we use the override feature. So this advice does not work in my case. It will be a waste for me to buy an yellow toner cartridge since I don't need it for text only work. – DrWho Jan 10 '12 at 5:05
I have a humble suggestion. If we can block the detection of the yellow toner cartridge by the printer, it will print thinking that there is a functioning yellow toner cartridge. Since I am not printing an image, the result would be acceptable. Printer hardware engineers may know this way out. – DrWho Jan 11 '12 at 23:38
That may work. However, HP drivers are closed source to the best of my knowledge so there is no easy way to achieve this. This may work if you able to at least replace the broken cartridge with an empty one. Most drivers don't care whether a cartridge is empty or not - all they care about is whether the cartridge is present or not. If you can get your hands on a junkyard or a refurbished market, you might be able to get your hands on a yellow cartridge. – Legend Jan 12 '12 at 17:13
Thank you for the advice. I will try and get back. This may take lot of time to get a used cartridge. May about a week or two. – DrWho Jan 13 '12 at 5:21
I will try that and get back. Probably if we know the sensor for detection of the yellow cartridge, we may as well block it with a black tape. I would like to know your feeling. – DrWho Jan 13 '12 at 5:23

There should be a setting in the printer config on the computer, if not, you will still be able to print in black and white.

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Thank you for your interest in answering. I want to highlight some text in magenta or cyan to show important points. I want to use black, magenta and cyan colors for text. Changing settings to print only black and white cannot do this. – DrWho Jan 9 '12 at 8:14
Then, unless your printer dirrectly supports it, I don't think there is any way. Sorry. – Liam W Jan 9 '12 at 16:24
Thank you. I would wait and see if somebody found a wayout. – DrWho Jan 9 '12 at 16:36

There is a way to do it (on some printers). It's an override feature not relatively known, however this only applies if you want to print in black and white (accidentally, I discovered it on my printer when I needed to quickly attend a job interview and I only had black ink and my resume is in colour). Usually you have to click print and while it displays that it can't print, hold down the black button (on your printer there's usually a button saying black/colour for your printing choice). Hold it down for roughly 5-10 seconds and for the printing duration, it'll print strictly black.

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Thank you. But this does not answer the question. – DrWho Dec 8 '15 at 5:49

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