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Apparently my printer won't let me continue with the printing if I don't have all the cartridges full sitting in it, despite not needing them at the moment. Can I override it somehow?

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Unlikely. Unfortunately, most printers are this way. There are some that are not, and not surprisingly, usually advertise it as a feature. – JoshP Oct 10 '12 at 13:52
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Not possible unless you replace empty cartidges.

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well that's seriously disappointing. thank you – pullnointer Oct 10 '12 at 14:19
    
@pullnointer Yeah. Sadly, these days canon is an ink manufacturer, who also happens to sell printers on the side; most printer manufacturers are this way. Laserjets are the way of the future! – Darth Android Oct 10 '12 at 14:40
    
my first printer was a laser one(~300$) that completely died on me 1.5 years after purchase(Samsung :O) – pullnointer Oct 13 '12 at 22:05

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