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The printer won't print with empty color cartridges. I want to print only black ink. From what I've read so far the Epson Stylus C84 won't print like this because it uses a little bit of color in even when you print only in black to prevent the ink heads from drying out.

Is there ANY way that I can bypass this?

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I had one of these printers a few years ago and remember having the same problem. Eventually I just got rid of it. Epson settled a class-action lawsuit related to this problem that netted me a cool $20. –  Fopedush Dec 15 '09 at 17:54
    
Buy a laser printer, they work out much cheaper over time. I binned my Epson as the cartridge cost was getting ridiculous. –  alimack Mar 24 '10 at 9:08

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Unfortunately Epson (and others) build it into the hardware that all cartridges must be above a certain level to print and print drivers and settings usually cannot override this. Epson have a habit now of insisting on genuine cartridges. Refills are okay if they are reset, compatibles often don't work (I had one model refuse to print unless at least one genuine cartridge was in the machine).

Also the 'black only' print setting option in many models just means "print in shades of grey", but that doesn't mean only using the black ink cartridge. Not all models are like that though. The cheaper models tend to be most forceful in ensuring you have all cartridges full and all are used up in equal amounts. Remember that cartridges subsidise the printer price.

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You could try getting a chip resetter like this one:http://www.aaatoner.com/epchre1.html. Be careful, though, as this would likely end up clogging the color print head and render the printer completely useless for color printing in the future.

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You can try this utility to reset the level of the ink counters. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml

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