Good and Bad advice.
by albizzia - 7/26/07 11:57 AM
In Reply to: Cheat? by R. Proffitt
Yes, "leaving it on" is one way to save ink, though it does waste a little power. You see, this particular model does a "nozzle cleaning" routine each time it is turned on, and that does use some ink. You might think of this as a "workaround" until you can get a different printer.
There are printers that do not do this - most HP models (I have a HP 952C, no "wasted ink" problems) and if I'm not mistaken, most Canon models as well. My HP printer will tell me when it thinks an ink cartridge is empty (it often gets it wrong, says it is empty when there is plenty left) but will print anyway.
The new Canon models have a very good ink level sensor and separate cartridges for each color, but I suspect it might not print if a color is out - check with a Canon expert on that one.
But "filling all the cartridges in black" is a very bad idea. Not only will that interfere with color printing, it might even void the warranty! The Epson has the non-removable printhead separate from the ink cartriges, having black ink where the color inks should be will mean it would be a long time (and a lot of color ink wasted) before it could ever print color correctly again. In some cases it could also interfere with the color registration process, causing the printer to stop working.
You might check in the "Print Options" when going to print, to see if there is an option for "black and white only" printing. That might be a possible workaround for printing with an empty color cartridge.
Coincidentally, my HP printer is usually left off. It will automatically turn itself on when I want to print, via the USB connection!
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