Do both cartridges need to be full for my hp printer to function?

By rle519 ·
I have an old 952C Deskjet with the cartridge light continually blinking. I don't print in color and only use the black. The color cartridge is empty but I have just replaced the black one. What can I do?

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Have you tried it?

by NexS In reply to Do both cartridges need t ...

Have you tried pulling the cartridges out and tried printing?

If it doesn't work, have you tried printing without replacing the colour cartridges but having them empty?

If it doesn't, then I'd guess it wouldn't work, but I don't know for sure - I'd just test it out.

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You can also try following the HP Directions here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Do both cartridges need t ...

But generally you need some ink in the color cartridge for the printer to work. When you turn it on the printer checks for ink in the different cartridges and that is when any error messages will be displayed.


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Thanks Col, good one.

by NexS In reply to You can also try followin ...

I really wasn't sure about this one, but thought it was worth trying out!

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both cartriges need to be good.

by Chris910 In reply to Do both cartridges need t ...

I have seen this hundreds of times and the definitive answer is "sometimes you need them and sometimes you do not."
I was never able to nail down exactly what the factors where but three things might happen on the same model printer. Everything works great, the print quality of the black is reduced, or it will not print at all.
The best practice was to replace the color cartridge and save yourself the trouble.

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Yes and No

by tmolhoek In reply to Do both cartridges need t ...

Both cartridges need to be in the printer and electrically fine. However, if you do not need the color, it is fine to keep it empty. However, keep in mind that that model printer does not use black to make grey, it uses the color to make grey after roughly 70%. Other than that, you are fine.

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