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Initial post: 25 Mar 2010, 15:21:55 GMT
Can I print in black and white instead of grey scale with the canon pixma 630?

Grey scale uses the colour inks to make black and it costs money to print this way.

The real question is, can I turn the colour inks off?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2010, 09:35:02 BST
My Pixma 540 has 5 ink tanks (magenta, cyan, yellow and black plus another bigger black). I print mixed colour (diagrams) with B&W script and the big black tank goes down accordingly. I take it that it is not mixing black in my case. With photos the black still gets used so again I'm assuming that the black is not being mixed from the other colours. Having got through quite a few ink tanks full I find that they are emptying at much the same rate -give or take. Obviously I can't be certain but nothing seems to suggest that one or two inks are being depleted at the expense of others. I use compatible cartridges because the cost of genuine Canon ink is about 6x higher.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010, 16:20:01 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2010, 16:25:24 BST
My Canon 630 has suddenly started to print out photographs that come out pink, i recently have changed all the inks except the black one which was okay.
The inks i bought from the internet, they are compatable, Canon are more expensive.
I would be grateful if anyone can help

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2010, 13:14:58 BST
N. Tyler says:
J. Williams - Have you tried removing the colour ink tanks and then printing a grey-scale image?

I'm not 100% sure this will work but it will confirm whether or not "Grey scale uses the colour inks to make black".

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2010, 21:41:18 BST
In my experience the Canon Pixmas (my present one is MP 610, in the past I've had a 4200) don't work AT ALL unless (1) ALL the ink tanks are present and (2) They all have the correct colour tank in each slot. Otherwise - e.g, if one makes a mistake with colour when inserting a replacement - a warning dialogue flashes up and the printer hangs. The cartridge chips must be individually programmed.
To your correspondent with the pink print-outs I would say that this was my exact experience, too, on the one and only occasion when I tried a so-called "compatible" cartridge. I haven't, ever, tried again!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2010, 17:59:18 BST
And yet I find that compatible, chipped, cartridges work perfectly.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2010, 01:01:49 BST
Could it be, I wonder, that compatibles work perfectly if one has an entire set of them? Miy cartridge was a single magenta, in with a bunch of genuine Cl 8's. It just took over and flooded the field (literally). I can't remember the brand, something from a supermarket I suspect. Which makes have others succeeded with?

Posted on 19 Aug 2010, 17:02:04 BST
I purchase Canon printers for the quality of the print (BJC-600, BJC-620, i865, ip4600) therfore why use inferior cartridges!
Reinking was the cause of my 600 dieing all those years ago, and again when I was plied with compatable cartridges at a trade show tempted me to try in them in my i865 the results were terrible. Why buy the best, then make it mediocre, yes its more expensive but the results speak for themselves.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2010, 17:42:14 BST
C. Baillie says:
You should be able to print with just the black cartridge as follows: Go to your control panel on the computer and click on printers, the name of your printer should then come up. Click on the printer in question and right click, it should then bring up a list, on that list should be properties, click on that. Within that section there should be colour management. There should be a drop down option menu to click on which will say Both Black & Colour, Black Only & Colour Only. Click to apply the option you need and you should then be able to print just using the Black Print Cartridge.(This is based on my using of a Canon MP190, Hope that helps..

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010, 06:06:50 BST
Best buy genuine inks. Might cost more but some compatibles could ruin printer and that will cost even more. You may have contaminated print heads and they may need cleaning. Could be a case of "penny wise and pound foolish". If you buy decent equipment, treat it decently. Printer manufacturers sell printers very cheaply and rely on sales of consumables to make their profit. They need profit to plough money back in on research and development. I have a Canon Pixma MP640, an Epson Stylus Photo R2880 (which is around £700 worth of printer) and an Epson Stylus Photo PX710W, and although I am a pensioner I always buy the genuine inks.

David Hodder.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010, 06:11:47 BST
Don't mix brands of ink, terrible thing to do. I prefer to stick to genuine inks and I know my machines will operate with the correct specification.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010, 11:30:44 BST
I agree about printer firms needing money to support R & D, and I am truly grateful (really) for their wonderful products now on the market in consequence. I wish, though, that some system existed whereby we heavy home users could buy larger capacity ink tanks for slightly lower unit costs. Whenever I put a new tank into my Canon MP610, I laugh wryly at Canon's warning to use its contents within six months (!) in case of drying up etcetera. Personally, I'd be grateful if I got more than one month's use from any Canon cartridge.
All I am is a family photographer who likes to distribute durable prints, and that is becoming unaffordable. Come along, Canon - how about some - optional - bigger ink tanks?
Meg Little

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010, 17:11:30 BST
I have had no problem at all using compatible cartridges.
If my printer were to be ruined tomorrow then the money I have saved would easily pay for a more modern higher spec. machine.

Posted on 9 Jan 2011, 23:44:01 GMT
A. Cardy says:
I have an MP600 in which I have used refilled cartridges, compatible cartridges and the odd canon cartridge all mixed without a problem. Either type (if bought from a reputable supplier) gives good colours with no difference that I can see.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2011, 21:04:53 GMT
Penny; In my experience with several Canon printers over the years and owning two at present, compatible inks are never worth the hassle. I would use genuine tanks every time. You may find that the print head needs replacing as the jets can become clogged. I have cleaned them before with thinners and hot water but it's only a temporary fix. Good luck. Regards, George.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2011, 16:33:30 GMT
M. Brown says:
Could you tell me where I can purchase compatible inks please. I can't find them anywhere. I'm really pleased with my MG6150 but scared to print because of costs. so would be pleased if you could guide me to the right website.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2011, 16:58:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2011, 16:58:59 GMT
I get mine from Inkredible.co.uk. I have never had any trouble with them on my Pixma 540 and even if I do I have saved so much money I could go out and buy a new one! I use compatibles with chips in by the way.

Posted on 24 Feb 2011, 17:07:21 GMT
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