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"A" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> the printer (HP Color LaserJet 3500) refuses to print anything until
> the supply is replaced. Isn't it really possible to print monochrome
> documents if one of the color (eg, cyan) cartridges ends?
No. It uses the color inks to make the black look 'blacker'. No colors...
no black. Not specific to HP... most other manufacturers do exactly the
same thing. If you want grayscale it's best to use a laser printer.
(MS-MVP Printing & Imaging)