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Kodak All-in-one 5100 does not print with black ink


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15-Jul-2008, 03:36 PM #1
Kodak All-in-one 5100 does not print with black ink
I have a Kodak All-in-one printer/scanner/copier that appears to not want to print black ink.

To rule out the possibility of this being a printer driver issue, I just tried to copy something using the easy copy button on top, telling it to make a black and white copy of this cross-word puzzle from a new paper. This feature doesn't (as far as I know) rely on the computer at all, and should not be dependant on software or drivers... What it printed out practically looks like a faint negative. Where black is supposed to be, it's white. Where white is supposed to be, it's a faint grey. VERY strange.

If you tried to print a test page with it, you would get nothing but the colored Windows logo (the four boxes) and everything else would be blank.

This is a brand spanking new black ink cartridge as well, the third one purchased since the printer was first purchased 7 months ago. And I know it's not used anywhere near the ink needed to merit purchasing any new ink. But when this started acting up, it was thought replacing with a fresh batch would solve the problem.

I've also uninstalled and re-installed the Kodak easy share software and print drivers twice, but nothing has helped.

I'm thinking the next thing I try is to wrap a chain around it and throw it off a boat, drag it along the floor, and then detach it near the entrence side of a the spillway of a dam....
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15-Jul-2008, 05:33 PM #2
I cannot count how many issues I've had with all-in-ones, to the point I buy them like disposable dishes. Buy one cheap with ink, it runs out, chuck it (or sell it on ebay) and buy another one. I've even saved money (due to ink costs...) overall.

Also, stick to laser printers. Even though the cost of cartridges are higher compared to ink jet, they last 100x's longer. For example my old HP 6L is still using the same cartridge for nearly 3 years. Try that with an inkjet, I don't think you'd make 6 months even if you never used it. Btw the 6L is the only printer I've kept, and it's nearly 10 years old, even though I have a newer samsung color laser, I still use this reliable guy a lot.
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