How to Print With Only the Black Ink Cartridge

July 2nd, 2014

We’ve been asked a few questions on “when the color cartridge is empty, can you print just using the black ink cartridges.” Let us try to describe some of the solutions below for various printer brands:
1.) Canon-

  • Click the Start Menu
  • Choose Devices and Printers
  • Right click your printer icon in question
  • Choose “Printing preferneces” from the drop down panel
  • In the panel click and select the “Maintenance” tab
  • Click the “Ink Cartridge Settings” button icon
  • Then choose “Black Only” from the drop down buttons

Ink Cartridge Settings







NOTE: If you have a Canon photo black cartridge like the CLI-8 and you want to use that cartridge to print change the “type of paper” to something other than Plain Paper in the Media Type on the Main tab interface. For example select the “High Resolution”


Plain Paper Selection









2.) Hewlett-Packard (HP) -

  • Open the document you want to print
  • Click File, and then click Print
  • Click your HP product in the Name drop-down list, and then click Properties
  • Click the “Color” tab, select the “Print in Grayscale” checkbox, and then click OK

NOTE: Depending on the printer model you might even have a drop down with “print in black only”.

3-D Pen Has Arrived

June 25th, 2014

This may be the most eye catching development in 3-D printing since it was first introduced in 1980. It’s a 3-D drawing pen. It uses photo-polymers and UV light to draw in vertical space. It’s called CreoPop, the coolest Scorpionpen around. The light sensitive ink is solidified by shining ultra-violet light on it.

All of the 3-D pens out there melt plastic do dangerously hot temperatures. Just think about what would happen if somebody, especially children, gets melted plastic onto their skin or in even in their eyes. In addition, you get a quite unpleasant smell when you use pens that melt plastic and is just not nice a home environment.

The CreoPop 3-D pen does not melt plastic, there are no hot parts and no bad smell. It’s the perfect tool for anyone wanting to create their own designs, their own shapes and in many different colors. It’s great for kids and brings drawing to a whole new level. Kids can make jewelry, customized clothes for their dolls and even their own special toys.

BearThey make many types of ink:

  • magnetic ink – that can be used to make refrigerator or whiteboard magnets
  • glow in the dark ink – so you can make objects that radiate light in a dark room
  • aromatic ink – so you can make items that smell really good such as a bathroom or car fresheners
  • temperature ink – paint a coffee or tea cup and see how it changes color when you pour a hot liquid
  • body paint – since it uses cool ink you can make tattoos and henna designs

It’s an extremely novel idea never seen before.  If you think this pen is KOOL, please pledge at so we can see this innovation come to life.

Reset HP Expired Ink Cartridges

December 12th, 2012

Normally you can bypass the ink cartridge expiration date on some HP printers if you remove the CMOS battery.  But this means that you have to disassemble the printer, locate the battery, pry it loose for about a half hour, then reassemble the printer.

We have found a patch that may reset the printer driver and override expired HP printer cartridges.  Here are the directions to apply the patch and reset the expiration date on the HP printer:

Download this file:

Directions for running the patch:

1) Turn off your printer so that the internal date gets reset.
2) Apply patch and check if at least one printer driver file gets patched.
3) Either restart the spooling service or restart your computer just to be
sure that the patched driver DLL gets loaded.
4) Turn on your printer again and see if you can print with the expired

Alternatively, you can do this procedure:

1) Unplug your printer
2) Set back system date to prior to the printer cartridge expiration date
3) Plug in your printer and turn it on
4) Try to print
5) Reset system date to current date

Some of the expired cartridges this works on are the HP #14, HP #45, HP #78.