August 30th, 2007

deinonychus

fic rambling and a computer type question

Five Days is finally finished! YES!

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Okay, a kind of computer question that someone might be able to help with. I have a Dell printer, and the black ink cartridge has run out. I can't make it print black and white from the colour cartridge, which annoyingly is nearly full, and I have tried everything I can think of to change the settings and make it print black and white from the colour cartridge. I may be missing something here, as I'm not massively technically minded when it comes to computers, so someone might be able to suggest something I haven't tried.

The computer now keeps giving me a message that Dell cartridges are only available from Dell, and telling me to go to the website or phone America! I hate online buying with a deep, deep passion, and want to be able to walk into a shop and buy a printer cartridge over the counter. Is this possible? I tried Tesco and Asda, and while Tesco had several 'own brand' cartridges that said they were compatible with Dell, my particular model of printer wasn't listed as the ones they would work with. Do I just need to go to a computer shop, like PC World or Dixons? Or is Dell evil enough that they really don't supply printing equipment in the shops (which quite frankly sound bloody stupid as a marketing policy)?

Any suggestions?
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