I have refilled my ink cartridges on my canon printer several times in
the last few weeks. However i have just had my colour ink refilled and
now it wont print. It says printer cartridges not recognised, or tells
me to open lid and put cartridges in properly but they are in properly.
I dont understand why it wont recognise it as i have done this several
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Re: printer cartridges not recognised
Sometimes even when an ink cartridge has been refilled to capacity, your printer still registers it as empty. This is because your printer remembers that the cartridge was previously installed and it can only remember it as being empty. Part of this is due to technology put in place by printer manufacturers so that you will always have to buy new cartridges. Part of it is also that print catridges are clogged if not used for sometime after its empty even after refilling this is because the contact was already clogged due to the dryness of the old ink inside it before refilling so in that case you will clean/soak the contacts with solvent before refilling .
again since there is no “official” way to fix this problem, you have to basically clear the printer’s memory to make it recognize that you are installing a full cartridge. If you have tried to install the refilled cartridge and you have done all you can to convince your printer that the cartridge isn’t still empty, then basically you just have to unplug your printer for a minute and then trying reinstalling again. but it should fix this problem and it can potentially fix other annoying things your printer is doing.
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not-so-tech friendly, installing ink cartridges in printers can be
messy and time-consuming. Although companies such as Canon are
constantly trying to make designs more convenient for all users, there
are still several tips that can help new printer owners install Canon
PG-40 printer cartridges without mess or hassle.
Although many printer cartridges are specific to only a few models, the
Canon PG-40 printer cartridge was designed for use with many models of
the Canon Pixma and even some of the Canon fax machines. As of
September 2010, the Canon PG-40 ink cartridge can be used with the
Pixma iP1600 through iP1800 printers, the iP2600 printer, the MP140
through MP190 printers, the MP210 printer, the MP460 and 470 printers,
the MX300 and MX310 printers and the JX200 and JX210P fax machines.
This versatility allows users to stick with the same type of ink
cartridge over the life of several printers and allows small business offices an opportunity to buy one type of cartridge for all office printing requirements.
Replacing printer cartridges can be expensive and, if it is possible,
as it is with the Canon PG-40, refilling is a cheaper and more
environmentally friendly option. Refill the PG-40 by gathering a 10
cubic centimeter syringe with a 1.5-inch needle, a pair of latex free
gloves, an MIS Yellow Drill Tool, Scotch tape and black ink. Remove the
label from the top of the cartridge and use the yellow drill tool to
open the vent hole that was covered by the label. Next, load the
syringe with 20 CCs of black ink and inject it into the ink hole (where
ink leaves the cartridge for the page.) Make sure the needle reaches
the bottom of the ink tank and then slowly inject the ink into the
cartridge, stopping when the ink begins to well up at the needle
insertion point. Now remove the needle and clean the top of the
cartridge off to avoid color contamination. Put a small strip of Scotch
tape over the vent hole and poke a small hole in the tape with a pin.
Now reinsert the cartridge and run up to three cleaning cycles to
calibrate the printer.
Resetting the Ink Level
While refilling ink in a PG-40 can save money, it can also cause
difficulties when using the automatic ink level sensor. Reset this
sensor by removing the cartridge after the printer has been calibrated
and placing a thin strip of Scotch tape on the line of gold-colored
leads nearest the ink hole on the bottom of the ink cartridge. Replace
the cartridge and wait for the computer
to display a warning about the ink cartridge being loaded incorrectly.
Remove the cartridge and move the tape from the first to the second
level of leads and replace the cartridge. When the PC displays a
message that the cartridge is not recognized, remove the cartridge and
replace without the tape. The ink level will be reset.
I haven't tried the Colour/B&W/Stop button combination suggested above, but on a Canon MG5250, switching off, then on, and immediately holding down the 'stop' button for 20-30 secs does seem to disable the block. After that the colour concerned has no indicator. It seems that refilled cartridges will woork for a few refills (showing low ink on the indicator) before requiring the permanent fix.
Perhaps the chips in the cartridges have failed? In which case you may need to replace them with brand new cartridges. If that doesn't work you might need to send it for repair as the cartridges might have damaged your machine.
u need to go into printer settings and untick the status monitor to allow the printer to recognise refilled ink. the two ink monitors will then show blank so keep an eye on the print quality to determine the ink levels.