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Ink cartridge (not) installed properly

Whenever i try to print, an error message pops up saying that an ink cartridge is not installed properly. I've taken them out and put them back in numerous times, and nothing seems to be working. I know they are the right cartridges and that they are properly installed. But the printer refuses to print. Whenever i try to print, an error message pops up saying that an ink cartridge is not installed properly. I've taken them out and put them back in numerous times, and nothing seems to be working. I know they are the right cartridges and that they are properly installed. But the printer refuses to print.

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    I do not seem to be able to realign the print. We have had this printer for a year or so and this last time I put in new ink all the print is slightly off. How do I fix this

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For the Canon iP1800 printer are you sure you're using the 30 for black and 31 for color?

And make sure they "click" when installed. That should confirm that they're nice and tight in their ink compartments.

Besides that, maybe reinstalling the printer drivers could do something?

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