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Error message U051 on canon MP460

I recently purchased 2 ink cartridges from ebay for my printer, they are refills, and obviously they have refilled old ink cartridges for the MP460 (Black-PG50/PG40 and Colour-CL51/CL41)
I thought this would be a good idea as it is recycling.
I have added my 2 new cartridges to my printer and installed them both properly, however my printer comes up with the error message-
"U051-The following ink cartridge cannot be recognized" and it has a picture of the 2 cartridges side by side with labels B&C.
I was warned before finalising my purchase that this may happen but was advised to "overide it".
I've been able to "override" refilled inks that are not recognisd by a printer on many occasions before on all types of printers, but cannot seem to do it on my MP460.
Is there a solution to this error message or have i wasted my money on something that i thought was good for the enviroment?
Any answers/solutions would be very gratefully recieved and appreciated.
Thank you very much
Jade King

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  • katiehawkins Oct 20, 2008

    My canon printer MP450 keeps coming up with the message UO51. The following ink cartridge cannot be recognized. We replaced the cartridge but still having problems. Any Suggestions? We have tried numerous things to try to fix.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    My Cannon MP 460 printer has error 5100.

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    same problem

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Check the Label on the cartridge if it covers a certain area then you will get an error message. Compare it with a good cartridge the label should nearly touch the lugs at top end. Only applies to refilled Carts.

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