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Waste ink absorber is full, won't let me print

I cannot print any documents as a message keps appearing waste ink absorber full

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I haven't a solution but I cannot find an answer for this problem despite wading through loads of stuff about resetting the counter, which does not solve the problem. Has anyone got a real answer to it please? For Canon- why is this not mentioned anywhere? - the problem- waste ink absorber full. I will soon start taking it apart to find it.

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Message about ink asorber full keeps appearing


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2) While pressing the Stop/Reset button, press the Power button. (Do not release the buttons. TheLED lights in green to indicate that a function is selectable.)
4) While holding the Power button, release the Stop/Reset button. (Do notrelease the Power button.)
5) While holding the Power button, press the Stop/Reset button 2 times,(Canon idle will appear)and then release the Power and Stop/Reset buttons.(Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately ineither orange or green, starting with 0.
6) When the LED stops blinking and lights in green, press the Stop/Resetbutton 4 times. (Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LEDlights alternately in either orange or green, starting with orange.)
7) Press the Power button 2 times. ( the '' Canon" appear twice).The LED lights in green, and the selectedfunction is performed. (When the operation completes, the printer returns tothe menu selection mode automatically.)
8) Power off then back on and test.
9) Congrats!!


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