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Canon printer "ink absorber almost full"

My printer keeps coming up with "ink absorber almost full" and my undertanding is that once it is supposedly full then my printer is essentially rendered useless, are there any recent resets that will fix this as i have tried the old one posted from a while ago to no avail. Seems a shame to waste a perfectly good printer that has been excellent due to this. Thanks in advance.

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  • Simon C Feb 15, 2012

    I tried it several times today when it came up with the error and wouldn't let me print.
    Sadly it didn't work for me.
    I rang Canon and they advised that if the printer is under warranty(1yr) then they will replace the ink absorber at no cost. Thanks again for the reply and i hope this helps people out there. Cheers

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I have used my mp470 for four years after useing this fix without a problem.

Waste ink full reset


These are the instructions which worked for me on my Canon pixma mp470:

1) Close the print head cover, and turn off the printer. While pressing the Resume/Cancel button, press the Power button. (Do not release the buttons. The LED lights in green to indicate that a function is selectable.)

2) While holding the Power button, release the Resume/Cancel button. (Do not release the Power button.)

3) While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button three times, and then release the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in either orange or green, starting with orange.) During initialization, the LED blinks in green.

4) When the LED stops blinking and lights in green, press the Resume/Cancel button the 4 times. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in either orange or green, starting with orange.)

5) Press the Power button. The LED lights in green, and the
selected function is performed. (When the operation completes, the printer returns to the menu selection mode automatically.)

6) Power off then back on and test.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012

  • Simon C Feb 13, 2012

    Thanks Jim, i tried it while it still says it is nearly full with no luck so i will wait until the ink absorber is actually full and then i will give it another go. Thanks for your post, i appreciate you putting the time into putting an answer up for me. thanks again.

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