Question about Canon PIXMA MP130 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Pixma mp130 printer

Thank you worldvet. I assume my visa was accepted as payment, due to FixYa issuing a receipt. I have had no support to date. No error message appears on my printer. Just 'check ink tank'.

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  • Johanna  carson
    Johanna carson Nov 10, 2008

    I'm sorry if I posted incorrectly. I must have chosen the wrong option somewhere along the line.

    I cleaned the waste pads not so long ago, when the printer gave me the message 'ink tanks almost full'. Maybe not quite as thoroughly as you describe. This time when I open the cover, the print head stays in the extreme right position. With the cover open, the only way to turn it off is to unplug the printer, but the head still stays in the extreme right position. Is it safe to move it manually? Will it move back to the right when I turn it off? I would like to try to clean again. I am appreciating your efforts, Worldvet! And I was mistaken about receiving an actual invoice. On 6/11/2008 at 9.05am I received a "Thank you for purchasing..." 9.99USD -invoice number 75888. thank you.

  • Johanna  carson
    Johanna carson Nov 10, 2008

    I'm assuming me ON/OFF button is the POWER button. I then have a Stop/Reset button. Should I assume that to be my Resume button?

  • Johanna  carson
    Johanna carson Nov 11, 2008

    I cleaned the waste pads, I removed the cartridges, I removed the head, and I'm sure, by reading ALL the instructions you've given me, that I've done everything except dismantle the print head. I'm going to work on that next. Right now, I turn the printer on, the message says 'PLEASE WAIT', then changes to 'CHECK INK TANK'. No matter which buttons I press, or hold, or in whatever order, the same message comes up.My husband says I should give up and just buy another printer.

    your questions;

    1.) have you found out from Chantell what the situation is with your charge? I've only just now sent an email to Chantell. I've not had time to check with my 'bank' to see whether the money was actually withdrawn.

    2.) who, if anyone, was given credit for your solution you state you never received? I'm not sure what you mean by this. I've only ever once offered a solution, MANY months ago, (and had entirely forgotten about it) and that was about camera batteries. Can't think that I would have stated I didn't receive credit? Maybe this question was for someone else? thank you worldvet

  • Johanna  carson
    Johanna carson Nov 11, 2008

    I have tried it all. Cartridges out, print head out, unplug, plug back in, press buttons in sequence. Still the message persists - CHECK INK TANK. The email to came back, as address does not exist. I've resent to I'll be happy to rate - thanks for trying, Helpful or Fixya! ? I might just get a cheapy, Lexmark x2650? are the cartridges refillable? I found the Canon pixma really easy to refill.

  • normwand Nov 30, 2008

    Message is "Put in Cartridge" new cartridges, cleaning contacts of head assembly, reset, ok, nothing works



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The check ink tank is an error message based on either:
1.) How many pages have been printed
2.) How many times you have replaced ink tanks
3.) How many hours the Printer has been on.

Most of us understand this is based on a page print counter.

There is usually a method to turn this off using a manufacturer's method taht's leaked out to the tech community. There are a few Canon tricks and I'll post one to you later that may or may not help.

I do want to assist you first and foremost on the payment you believe you were charged by the receipt being issued. This may have been a glitch as this does happen but you need first peace of mind on the billing and then support. As you have posted this 'help ticket' into the Free Forum, I'll also see if we can reset your Canon too.

Can you give me the date on the receipt and an invoice number first?


Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 09, 2008

    When you send me the record number for your transaction that is on your FixYa receipt I can then forward that to our billing department. They are in Israel and the time zone difference will be the main issue on when this gets resolved favorably. However, in Israle Sunday is the first day of the work week.

    From my research this morning, the error message you are receiving is really common and not always, mostly not, related to a problem but is a glitch. I will probably post a new Tip/Trick on our web site that everyone can use. I'll post it for your use first and how this works for you will determine its accuracy.

    The first thing you will need to do is clean the waste ink pads under the print heads. I already have instructions to do this here on FixYa in the Tips and Tricks Section. Click on this link to read it. After the waste pads are clean, you will want to leave the print heads out of the printer. Let me know when you are done.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 10, 2008

    Now that you have the waste pads cleaned, run through these steps to reset the printer.
    [Thanks to Neil Slade of for this run through, one of many sites, but Neil's is best]

    1) Power off printer
    2) Hold RESUME button then press and hold POWER. (The beeper MAY sound once, or may not depending on your model.)
    3) Hold POWER and Release RESUME.
    4) Press RESUME twice then release both POWER and RESUME buttons.
    5) When the indicator lights steady, press RESUME 4 times
    6) Press power to set data.
    7) Print away!

    Ask any questions using the comment area below. You do NOT have to use the AskMe button to make a comment. This is what the Text Area Below is for. Just drop your cursor in there to begin a comment. I'll get an email message alert about your comment and get back to you as soon as I can.

    Don't forget the data on your charges if they are showing up at your Card Processing Center on Monday.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 10, 2008

    Yes, you can reach in and grab the print carriage and pull it towards the middle to clean the pads some more.

    Once you do and run the Trick correctly, it can be tricky itself to get these buttons pushed in the right sequence without making a physical mistake. Just don't give up. You may want to copy and paste the sequence into a word program and then print that off so its in front of you.

    With the receipt you have, email She handles these billing matters and errors. She is in Israel though so be aware of the Time Zone differences. Israel is GMT +2 or 3 (I can't recall).


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 10, 2008

    Try this instead if this run down makes more sense and it takes you into the Service Regieme.

    Please understand this is translated from Chinese.

    CANON MP130

    Discharge of the code of the error of the overcrowding of sump Ink Tank Full

    1. You will include printer.
    2. press button MENU, then SCAN, COPY and again SCAN - this enters you into the service regime.
    3. select NVRAM ACCESS and further BY OK.
    4. select SET Abs- m level and advance value equal to zero.
    5. select SET Abs- r level (if there is) and also you will establish into zero.
    6. you will turn off printer by button POWER.

    You may have to run through this several times to get used to the options that a technician usually deals with.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 10, 2008

    As you may have found by now, curing the Canon MP130 is not the easiest of problems to solve.

    There may come a point, perhaps now, when you want to start over from
    scratch. If that is so, that's okay. There are, as they say, more than
    one way to skin a printer. If you'll bear with me we can get through
    this sooner rather than later.

    1.) have you found out from Chantell what the situation is with your charge?

    2.) who, if anyone, was given credit for your solution you state you never received?

    3.) I cannot accept payment for helping you. You can pay me as a
    consultant working for FixYa but the information to fix your problem is
    free of charge and it cannot be used for commercial purposes, i.e.,
    published and sold.

    Now that that is over with, I've been looking at a top expert at a
    competing web site who was a Canon Engineer and now releases fixes to
    these issues as he believes Canon charges extra ordinary prices and
    forces you the consumer to use their repair service when these problems
    can be resolved on your own.

    In particular, he states that, to reset the MP130 as described most
    recently above, IT IS Important that the cartridges are removed and the
    Print Heads removed
    as well otherwise the reset will not work.

    The Print Head(s) is the receptacle that the ink cartridges snap into.
    You will notice in the print head part there are white/ivory pads under
    what would be each ink cartridge. When these clog, you remove the print
    head assembly. Wear Gloves the ink is difficult to remove from your fingers. There are usually two screws holding this in place. You may have to remove the back cover and side cover which are just held in place with Snap Tabs. WARNING: this requires some mechanical intuition and
    If you don't have it find a friend who does and they will be
    able to remove this assembly for Resetting the Waste Tank (felt pads
    that absorb ink from your head cleaning procedures in software). Once
    it is removed its also not a bad idea to blow these pads out with
    compressed air to stop any clogging that will occur eventually. Its
    good to have two cans of air. As one can looses air velocity the can
    will also become cold to the touch. Now, switch to the other can of
    air. Cleaning these pads this way does not require a lot of effort or
    time so don't over do it. You'll just be wasting air and time.
    Additionally, you can now run very warm almost hot water over and
    through the pads to finish the job off.

    Here is the same process as above but explained in different more easily understood terms.

    1) Printer on, press Additional Functions, Scan, Copy, Scan. Now
    you should be in service mode from there for waste ink tank reset it is
    similar to what has already been posted.

    2) Select Test mode which is like the last available selection

    3) Select #8 Printer Test, it will do something here like
    cleaning or something then it will come up with some other option this
    is where it gets a bit confusing cause now all it says is like 8-2 or
    8-3 push the + or - button until it says 8-3 then hit the select button

    4) The menu will now say EEPROM Clear. Select Ink count which is option (0) and press set

    5) Select Ink count which is option (0) and press set.

    Sorry about the first series of functions was not so clear. I
    endeavored to find a way to make these clearer, while I hoped you were
    endeavoring to have your charges here on FixYa resolved and to see that
    no one was getting paid for nothing and you were getting charged for

    And, I apologize for this process I've been Fixing your problem with
    has been so confusing. Normally, it is we Techs who go through this and
    the difficulties are something you as a customer never bear witness to.
    As FixYa is a self help expert assisted web site we provide you with
    instructions that are intended for techs but handed off to consumers to
    execute. This is no excuse but it is an explanation.

    In my business I have a no excuses no explanation no questions asked
    service warranty. What this means to my clients is that they only pay
    once to have a job done and if we have to work the problem longer than
    expected to make it right the extra time we spend is our problem not
    yours. What I quote for a job is what you pay no matter how difficult a
    job becomes. Some times it takes a bit less time and some times it
    takes longer. In the long run it all works out to everyone's
    satisfaction. I've been using this policy for 30 years now in business
    and for the lat 15 in computer assisted devices service, repair and
    building. This of course includes PCs.

    As a result of assisting you with your problem, which to me was helping
    you get your money refunded or assured you were never charged. It
    turned out that I felt it was imperative to assist you with your
    original problem too. As a result of this experience I will be posting
    a Tip in FixYa's Tips and Tricks section for others who come here with
    the same printer series and same printer problem. My background
    includes technical writing and I worked heavily in journalism and ended
    that career as an Editor in Chief. So writing comes easy to me and what
    appears as a lengthy body of text to some is an easy task for me.

    Lastly I need to give credit where its due. Much of this information is
    available on the Web by searching intelligently using extended Google
    metrics. And although this information on resetting your printer was
    gleaned from several sources, I verified my information in the long run
    by visiting Neil Slade's library papers on Ink Jets and specifically
    Canon Ink Jet printers. This information is for Free Non Commercial
    use. Therefor, I WILL NOT accept payment for this assistance to you
    should your problem be fixed and you are satisfied.

    That verification of information was courtesy of Neil Slades free
    information pages at inkjethelper dot com and NielSlade dot com's
    Library Papers.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 11, 2008

    On the who was given credit for the earn on your Premium Question. For you to have been charged for a Premium Question some expert would have been given or awarded credit for that.

    When you communicate with Chantell, you can ask her as a follow up. I'm sure she will just take measures to see your account is credited for the charge as you do not believe you received an answer.

    My solutions to you are not motivated by any intention to earn money from you.

    The most I can expect from you as an acknowledgement for this assistance is for you to rate my efforts as Fixed even though they may not resolve your problem itself.

    From what I discovered while doing the research to provide you with a way to correct your printer was that this model series you now own from Canon is rife with problems.

    Normally, you should not experience the Tank Full (tank = waste pads) is after you have done Head Cleaning numerous times, a really large number of times. If you got this error message and you haven't done a large number of Head Cleaning operations then your printer is glitchey [a purely technical term for something that is best left unsaid in polite company]

    What I did read ws that the Canon i960 is a better printer.

    Still, from a technicians point of view when it comes to multifunction printers I strongly suggest people buy an Epson RX Series. These are often available from CostCo online at a web site of the same name. Or from NewEgg dot com. Ink can be found just about everywhere and you only buy the ink color that's run out, mostly Cyan and Black. Often the ink is sold at discount in a package that contains all the colors for about 65 dollars. I have one of these printers in use and its problem free and installs without effort, just do not hookup the USB cable on any new printer until the installer software tells you to do so.s

    In general then, I agree with your husband on a new printer and I suggest the Epson RX series.

    Still, if you want to stick with this printer you're working on now, finish removing the print head assembly and with it out finally, then attempt to use the sequence method as described before. Before you start, with the print head out, unplug the printer for a few minutes first and then plug it in and then run the solution sequence. If this can not be solved by doing this, then your problem is deeper than resetting the counter in the printer. The printer itself may be very much a problem now, and continue to be problematic for you as time goes by.

    Sorry I wasn't able to give you an easier solution, but if its any consolation, the MP130 is rather infamous on the Internet for having this problem.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 11, 2008

    You can try this email address instead as the one to Chantell may only work for we worker bees here.

    Yes, you can refill those cartridges too. You may get an error eventually about a waste tank full, same fort of thing but easier to resolve, especially on an Epson.

    Best place and brand of ink to refill with:

    On the rating, I'd appreciate a Fixed, thanks for asking.

    Lexmark makes the printers for Dell, a bit of trivia most people don't know about.

    It was nice working with you. Sorry you had to have one of those printer models. You did everything right so there must have been a deeper problem and not worth the money to pursue.

    Best of luck with your new Printer and thanks for using FixYa,



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Here this step by step to resetting waste ink counter printer Canon Pixma MP130
  1. You will include printer.
  2. Press button MENU, then SCAN, COPY and again SCAN - they entered into the service regime.
  3. Select NVRAM ACCESS and further BY OK.
  4. Select SET Abs- m level and advance value equal to zero.
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Because this is usually an easy fix. Do you have an error code associated with this problem like error U163 or E3

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