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I have a cannon MP160 printer. Color ink button is flashing. The color ink cartridge is empty. I replaced the black ink cartridge and want to print in blank ink only. However, I can't get the color light to go off and switch to the black ink button. What do I do? Need help immediately. Can't find my manual.

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Try to go into the software for the printer and find a rest ink cartridge button. This will make it think it has a new one which wil let you print in black by selecting black print only

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this came straight form canon in a reply email

Thank you for your inquiry concerning your PIXMA MP160. We value you as
a Canon customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you. We
regret to hear that you are experiencing difficulties with the ink
levels in your PIXMA MP160.
This message may be resolved by resetting the unit. Please follow these
1. With the printer powered on, open the cover. The ink will move to
the left hand side.
2. Push down on the end of the black cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.
3. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.
4. Push down on the end of the color cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.
5. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.
6. Once both cartridges are removed, unplug the power to the printer
(without turning it off).
7. Reconnect the power cord.
8. Turn on the printer.
9. Open the cover. The carriage that holds the ink will move to the
left hand side.
10. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the black
11. Place the black cartridge in the bottom of the printer.
12. Slide the black cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.
13. Push up on the end of the black cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.
14. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the color
15. Place the color cartridge in the bottom of the printer.
16 Slide the color cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.
17. Push up on the end of the color cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.
Please note that the color cartridge will stick out further than the
black cartridge.
Close the cover. The printer should make some noise for a few moments,
and then return to standby.
If the message persists, to clear the low ink warning message, press and
hold down the <STOP/RESET> button for at five seconds, and then release
it. This will disable the ink detection until that cartridge has been
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your
Thank you for choosing Canon.
Technical Support Representative

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