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Canon mx 310 alarm color cartridge empty

How do i clear this alarm and run black ink only

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  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    so does that mean we cannot print only black and white without using color?

  • ion28 Feb 11, 2009

    alarm says 'check ink u163 col'. We've never used the colour so it's not empty and I don't want to waste money on another cartridge, just want to use black. Can't print out faxes in machine.

  • neshacharles Mar 09, 2009

    TRIED PRINTING, FAXING, COPYING AND YET THE LCD KEEPS SHOWING AN ALERT(check ink U163 col) rteplaced the catridge but yet the same aleret and cant do anything!!! helpppp



  • cnv96 Mar 11, 2009



    The ink cartridge is re-filled, and full. Is there a way to over-ride the alarm?

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Go to the printer driver (control panel -> Printer -> Right Click your Printer -> Properties). From there go to maintenance tab, Ink Cartridges, Select Black only. Then click OK. Finally hold the Stop/ Reset button for 10 secs or so. It will then work after a couple of warnings.

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Press and hold the Stop/Reset button for a couple of seconds, it should clear the error.

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If you have two black and two color cartridges you can rotate them again and again. Also, the color cartridge can be empty and black will still print if your printer options include print using gray scale.

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Clearly the Canon "expert" knows the least about this problem. or possibly they work for Canon and want you to unnecessarily buy a new ridiculously expensive ink cartridge

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You cannot clear this warning without replacing the color cartridge.

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