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Empty overflow tank

I get a message that the overflow tank is full and needs
to be emptied.

How can I do this??

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My Canon i965 is not working but I get a message that says "the used Ink tank is full" and the orange light is flashing all the time -

Canon printers have a waste recepticle bin that catches the overflow ink which is used to lubricate the print heads. The print heads need to be primed to stay wet for the printer to work on command. When the overflow tank is full, you get the warning notice that you mentioned in your question on Fixya. It means the tank needs to be removed & a new empty one should be installed in its place in order for printing to continue.

To solve this issue, you need to contact Canon's customer service department. You can request service on the printer & have them replace the waste recepticle, or you can order the part with replacement instructions and complete the task yourself. Their are disposal instructions that need to be followed for the used ink in the tank and Canon can provide them when you contact them.

Good luck!

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All the ink tanks should be red with no flashing.
The tanks that are flashing or have no red light on , need to be replaced.

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I got the message "waste tank full" and now the

your printer has a second tank for colleting all the unused waste ink.

this needs to be replaced with an empty one or cleaned out.

i hope this was useful.

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When I went to print today, the following error message appeared for the first time. The waist ink overflow is almost full. where is this located and how and what do I do to empty this. Thanks

It is "waste" (as in "toxic waste"), not "waist" (as in "belt-and-suspenders").

Turn the printer off.
The print-heads will move to their "rest" position,
immediately above the "waste-overflow" container.

You will have to "empty" this container *AND* "reset" the printer that it has been emptied -- the "emptiness/fullness" has been calculated and estimated by the computer inside the printer, rather than by actual measurements (the gas-gauge on your car's dashboard is an example of actual measurement).

Take your printer to a qualified technician, and get him/her to service your printer.

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Message: drum full of waste toner. replace drum cart. Does this mean it's time to replace the drum cartridge or do we just empty the overflow? Please e-mail

Empty the container that holds the "waste" toner.
You may have to use the controls on the printer to say that you have emptied the container, because the printer is "estimating" (not actually "measuring") how full the container has become, based on the number of pages that have been printed.

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My error message says the used ink tank is full. How do I empty it?

You can't empty it, it's a set of pads covering the whole bottom of your printer. They only cost around $10.00 but you need a shop to replace and reset the waste ink counter.

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Waste toner tank

A few things can cause this.

The way the printer determines whether the waste tank is full is via 2 optical sensors, one on either side of the tank. You'll see a rounded bulge on one end of the tank - the sensors are on either side of that, when the tank is installed. Under normal operation, light passes through that and the printer reads it as meaning the tank is not full, until the tank fills far enough to fill that bulge, and thus block light and give a tank full reading.

If the tank gets too dirty, not enough light passes through and it gives false tank full readings. So the first thing to try is cleaning the tank with soap and water. Make sure that area is as clear as possible.

If that doesn't work, it has also been reported that the sensors themselves are unreliable. I am told Samsung will replace the sensor for free if it's been less than 3 years. If you call them, insist that it is the sensor that is the problem, or they will try to get you to replace the waste bin, at your expense, first: 1-800-726-7864.

Alternatively, you can remove the sensor from one side, and reattach it to the other side - putting the two sensors in contact so that they always read an empty waste tank. Do this at your own risk, however, as you will have to check the tank regularly and make sure it doesn't overflow. Doing this bypasses the sensor, so there is no longer any warning if your tank is overflowing.

Hope some of that helps you.


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I had the same problem -- error message saying two cyan print tanks installed. Nothing helped (including disconnecting power cord). Then found I had an older cyan print tank still in its pack on hand, Installed that. No further problems. Assume this means print tank giving error is part of a faulty batch so am returning to retailer for refund from Canon.

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