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I have a PIXMA MP450 printer and error code 5100 displays on the LCD. What do I need to do?

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Error code 5100 means it cannot recognize the follwing UO51 cartridge. 
A lot of the time the cartridges need to be re-set. for this :-- 

Remove both cartridges, turn off the printer for a few seconds. Then, restart your printer and wait for it to warm-up. When it's finished warming up and you see the error code for missing ink cartridges, open the printer and insert both of them and close the printer. 

That might take care of it because the restarting of your printer, "fakes it out" every once in a while.

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