My Canon Pixma ip1600 will not recognise new ink cartridges. It refuses to believe that they are 'installed properly' - they are! It is flashing error code 1660. I've turned it off, taken out and replaced the cartridges countless times, kicked it, shouted at it and nothing seems to work. Anyone got any ideas?
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Dear hoppygink, Canon pixma ip1200 series (ip1200,1600,2200) identify the first new cartridge installed in the printer and detects ink level properly unless you put another used cartridge or you its own cartridge to another printer. Once you do this, ink level of the cartridge become unknown. So, never exchange its own cartridge with another ip1600 printer. This will be back to normal condition when you replace with new fresh one catridge that never used before. This weakness has been improved by canon in pixma ip1300 series (ip1300 & 1700) anyway. To prevent this problem occurs, you need to back up EEPROM data of the printer by using EEPROM restore tools before perform cartridge exchange. I will discuss this in Canon Inkjet Forum in the next coming chance. Please send me your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org so I can notice you immediately after posting the topic. Regards,
You may running out of the colored ink.. just make sure you change it before it runs out.. make sure you buy a colored ink for Canon Pixma iP1600.. the cartridge of the colored ink of your printer has a number infront of it.. eg: Canon CI-41
most common, is there is a tiny piece of lint or paper shred, has worked its way between the ink cartridge and the print carrieage connectors,
take the cartridges out and wipe down the connectors on the cartridge and carriage with a lint free cloth or lens brush
Isopropyl alcohol is a good residue free cleaning fluid,
if no all the connectors answer, the printer assumes a wrong cartridge
Go here. Type "how to install ink" in the search box. Click "Search", then select "How do I install the ink cartridge(s)". You will get instructions with pictures on how to prepare and install the cartridges.
Use a Q-Tip and some clean water to clean the contacts behind the cartridge in the printer and on the cartridge itself. Then use a pencil with a clean eraser to polish the contacts. Be careful not to touch the part where the ink comes out of the cartridge.
Using replacement cartridges that come without a chip seems to be the problem I had with the Canon Pixma 510 printer they are cheaper but if they do not show the ink levels then its inconvienent so I have but Canon products with a chip and they work perfectly.
the cartridge is removed from the printer an "empty cartridge" message
appears and a blinking amber light will come on, on the printer. Holding
the paper feed button down for 3-5 sec. will allow you to override the
I posted the original problem.
Although the cartridge was genuine I had taken it out and reinserted it as I wasn't sure I had loaded it correctly the first time. Advice from my local retailer was that this was a mistake. Canon PIXMA printers no longer recognise a cartridge once it has been removed.
Solution was another new cartridge which I shan't remove until it's empty.
When this second cartidge is empty I shall try the first cartridge again as it is still full and unused. It has yet to print anything!
Why Canon's helpdesk couldn't help is a mystery.
I conclude that Canon's printer management systems are unfriendly to users. They are friendly only to Canon.
I hope my experience will help others especially those considering buying a Canon printer.