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Installed new ink & it says "Print head is not installed" -

I just purchased ink for my Canon Printer MP470 and I got the #40 black and #41 Color, which is what it said to use - but when I installed them, the printer keeps saying "print head is not installed - install the print head". I have removed them and re installed them but it still says that. Can you help me? The printer is new.

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Try to unplug it and plug it back in

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