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I have cannon pixma ip1500 printer sold in good working condition buyer wants refund saying the waste absorber is full, therefore dont workHELP

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    Frank May 11, 2010

    take the waste pad out clean it and put in a pad.

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Inkjet printers have a fibrous pad inside them that collects the waste ink from cleaning the print head. Over time, this pad fills up with ink and can no longer hold any more. When this occurs, the printer indicates a "waste ink full" error.

Replacing the waste ink absorption pads is something an authorized canon service facility can take care of for you. Once they are replaced, it'll be functional again.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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