Misreads ink tanks: says full ones are empty and there are 2 cyans, etc.
Hi! I recently refilled my empty-ish ink tanks. A few weeks later, my printer showed an error message saying that there was an empty ink tank. They wasn't! I took it out, and put the same tank back in. That would work for a while... now the error message says there are duplicate cyan tanks. There aren't! Ugh. Is there a way to reset the printer or do I have buggy print tanks (they are the correct Canon tanks)?
Re: misreads ink tanks: says full ones are empty and...
I think its the chips, the one that it's seeing as duplicated! I took it off my black ink cartridge and put it on the magenta. An error message then came up saying I had duplicate magenta. When I switched them back the magenta was fine and there was only one! Dodgy chips me thinks!
Re: misreads ink tanks: says full ones are empty and...
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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INK PROBLEM Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles. If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive. It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.
Common problem with this (and other) canon printers. I usually just
lift the cover and lift the highlighted tank out and put it back in,
sometimes I have to do that 2 or 3 times before it will let me print.
If lifting that tank doesn't do it, try lifting all the tanks and
putting them back. Eventually you will get a message that the tank you
are refilling is empty (even if it's full). When that happens, press
and hold the "stop/reset" button for 5 seconds (this is from Canon)
then you will get a message that Canon will not be responsible for
damage to the printer because you are using different ink than theirs (just ignore it). You can also try cleaning the contact points on both ink cartridge and on printer w/ cotton swab lightly dipped in alcohol.
Show empty or not recognized (cross sign)? Check connector at chip and at head carriage. Do replacement procedure form status monitor (how to..). Do replacement ink tank one by one with cyan ink first.
Epson gives you a miserable 12 ml of ink. Then it reports empty when there is still 10-15% of the ink left. I saw someone set up a brand new CX8400, print a single 4x6 photo and it said he was out of cyan. I use reusable cartridges from http://www.ccs-digital.com They hold 20 ml, which is 2/3 more ink. The chips automatically reset to full if you take the cartridge out and put it back in, so you get to use every drop. The ink is in a separate container inside the main cartridge. When it's really empty, you pop out the ink tank and pop in a new one. The tanks are under $3 each. I think this is brilliant because it's like refilling only it avoids the risks and mess of refills.
Theres a simple trick to cheat the machine. BUT you will definitly destroy the printhead when doing so for a longer periode!
You have to put some black adhesive tape around the middle part where you can see this black palstic flag inside the cart. This flag signals the printer that the cart is insert and later on when the ink is down to give the waring: near empty.
I do give you the advice to do another but saver cheating:
You can refill the cart with a mixture of 8 ml destill water and 3ml 85%-Glycerol (e. g. Glycerin alc. which can be bought at a drugstore for a few cents). Shake the mixture well (within the syringe) before refilling the cart. See pics here how to do so (LC1000): http://www.hstt.net/refill-faq/brother.html#LC-1000 - Refill (brother has changed the construction of the carts! If you can see a plastic quad in the middle of the cart, you have to drill the hole just behind the air valve (white plastic looking out of the cart)
That is happening because you have "smart" chips on your cartridges, so even though you know there is still some ink left in the tank, if the chip says stop, the printer will stop printing. There is a way to bypass that and that is by using a re-setter. You can either buy one or ask to re-set your cartridge in a refill shop. You can also try holding the "resume" button (triangle in circle for about 10 seconds for each cartridge, sometimes doing that resets the cartridges. Do not refill the magenta and cyan cartridges if they are not empty, you'll just be wasting your money. Better use it to buy a re-setter ;) Hope that will help!