[Although specifically written for an MX310, this should work for all MX and MP series Canon printers.] If this Tip does not work for you
, please notify me by accessing my profile page at here and using the Ask button to write me a note.
I can then help you with your specific problem.Error Code U163 (Ink Cartridge Empty or Low)
First of all, Yes, this is a common problem.
When you open your printer up, by lifting the Scan Cover, you will see lights blinking for the cartridge that is low or is empty.
1.) A lamp blinking once every three seconds
means your cartridge is low
2.) A lamp blinking once every second
means your cartridge is empty
.Using your printer with an empty ink cartridge is capable of harming your printer, according to Canon Engineers.
Until such time as you can replace the cartridge you can use the method described below to temporarily turn off the error message.
Press and Hold the Stop/Reset button for
6 full seconds and then release it?
Use the one Mississippi method of counting.
The Scan cover must be closed completely and locked in place. And the ink cartridge must be firmly locked in place as well.Please
advise me of your results
. There may be a more complex problem involved
and it is important to have the necessary data in order to get you back
to working again.
If this doesn't resolve your Canon problem and you want to try another Tip that may work, you can try this Tip written by Darklord
. At least give it a read, it has been known to reset some Canon printers.