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I have been getting a message that the "ink absorber" is full, and now I get a message with the error Message saying that I should turn off the printer, and back on and it should correct the problem, but it doesn't. What is the "ink absorber" and where is it? Can I replace it or what?

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  • jhhspark3 Jul 02, 2009

    I'm not good on computers, and I am 85 and much of your language I don't understand. Where would I find my ink absorber, and where can I get a replacement? This has never happened before, why would it happen now--have I done anything to cause it? Will Staples have a replacement? That is where I bought the printer.

  • jhhspark3 Jul 02, 2009

    I have received to suggestions: 1; using water and a drinking straw, which sound strange to me. Is it? and 2; pressing the on and reset buttons. How will either of these correct my Ink absorber problem that initially you said I would have to replace?

  • jhhspark3 Jul 02, 2009

    Yes, I guess I need a service center? Does Staples do that, or do I have to go to a Canon service center?



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Actually in inkjet printers the waste ink is collected in the ink absorber pad u r printers ink pad is full u have to replace with new ink absorber pad

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    SABARI ANAND Jul 02, 2009

    The reset fixed a problem I had after cleaning the print head. A great
    tip for cleaning what appears to be a dead or clogged head (especially
    after using 'lookalike' cartidges) is to use a short piece of plastic
    drinking straw, a syringe, and hot water. Remove the printhead, then
    find a straw which will fit tightly over the ink pads inside the
    printhead, fill the syringe with warm water then place into the straw.
    Gently depress the syringe until clear water flows out of the head in
    several fine jets. Repeat for all 6 of the colours. Dry the the head
    and replace. One problem I had was that the yellow was pink/orange.
    What I hadn't noticed straight away was that due to a blocked head or
    maybe bad compatible cartridges, the red had actually syphoned back
    into the yellow, so no amount of cleaning would fix the problem. If you
    have bad colouration, might be worth checking each tank hasn't had it's
    colour contaminated.

    SABARI ANAND Jul 02, 2009

    1) With the printer power turned off, while pressing the Resume/Cancel
    button, press and hold the Power button. (DO NOT release the buttons.
    The LED lights in
    green to indicate that a function is selectable.)
    2) While holding the Power button, release the Resume/Cancel button. (DO NOT release the Power button.)
    While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button 2 times,
    and then release both the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each time
    Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange and green, starting with orange.)
    4) When the LED lights in green, press the Resume/Cancel button 4 times (Each time
    the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange and green, starting with orange.)
    After the function (menu) is selected, press the Power button. The LED
    lights in green, and the selected function is performed. (When the
    operation completes,
    the printer returns to the menu selection mode automatically.)

    SABARI ANAND Jul 02, 2009

    if this all fails buy new absorber pad

    SABARI ANAND Jul 02, 2009

    it is a common issue with most canon printers.....So the advice i like
    to share with u is,first u need to empty the waste ink tank absorber on
    the printer and would like to let u know that changing to a new
    cartridge would not solve this problem as this has something to do with
    the printer and not the cartridge.

    So once u empty the waste ink tank absorber (something similar to a
    small it is the place where your excess ink goes. U should
    take off that ink as it has reached the maximum point of absorbing and
    it's unable to absorb more ink) your printer should work fine.

    Hope this helps

    SABARI ANAND Jul 02, 2009

    do u need service center address

    SABARI ANAND Jul 02, 2009

    try both any one will solve u r problem if didnt replace the pad



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