Question about Canon PIXMA iP3000 InkJet Photo Printer
This advice is for a Canon IP3000 printer.
The waste ink absorber consists of several sponge pads, two of which run almost the full length of your printer underneath your printer. When a cartridge is cleaned, a small amount of ink is forced through the print head to remove the blockage. This waste ink then goes through two small tubes to the waste pads below. Over time these waste pads become saturated with ink. It is usually the case, that by the time the waste pads become saturated, your printer is well past its warranty period.
Ironically, you don't need to use this method to clean your print head on this printer, as it is easily removable. On most printers including some other models of canon printers the print head is not removable, so you have no choice but to waste ink. With the Canon IP3000, remove your print head out, put it in a container of hot (but not boiling water) and ideally leave it for a couple of hours and usually this cleans it effectively. I usually put into the hot water, some ink jet cleaning fluid. (The purple fluid that comes with refill kits.)
From your question, it sounds as if it is too late for this. so you have two choices. First, you can try resetting the waste counter; if successful this may mean that you can carry on using your printer. However, this is only a short term measure. If your waste pads are saturated they will need removed, replaced or cleaned.
This is how you can reset your printers' waste counter:
1.With the printer plugged in and powered off, press and hold the Resume/Cancel button, then press and hold the Power button. (DO NOT release the buttons. The LED light should be 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.).
3.While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button 2 times, and then release both the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange and green, starting with orange.).
4.When the LED light is 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.).
5.Press the Power button. The LED lights in green, and the reset is performed. (When the operation completes, the printer returns to the menu selection mode automatically.).
6.Press the power button to exit service mode.
Note: if you accidentally press the Resume/Cancel button more than 4 times in step 4 then just press the Resume/Cancel button at least 10 times and the printer will be returned to step 4 automatically
This may allow you to continue to use your printer. However, please be warned, if left unchecked, you could end up with waste ink spilling out of your printer.
Second you can dismantle your printer, remove and clean the pads, and you may also have to reset the waste counter. This web site outlines the steps on how to do this: http://www.druckerchannel.de/artikel.php?ID=1831&seite=6&t=step_1_removing_the_printers_sides
Finally if all this, brings you out in a cold sweat, perhaps it’s time to invest in a new printer. The Canon IP4600 is the modern descendant of the IP3000, with a removable print head and separate inks. It’s quite expensive but it’s worth the extra for reliability and quality.
Hope this helps. I wish you well.
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
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