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Waste Ink in a Printer

Printing difficult due to message "Waste ink near full " appearing in printer message window. Can I rest printer to remove message...or what?
Thanks fopr your help.

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  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    I have the waste ink near full problem appearing on my Canon MP730 printer

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    Waste ink full keeps coming up. Printer has not stopped yet. But, would like to resolve the problem before it becomes serious.

  • Anonymous May 22, 2008

    La impresora da error 343 despues de varios meses con aviso de tinta residual casi pleno y ya no imprime, que debo hacer?

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  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    Name : Lawrence Loke

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    I have an error message "Waste Ink Near Full" on my Canon Smartbase MP730 Photo and the Alarm light keeps blinking. Can you please advise me how to rectify the problem? Will it helps if I delete the old printer driver on my hard disk and reinstall it?

    Hope someone can help me to solve this problem.

    I look forward to your early response.

    Many thanks.

  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    I have an error message on my Canon Smartbase MP730 Photo Printer i.e "Waste Ink Near Full" and the alarm button keeps blinking. Can someone please advise and help me to rectify the problem.

    Will it helps me if I delete the old printer driver on my hard disk and reinstall a new printer driver for my Canon MP730?

    Many thanks.

    I look forward to your early response.

  • threadshed Sep 10, 2008

    Waste ink near full - keeps coming up and can't use printer



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U will have to lose the printer then bring out ink waste bin and then flush it manually n insert it back.

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8) Power off then back on and test.
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