The display of the printer says that the container for excess ink is almost full. For more details I have to look up the manual which I havent got anymore...
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Although you are only trying to print a B & W picture, the color print cartridge/cartridges must also contain ink in order for the printer to work. All print cartridges must contain ink for printing of any type to take place.
Load the color print cartridges and the B & W picture will print.
If you were trying to print a color picture and the B & W cartridge was empty, the printer also, would not print.
I hope this helps you out.
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If the waste ink pad is nearly full you will need to have it replaced or reset the purge counter to get rid of the message. Please be informed that even the message is resetted theres a tendency that the inkpad will overflow and you may find spill at the bottom of the printer.
CANON printers "compute" the "fullness" of the waste-ink container, based on the number of pages printed, and the "density" of the ink on each page. So, this calculation has produced a "nearly full" prediction. Take the printer to a qualified technician.
They will empty the waste-ink container, and "reset" the electronics in the printer, back to "zero-per-cent-full".
Compare it to having a garbage-bin in your kitchen.
Eventually, it gets full, and you must take its contents, and put them into the garbage-bin outside your home.
Similarly, when your printer prints, some "extra" ink is produced (in addition to that ink that reaches the paper), and that ink is saved inside the printer, in an absorbent container. That container is monitored, and the printer is reporting that the container is full.
So, "empty" the container, by replacing it, or getting a qualified printer technician to replace it.
There is an absorbent sponge in the bottom of your waste ink container to help contain the waste ink your printer generates when it cleans the print head nozzles. That sponge is probably full and has triggered a "most informative" error message!
Check your user's manual about the procedure for changing the absorber and where to buy new ones.