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Hi \r\ncould you tell me where the waste ink tank

Hi could you tell me where the waste ink tank is situated on a Canon IP90 printer and how to gain access to it, thanks

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  • Johntee1 Oct 08, 2009

    Hi concerning my Canon IP90 printer I have already asked an expert on how to gain access to the waste ink absorber, I was informed that there are two absorbers situtated underneath the print cartridge,which are housed in a rubber container which can be accessed by turning power off and moving the printhead cariage to the centre,what i'd like to ask is, I have found a rubber item on the right hand side of the printer where the print head normally rests against, could you confirm that this rubber item is the waste ink absorber as it has no sponge type thing I expected to absorb the ink, all that I can see is that this rubber item contains a hard plastic type of filter and underneath that a metal item about the same size (about 20*10mm), I therefore would be pleased if you could confirm that this is the ink absorber, as I had took this filter thing out give it a clean(very little ink came form it I might add) and replaced it, when I reassambled and turned power on, and re-set, the printer gives exactly the same message as before this being, " the ink absorber is almost full ", can you help me with tis thanks, John

  • Johntee1 Oct 08, 2009

    Hi

    Thanks for you reply to my canon IP90 printer problem, but my question was where is the waste ink absorber situated and how to I access it?, + I found what I had thought was the absorber (a small rubber shoe with a flat plastic filter and metal plate underneath approx 20*10mm on right hand side of the print head carriage way,nothing like a sponge as I had thought,I have not cleaned one of these before,also at the same location are two springs,on assembly I was not sure if the print head rested against these or if the spring ends had come out of their stays at the base somehow, anyaway both ends of these springs are now pointed straight upward,after I re-assembled the cover and powered up the printer and re-set as you instructed, the printer now makes a terrible grating sound when the printhead moves so far along the carriage (this is not continuous only momentarily)and the printer orange light then come on showing a fault as does screen message, Id, be very pleased if you can help me, thanks , John

  • Johntee1 Oct 09, 2009

    Hi,

    I have a Canon IP90 portable printer I have followed instructions for waste ink tank full fault, without success, I tried to locate the waste ink tank by removing the top cover, as I had earlier asked someone else how to access it I was told that the ink absorber is housed in a rubber container under the print head, all,which can be accessed by moving the print head to the middle of carriageway, (all that I can locate is a small rubber type thing holding a hard plastic filter (no sponge absorber)filter (the filter being about 10*20mm)I took this filter out to clean it, at the same time I noted two wire spring ends pointing vertically and do not recall these coming out of any stays,anyway on reassebly of printer and resetting, the printer now will not print-and when I press the print key on menu, printer goes through the motions -ie I can hear the printhead moving along carriagway however after a few moments a grating sound can be heard the printer then stops and a error message appears on the screen "service error 5100, turn machine off and on, if this does not clear error consult manual, I have turned machine off and on and it's made no, difference, I think maybe it's got something to do with those springs on the far right hand side of te machine (to the right of the rubber boot filter seat where the printhead rests, can you help me with this, thanks, John

  • Johntee1 Oct 09, 2009

    Hi I have a Canon IP90 printer, I had removed the top cover to gain access to the ink absorber, I replaced top cover and went through re-set procedure, now as the print head moves off its rest there is a grating noise and the print procedure stops and an error message appears "error 5100", I'm thinking that when I removed the cover I somehow disturbed the print head as on the far right hand side there are two springs and these spring ends are pointing upward (i'm wondering if they have come out of their stays somehow but I cannot see where or if any stay exists for these, as the print head moves to it,s resting place (on far right) these spring ends because they are pointed straight up prevent the print head assembly from continuing to the end of the carriage way,and that this is causing the loud grating noise and causing the error message "5100", i'd be very pleased for any help with this thanks, John

  • Johntee1 Oct 10, 2009

    Hi
    I have a Canon IP90 portable printer, it has started making a grating sound when I try to print and an error message "error 5100" appears on screen and the printer stops its printing cycle and the orange lights on top flashes, can You assist me with this problem , thanks, john

  • Johntee1 Oct 12, 2009

    Hi
    I have a canon IP90 portable printer,when I try printing the printer makes a grating sound
    and shortly after the printer stops and an error message appears "ERROR 5100",i'd be pleased if anyone can help me with this, thanks, John

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Removing & Cleaning the Absorbent pads.

The printer has 2 ink absorber pads that are located under the ink cartridges.

1. With power off the head assembly / cartridges can be moved into the middle for access.
2. Each of the 2 ink absorber pads are seated in a rubber retainer. The pads can be easily removed cleaned or replaced.
3. Carefully remove the pads using long nose pliers or tweezers.
4. Clean the using with running warm water, or use an isopropyl alcohol bath, or an isopropyl alcohol based aerosol if they are really dirty. DO NOT USE ANY SURGICAL SPIRIT OR ANY OIL BASED CLEANERS. At a push you can use a warm water mild washing up liquid bath but be sure to thoroughly rinse out the solution after cleaning. The pads should be white when they are clean.
5. Dry the pads – it may take some time and placing them in a warm environment or near a warm radiator will speed this up.
6. Clean away any ink on the retaining rubbers using a cotton bud or clean and soft lint free cloth.
7. Replace the DRY pads in the rubber retainers.
8. Replace the Ink cartridges.
9. Power on the printer and print a test page and clean and realign the heads as required.

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  • Karl Wright
    Karl Wright Oct 09, 2009

    OK now for the correction and the apology for my haste. The iP90 printers are totally dirfferent in setup to the remaining PIXMA range.



    The waste ink absorber or "drain pack" is the large sealed plastic part that fills much of the rear end of the printer. It's either black or beige and has several vents on the top, through which you can see a fibrous material. That's where the ink ends up, and what can become full. It can be replaced, but there's no realistic way to empty or clean it as it is a sealed unit. These can be obtained from most ink sellers and cost around $15 / £10 / E12 each.

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    Karl Wright Oct 12, 2009

    CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS RESPONSE that was for a canon MP160



    The iP90 waste ink absorber or "drain pack" is the large sealed plastic part that fills much of the rear end of the printer. It's either black or beige and has several vents on the top, through which you can see a fibrous material. That's where the ink ends up, and what can become full. It can be replaced, but there's no realistic way to empty or clean it as it is a sealed unit. These can be obtained from most ink sellers and cost around $15 / £10 / E12 each.



    The purge unit is a complex little mechanical assembly that sits under the carriage at the right end of the printer. It has a small rectangular hard plastic pad that collects ink from the print head during purging, and stays moist to keep the print head from drying out. This does NOT fill up, and shouldn't be fiddled with unless it's covered with gunk. Ink that is deposited in the purge unit is transferred into the waste ink absorber.

    There are a few other foam strips and sponge pads along the sweep of the carriage that also do not realistically need maintenance and never really fill up.




    Once it has been replaced do the following if the error does not clear.





    Reset the Error



    Disconnect printer from AC power
    Press and HOLD the POWER button, and connect printer to AC power
    Release the POWER button
    Press the POWER button again

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Hi
If you get the waste tank error and want to reset it then try the steps from here:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t2779087-cannon_ip90_waste_ink_tank_full

It states

STEP 1:- Disconnect printer from AC power
STEP 2:- Press and HOLD the POWER button, and connect printer to AC power
STEP 3:- release the the POWER button
STEP 4:- Press the POWER button again

To clean the waste pad itself you will have to remove the top cover of the printer and locate the waste pads.

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There are 2 screws on the back and 3 on the front just over the paper exit. You lift the back and release 2 plastic tabs and then lift the front of the cover. You then have to remove all of the plugs and ribbon cables from the logic pcb on the bottom, release 2 tabs and lift out the print engine. The piece to replace is the black assembly with holes you see across the back, it is called a drain pack.QL2-0194-000. Theres a tab on the left to release the drain pack, and the new one goes in it's place. After all that, you need to access the service mode to reset the ink counter to clear the error.

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John, Never heard of a waste ink tank. An inkjet printer uses all the ink that comes out of the nozzles and it sprays only as much ink as is necessary. Some time less but never more.

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Hello,

This printer has an ink absorber that takes in ink during the printing and print head cleaning processes. The cleaning process is necessary in order to keep the print head nozzles from becoming clogged. Over the life of the printer, the amount of ink that the ink absorber has absorbed is calculated by the printer. Eventually, after substantial use, the printer will enter an error condition when the ink absorber is nearly full. At this point, printing is still possible by pressing the <Resume> button on the printer. To protect the printer from damage, you will not be able to print at all once the ink absorber is full.

Canon recommends having the printer serviced before the absorber becomes full. There are many "do-it-yourself" Web sites that offer instructions for making this repair but it is not recommended. Replacing the ink absorber is a complicated and potentially messy procedure.

Even if the ink absorber is successfully changed, the ink absorber counter must be reset. Be aware that if you attempt this procedure, it is at your own risk.

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Here is a link to a typical Canon ink absorber:

http://www.returntothe70s.com/images/canon-printer-ink-1.jpg

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The waste ink tank is actually just a felt pad that sits under the printer mechanism inside the case and absorbs the ink from your cleanings

you have to dissassemble the printer to get to it, but you may be able to just reset it as these printers seem to get hung up on this message when its not accually full.


here is how to reset the error

1) Close the print head cover, and turn off the printer. While pressing the Resume/Cancel button, press 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.)

3) While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button three times, and then release the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in either orange or green, starting with orange.) During initialization, the LED blinks in green.

4) When the LED stops blinking and lights in green, press the Resume/Cancel button the 4 times. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in either orange or green, starting with orange.)

5) 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.)

6) Power off then back on and test.

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Hi,

Try this to reset the error.

1) Close theprint head cover, and turn off the printer. While pressing theResume/Cancel button, press the Power button. (Do not release thebuttons. 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.)

3)While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button threetimes, and then release the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each timethe Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in either orange or green, starting with orange.) During initialization, the LED blinks in green.

4)When the LED stops blinking and lights in green, press theResume/Cancel button the 4 times. (Each time the Resume/Cancel buttonis pressed, the LED lights alternately in either orange or green,starting with orange.)

5) 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.)

6) Power off then back on and test.
Let me know, if problem persists.

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