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YES, it will scan without the printer cartridges. I picked up a Canon MP160 for free at a yard sale this morning. It didn't come with either ink cartridge. When I powered it up, both the cartridge lights came on but it didn't display any error codes. I installed the Mac OS X scanner driver, and MP Navigator. I then used it to scan a 99-page text document into a PDF file. I have not installed the Mac OS X printer driver for it.

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    Oops! Ignore my reply about scanning without cartridges. My used MP160 does have ink cartridges in it after all. If I remove either or both cartridges I get an E5 error when powering up and a "Printer maintenance is in progress. Scan after it is complete." error when trying to scan. I think my cartridges are empty (the lights are on) so you may be able to scan with empty cartridges

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You can not scan if your ink is emty. You can easy recharge your cartridge. There is on marker some recharge ckits they are somthing around 10-15 euro.

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Usually not as the printer won't work unless you replace the empty cartridge.

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You could definitely use the device as a scanner even if your Ink is empty provided you have not removed the cartridges from the printer.

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