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Don't use refill kits, they are no good in quality printers. Also the cartridges in the newer models have a chip in them that knows when the cartridge is empty. When it becomes empty, the chip has to be reset, and this is what those mall cartridge fillers do.
E, 1, 3
The ink may have run out.
The function for detecting the remaining ink level will be disabled since the ink level cannot be correctly detected.
If you want to continue printing without this function, press the machine's Stop (Reset) button for at least 5 seconds.
Canon recommends to use new genuine Canon cartridges in order to obtain optimum qualities.
Please be advised that Canon shall not be liable for any malfunction or trouble caused by continuation of printing under the ink out condition.
Checking the Ink Status
Checking the Ink Status with the Ink Lamps on the Operation Panel
The ink level detector is mounted on the machine to detect the remaining ink level. The machine considers as ink is full when a new FINE cartridge is installed, and then starts to detect a remaining ink level. If you install a used FINE cartridge, the indicated ink level of it may not be correct. In such case, refer to the ink level information only as a guide.
When remaining ink cautions or errors occur, the error code will be displayed on the LED (Light Emitting Diode) to inform you of the error. Check the error code and take appropriate action.
-> [ An Error Code Is Displayed on the LED ]
See[Checking the Ink Status ]
E16 means that the Ink Level is unknown, if you refilled it somewhere it would cause this error to come up. The only way to make this go away is to disable the Ink Level Detection by holding Stop/Reset for button for about 9 seconds. It should now work properly but it will be unable to tell you the remaining ink level. The only way to get it to tell you this information would be to replace the ink cartridges.
For the Canon Pixma MP220, I kept getting a message saying "Col Ink Vol Unknown" after refilling and replacing a cartridge. After reading some of the other responses it appears as though Canon cartridges contain internal chips that prevent you from using them after they have been refilled. However, I tried a few things and this is what worked for me.
1. Insert your refilled Canon cartridge like normal, close the lid.
2. The Error message "Col Ink Vol Unknown" should still appear.
3. Use the "Menu" button to scroll to "Maintenance" (press "Menu" 8 times to find it), then press "OK" to conduct a "Nozzle Check" and a coloured test will print out.
4. The Error message will still appear but you will be able to print using colour AND with black and white. For some silly reason the Canon Pixma MP220 won't print using black and white if there is no coloured ink...
The error usually came out after you refill ink on the black cartridge...there is no way you can make the printer work without resetting the ink cartridge..
Try to reset the printer using this procedure.. it will help. 1. turn off
the printer.. 2. press/hold the stop/reset button..and press/hold power
button too.. 3 while holding power button, release the stop/reset button..
4. then press the stop/reset button twice.. 5. release power button..and wait
until the power button lights a steady/still green and says "idle"...
6. open the cover...take out both catridges.. then turn off the printer.
7.put back the cover then turn on... 8. now put the catridges back.. and wait
for some time to return to display menu... then try to print... The printer may still prompt a "black ink volume unknown and color ink volume unknown" but don't worry that won't affect the operation of the printer. And you will able to use your printer, fax and scanner.
Do this every time you refill the ink of the cartridges.
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Error code 4 normally indicates that there is no unk, and the solution is by installing a genuine cartridge, Try to use Black PG40 remanufactured Canon printer ink
cartridge. This cartridge is a high capacity cartridge which has been
filled with 23ml of ink compared with the 16ml (Black) that you get
with the originals. Compatible with: Canon Pixma MP140. if this error still occur it is better that you try the following procedure below:-
When you insert a refilled ink cartridge into your Pixma MP140 printer
you should get a warning about the refilled cartridge. You should also
be prompted, asking if you wish to disable ink level detecting. Agree
to do so, and you won’t get the warnings again because the ink levels
won’t be monitored by the printer.
Dear cappina, Error code E16 indicates that remaining ink is unknown. It is common problem in refilling the cartridge. To fix this problem you need to deactivate ink level detection function. Follow this procedure: press and hold STOP/RESET button for about 9 seconds or more then release it. Now E16 has disappeared and the printer should work properly. As consequence, ink volume in panel become UNKNOWN. No problem. It will be back to normal condition when you replace the cartridge with new one. Regards,
This maybe in the manual under ink tank replacement, most cannons have this, but keep in mind that sometimes the ink feed tubes to the print head get clogged and then the printer will report no ink at all, these cansometimes be cleaned by soaking them in acholol
Something that worked for me, I opened the Conon MX310. took out both cartridges, and for 10 seconds I held the Reset. put the cartridges back in, closed the lid, and again, for another 10 seconds held the reset. SLOW seconds. this reset, ink levels recognised,, and it's working as it should be.