I cleaned my waste pad because it says it was full. I took it out myself, cleaned and replaced the pad. Then I reset it through 'additional functions' using some instructions I located on the net. But now I just have the alarm light flashing with no message, but the printer won't print, copy or anything. Are you able to help?
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Re: Alarm light flashing
1) Printer on, press Additional Functions, Scan, Copy, Scan. Now you should be in service mode; from there to waste ink tank reset 2) Select Test Mode, which is the last available selection 3) Select #8 Printer Test, it will do some cleaning, then it will come up with an other option; this is where it gets a bit confusing cause now all it says is like 8-2 or 8-3! Push the + or - button until it says 8-3 then hit the select button
The menu will now say EEPRON Clear Select Ink count which is option (0) and press set
Then press Stop/Reset, Followed by the power button and then wait for it to restart.
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Press the OK button. The service call error, indicating the waste ink absorber is full, is likely to occur soon. Once the waste ink absorber becomes completely full, printing cannot be done until the waste ink absorber is replaced.
To reset it: With the machine power turned off, while pressing the Stop/Reset button, press and hold the ON/OFF button. (DO NOT release the buttons). The COPY button lights in green to indicate that a function is selectable. 2) While holding the ON/OFF button, release the Stop/Reset button. (DO NOT release the ON/OFF button.) 3) While holding the ON/OFF button, press the Stop/Reset button 2 times, and then release both the ON/OFF and Stop/Reset buttons. (Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the Alarm LED and COPY button light alternately, Alarm in orange and COPY in green, starting with Alarm LED.) "CANON Idle" is displayed on the LCD. 4) When the COPY button lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button the specified number of time(s) according to the function listed in the table below. (Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the Alarm LED and COPY button light alternately, Alarm in orange and COPY in green, starting with Alarm LED.)
I believe that is about a Epson ink printer, if it is, please download the "SSC Service Utility for Epson Printers" if the printer is Epson and reset the ink waste pad's. Please write the model of the printer if is not a Epson printer if the printer is Epson this should work. The software can be found on the internet for free quickly.
Issue: Alarm / Power light flashes orange 8 times consecutively (Waste Ink Nearly Full Error) Solution: Press the <RESUME/CANCEL> button to clear the error (1700) Waste ink absorber error 1700 The printer has a built-in waste ink absorber to hold the ink used during print head cleaning. Eight flashes indicates that this absorber is nearly full.
Press the <RESUME/CANCEL> button on the printer to clear the error, so you can continue the print job. The printer will need to be serviced as soon as possible. Issue: Alarm / Power light flashes orange 8 times consecutively (Waste Ink Nearly Full Error) Solution: Press the <RESUME/CANCEL> button to clear the error (1700) Waste ink absorber error 1700 The printer has a built-in waste ink absorber to hold the ink used during print head cleaning. Eight flashes indicates that this absorber is nearly full.
Press the <RESUME/CANCEL> button on the printer to clear the error, so you can continue the print job. The printer will need to be serviced as soon as possible.
Inkjet printers have a fibrous pad inside them that collects the waste
ink from cleaning the print head. Over time, this pad fills up with ink
and can no longer hold any more. When this occurs, the printer
indicates a "waste ink full" error.
the waste ink absorption pads is something an authorized canon service
facility can take care of for you. Once they are replaced,
it'll be functional again.
1. Turn off printer
2. Hold down Resume button and press Power button.
3. Keep holding down Power button and let Resume button go.
4. Press Resume button 2 times then let BOTH buttons go.
5. Green lights will flash and then stop blinking.
6. When green lights are solid, press the Resume button 4 times.
7. Press the Power button and the printer should turn off, if not, press the Power button once more.
8. Your printer should respond as normal. Let me know the result. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
If both lights are flashing, it means the Waste Ink Pads in your printer are saturated with ink and the waste ink "protection" counter has exceeded its limit. The Waste Ink Pads should be replaced as soon as possible. You can restore your printer to a working condition immediately by using the SSC utility - download from
and use it to reset the Protection Counter. This will stop the lights flashing and restore normal operation.
However, remember that eventually ink will overflow from the waste ink area and make a dreadful mess, so you must change the waste ink pads before this happens. This requires the disassembly of the printer.
If you decide to have a go at replacing the ink pads yourself, report back and I will provide further help.
You have to check if the waste pad of the printer is full. If this occurs, you have to call a technician to replace it (or yourself can do , if you are able to). With the waste pad replaced, you can reset the internal counter with this program : http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
This program can show you if the waste pad is full, or what problem is happening.
hi i am a certified Canon repair tech for this printer. what it sounds like is that the ribbon cable that go from the carridge unit to the main board are plugged in to the wrong connector. check the connectors and try to match up by size. hope this helps.