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Error 1681 more than one Cyan cartridge installed

My Cyan ink cartridge was low so I installed a new one.  Now my Mac gives me error 1681 more than one cyan cartridge is installed-and I can't print anything.  Please help me solve this problem.

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  • John Jobby Feb 13, 2008

    I also get this printing from my Mac (though with my black cartridge). At £11.50GBP ($23USD) a pop, replacing the cartridge every time it happens is not an option. Turning the printer off at the plug seems to re-set it for a short time.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2008

    I have the same problem but with my black cart (cli-8bk).  Canon ip4200 and MacBookPro Intel duo core.

  • brutus44 Apr 15, 2008

    have had the same problem but mine says its the yellow. Not sure what to do? Might have to take it to the repair shop

  • Anonymous May 12, 2008

    I am getting error no 1681 (more than one ink tank of the following colour is installed (black). Can anyone suggest a remedy. I would be eternally grateful.
    Mike Dudley

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I have the same issue as well - I just open the printer, pop out the cyan cartridge, and reinsert it (the same one). This generally works - sometimes I need to do it once or twice. I figure I'll be patient and keep doing this until I a) finish the cyan ink cartridge, b) replace it out of annoyance, or c) through the printer out the window in total frustration.

Interesting to hear about "faulty" cartridges though - I shell out for the "authentic" Canon cartridges which you would think would be reliable - maybe I should switch to using the imitation ones if I'm going to have issues with them anyway...?

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Just tried the suggestion of holding the midle button down for 6 sec, didnt seem to work. Might just have to buy a new yellow cartridge 

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

I have just tried this solution and it has worked (hum, for how long ?) :
Turn your printer off.
Keep pushed the middle button for about 6 seconds (the one that is blinking in yellow, seven times for the error 1681)
Your printer should turn on and work again.
Hope it will solve your / my problem.
Sorry for my poor english Francois

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

Replace the cyan cartridge again. There are quite a few faulty new cartridges getting around. This will fix it everytime. Seen it hundreds of times.

Posted on Feb 04, 2008

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