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Ink absorber full

Called Canon service and was told to "trash" the machine as it can't be fixed. So what is this, planned obsolesence?

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Well, almost :)

The waste ink absorber takes in the ink when the nozzles are cleaned, and it is planned for a certain capacity. The counter keeps track of the amount of ink that went into it, and stops the machine from further printing when a limit is reached. This is, in theory, to protect the customer from waste ink overflowing and spilling onto whatever the printer stands on (like an antique desk for example).

The price for replacing it by authorized service and resetting the counter is usually so high, that indeed it makes more sense to purchase a "new improved" printer...

If you want, you can try resetting the counter yourself - there are plenty of instructions on the web, like here for example:
http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/inkjet/41962

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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"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.
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