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It has ink everywhere inside. I cleaned the

It has ink everywhere inside. I cleaned the pads underneath and will start reassembling.
What should I watch for?

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Have you used any third party (non original) cartridges? If yes, then there is your problem. Start using genuine epson. However, it may also be because of your settings. Turn off the printer when you are not using it.

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Ip 1700 absober tank almost full


For now, you can resume printing by pressing Resume/Cancel. Eventually the message will change to absorber is full and stop printing. In some cases, you may need to reset the printer by 1) turn the printer off, 2) disconnect the data cable if using a wired connection, 3) unplug the printer for at least 10 minutes (unplugging the wire from the outlet may help) then plug it back in. Check if the error persists before connecting the data cable.

To solve the problem, you need to remove the waste ink absorbers and either clean or replace them and then reset the counter. The absorbers are two sets of pads inside the printer. One set is under where the printhead cleaning cycle occurs. The other is at the bottom of the printer; you need to disassemble the printer from the top, removing several screws. If you attempt this procedure, have lots of newspaper or other absorbant material around. This will get messy. Get the pads out of the unit (taking pictures will help you reassemble the printer). Then blot off the excess ink from the pads and the area where the pads are positioned. Then put the pads under running water until the water remains clear. Wait for the pads to dry (a blow dryer can speed the process up). Reassemble the printer.

Now reset the counter. (Do not do this step without cleaning the pads, eventually ink will get everywhere inside your printer and out.)

First try:

First power off the printer. Next, while holding STOP/RESET button, power on the printer.
While holding POWER button, release STOP/RESET button. Then push STOP/RESET button twice.
Wait about 20-30 second until the LED shows "0?. Then push STOP/RESET button four times.
Finally push POWER button twice. Last step is to turn off the printer by pressing the POWER button one last time.

If this fails, try:
Unplug power and USB cable.
Open door and hold power button.
Connect power.
Close door, then release power button.

Final reset option for an IP1700 is:
Turn Off the printer, and then take off the cable power.
Push and hold the power button
Connect again the power cable.
Use your middle finger to push the resume button 2 times.
Release the power button.

Please note that the counter is programmed for a value that should be reached when the printer is nearing the end-of-life for the unit. If the printer is under warranty, let Canon fix the problem. If it is out of warranty, you may find other parts of the printer failing soon.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Apr 18, 2011 | Canon PIXMA iP1700 InkJet Photo Printer

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My problem is : Waste ink absorber of my Cannon Pixma MP150 is full, how to clear this / overcome this problem so i can continue with my printing job. Thank you.


The waste ink absorber is two sets of pads that absorb ink during cleaning cycles and such. The counter that indicates that the absorber is full is set for a value that should be reached near the end of life of the printer. Additional failures may occur soon. If the printer is under warranty, get Canon to do the job.

If you wish to proceed with cleaning the waste ink pads:

This procedure will be messy. Have plenty of newspaper to absorb the excess ink. One group of pads is under the resting position of the cartridges (where they go when the unit is not in use). with the printer off and unplugged, move the cartridge carrier out of the way and pull out the pads. Blot off the excess ink and blot the spot where the pads sit. Run the pads under running water until the water runs clear. The other is at the very bottom of the printer. You need to disassemble the printer from the top to reach these pads. There are several screws to remove. (Some suggest taking pictures to aid in reassembling the printer.) Repeat the blot and clean procedure for these pads at the bottom. Dry all of the pads (you can use a blow dryer to speed the process). Put the pads back into the printer and reassemble it.

Next reset the waste ink counter (do not do this step without cleaning the pads or ink will eventually get everywhere):
1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power LED is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the LED lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button 4 times.

Some have better luck if they hold the power button throughout the sequence. Press and hold Power while holding the Stop/Reset button. When the Power LED is lit, press Stop/Reset twice. Wait a few seconds then press Stop/Reset 4 times. Release both buttons. Then press the power button to turn off the printer (expect a slow response). Turn the printer back on and the error should have cleared.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Apr 09, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MP150 All-In-One InkJet...

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My Cannon MP180 printer will not print is says that my ink absorber is full. What do I do?


The waste ink absorbers are pads that absorb waste ink during head cleaning cycles. One set of pads is below where the print cartridges rest when not in use. There is another set of pads at the bottom of the printer. If the error is "waste ink nearly full", press OK to clear the error temporarily.

Cleaning these or replacing them is a messy job and may not be worth it. If the printer is under warranty, get Canon to do it for you. If you decide to do it yourself, have plenty of newspaper (or other absorbant material) ready. Take apart the printer from the top; there are some screws you may have to remove to get at the pads. Then blot off most of the ink. Blot the excess ink from within the areas where the pads sit. Place the pads under running water until the water runs clear. Dry the pads; you can use a hair dryer to speed this step if you want. Then reassemble the printer.

Next reset the waste ink counter. Do not start this step before cleaning or replacing the pads; waste ink will get everywhere after a short time.
Power off printer
Hold down STOP/RESET button then Press and Hold down Power button
Keep Power button down and Release STOP/RESET button
Push STOP/RESET button twice
let go of power button

Wait 20-30 seconds - my display shows "canon Idle"
Push STOP/RESET button four times
Push Power button twice
Power off
Next time the printer is started the waste count will have been reset.

Please note that the counter is designed to be a number of pages that will be reached when the printer is reaching its end of life. Additional failures may occur soon.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Mar 13, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Printer says"waste ink near full"


The waste ink is a set of sponges inside the ink jet that absorb ink during the printhead cleaning.
For now you can keep printing by pressing and holding the printer's On/Off button for one second. Then wait 10 seconds and press the On/Off button again. Wait until the printer finishes cycling before trying to print again. See Canon's support page for details: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/printers_multifunction/multipass_series/multipass_mp700#ServiceAndSupport . Search for Waste Ink Full.

When the waste ink tank is full, then you will not be able to print until the unit is serviced. Canon will service this for you. (Free except for shipping if the printer is under warranty, standard $$ otherwise) However under normal use, the waste ink full counter should be reached its limit near the expected end of life of the printer. Additional failures may occur soon.

This is a messy job and may be a lot more work than you want to do. Have plenty of newspaper to absorb the ink if you try this. You need to disassemble the printer to reach them. One set is under the area where the printhead sits when the printer is idle. The other is further down in the center. You will need to remove a few small screws to access the bottom set. Once you get them out, blot off most of the ink and then run under water until the ink is completely out of the pads. Blot the areas where the pads sit of the excess ink as well. Then dry the pads (you can use a blow dryer to speed this step). Then reassemble the printer. (Alternatively, order replacement pads from Canon)
See http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/inkjet/45693 for additional comments from others who have tried this.

Next you can reset the counter. (Do not do this reset before cleaning or replacing the ink pads; waste ink will smear everywhere.)

Resetting the Waste Ink Volume Counter
1) Enter SERVICE MODE.---
By pressing [Menu] then [Copy] then [#]
2) Select TEST MODE. (using + or - keys)
3) Press the [OK] key.
3) Press the [8] key. (TEST MODE)
4) Press the [3] key.
5) Press the [0] key. (INK COUNT).
6) Press the [OK] key.
7) Press the [Stop/Reset] key
9) Press the [ON/OFF]

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Feb 20, 2011 | Canon MultiPASS MP700 All-In-One InkJet...

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2 lights flashing


What is the flash pattern?

If the red paper light and the red ink light are blinking in an alternating pattern, then you may have a foreign object or piece of paper blocking the movement of the print head. Turn off the printer, open the printer and look for anything in the printhead path. Remove anything that doesn't belong. Some printers have a strip that the print head travels across that can sometimes come out of position. This can be repositioned by moving it up and down as well as forward and back to align in a guide on the back of the print head.

After clearing the obstruction, close the printer and turn it back on. If the error persists, then the unit needs service.

If the red paper light and the red ink light are blinking together and the green power light is off, then the printer has an internal error. Turn it off and then back on. If the error persists, the unit needs service.

One internal error could be the waste ink absorber is full. These pads are below the printhead and absorb ink during cleaning cycles. To reach them is messy and takes disassembling the printer from the top. This may include removing the print head. Pull the pads, blot the ink off them and the places where they fit in the printer. Run clean water over the pads until the water remains clear. Dry the pads (use a hair dryer to speed the process). Then reassemble the printer.

Next navigate to http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/InkPadsForm.jsp and fill in the model and serial number of the printer (as well as the other required information). You will get a link to download a reset utility for Windows. Run this tool to solve the error. Do not run this utility until the pads are replaced or cleaned; waste ink will get everywhere inside the printer and over your documents.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Nov 19, 2010 | Epson Stylus C86 InkJet Printer

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Waste ink absorber is full


Hi Good day!!!
Two absorber pads are located on the right side of the printer, under the ink cartridges. With the printer on, lift the top to expose the cartridges. They will automatically move out of the way. You can move them to the left side by hand if the printer is not on. You will probably need a flashlight to see the pads. They each sit in a rubber retainer. The pads can be removed very easily and cleaned. Take the pads out of the retainers with tweezers. They clean up nicely with warm water but you can use something like Simple Green if they are stubborn. It is best to use a spray bottle (on stream) and blast it through the pad until it is white. Sometimes just putting it under a running faucet will do the trick. If there is ink in the rubber retainer after taking the pad out, it can be cleaned up with a paper towel. Put the pads back into the retainers and you have successfully cleaned the ink absorbers. Now you may have to reset the error message so you can get back to printing. This is how to do it.

Following is the procedure to reset the waste ink counter for the Canon Pixma MP150

1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the on/off 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 LED lights alternately in
orange and green, starting with orange.)note: press 4 times for waste ink counter reset.

The number of the Reset
button pressing
LED Function Remarks
0 time Green Power off
1 time Orange Service pattern print
2 times Green EEPROM print
3 times Orange EEPROM reset
4 times Green Waste ink counter reset

5) Turn off the printer.( it must be turn off)
then turn it on again.

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My printer sx400 says that waste ink is saturated what can i do without contacting my dealer


The waste ink absorbers are pads deep inside the unit. They absorb the ink during cleaning cycles and during edge to edge printing. You usually need to disassemble the printer from the top to reach them - have plenty of newspaper to absorb the ink as you do this. There may be screws holding the print head as well. (Since one is under where the print cartridge carrier is parked you have to get it out of the way.) Once you reach the foam rubber pads, pull them out and blot off most of the ink. Also blot the excess ink from the area where the pads sit. Then rinse out the excess ink under running water until the water becomes clear. Dry the pads well (you can use a hair dryer to speed the process). Then reassemble the printer. (Alternatively, you can order replacement pads from Epson Service.)

Next you need to reset the counter. Epson has a reset utility for some of their printers for US and Canada residents here: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/InkPadsForm.jsp?cookies=no&com.broadvision.session.new=Yes . You enter your printer model and serial number to download the Windows utility. (You need to prove ownership of an Epson printer.) There are some alternative utilities that claim to be able to do the reset as well. I do not know if they are from trustworthy sources (but they can be found by google).

Do not do the reset without cleaning or replacing the pads. You risk having ink spread everywhere inside the printer and on your documents.

Note: the counter is designed to reach the limit when the printer is near the end-of-life for other parts as well under normal usage. You may find this unit will have additional failures soon.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Nov 04, 2010 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies

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Ink pads have outlived there life time ????? artisan 800 put in new ink and unit won't print


The waste ink pads absorb waste ink during the cleaning cycle and edge-to-edge printed pages. The pads are at the bottom of the printer under the head. If you take apart the printer, you can blot the excess ink out and then run the pads under water until they are clean. Dry well and reassemble the printer. Then you need to reset the counter. Epson offers a reset utility for some of there printers that executes under Windows OS only (available after you enter your e-mail and the printer's serial number) The URL: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/InkPadsForm.jsp?cookies=no&com.broadvision.session.new=Yes
Using the reset before cleaning or replacing the pads (can be ordered from Epson Service) will lead to ink getting everywhere.

Please note that the reset point on the counter is expected to be reached under normal usage when the printer is close to the end of life. Additional failures may occur in the future.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(Start the disassembly at the top of the printer, move the printhead out of the way (sometimes it is held by screws) and fish for the pads. Have lots of newspaper or other material to keep the ink from getting all over your workspace.)

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Spillbläck full? What to do


It means that the pad that absorbs the ink when the heads are cleaned is full and if you use it more it will spill the ink over your desk. The official way to deal with that is to take the printer to a dealer and they will clean the absorbing pad and reset the warning.
You can do both yourself:
1 - to clean the ink pad: remove the cartridges and unplug the combo - the carousel should remain in the middle, leaving the pad in the right side visible; take the printer to your sink and pour water over it thru a pipe (try not to splash it everywhere) until the pad becomes white and the water that flows out colourless; allow it to dry thoroughly (at least 2 days in a hot environment).
2 - Reset the Waste Ink Volume Counter
1) Press Menu + Copy + # to enter SERVICE MODE.
2) Select TEST MODE.
3) Select 8 - PRINTER TEST in TEST MODE.
4) Select 3 - EEPROM CLEAR.
5) Select 0 - INK COUNT.
6) Press the OK key.
7) Press the Stop/Reset key (returning to the state of 3) and then press the ON/OFF key.

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Epson stylus c45


most problem with printers are dirt inside. if you want to experiment, try opening the printer, usually held by snaps, if accomplished clean all contacts, cables ribbon wires, then reassemble. thats easier said than done.

Jul 07, 2009 | Epson Stylus C46 InkJet Printer

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