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Colour Ink Tank error

I'm getting an error message saying that the colour ink tank is not installed. I have replaced both tanks (with new) a couple of times and have replace the printer head assembly. Any ideas how to proceed? Thanks

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  • aaronronnie Feb 23, 2008

    I have the same error 'saying colour ink cartridge not installed' but have also purchased original canon cartridges and does not seem to recognise the ink tank even though its there! The small microswitch is being pushed down so can only assume its some sort of error message in its chip or something. Have messed around trying to reset it but with no luck - can anyone please help as its a nice printer! thanks

  • Petur Feb 27, 2008

    Yes , I have the same problem, is there anyway to turn of the colour print option so that it will print only in black ????

  • selfstarter Apr 16, 2008

    i'm having the same problem with an ip90.

    it happened about a month ago and i played around with the switch with the tip of a pocket knife, and eventually it (somehow) worked.

    then i didn't use printer for a couple of weeks, went to print something today, and... same error back again.

    the fact that i got it to work once led me to believe it was a physical problem with the switch / sensor / connection, but... perhaps it's not?

  • Anonymous May 13, 2008

    Same problem. Replaced the color cartridge and get the message that the color ink tank is not installed. Can't do anything - clean, test print, align, nothing.

  • mijs Aug 29, 2008

    same problem here!
    "colour ink tank is not installed"...???
    it used to work just fine but now it's not.
    Isn't there anyone who know how to solve this?

  • daduke May 10, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have replaced the color ink cartridge and it continues to display the error message "error number: 64 the following ink tank is not installed - color" Very frustrating! Can anyone help?



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I have the same problem, so far no solution found.
Still searching, it is not the microswitch and it is not the printhead, some board assy i think.
Suggestion from Canon: send it in for repair, $100 !

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