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Canon MP610 Anthony

Only used a couple of times. Brand New 2 months old. When u turn on the printer it says The following ink tank cannont be recognized. And show the M. I have taken out the cartriage, shook rubbed and done whatever be wont be recognised. Any help would be great, thanks Ant

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  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2008

    Have had the same 'can't recognise ink cartridge' problem, except with the c one. Have replaced it, both proper canon cartridges, and it still says it!!!! Think I will follow advice and take it back.

  • EdboII Mar 21, 2008

    "The following ink tank cannot be recognized."  First it was 50% of the prints, then 60, 70, 80, now 100% after 10 tries.  Funny thing is that I just want to scan, and I cannot because of this error.

    This is my 2nd canon in less than 2 months.  I was stupid enough not to take it back within the 14 day return period that the Apple store claims to have.  I still may try to take it back.  My recommendation is to not buy a Canon MP610.

    If anyone else knows some magic on how to fix this, would love to know.

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    Same problem. Can't recognize the black print cartridge. Have tried to reset the cartridge 15 times.

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    A couple of times I have turned on my printer and a warning has appeared on the screen that the yellow print catridge is not recognised and needs replacing. I have removed this catridge and it is still close to full but when replaced it still comes up with this warning. I can use the printer if I turn it off and turn it back on till the warning no longer appears but after printing one job the warning will reappear.



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I cant even figure out how to change the ink cartridge

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Have you tried replacing the cartridge? It may not be empty, but it could be defective (it happens once in a while).
However, IF a new cartridge doesn't fix it, I honestly would pack it up and return to the store you bought it from...

If they still have them in stock, just ask for an even-exchange -- offering to let the store keep anything from the box that you didn't bring with you so that they can then return it to their vendor without penalty. That way, they'll be more inclined to accommodate your request (believe me, I know; I managed computer and office supply stores for over 10 yrs and this was exactly how I satisfied a customer issue like this.)

If they are dumb enough to not help you, you'll have to deal with it through Canon -- but they'll replace it for you.

Good Luck!
Maggie B

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HI. Try holding the reset button for 6 seconds to overide the error. This may dissable the chip so it won't report but will allow you to keep printing. Simply check the ink tanks visually.

Refilling will give the same error too, again dissable the error.

Cheers Bob Monk (ink manufacturer

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