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Waste Ink Absorber

My iP90 is out of service and I have a notice saying "Waste Ink Absorber Full" What can I do to repair this

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You need to reset the printer or to change the absorber

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

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    Ginko Mar 17, 2008

    Here is the solution, try reset first, if it does not work, then you will need to empty waste tank and change the absorber:

    "WASTE TANK ALMOST FULL or FULL ERROR MESSAGE PROBLEM
    This is true
    with many Canon Ink Jet Printers: Eventually, you'll get an error
    message "Waste Ink Tank Almost Full, Contact Your Canon Repair Center".
    Canon is totally sly about this, and is actually a pretty ridiculous
    design flaw that they should be ashamed of- planned obsolescence.
    Anyway, don't let this problem discourage buying an otherwise fantastic
    Canon printer.
    This problem will also be indicated by flashing orange lights on your printer. Different flashes for different models.
    LOOK
    IN YOUR PRINTER MANUAL TO KNOW WHAT NUMBER OF FLASHES INDICATE. In any
    case, your computer printer software will also tell you exactly what is
    going on.
    You need to do this after you get the WASTE TANK ALMOST
    FULL message and the printer continues to work, but BEFORE the WASTE
    TANK FULL message and the printer completely stops. I think. ;-)
    Here's the fix:
    The
    waste ink take is actually just a felt pad that sits under the printer
    mechanism inside the case and absorbs the ink from your cleanings. From
    what I gather, its both a time consuming and expensive proposition to
    take to Canon to fix. And they won't tell people how to do it
    themselves. Well, I WILL. And this works.
    Remember of course, you've got to cycle the cleaning process a huge amount of times to get this to occur.
    But
    when it does, there is a fix-it-yourself solution that is both safe and
    effective for the printer, and free. You have to be slightly mechanical
    to do this. If you get this message and you've never used a screwdriver
    and are all thumbs, well, Canon gotcha. But give it a shot even then,
    or give it to someone halfway coordinated to do this for you.
    You may RESET the printer code first if you like or do it after you clean the pad
    In
    some cases you may need to REMOVE THE PRINT HEAD FIRST or the reset
    code will not work. This was true of the S900 and i960 so, remove the
    print head first before doing this reset.
    This is the correct code for the S and I (like i960) series of printers. (M series below this)
    1) Power off printer
    2) Hold RESUME button then press and hold POWER. (The beeper MAY sound once, or may not depending on your model.)
    3) Hold POWER and Release RESUME.
    4) Press RESUME twice then release both POWER and RESUME buttons.
    5) When the indicator lights steady, press RESUME 4 times (for the S900, 3 times for the 8200 apparently).
    6) Press power to set data.
    7) Print away!
    For
    other codes for other printers and more info go here to this big forum
    (but try the above first) Fix Your Own Printer Generally many of
    Canon's models use exactly this same code, the i models use the same
    code, all the s models use the same code.

    I did this and it works fine! No more error messages and so..."

    Regards

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