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Ink absorber is full

My two year old printer stopped printing it tells me my ink absorber is full, what is that?

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Each pass of the printer head there is a cleaning action done to keep the head performing. The printer pulls a mild vacume on the head then wipes it off just like a squeegy does when clearing a wet pane of glass. Thhe ink has to go someware it is the blotter in the bottom that absorbes this ink
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http://www.fixya.com/support/t3861830-change_waste_ink_absorber_in

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Http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/inkjet/32258
The answer and software is at above link.
Pixma IP3000
1. Turn off printer.
2. retaining button Resume/Cancel press button POWER - indicator it will catch fire by green color.
3. let go button Resume/Cancel, continuing to retain POWER.
4. press button Resume/Cancel of 2 times, retaining POWER, after which let go all buttons.
5. when indicator will be lit BY GREEN - press button Resume/Cancel of 4 times!!!
6. turn off printer by button POWER.
It is undertaken from service manuala.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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