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Waste ink absorber on canon iP 1600

Hi, I keep getting an error message that the waste ink absorber on my canon iP 1600 is full. Iknow that by hitting resume fixes the problem temporarily, how can i clean the ink absorber so that the message stops for good? I get the waste ink absorber full error on my canon pixma ip1000 printer...What can I do??

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  • summoner Apr 03, 2008

    somebody told me I only have to reset the counter...I didn't have to open it or something...Txs for the advice though...

  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    hi, printer show error message that the waste ink absorber on my canon iP 1000 is full.

  • putariff Sep 18, 2008

    cannot print

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    kayin_1993 Jan 20, 2012

    Cleaning Waste Ink Absorber Cannon IP1600 without tearing the whole printer apart(theres no need to, really.)

    Materials needed:
    Cotton buds, tissue paper, warm water,long tweezers/ Chopsticks (its quite useful if you know how o use it),toothpick/something with a fine end, torch

    1)Unplug the printer. Put it on you desk so its easier to work with.

    2)Lift up the cover of the printer. There should be a whitish kind of tape-like ribbon attached to the ink cartridges. The ink cartridges should be the the very right end of the interior of the printer.

    3)Gently pull the ribbon the is attached to the cartridges so as to expose the waste ink absorbers that nest directly underneath the original position of the cartridges. For your convenience you can just pull the cartridges to the very end so you have a bigger working area. The waste ink absorbers are really tiny,hard and flat pieces of material that are around 1+ to 2cm long in breath and length.

    4)Using a torch, locate the waste ink absorbers (2). They should be held by two small black flaps each. If you are really not sure just use a tissue and feel around. The area where you get a exceptionally much ink stains should be at/pretty near the absorbers. Using tweezers/chopsticks, remove the absorbers carefully(don't lose it). You might wanna clean up the interior abit using cotton buds..

    5) Press each absorber gently in between layers of tissues to get some ink out first. After that just rinse it with warm water. (I just used warm water, but if you have cleaning agents you can go ahead and use them) Dry it in between layers of tissues and air it abit for further drying.

    6) After it is dried you can put them back to their original positions. Keep them in place with the flaps on the sides. The flaps can be easily put in place with the help of toothpick/fine end objects. If you cannot reach the flaps just use the tweezers to help you with it.

    7) Next up, at the base of the interior of the printer you can feel something soft and spongy. It looks like a long grey piece of delicate sponge. Clean that too if it is dirty. Replace it after cleaning and drying. Be careful not to tear it and remember to put it back securely, by using cotton buds to tuck it into place, if not it might interfere with printing process or come lose while printing.

    8) Reset your waste ink counter (there are walk-throughs online) --->

    9) If not reset your printer. I did.

    [ Step 1 : Manual Temporary
    1. Unplug power and USB.
    2. Open cover and hold power button.
    3. Connect the printer cable.
    4. Close door, then release power button. ] ---credits:

    Kay thats all folks! I had a REALLY TOUGH time trying to figure out all these myself, GAWD. Hope my experience will be helpful to you though! :)



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U have to clean it mannualy by opening it. if u r not expert give the printer to qualified proffesional

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I keep getting this error message come up, 'The waste ink absorber is almost full - see manual'.what do I need to do as the manual doesnt give details.

According to the user's manual, "Ink used to clean the print head is absorbed by the waste ink tank. When this message is displayed, the waste ink tank needs to be replaced, or the machine requires maintenance". There is no information about how to replace or empty the waste ink tank.

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1.Press Resume button hold for 1 - 2 minutes (count to 1 to 15-16)
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4.Close The Cover
5.Turn Off Then Turn On again.

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Waste ink absorber on canon iP 1600

For Canon ip1000 and ip1600, maybe others

1. remove cartridges
2. unplug AC power
3. hold power button and plug AC power (keep holding power button.
4. press resume 4 times

The waste ink counter should be reset by now


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