Question about Canon PIXMA iP3000 InkJet Photo Printer
The ink absorber (a felt pad) is provided so the ink lost during cleaning has a restricted area to ensure the ink doesn't escape into mechanical areas of the printer.
I haven't seen the inside of your model but this is probably being monitored using reflected light and once the reflection is reduced (pad changes from white to dark) this warning is triggered.
The printer has been disabled to avoid cast-off ink from overflowing the recess in which the pad is installed.
Unless you are very good at finding the sometimes many snaps that hold your printer together, it should be turned over to a professional.
As a retired tech, I need to warn you that the cost of labor and the pad needed will probably exceed the cost of a new printer.
If you decide to replace it, be advised that most printers are supplied with only minimal amounts of ink in their included ink cartridges; please consider buying cartridges along with the printer to have available when the original cartridges run dry.
Posted on Apr 08, 2008
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