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Pixma IP4500 Ink Tank Reset

I have had my Canon Pixma IP4500 for a month now and have replaced the ink with compatable inks only to notic that it is not printing the same quality so I am going back to original canon inks. Is there any way of resetting the ink tank sensor back to how it was when I got the printer? Hope you can help. Lisa

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  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    how do I click on black ink on the face of the printer machine? I installed a new black ink cartridge. I do not have a colore ink cartridge installed. "Color Ink" is flashing on the printer. I want black to flash to corrolate with what I have installed.

  • 1431fr Dec 23, 2008

    My PGBK cartridge flashes after a refill with compatablle ink. How can I reset so it doesn't show a low or no ink present?

    Thanks 'trebor"



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Try "" to buy a chip reset device for the Canon iP4500 ink tanks(cartridge)

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When you replace your inks with genuine ones, your printer will automatically recognise these and reset your ink levels.

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After changing the ink of my printer, (PIXMA ip4500) I experience the following problems: 1) green and the yellow light keep flashing non stop when the printer is turn on. 2) No lights show to...

Replace the applicable ink tank with a new
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INK ABSORBER FULL Printer model - pixma ip4500 Please solve my problem

This is from the Canon web site.
Before the ink absorber becomes completely full, contact a Canon Service representative. (You will need to replace a particular part of the printer.)
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Canon recommends that you call for service as soon as this error occurs. Once the ink absorber becomes completely full, printing cannot be performed until the ink absorber is replaced.

There are some links on how to clean it yourself or to bypass the alarms on this site. Just do a search for ink absorber and you should find them. I wouldn't try this unless you are mechanically inclined.

Aug 26, 2010 | Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer

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I have a Pixma iP4500 printer.When I buy ink, the #5 black ink tank isn't included in the box. There are 2 black ink tanks in the printer.The #8 black ink tank hasn't been used and the #5 is out(as are the...

There are two black inks in the printer so that when you are printing only black and white such as printing a fax or when you set print in B/W for printed matter, the printer will use the larger ink cartridge. When you are printing in the multicolor mode (most people don't know the difference) the printer will use the finer black ink in the smaller cartridge. This smaller cartridge is used for photo printing and multi-color page printing. You cannot mix the two blacks since the larger cartridge is a coarser ink.

Jun 06, 2009 | Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer

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Hi I Have a Canon IP4500 and have fitted new inks however error message says an ink tank error has occured.Open the printers cover and replace the ink tank on which the ink lamp is off. I Have tried...

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Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud

Jan 26, 2009 | Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer

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Canon Pixma ip4200 printer, error 1414

Hello there,

I've gotten in touch with Canon and have something a little different to try. At the very least the error should change. (Sorry, gallows humor). Please read this entire response before taking action.

After the upcoming test procedure, I have included a link and procedure to contact Canon tech support. The assure me they will replace any faulty tanks.

The purpose of this exercise is either rule out ink tanks that are behaving or isolate the one(s) responsible for the 1414. You should write down the results of this test. Please perform the following:

1. Open the printer and remove all ink tanks.

2. Insert a single ink tank in the printer then close the cover.

3. Confirm whether the printer recognizes the installed tank properly. If it does, it will indicate it does not detect the other ink tanks, as they are not currently installed in the printer.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 with another ink tank.

5. If the printer at any time indicates two of the same ink tanks are installed, the cause will be the last tank installed. For example, if you inserted an ink tank earlier, and you later inserted another ink tank, and it said two of the same inks were installed, the cause of the issue is the last ink tank.

Click here for the Canon PIXMA iP4200 support page
Then click on e-mail support.
Fill out the form.
Under description, supply the following info:

Error 1414 Ink tank problem on my Canon PIXMA iP4200
The error won't go away.
I have replaced the <color in question> tank, reseated it, yet the error remains.

You will also need to list what inks are being used in the printer. State the type of ink that is being used and the order that the tanks are installed in the print head.
Provide the exact part number (such as BCI-6C, BCI3eBk, etc.) if possible.

The Canon support rep assured me they will be glad to replace the malfunctioning tank(s) for you at no cost. Please
respond with the results, and specify the ink tank(s) that were not recognized correctly.

They responded quickly, professionally and apologetically. They want to help get this resolved for you.

I hope this helps end the frustration you must be feeling. If you need additional help or clarification, click the ASK button.


If you could take a moment and rate this response, I would appreciate it.

Jun 30, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP4200 InkJet Photo Printer

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Waste ink tank nearly full

This is not an easy job to perform but you have little choice unless you want to buy a new printer.
Glued to the top of the waste tank is a piece of foam. It is exactly the same type used to filter the air in a portable air conditioner.
US cost about $2.00. You need t replace this or ink will end up spilling into the printer. Place a rag around the tank to catch overflow. You can use a paper towel or rag to slowly push it into the tank & absorb the ink. Please go slow, the ink is thicker than fresh ink & it will not come out easily. If you can get a syringe & use it to pull ink out you'll save a ton of time. Than you can use a rag to wipe out the rest of the ink. Use alcohol to wipe the top inside of tank.
Than cut a piece of foam & super clue one side to the tank. Keep it flush with the top of the tank. (All done).


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