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Please specify which printer? You have to reset the waste ink level in the printer & Need to clean the sponge/tank in the printer.

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Shows code U165


This section explains the way to confirm the ink status and the procedure to replace ink tanks. When ink runs out or other errors occur, an error message is displayed on the LCD to inform you of the error. See "An Error Message Is Displayed on the LCD".
When printing from your computer, error messages appear on your computer screen as well.

NOTE

Be sure to install the ink tanks in the correct order indicated by the label on the Print Head Holder.
The machine will not print if an ink tank is installed in the incorrect position.
With the LCD of this MachineMake sure that the machine is turned on, then press the COPY, FAX, SCAN, or MEMORY CARD button. The current ink level will be displayed on the LCD for a few seconds.

g0011480_tcm14-605381.png(A) Confirm whether any symbols are displayed here.

g0011482_tcm14-605375.pngColor or black ink is low. You can continue printing for a while, but we recommend you to have a new ink tank available.g0011483_tcm14-605376.pngColor or black ink may have run out. See"An Error Message Is Displayed on the LCD".
REFERENCE

The ink status information is also displayed on the screen that appears during printing.
An error message may be displayed on the LCD during printing.

g0011494_tcm14-605377.pngMachine detected ink out condition. See "An Error Message Is Displayed on the LCD" and take appropriate action.
(B) Empty ink tank.With the Ink LampsYou can confirm the status of each ink tank by the ink lamps. Open the Scanning Unit (Printer Cover) of the machine to confirm how the ink lamps light or flash.
  • Ink lamp is on

The ink tank is correctly set and there is enough ink remaining to print.
  • Ink lamp is flashing

Flashing slowly (at around 3-second intervals)

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Ink is low. You can continue printing for a while, but we recommend you to have a new ink tank available.
Flashing quickly (at around 1-second intervals)

g0011496_tcm14-605383.png
The ink tank is inserted in the wrong position or it is empty. Ensure that the ink tank is in the correct position as directed by the label on the Print Head Holder. If the position is correct and its lamp flashes, it is empty. Replace it with a new one.
  • Ink lamp is off

The ink tank is not set properly or the function for detecting the remaining ink level is disabled.

If the ink tank is not set properly, press the g0009324_tcm14-605384.png mark on the ink tank until the tank clicks into place. If it does not click into place, make sure that the orange protective cap has been removed from the bottom of the ink tank.
If the function for detecting the remaining ink level is disabled, replace the ink tank with anew one. See "Replacing Ink Tanks".
If the lamps are still off after reinserting the ink tanks, there has been an error and the
machine cannot print. Check the error message displayed on the LCD. See "An Error
Message Is Displayed on the LCD".
Getting the Clear Ink Status InformationClear ink is used only when printing on plain paper.
When Plain paper (Cassette) is selected for Media type and printing begins when clear ink (PGI-9Clear) is low, a message will be displayed in the LCD.

g0011497_tcm14-605385.png(A) Confirm whether a symbol is displayed here.

g0011502_tcm14-605378.pngThe clear ink is low. You can continue printing for a while, but we recommend you to have a new ink tank available.g0011503_tcm14-605379.pngThe clear ink tank is empty. See ""The clear ink tank is empty. Replacing the ink tank is recommended." U045" and take appropriate action.
NOTE

  • The ink status information is also displayed on the screen that appears during printing.
  • Clear ink is used only when printing on plain paper. Therefore, it is possible to print on photo paper, or any type of paper other than plain paper, loaded in the Rear Tray, even if clear ink has run out.

The following error message will be displayed on the LCD when the clear ink has run out during printing on plain paper.

g0011506_tcm14-605380.pngRefer to "Replacing Ink Tanks"If you continue printing under the clear ink out condition, see ""The clear Ink has run out. Replace the ink tank." U165/U166" and take appropriate action.When the clear ink hasrun out, printing on plain paper from the Cassette is not possible. The fax, which is received under the clear ink out condition, will be stored in memory.
NOTE

It is possible to print on photo paper, or any media type other than plain paper, loaded in the Rear Tray, even if clear ink has run out.

Oct 01, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MX340 Wireless Office...

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Error message - "some ink


All the ink tanks should be red with no flashing.
The tanks that are flashing or have no red light on , need to be replaced.

Feb 14, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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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.

In any case, you can try the following to clear upo the error, but eventually you'll need the waste tank to be emptied or replaced.

Turn on your MP130.
1) After that press: Menu - Scan - Copy - Scan or Menu-Copy-Scan-Copy-Copy in some models, it depends on the date it was produced)
2) Select TEST MODE.
3) Enter NVRAM ACCESS
4) Select SET ABS-M LEVEL TO 0
5) Select OK
6) Keep selecting OK untill you leave the TEST MODE
Then turn it OFF and again ON. Check if the error message is still there

The following is taken from the Canon website, regarding this specific error:
"Canon recommends having the printer serviced before the absorber becomes full. We are aware that there are many "do-it-yourself" Web sites that offer instructions for making this repair. Replacing the ink absorber is a complicated and potentially messy procedure. Even if the ink absorber is successfully changed, the ink absorber counter must be reset. Be aware that if you attempt this procedure, it is at your own risk."
As I mentioned before, I have not found any way or procedure to replace the waste ink absorber nor the necesary replacement part

Mar 22, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP130 All-In-One InkJet...

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My error message says the used ink tank is full. How do I empty it?


You can't empty it, it's a set of pads covering the whole bottom of your printer. They only cost around $10.00 but you need a shop to replace and reset the waste ink counter.

Sep 02, 2009 | Canon BubbleJet i560 InkJet Printer

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How do I empty the use ink tank?


You can still order the ink absorbers for this model, but only a shop can access the diagnostic mode to reset the counters and clear the error code.

Jun 21, 2009 | Canon BubbleJet i560 InkJet Printer

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Where is a waste ink i have error message says WASTE INK NEAR FULL help me on that, thanks


I have had this problem. There is a counter in your printer that must be reset to move on. The ink tank may not be full, but the counter estimates it is full (and maybe it is an instruction to you to buy a new Canon printer), and to actually empty the ink tank would be an uneconomical task. How do you do it, there are a number of helpers here so Google: MP730 waste ink near full.

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Cannon i350 error


that means that you need to empty the overflow ink tank. got the user manual?

http://tinyurl.com/6qcpgy

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I get an error message on Canon i960 printer that tells me the waste ink tank full. How can I empty this myself?


Read it all here.
Scroll about half the page, to:
WASTE TANK ALMOST FULL or FULL ERROR MESSAGE PROBLEMThere is explained how to get rid of the error message very easy, and how to clean the waste ink pad manually. The latter seems not to be necessary, though.

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Misreads ink tanks: says full ones are empty and there are 2 cyans, etc.


I had the same problem -- error message saying two cyan print tanks installed. Nothing helped (including disconnecting power cord). Then found I had an older cyan print tank still in its pack on hand, Installed that. No further problems. Assume this means print tank giving error is part of a faulty batch so am returning to retailer for refund from Canon.

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