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I am using a refilled cartridge; when I get the message about the ink cartridge having been used and do I want to continue without the function for detecting the remaining ink, I cannot get it to reset by pressing 'resume' on the printer. The message keeps coming up after I hit 'OK' and eventually the printer turns off, haing lost the print job.

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Remove the cartridge and clean it again using a piece of white paper with a small amount of methylated spirits or mineral turpentine i cant gaurantee this you might have to buy a new one you must have touched the sensor tabs on the cartridge
hope this helps

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

  • Larry Davis
    Larry Davis Feb 03, 2011

    MY PROBLEM IS VERY SIMILAR , I PUT A NEW CARTRIDGE IN THE PRINTER WITH IS A Canon PIXMA iP1600 . THEN IT DID.T WORK SO I REMOVED IT AND PUT IN AGAIN AND THE SAME ANSWER , BLACK, IT WIL NOT WORK WHEN YOU PRESS RESUME. NEW CARTERIDGE ?

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 04, 2011

    You might have to uninstall the printer restart your computer then reinstall your printer
    click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll to ports(COM

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