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Clean Waste Absorbers

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  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    The waste ink absorber is full

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    how to get rid of obsober full massage

  • 389kky Jun 05, 2008

    I have awaste ink absorber is full message and cant print .. what should i do.

  • debbie1964 Jan 11, 2009

    Hi i have a canon mp130 that showed a waste absorber full message and now an error 5B00 (i think) can someone help me fix it as the service centres are not interested and I hav heaps of cartridges and loads of printing to do. Thankyou Regards Debbie

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    My printer has stopped do I clean or empty the Waste Ink Absorber...and where is it? Is it hard to find?



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To reset waste ink counter:
Press Menu-Scan-Copy-Scan to enter service menu.
Use arrow keys to scroll to "Service menu counter access".
Press OK.
Use arrow keys to scroll to "ABS-M DOT COUNT"
Press Copy.
Use arrow keys to reset count to zero.
Press OK.
Press Stop/Reset.


turn on the printer press menu
press scan, copy, scan to enter service mode
use> to get to nvram
set ABS-M level to 0
Set ABS-P level to 0
Press stop to exit.....Done..

I hope this help!

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I have the same problem about cleaning the waste ink absorber on my excellent MP 130 but where is the ink absorber actually located?

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Message waste ink absorber is full

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! :)

Sep 25, 2011 | Canon PIXMA iP1600 Printer

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Ink waste absorber full

Clearing this error is a two step process - clean the absorbers and then reset the counter. If the printer is under warranty, let Canon technicians do the job. If it is out of warranty, the first step is messy and may not be worthwhile. The counter is set to a value that is expected to be reached when the printer nears its end of life. If you do the steps below, do not be surprised if additional failures occur.

First step: disassemble the printer to reach the two sets of ink absorbers. Have lots of newspaper or other absorbant material to contain the mess. The first set is under the area where the ink cartridges rest when not in use (and during cleaning cycles). The other set is at the very bottom of the printer. Start at the top of the unit and take it apart. You will need to remove some small screws to get at the different levels of the printer. Work slowly and keep track of the parts (some recommend taking pictures to help you reassemble the printer). Once you have the absorbers (small rectangular or square rubber pieces), take them out and blot the excess ink off. Blot the excess ink from the trays where the absorbers sit. Then put the absorbers under running water until the water remains clear. Dry the absorbers (use a hair dryer to speed the process if you want to). Then reassemble the printer.

Second step: reset the counter. Do not do this step before cleaning the pads; the waste ink may spread all over the printer and the table you have it on.
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Hold Resume button click POWER.
3. Hold button RESUME release POWER.
4. Then press the button RESUME again .
5. Release all the buttons.
6. Led Indicator in green and stay green.
7. Click RESUME button 4 times (the led changes color at each press (orange or green) It should be green after the 4 presses of the RESUME button)
8. Turn off the printer POWER button.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

May 03, 2011 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Printer won't work, note reads thInk well asborer needs replacing

The waste ink absorbers are a couple of pads at the bottom of the printer. Contact Canon (or a service center) if you want to buy a replacement (not all manufacturers sell them). It can be hard to reach the pads but give it a shot. If you are reusing the pads, rinse them with running water until it runs clean. Then once they are dry, reinstall them and put the printer back together.

Then you need to reset the printer waste ink counter:
With the printer connected to power but not on, press the Power button while holding the Stop/Reset button. When the power light is lit, continue to hold the Power button and press the Stop/Reset twice. Release both button (in any order). The printer will now enter the service mode.
When the green LEDs are lit, press the Stop/Reset button 4 times to get to the Waste ink counter reset. Reset this value. Then press the power button (saves the setting) and then restart the printer.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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You can get the waste tank at but you can also empty yours in the trash and clean the neck and top real well so the sensor can see thru and not think it's full. You can use a Q-tip to wipe the sensor near the top where the tank goes as toner gets all over that and gives false full errors.

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You need to have the waste ink absorbers replaced, the cost of the absorbers should be around $20.00 and service is usually around 50.00. That is a very messy job, you must disassemble printer removed used/ waste ink pads in the bottom of machine reset ink counters and the reassemble printer.

Oct 24, 2008 | Canon MultiPASS MP390 All-In-One InkJet...

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Waste Ink Absorber

New waste ink absorbers are available from Canon, there are ten of them and they are cheap (approx. $10.00) You can also order the whole bottom unit which holds the absorbers. It is also cheap (under $20.00) I believe this comes with the ink absorbers in it although I have not received mine yet so i don't know for sure. I ordered both, can't hurt to have an extra set of absorbers. Now as to the project of exchanging the old used ones out for the new ones, the instructions are available in a number of places. I got ahold of a few different ones including the official Canon Service Manual for this on the Web. I have not performed the exchange yet so stand by...............

Aug 06, 2008 | Canon Office Equipment & Supplies

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hi i am a certified Canon repair tech on this model. when the waste message comes up this means that the waste absorbers in the bottom of the machine need to be replaced. just clearing the error and not replacing them will cause the waste ink to over fill and backup into the machines printing area smugging the print. there are Canon repair centers privately owned that can replace the waste absorbers and clean the machine. the average cannot take this machine apart into peices to clean it. The waste absorbers are fairly cheap but the labor to do this will vary from shop to shop. hope this helps clarify the problem.

Jan 05, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP2000 InkJet Printer

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Wast ink absorber is full

Have on hand a flashlight and some table napkins or lint-free tissues
Open up the lid of your MP130
The cartridge carriage will move to the left (the position in which you change cartridges)
With the torch look inside the right hand corner at the end of the print head track
At the end of the track are two foam pads about 2cm x 1cm sitting together
Fold the table napkin or heavy lint free tisa good tosue into a pad about 2 cm
With the pad in your right hand and the torch in your left
reach inside the machine with the tissue and
gently press the tissue into the absorber pads (repeat if necesary)
Do not take too long as the printer heads return after a minute or so.
If the printer heads return and you get your hand out in time
just close the lid and open it again and you have more time
when you judge the tissue has absorbed enough ink from the sodden absorbers
and the absorbers are grey looking instead of blackish
swith off the torch and find a place to put the ink-sodden tissue (WPB, Floor File, trash)
close up the lid again and reset the indicator (here's how:)
press "menu"
press in succession "scan - copy - scan"
The indicator window will tell you you are in "service mode"
(you have invaded techie territory )
press the ' >" ( +) key until "NVRAM" displays
press "OK" (you have entered the inner sanctum )
press the ">" key until ABS-M or ABS-P appears on the display
press OK and "1" should appear
press " - " (the minus key) and it should change to "0"
Now you have to reset both pads separately, so you do the other one.
When you have reset both ABS-M and ABS-P, heave a sigh of relief
and press the "STOP" button and the display will be back to normal
and nobody need ever know you have been in the techie zone.
Act innocent -
you have defeated a poor design feature exclusive to Canon designed to impoversih you
you have saved yourself the angst of buying and installing a new printer
you have beaten the system.

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