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Printer cartridge low

My computer won't print because the black ink is low. I'm sure there's still some ink in there.
How do I make the printer continue to print? I took the cartridge out and put it back in, but it still says ink low and won't print.

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It is very unlikely that this is a sensor issue. The ink is probably dry or the cartridge itself is clogged. You could get a syringe and possibly inject something into the top of the cartridge to thin the ink, but unless you literally just installed the cartridge it probably isn't worth your time. I think there are ink refill kits online for these.

Adding new ink might also help to thin the old ink.


Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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SOURCE: ink cartridge full but won´t print

This might need to be reset.

Here' how...just follow the instructions..

moz-screenshot.pngThere's two ways to reset it

First: Soft Reset
1. Open front cover.
2. Hold down button located under LED's until all LED's are lit.
3. Release button and make sure drum LED is off, then
4. Close cover

Second: Factory Reset
1. Turn the printer off.
2. Hold in the circular button on the front panel of the printer.
3. Turn the printer back on.
4. When the DRUM light is lit by itself let go of the button.
5. Hold in the circular button on the front panel again.
6. Once the Alarm light comes on, let go of the button.
This will perform a factory reset on the printer.

I hope that's everything you want.
Please accept this answer if this will help you.
Thank you for using Fixya.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010

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SOURCE: Black ink print failure after cartridge replaced

The Edge, -Clean the electrical contacts on the printer where the cartridge connects with alcohol. After it dries clean the same contacts with a regular pink, non-abrasive pencil eraser making sure you remove all the debris when done. -Its also possible there is an air bubble preventing the flow of ink. You can try inserting a full cartridge of ink in the printer and letting it sit overnight then running a nozzle clean job or two. Another alternative if you have a syringe you may want to try gently forcing ink into it. If you?re really desperate you can try drilling a small hole into the cartridge to give gravity feeding a hand. BE WARNED the air hole will let ink flow pretty well and you run the chance of making a mess. Before you pull the cartridge out of the printer make sure you cover the hole with tape so the ink doesn?t make even more mess. -Check the cartridge alignment making sure the contacts are mating to the printer. -If it still doesn?t work I would try cleaning your nozzles. Even though I doubt you have clogged nozzles its worth a try because of the following: If you search the Internet you?ll find that this specific model is know for failing to print some or all colors after about 1 ½ to 2 years of use, even with Epson inks. Most of the posts I?ve seen blame it on clogged nozzles but I suspect a good number of them, like yours, have another explanation for their failure. Ink jet printers use resistors to create heat to create a bubble in the ink to eject it out of the nozzle (Bubble jet) or in the case of Epson, vibrating crystals push ink into and out of the nozzles (piezoelectric). We?ve already cleaned the electrical contacts and cleaned the nozzles so what remain are defective nozzles, short between the nozzle and the controller board or a defective controller board. Since the printer is only worth 1 or 2 hundred dollars repairs at a shop or buying these repair parts can easily exceed ½ its cost. Hope something here works for you, I just recently had to toss a great printer too. Let us know what happens and please don?t forget to rate the posting.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007

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Hopefully you won't devalue my answer just because it isn't the one you want to hear. But on a canon Pixma, the most likely reason it says "empty" is that you had the ink dry within the cartridge when it wasn't in use. That means that even if it isn't completely empty, what ink is in there without the addition of some sort of solvent, is unusable. There is also the issue that if you manage somehow printing with slushy ink it may still lead to clogged nozzles, damage to the print head, etc.

You could get a syringe and possibly inject something into the top of the cartridge to thin the ink, but unless you literally just installed the cartridge it probably isn't worth your time. It's a downside to the design of the printers which have the small ink nozzle installed on the print head rather then the copper tabs on the cartridge like HP deskjets etc. They are cheaper to make but not nearly as air tight.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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SOURCE: so I refilled the black

You have to refill both.

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