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Ink low My printer won't print because it says the black ink is low. I'm sure there's still ink in the cartridge. How do I fool it to continue to print? I have a Canon Pixma MP 180/160 photo printer. Elaine

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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.

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