Question about Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Resetting my ink levels

Cannon mp 160 i need to resett my ink levels just put new cartridges in and keeps showing low levels and not updatting the new level

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  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2007

    I tried the protocol suggested by Canon (remove cartridges, unplug printer, plug printer in, reinsert cartridges) and the setting still shows as low ink.



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Although I don't share the same hate and discontent as the last user, he is right Cannon is messed up for making their printer cartridges this way. It is a simple technique to force you to buy brand new cartridges each time from them instead of saving a ton of money by using the ink refill companies. The STOP/RESEST solution does not work.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008



This is not a solution, but i must comment strogly to the guest that submited the solution of holding the stop button...because IT WORKS(even though it doesnt reset the counter, it atleast allows you to continue printing)!!! and no, i am not the same user as the above...i am just someone who gave the solution a try and it definatly does work! so to that user...thank you very much!!!

Posted on Jan 14, 2008




Posted on Jan 10, 2008


Me too -- this is bullsh-t. It won't recognize reman cartridges. Canon should be sued for this garbage. How dare they set up their machines like this without telling consumers. The chips in their cartridges have counters inside them apparently. If you print more than a set amount for each cartridge, they will show 'empty' even if full of ink. Now I can't print out color Xmas labels until I get this fixed and will have to go use my laser printer instead. I thought Epson was bad. Ha! Canon is worse.

Those instrustions are a joke. The thing about holding the stop button was the worst. It totally doesn't work.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007


This came straight form canon in a reply email

Thank you for your inquiry concerning your PIXMA MP160. We value you as
a Canon customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you. We
regret to hear that you are experiencing difficulties with the ink
levels in your PIXMA MP160.
This message may be resolved by resetting the unit. Please follow these
1. With the printer powered on, open the cover. The ink will move to
the left hand side.
2. Push down on the end of the black cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.
3. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.
4. Push down on the end of the color cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.
5. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.
6. Once both cartridges are removed, unplug the power to the printer
(without turning it off).
7. Reconnect the power cord.
8. Turn on the printer.
9. Open the cover. The carriage that holds the ink will move to the
left hand side.
10. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the black
11. Place the black cartridge in the bottom of the printer.
12. Slide the black cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.
13. Push up on the end of the black cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.
14. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the color
15. Place the color cartridge in the bottom of the printer.
16 Slide the color cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.
17. Push up on the end of the color cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.
Please note that the color cartridge will stick out further than the
black cartridge.
Close the cover. The printer should make some noise for a few moments,
and then return to standby.
If the message persists, to clear the low ink warning message, press and
hold down the <STOP/RESET> button for at five seconds, and then release
it. This will disable the ink detection until that cartridge has been
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your
Thank you for choosing Canon.
Technical Support Representative

Posted on Dec 02, 2007

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