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I am getting a notice that my ink absorber is full and I need to replace it. My printer is a Canon Pixma IP1500. Can you help me with that.

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The waste ink absorber is a little pad that sits under the cartridge's "home" position and collects any loose ink that may be on the cartridge. This prevents smudges, so it's a good thing to have. However, it may not even be a problems yet. The error is similar to a "service engine soon light" on a car and as far as I know, only Canon PIXMA printers display an error when a certain internal counter suggests that the ink absorber may be full.

However, I don't believe Canon makes ink absorbers for this model printer any longer and having it serviced is generally not a good option, since it will likely cost almost as much as the original cost of the printer and is not covered under warranty, since it's considered normal wear and tear and not a defect.

You do have some options:

  • You can try to clean the ink absorber on your Canon without replacement using tissue to absorb as much ink from the pad as you can, but again as this error is based on a counter, so you will have to ignore it once the pad is clean.
  • You can just ignore it until you start seeing smudges on the page. I know you can reset the counter. Unfortunately, the instructions for resetting the counter differ from printer to printer and again, are not mentioned in the manual.
  • You can try and get one from surplus stock at Canon their New Jersey parts center 732-521-7230. Then there is ebay, printer places, etc.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    Did this help?

  • test161 Jan 10, 2011

    open the printer rigth side compartment, very easy to do. clean the ink absorber.but still the error remains the same. reset don't work. and obviously theres no way to reset the ink absorber detection after its being cleanred. canon set this up intentionally. to cost peoples money. to buy another printer. BUT ALAS, why buy another canon printer. get another brand!



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Step 1: Manual for Service mode (1st method)
1. Unplug POWER and USB cables.
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Step 2 : Software for Permanant (1st method)
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This printer has an ink absorber that takes in ink during the printing and print head cleaning processes. The cleaning process is necessary in order to keep the print head nozzles from becoming clogged. Over the life of the printer, the amount of ink that the ink absorber has absorbed is calculated by the printer. Eventually, after substantial use, the printer will enter an error condition when the ink absorber is nearly full. At this point, printing is still possible by pressing the <Resume> button on the printer. To protect the printer from damage, you will not be able to print at all once the ink absorber is full.
Canon recommends having the printer serviced before the absorber becomes full. We are aware that there are many "do-it-yourself" Web sites that offer instructions for making this repair. Replacing the ink absorber is a complicated and potentially messy procedure. Even if the ink absorber is successfully changed, the ink absorber counter must be reset. Be aware that if you attempt this procedure, it is at your own risk.

Please vote if this helps ... Cheers :)

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1. Unplug the POWER cord.
2. Press & hold the power button.
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