How to reset "waste ink full"
error - Canon printers
Canon printers (and other makes) are programmed to display
"waste ink full" error and stop responding to any commands, after a preset
number of printhead cleans is performed. This is meant to prevent the waste
ink pad inside the printer getting too full, overflowing and ink leaking out of
the printer. Click here to find out more
information on waste ink tanks and how to deal with them.
The error generally presents itself with light(s) on the
printer flashing and changing colour from green to orange and back to green.
When this happens, the printer refuses to do anything and will not print.
Note: Flashing printer lights may have number of
different causes. The waste ink error is just one. Look in the user
guide that came with your printer, for explanation of the different errors.
Counting how many times the light flash before changing colour, determines
what the problem is. This varies from model to model, so number of
flashes can mean something totally different in another model Canon
Resetting the waste ink error will get your printer working
again again, but sooner or later the ink pads will get full and need dealing
with. Having your printer serviced every 2nd or 3rd time the error
triggers, or when the ink pad is actually getting full, is generally enough.
By then, rest of the printer is probably worn out too and you might want to
look at replacing it anyway.
Resetting the waste ink error:
The reset is easy to do on many Canon printers and
usually involves pressing the buttons on printer in a certain sequence. Most
BJ, BJC, S, i and iP can be reset this way.
1) Power the printer
off then disconnect power cable from printer (or switch off at power
point) 2) Press and hold power and resume buttons on printer then re-connect
the power cable 3) Keep holding the power button, release the resume
button 4) Press resume twice then release both buttons 5) Green light
should flash then turn solid 6) Press resume 4 times 7) Press power button
to turn the printer off 8) Press power button again to turn printer on. The
green light should flash for a while then turn solid
That's it. The printer should work as usual. If the
error displays again, try repeating the process. If the error shows again,
it's probably something else causing it...not the waste ink.