Says Ink has run out after cartridge replacement.

Message says my mp160 canon printer ink has run out. Printer off line . These two messages are wrong. I am on line ...and I have replaced the ink cartridges. What's wrong

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mine is same fault on mg4250 pixmar, tried the above for mp160 can't even get idle displayed. any advice please


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Ellen Myrup, give this a try and see if it helps.

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Disconnect the power cable

Hold down power button

Reconnect the power cable

With the power button still down, press twice the “Cancel/Stop” red button

Release the power button

The printer is now in factory mode…(wait about 30 seconds until it says “idle”)

Press the down arrow (next to the “OK” button) until it says “Shipping Mode 1”

Press the “OK” Button

Now with it displaying “Without Cleaning” press the power button

A test page should print

Now open cover

Disconnect the power again

Take both cartridges out like normal

Close cover

Reconnect power cable

Press power button

Replace cartridges

The other way to reset it would be by using MPtools and the instructions are here MPtools should have come with your printer. Good Luck and let us know if it worked.

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this was ok till I got to the instruction "press :ok: after getting shipping Mode 1 on the screen. Can't get this to do anything - just sits showing Shipoing 1 and pressing the ok button does nothing. Hope you can help, this was/is a great printer and I would love to get it working again




can't even gey "idle" to display , but mine is a MG4250 pixmar printer,. same fault tho


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I don't know if you'll still read this, Old Turkey, but I had a problem with my Canon MP-610.

I did what you instructed above. This worked as described (Press the down arrow did not work, but the Right arrow worked), until:

"Now with it displaying “Without Cleaning” press the power button

A test page should print"

It indeed displayed “Without Cleaning”, and I pressed the power button (one time? Or longer? I tried both) but it did not print a test page. Nothing happened, actually.

- So I followed the rest of your instructions. Then it looked like it would print two test pages, but reported that one of my colors is empty, so I have to buy that first.... hope to write later how this ended.

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If the above process fails, try this:

Resetting refilled Canon ink cartridges.

If you have refilled your ink cartridge and put it back in your printer, it may refuse to print because many ink cartridges have a memory chip that remember that this cartridge has been emptied (and hence not usable according Canon) even though you have just filled it with ink. Frustrating!!

Apparently some (maybe all) Canon printers have a memory inside the printer that remembers the serial number of the cartridge you have just emptied. It also appears that the memory only has a capacity of 4 cartridges.

On my printer (Canon MG2500) I have discovered that if you remove and re-insert your ink cartridge 5 times then your printer no longer recognises your refilled cartridge as empty and it will now allow you to print. On my printer the black and colour cartridge warning lights still flash. I just ignore this warning as the printer still prints.

I have successfully re-filled my Canon cartridges multiple times using this process.

I have not described the cartridge re-filling process as there are many web sites that describe this.

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Absolute con. If you hold down the red sign that looks like a triangle inside a circle for 5 second miraculously the printer resets and you all of a sudden you have inc again. I believe this is a bug that has been put in to stop you buying low price inc alternatives. This happens even on new cartridges if the printer thinks they are non genuine. How is it you can buy a printer new with cartridges for less than the cost of cartridges on their own. Hope this works but if not you have lost nothing.

All the best luck !!!

Jason (The Tower Corisande Manor)

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Ellen Myrup will be eternally grateful.
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