Most recent Canon ink
printers with two ink cartridges (one black/one colour)....are programmed to
stop printing, before any ink runs out. This includes Canon
iP1200, 1300, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2200,
2600, 2700, 2702, MG2160, 3160, 4160,
MP140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190, 210, 240, 250,
252, 260, 270, 272, 280, 282, 450, 460, 470, 480, 490, 492, 495, 499,
MX300, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 401,
420...to name just a few.
Note: If your printer uses
individual ink tanks (one cartridge per colour) or is not listed above,
you can find more ink monitor information on this page:
Canon ink monitor (ink tanks) - how to disable
Canon (or compatible) CL38, CL41, CL51, CL511, CL513, CL641, 641XL PG37,
PG40, PG50, PG510, PG512, PG640, PG640XL ink cartridges
doesn't reset the ink levels in printer
software, so the printer may not print - even if both ink cartridges are
full. All the ink
information comes from an 'ink" chip wired into each cartridge's circuitry.
There is no connection
between the actual ink levels (in cartridges) and the ink level monitor (ink
gauge) level(s) and if any cartridge reads "empty"...you're not printing
anything. Even if only the colour cartridge is "empty" and all you want to
print is a page of black text...you can't.
To make the printer work again, you have
1) Fit a new ink cartridge or
2) Disable the ink monitor
As there are
NO chip re-setters, auto-reset refillable
cartridges etc available for ANY two cartridge Canon printer, these are your
It's easy to disable the ink
Simply read and follow the
messages from your printer (on screen) similar to ones shown below. If you
use a multi function (MP) printer, similar messages may also display on the
printer LCD panel (if it has one).
Important: When ink monitor is disabled, ink level indicator (for
that ink cartridge) disappears and the printer will
not stop printing, even if out of ink. Top up each cartridge
periodically to avoid running out!