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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:28 AM

Hi,

I've just installed a CISS (continuous ink supply system) in my Canon IP4500 printer, but there are a couple of problems. The large black ink cartridge leaked a bit when I first put it in. It wasn't too bad and it's stopped now but the red light under it is flashing (it should be on continuously if it's installed properly). Can anyone suggest what the problem with it might be?

Also, when I try to print I get the following message: 'The printer's cover is open. Close the cover. Ink is running low. View the ink details.' I'm not able to close the cover because of the tubes supplying the ink and I have no idea why it's saying ink is running low. Please can someone tell me how to stop this happening and start printing?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:01 AM

Hi Joe.
That printer has cartridge chips that actually count the number of prints and saves it to memory.
It's canon's new way to get you to buy canon cartridges. In short, it doesn't actually know how much physical ink is left in each cartridge. Once it reaches a certain number of prints, you'll get the low ink level warning, even though they're full.
The best way to get around this is to purchase an ink supply system that comes with auto-reset chips included to stop the warnings permanently. You can manually reset them but it will just come back to bite you again.
Did you buy an ink supply system such as this or not?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:17 AM

The system didn't come with chips, however I did remove the chips and attach them to the CISS cartridges as per the instructions that were included (although overall the instructions were very poor). Do I need to reset the chips, and if so, how do I do that?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:52 AM

The system didn't come with chips, however I did remove the chips and attach them to the CISS cartridges as per the instructions

And there-in lies the problem. You're using the original chips. :thumbsup:
What you ideally want is something like this.
That said, go here. Scroll about 3\4 down the page to where it says "INK CART REFILLING ON NEW ip4200 Printers" and read below. The 4200\4300\4500's are nearly identical. No guarantees my friend and I would highly recommend a better system like what's in the link I left above. :huh:

Do I need to reset the chips?

Thats part of it. You may also have to disable the ink status monitor on the software side as well.
Canon likes to keep things interesting. :huh:

Good luck.

Edited by HitSquad, 22 October 2008 - 09:01 AM.


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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:58 AM

As for the lid warning, the tubes are preventing the lid from contacting the lid's microswitch. You'll either have to physically trim the cover so it will close fully or put some tape over the switch actuator
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:38 PM

Thanks for the help. I've taped over the the switch actuator so I'm now able to print. I do get a warning that one of the ink tanks may have run out, but it continues to print regardless. I'll carry on for now but I'll get a chip resetter if it becomes necessary.

I've been testing the printer and it mostly seems to work OK, but when I printed a high resolution photo on photo paper at a high resolution setting it came out grainier than ususal. Do you know what might be causing that?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:19 PM

Do you know what might be causing that?

Sub-par nozzles or poor ink quality more than likely
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 03:39 AM

I think I need to get a higher quality system when I can afford it. In the meantime, is it necessary to keep the air filters in the ink tanks all the time? I'm concerned about evaporation.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 03:28 AM

One of the black cartridges just leaked inside my printer so I'm sending it back. This happened a couple of days after installing it and just after I'd sent back another CISS because that leaked as soon as I unclipped the cartridges. I'm starting to think that CISS is a very bad idea.

Would something like this be a good idea instead: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=220294495552

Thanks,
Joe




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