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asked Feb 19, 2007 at 11:35am
Canon Canon Personal Copiers (PC) 160

canon mp160 ink level

Hi.

I've been printing in black for quite awhile with my canon mp 160 even though my black ink level was supposed to have been low. Yesterday the color ink level went abruptly from at least half full to nearly empty even though I had done almost no color printing. This makes me think that the sensors in my printer (this one does use an optical sensor, right?) might be screwy. The printer is less than 6 months old.

Is there some way to tell whether the ink cartridges really are low, short of buying new cartridges?
Hi, i'm facing the same problems with my MP160. The black ink cartridge showed a low-level even though it was half-full just 2 days ago, and i didn't print anything. Did u manage to find a work around to this problem?
by dxg0072001 on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:55pm Add comment
Hi, i'm facing the same problems with my MP160. The black ink cartridge showed a low-level even though it was half-full just 2 days ago, and i didn't print anything. Did u manage to find a work around to this problem?
by dxg0072001 on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:55pm Add comment
i thinks.
In service mode.
Put Stop/reset 4 times orange => reset waste ink.
Put stop/reset 8 times orange => set level ink.
by nhoc_canon on Jun 22, 2007 at 9:47pm Add comment
Hey, Thank you for your advice. I try follow your instruction. It work!!

"Put stop/reset 8 times orange => set level ink." This isn't set level but it disable ink check. The LED warning still blink but no error code appear anymore. I don't sure that doing this will break guarantee or not but I don't care, I use ink tank anyway.


Thank you again for your kindness.


Ban - BanBanBan
Fantastic! This Worked for me.
I have a Canon Pixma MP160. After Re-filling a Cartridge, the printer showed an Error Code (E4-No Ink). Printer On Screen Info; Printer Functions Refused with (Cancel Print Job + No Ink)
Press; Stop/Reset button 4 times to clear Waste Ink.
Press; Stop/Reset button 8 times to Re-set Ink Levels.
Note;
By Pressing the On/Off button in the same numbers also works.
Fantastic!!
Impressed - fredbear
how to enter service mode??
by unknown on Jul 27, 2007 at 8:41am Add comment
how 2 enter a service mode
by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2007 at 1:25am Add comment
hi Guys,

I am in Australia and I have one of the MP160's.

The ink ran out, so I had the cartridge refilled. Now I need to reset the settings so the printer program does not think the cartridge is empty, just like you guys above.

When I hit the Service Mode button, it has 9 different settings each time I this the button (letters displayed on the front)
A
H
Y
P
U
L
b
J

Which letter do I leave it on?

And do I then push the Stop/Reset button?

Your help would be appreciated.

(btw my wife is 39 weeks pregnant and she was this printer to work so she can send our colour prints of our baby thank you cards)

by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2007 at 2:56am Add comment
Hi, to continue using the printer with a refilled cartridge all you need to do is once you send a job to print a dialogue box will come up saying the cartridge is empty. To continue using the printer press and hold the resume/reset button for five seconds. You actually need to do this for 10 seconds. Once you release the button the orange light will cease flashing and it will take a few more seconds for the first page to come out. You will need to do this for both cartridges if they have been refilled or anytime you remove and replace a refilled cartridge. Hope this helps - Alshere
were can i get the ink refill - Anonymous
hi all...i am new in this waste ink resetting thing.....my i255 juz died on my 2 weeks ago and bought a new mp160.......my i255 printhead died when i was trying to solve the waste ink tank full problem and did not relise its the programming part of the printer that will solve the problem thought it was the hard ware part....juz trying to be self prepared here b4 my new mp160 has the waste ink thing come out....so may i know which alphablet to chose in the mantainece? so after getting that alphablet in the 7 segment LCD then i press stop/reset 4 times to reset the waste ink tank counter rite?

many tks for anwsers and replies
by unknown on Aug 14, 2007 at 8:31am Add comment
Hi people.

I have the same question:

When I hit the Service Mode button, it has 9 different settings each time I this the button (letters displayed on the front)
A
H
Y
P
U
L
b
J

Which letter do I leave it on?

And do I then push the Stop/Reset button?

Thanks for any help.

Jomar Silva.
by unknown on Aug 16, 2007 at 5:35pm Add comment
Yeah right...How do I enter in service mode? no one knows the answer...lol...then this is not a real solution...
by unknown on Oct 5, 2007 at 1:01am Add comment
I found this:
http://au.answers.yahoo.com

Also if you are using the Refilable ink cartiages stop they always cause major issues I own a computer and been into computer repair and consulting for 13years I see problems all the time with the refilable cartiages.

1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the on/off lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button the specified number of time(s) according to the
function listed in the table below.(Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in
orange and green, starting with orange.)note: press 4 times for waste ink counter reset.

The number of the Reset
button pressing
LED Function Remarks
0 time Green Power off

1 time Orange Service pattern print
2 times Green EEPROM print
3 times Orange EEPROM reset
4 times Green Waste ink counter reset

5) Turn off the printer.( it must be turn off)
then turn it on again.
by grumnut on Oct 18, 2007 at 11:18pm Add comment
Can you simplify this procedure. It doesn't seem to work for me. I must be misunderstanding what your saying.

Thanks - Anonymous
this is what was sent to me by canon but it didnt work with my printer maybe you can have better luck
Thank you for your inquiry concerning your PIXMA MP160. We value you as
a Canon customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you. We
regret to hear that you are experiencing difficulties with the ink
levels in your PIXMA MP160.

This message may be resolved by resetting the unit. Please follow these
steps:

1. With the printer powered on, open the cover. The ink will move to
the left hand side.

2. Push down on the end of the black cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.

3. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.

4. Push down on the end of the color cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.

5. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.

6. Once both cartridges are removed, unplug the power to the printer
(without turning it off).

7. Reconnect the power cord.

8. Turn on the printer.

9. Open the cover. The carriage that holds the ink will move to the
left hand side.

10. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the black
cartridge.

11. Place the black cartridge in the bottom of the printer.

12. Slide the black cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.

13. Push up on the end of the black cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.

14. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the color
cartridge.

15. Place the color cartridge in the bottom of the printer.

16 Slide the color cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.

17. Push up on the end of the color cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.

Please note that the color cartridge will stick out further than the
black cartridge.

Close the cover. The printer should make some noise for a few moments,
and then return to standby.

If the message persists, to clear the low ink warning message, press and
hold down the button for at five seconds, and then release
it. This will disable the ink detection until that cartridge has been
replaced.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your
PIXMA MP160.

Thank you for choosing Canon.

Sincerely,

Thomas
Technical Support Representative
by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2007 at 2:35pm Add comment
This worked for me on MP160 after refilling cartridges. - Anonymous
How do you get to the service mode?
by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2008 at 8:11am Add comment
ink not recognized
by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2008 at 7:38am Add comment
omg....if that was a canon rep who actually wrote that message on the fix...he or she needs some more training...they wrote "If the message persists, to clear the low ink warning message, press and
hold down the button for at five seconds, and then release
it. This will disable the ink detection until that cartridge has been
replaced." and yet fail to describe what "the" button is...totally useless help!!! there are 9 (nine) buttons on my printer, don't know about your guys printers....but this was not helpful for me.
by printer006 on Aug 14, 2008 at 11:37am Add comment
The two Black and Color Ink orange lights are on after refilling ink what do I have to do to reset the lights.
by unknown on Sep 23, 2008 at 6:57pm Add comment
how do you clean the ink absorber on a Canon MP160?
by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2008 at 6:51pm Add comment
to clean ur printer..

go to start > printers/faxingmachines > right click on ur printer name > properties > maintance... and there u'll find the cleaning options

about the E5 issue... i entered service mode by:
1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)

pressed the stop/refresh button 4 times after i got in the service mode... but i still got the E5 error

can someone tell me if i'm doing something wrong? - Anonymous
My Canon Pixma MP160 does not go into "service mode" whatsoever as described above (and on several other websites).

Any advice?
by darkpwca on Apr 17, 2009 at 1:13am Add comment
darkpwca may be you have another error?
Write down quantity the LED lights or error code:
A) E5, E6 or E4 - it is cartridges error - to fix press the "stop\\reset" button for 5-7 sec. and then release
it.

B) E27 - it is code for reset absorber (EEPROM reset or Waste
ink counter reset) and follow the described below
procedure:

1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the on/off lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button the specified number of time(s) according to the
function listed in the table below.(Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in
orange and green, starting with orange.)note: press 4 times for waste ink counter reset.

The number of the Reset
button pressing
LED Function Remarks
0 time Green Power off

1 time Orange Service pattern print
2 times Green EEPROM print
3 times Orange EEPROM reset
4 times Green Waste ink counter reset

5) Turn off the printer.( it must be turn off)
then turn it on again.


Only in B) case you can enter into "service mode", in A) case or if have e.g. paper jam, or another error you CAN'T enter
the "service mode"
Try it

Anonymous see A) case: E5, E6 or E4 - it is cartridges error - to fix press the "stop\\reset" button for 5-7 sec. and then release
it.
by VXR10 on Apr 17, 2009 at 3:55am Add comment
Thank you for your quick response. But this appears to be the same answer as previously mentioned on this thread and others.

I am 100\% confident that I know that the error message is "E27" because that's what the printer says.

The point is - this whole "hold the power button down, etc." doesn't work because all that does is turn the printer on and turn the printer off. There is no such thing as "service mode" as far as I can see yet.

I was hoping someone might know a more traditional way to enter service mode on this printer (i.e. accessing it from my computer). Also, my printer has a "maintenance" button (which just has a small graphic of a wrench and a screwdriver above it), but pushing that also does nothing.

Thanks. - darkpwca
darkpwca :
1) you haven't got I meant - I wrote about pressing "stop\\reset" button
for 5-7 sec. but not - power button
2) there is no "traditional way to enter service mode on this printer (i.e. accessing it from my computer)"
by VXR10 on Apr 18, 2009 at 3:09am Add comment
Thank you, again. I think I got it. This is what is confusing:
1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.

For me, it worked when I did this:
1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press and hold the Stop/Reset button for 4-5 seconds.
2) Without letting go of the Stop/Reset button, press and hold the Power button. Then, press the Stop/Reset button two times without letting go of the Power button.

That might not make better sense to anyone but me, but that's what I finally did to get it to work, so maybe that will help anyone else having the same problem.

Thanks!
- darkpwca
Unfortunately, I think my printer is dead. Even after finally getting it into service mode and pressing buttons some more, the error continues and I cannot print. So I think it's just time for a new one - this one has lasted me several years and was pretty cheap, so it's really not a big deal.

Too much trying to do it myself fixing probably isn't worth it :) - darkpwca
May be you have right :(((
by VXR10 on Apr 22, 2009 at 12:25am Add comment
Thanks! Your way worked to reset my ink. :-)
by Anonymous on May 13, 2009 at 4:31am Add comment
For me, it worked when I did this:
1) (Press and hold the stop/reset button) AND (Press and hold the power button using another finger) Then (release the stop/reset button) Then (press the stop/reset button x 2) ---- {the power button is always pressed}...

2) until you see the power button not blinking anymore- release all button.
by unknown on Jul 7, 2009 at 1:29am Add comment
I tried every steps above. But, I still get E5 on my MP160.
Any advise??
by unknown on Jul 12, 2009 at 1:33am Add comment
Hi there

Could somebody help me with this code.

Thank you
by Printer Guy on Aug 3, 2009 at 7:20am Add comment
Hi there

Could somebody help me with this code.

Thank you
by Printer Guy on Aug 3, 2009 at 7:20am Add comment
Hi to all,

My Canon Pixma MP 160 is not printing the right colors. All the collors are being printed as pink...Actually the only collors printed are yellow,pink and black!!! I want the blue back...
What should i do?

If anyone can help i'll be waiting.

Thanks!
by unknown on Sep 30, 2009 at 8:22am Add comment
problem still remains E5 error and color ink flashing
by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 4:43am Add comment
put the wrong code many time.broke it. - Anonymous
this printer sucks, i go with hp
by unknown on Jan 16, 2010 at 9:41am Add comment
worst I have ever seen, always the same problems with Canon and their machines. Avoid and boycot this company!
by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 4:20am Add comment
The green light flashes, Alarm flashes orange, E 27 blinks, the menu button does not function, pressing of and holding the stop/reset the times/ways suggested above does not work, opening the cover does not get the cartridges moving, I use only Canon Pixma cartridges. Does Canon Support know how to get this thing functioning?
by unknown on May 10, 2010 at 10:28am Add comment
I used the steps written by darkpwca on 4/18/09 at 1:25pm and it worked. I can't beleive this is what you have to do, but it worked so use that method.
by Anonymous on May 14, 2010 at 10:06am Add comment
I just refilled the color ink on my mp160. I can get the printer into the service mode all right, however, it does not reset the level. I have tried everything listed on this forum, pressed stop/reset button 4 times and also 8 times. Have tried the mptool, it resets it within the program but not according to my printer, do not know if doing right. Help
thanks
by bluekiwi on May 14, 2010 at 9:28pm Add comment
God Canon Printers suck, even after i spent my money buying new cartridges the printer refuses to work. because the i haven't used to black cartrige for a moth and now i get the stupid E6 >.<
by unknown on Aug 31, 2010 at 1:26am Add comment
Thanks so much for this! :) All these responses and yours was the one that made sense and worked! :) Thanks again!
by unknown on Sep 4, 2010 at 9:38am Add comment
This is more comprehensive..

1. Turn off the printer (but make sure power cable is plugged in wall outlet).
2. Press and hold down the Stop/Reset button
3. While holding the Stop/Reset button, press and hold down Power button.
4. While holding down the Power button, release the Stop/Reset button.
5. While still holding the Power button, press the Stop/Reset button twice.
6. Now release the Power button.. (wait until it display "service mode")
7. Press the Stop/Reset button (4 times to clear waste ink; 8times to reset ink level)
8. Turn off the printer

When you turn on the printer, it will work again.
by unknown on Sep 14, 2010 at 10:08am Add comment
Make sure the contact points are nice and clean! I used a q-tip with rubbing alcohol.
by unknown on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:07pm Add comment
i still cannot reset the ink absorbent , E27, with the help of the above, the green light does not changed to orange when i pressed the reset/stop button and the display show only 0 with each time i pressed, alarm light light up alternately, please help. thanks
by unknown on Mar 6, 2011 at 1:36am Add comment
For resetting the Canon MP160 when you get the message 27, that the ink absorber is full...Here are the exact directions that I used, and it worked:
1 Turn off printer
2 Press and hold the reset button and the on/off button at the same time.
3 Keep your finger on the on/off button, but lift your finger off of the reset button
4. While still holding the on/off button, press and release the reset button 2 times.
5. release both buttons.
6. A zero should display on the number screen. This is service mode.
7. Now press and release the reset button 4 times. This will tell the printer to reset the ink absorber.
8. Turn the printer off and then back off and let everything reset.
It should now work.
by LLafon on Mar 20, 2011 at 10:27pm Add comment
This worked for me for which much thanks!

I'm just wondering now does that mean my ink absorber will overflow some day?!! - unknown
I watched you tube videos, and read tons of people's horrible answers....and then, HALLELUJAH~!, I found your simple AND EFFECTIVE response~! It worked the first try! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was trying to figure out how to get this job application finished without my printer! You saved the day! Maybe the year! LOL

This wasn't the thread from the original search, but I did want to recognize you for your help!
by purpplevicki on May 22, 2011 at 3:59pm Add comment
the last few technique make more sense than the first ones but heck still with the same problem.

one more thing, I have to turn off by pressing twice off is that normal.
by unknown on Jun 10, 2011 at 12:32am Add comment
VXR10 you are a genius!
I've been trying to re-set my printer all this ding-dong-day-long. Thanks tons
by delight on Nov 3, 2011 at 7:00pm Add comment

by delight on Nov 3, 2011 at 7:03pm Add comment
I bought this Fucking damn Canon MP160 and it's pretty much clear to me that Canon SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
by unknown on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:23am Add comment
1. Turn off the printer (but make sure power cable is plugged in wall outlet).
2. Press and hold down the Stop/Reset button
3. While holding the Stop/Reset button, press and hold down Power button.
4. While holding down the Power button, release the Stop/Reset button.
5. While still holding the Power button, press the Stop/Reset button twice.
6. Now release the Power button.. (wait until it display "service mode")
7. Press the Stop/Reset button (4 times to clear waste ink; 8times to reset ink level)
8. Turn off the printer
>>> In ser 8, How to turn off printer because I have to click ON/OFF button 3 (thrice) times to power off when in "service mode".

Yellow led still glows and Ink status in PC still shows low.

by unknown on Apr 17, 2014 at 10:43am Add comment