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How to Override a Canon MP190 Cartridge Chip

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The Canon PIXMA MP190 All-in-One Printer prints and copies in black and white or color, and creates color scans of originals up to 8.5 by 11.7 inches in size. Canon designs its ink tanks with integrated computer chips that track the lifespan and performance of these consumables. When one of your MP190’s ink tanks triggers an error message, you can reset the unit and continue printing to finish an urgent business document. When your deadlines loom and your supply of ink tanks runs out, this procedure can make the difference between satisfying a client and failing to make a successful impression.

1. Examine the Alarm and ink lamps below the “+” button near the right edge of the top of the unit. The Alarm lamp at the top signals trouble while the black and color ink lamps below it warn of problems specific to these individual ink tanks.

2. Check the error code displayed on the MP190’s front-panel. If the display sequence reads “E 1 3,” the printer can’t tell how much ink remains in one or both ink tanks. A sequence that reads “E 1 6” warns you of an empty ink tank.

3. Press and hold the “Stop/Reset” button for five seconds, telling the printer to override its built-in function for detecting ink levels. The button appears below the Scan button in the same column of lamps and buttons as the Alarm and ink lamps.