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September 19, 2008

How To Reset Ink Level of Fine Cartridge

I got some question ask how to reset ink level of fine cartridge such as pg40/cl41 and pg830/cl831 due to usage of refill ink . Hmm, I think this is great issue to discuss.

As a matter of fact, ink level of fine cartridge cannot be reset permanently. So, how to fix low ink message shows in status monitor of the printer?. There are 2 ways: by deactivating ink level detection function and by resetting ink level by using software iptool or mptool universal tools.  iptool used for ip series while mptool used for mp series. In this chance, we will discuss the second way.

These software (iptool & mptool), as far as i know, not officially released by Canon. It is probably third party software (any idea friend? tell me). I found it unpurposely in the web. When I try this software, ink level can be successfully reset and display bar in status monitor shows level 100% full.

To reset ink level by using this software perform these steps:

Using iptool (model used in this example is ip1880)

  • Make sure that printer driver has been installed.
  • Run iptool

Pict 1. Ink level before reset
  • Reset ink counter by clicking Reset Black & Reset Colour button.
  • Now ink level has been 100 % for each colour.

Pict 2. Ink level after reset is 100 % for each colour.

Note: Procedure using mptools is similar with using iptools.

Some notice in using these software:
  • iptool works only on model: ip1200/1300/1600/1700/1800 series/
  • mptool works only on model: mp150/160/170/180/450/
  • Do not installed the cartridge that ink level has been reset to another printer for ink level will be back to original condition.
  • Do not installed another cartridge in printer that used in resetting ink level for the same reason mentioned above.
After using these software I come to the conclusion:
  • These software can reset ink level of fine cartridge tentatively, not permanently due to condition mentioned above.
  • These software reset ink level of fine cartridge by manipulating ink level data that read and stored in printer but not reset memory chip of fine cartridge (since it cannot?!!).
  • These software does not support model not listed.
  • Ink level data shows properly as new cartridge as long as the cartridge is not changed.


Anonymous said...

where reseter for ip1980,,???

plizz tell me,,,

Anonymous said...

so this will definitely not work with mp470?

Admin said...

General tools for all new model released in 3rd quarter of 2008 (include ip1980) must be registered to Canon Inc.It's not distributed for free but only for authorized service center. I'll discuss it later.But,for ip1980,you can use ip1880 general tools.

Admin said...

Yes,this tool not work with mp470.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know how to reset the ink lamps on the mp190? I called cannnon and they say that it can not be done. I quess they just want to sell ink cartridge.

Daniel said...

The main solution is to reset the entire printer:
1. Disconnect the power cable
2. Connect it while holding down the power button
3. With the power button still down, press twice the "Cancel/Stop" red button
4. Release the power button
5. The printes turns into a kind of factory mode...(wait for about 10 seconds, utils it says "Idle")
6. Press the ">" (next to the "OK" button) once."Shipping Mode 3"
7. Press the "OK" button.
8. Press "OK" again for "Without cleaning"
9. A test page will print..
10. Open the cover, like you are about to change the cartridges.
11. Disconnect the power cable again.
12. Take out both cartridges.
13. Close the cover.
14. Connect the power cable once again.
15. Turn the printer on.
16. Now just put the cartridges back...

It works right for me...