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Canon Pixma MX395 Printer Review

The Canon Pixma MX395 is a budget printer that comes with a surprising amount of features for the price. It is an ideal solution for a home or small office that needs to do an occasional print job, but for regular use you may find slightly lacking and expensive to run. Video Review ) Features Copier and Scanner Fax Machine 30 Sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) 100 Sheet Paper Tray Borderless Printing Design With a sleek black design with...

How to Clear the Canon Check Ink 1686 and 1688 Error Messages

The Canon “Check Ink 1686” and “Check Ink 1688” are low ink warnings used by an entire series of inkjet printers that take the PG-540, PG-540XL, CL-541 and CL-541XL ink cartridges. Canons official text used to describe the error states “The ink may have run out” (Check Ink 1686) and “The ink has run out” (Check Ink 1688). Whatever error you are receiving your printer will stop when it believes the...

Canon Pixma MX395: Printer Basics

In this post we will show you how to perform some basic maintenance on the Canon Pixma MX395. These videos and written instructions are essential steps in troubleshooting nearly any print quality issue. How do I perform cleaning/deep cleaning cycles on a Canon Pixma MX395? Cleaning and deep cleaning cycles force fresh ink into a cartridges printhead and are a great way of improving print quality and removing dried or congealed ink from a...

Clearing the HP “Check Ink/Print Cartridge” Error Message

Hewlett Packard’s “Check Ink Cartridges” error message can appear in a variety of circumstances and is applicable to many different OfficeJet, Deskjet or even Envy series inkjet printers. Most commonly “Check Cartridges” or “Check Ink Cartridges” means that your HP printer simply cannot recognise the colour or black ink cartridges. Thankfully however this error message can usually be cleared with some...

Refresh Cartridges Director Arctic Expedition for Charity

This January our Director Chris Holgate will be traveling to North Sweden, just South of the Arctic Circle in order to raise money for the local palliative and end of life care charity Rowcroft Hospice. Without any modern conveniences, during this time he will be spending several nights living in a snow hole in temperatures dipping as low as minus 35 degrees Celsius. To find out more about the challenge or to sponsor Chris please check out his...

What is a Canon FINE Ink Cartridge?

Many Canon printers make reference to Canon FINE Ink Cartridges both in their paperwork and in associated error/warning messages. This include but are not limited to the following: The FINE cartridge is not installed. The FINE cartridge is not installed. Install the FINE cartridge. The FINE cartridge is not installed in the correct position. The FINE Cartridge cannot be recognized. The FINE Cartridge is not installed properly. The Appropriate...

Clearing Canon Pixma ‘Check Ink’ Error Message U162 and U163

Canon inkjet printers calculate ink level estimates of all installed ink cartridges using the average page coverage and how many pages have been printed with the cartridge historically. When your Canon printer gets to a point when it believes the cartridge is empty you will be presented with a ‘Check Ink’ U162 or U163 message and be prompted to replace the cartridge. This message will also stop you printing and scanning. Most users...

Clearing the Canon ‘Check Ink’ U140 or U150 Error Message

The ‘Check Ink’ U140 or U150 error message appears when a Canon inkjet printer is not able to read one or more of the installed cartridges. Canon’s definition of the error is “The ink cartridge cannot be recognized” and text stating this may also appear in a message in your printer software. To communicate with an installed cartridge your printer relies upon a series of gold contacts on the front of your cartridge....

How to fix the Canon ‘Check Ink’ U075 or U076 Error Message

Your Canon inkjet printer gives ‘Check Ink’ error messages when it has detected a problem with at least one of the installed cartridges. The nature of the issue however is indicated by the code that follows. Canons official description for the U075 or U076 code is that a “FINE Cartridge is not installed in the correct position”. Although the message refers to the ‘FINE’ branding on a cartridge (which only usually...

Fixing the Canon ‘Check ink U051, U052, U053 or U059’ Error Message

Your Canon printer will the ‘Check ink U051, U052, U053 or U059’ code when it is having trouble recognising either one of the ink cartridges installed. The official Canon description for these errors is either “The FINE cartridge is not installed”, “The FINE cartridge is not installed properly” or “Appropriate FINE cartridge is not installed”. A FINE cartridge is any modern Canon cartridge...

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