The fitment of the original version of the Canon cartridges is poor. We have no influence on the installation design of these cartridges and subsequently the remanufactured versions suffer the same problem too.
First ensure that you have removed the clip and/or tape. Then place the cartridge in the position as normal. You may then need to slightly lift the cartridge until it clicks into position. You will feel resistance to the fitment.
The fitment for these cartridges is tight for both the original and remanufactured cartridges, so it can be tricky to remove them. In this video we show you how to remove both the black and colour cartridges from your printer.
As demonstrated in the video, first press downwards on the cartridge with 2 fingers to dislodge it from the carriage; there will be an audible click when this is achieved. Then grasp either side of the cartridge with your thumb and index finger and firmly pull the cartridge towards yourself to fully remove it from the printer.
The working parts of the printer and cartridge are delicate and need to be in the correct condition to function correctly. Sometimes a little dirt or ink can prevent the cartridge from working. Remove the cartridge from the printer and gently clean the gold coloured electrical contacts on the cartridge and the contacts on your printer with some moist tissue. Reinstall the cartridge and attempt to print again.
Unfortunately your cartridge has developed an electrical fault and will not work. Please return the cartridge to your store for a replacement.
There may be air trapped in your cartridge’s printhead. Please run a cleaning cycle according to your printer’s instructions and try to print again.
There may be a small blockage in your cartridge’s printhead. Remove the cartridge and try wiping the printhead from back to front a few times with a moist tissue. You should soon see a black line or a three colour line on the tissue. Reinstall the cartridge and attempt to print again.
Do not remove this chip.
With this chip in place, your cartridge can be inserted into your printer and the correct ink levels will display on your status monitor.
Printer manufacturers often use the roll out of their printer firmware updates to prevent you from choosing the origin and type of supplies you use in your printer. This has been done is ways such as blocking the use of remanufactured/recycled cartridges entirely, applying a 'cartridge lock' system that locks a cartridge's usage to a printer and introducing a new 'generation' of the same cartridge model to stop older, remanufactured cartridges being re-used.
Most printer manufacturers will prefer you to set your printer to automatically download and install their updates for this very reason. We suggest that you disable the automatic update option to allow you to continue to use remanufactured cartridges and also to recycle your cartridge after it has been used. By allowing your printer to update the firmware automatically you are risking being locked into only using the more expensive and less environmentally friendly original branded cartridges.
So we highly recommend switching off your printer's firmware automatic updates and dismissing future messages asking you to update your printer. These steps are a general guide to how to stop the updates, but please note that they will vary slightly depending on your exact printer model.
This is true for both original and remanufactured Canon cartridges. The page yield displayed by Canon is based on a 5% page coverage life test. That is, if you only fill 5% of your page, your cartridge will print for the given number of pages. If you print photos, graphics or even a full page of text, you will be using more than a 5% page coverage. So with normal everyday printing, the page yield listed by Canon is unlikely to be the same page yield that you will get out of your cartridge.