Canon inkjet printers work on a basis of counting the number of pages printed and calculating the average page coverage to determine how full an ink cartridge is. Once the printer believes the cartridge has run out of ink you will be presented with either the E13 message or the E16 message that indicates that you need to change the ink cartridge. If this message is being displayed on your printers screen then your printer will stop printing and scanning.
This message is most commonly noticed when someone is using a refilled or remanufactured cartridge as they will read as low or empty immediately. These cartridges have no means of detecting fresh ink within the cartridge and rely instead upon the methods mentioned previously to estimate ink levels.
How do I bypass this message?
Canon printers have a tendency of overestimating how quickly ink within their cartridges run out and if you have received this message you will almost certainly have some ink left. Thankfully this message can be overridden and you can continue printing with the press of a button. First of all locate the STOP/RESET/RESUME button on your printer which is represented by a triangle within a circle on the body of your printer and is usually in red, white or black as pictured below. With the reset button located hold it down for at least five seconds and then release it.
This simple prompt signals to your printer that you are aware that the cartridge may have run out of ink, but would like to continue printing regardless of this fact. Your printer will now continue printing without an on-screen ink level estimate until the ink in the cartridge has physically run out. At this point you will start to notice print quality issues, indicating the cartridge genuinely needs to be changed.
Will this damage my printer?
No chance. Although continued use of the an empty cartridge does put strain on the printhead and can cause damage, this will not affect your printer at all. As this range of printers dispenses ink directly from the cartridge to the paper thanks to the printhead built into each black/colour ink cartridge. At the very worst the printhead may burn out with prolonged use, but if you replace the cartridge as soon as print quality diminishes the cartridge can still be used again once refilled (if you should wish).
Will this work in my Canon printer?
This advice applies to a variety of Canon printers that are compatible with the Canon PG-37, CL-38, PG-40, CL-41, PG-50 and CL51 range of ink cartridges. These printers include the Canon Fax JX200, MultiPass 450, MultiPass MP150, MultiPass MP160, MultiPass MP170, Pixma iP1200, Pixma iP1300, Pixma iP1600, Pixma iP1700, Pixma iP1800, Pixma iP1900, Pixma iP2200, Pixma iP2400, Pixma iP2500, Pixma iP2600, Pixma MP140, Pixma MP150, Pixma MP160, Pixma MP170, Pixma MP180, Pixma MP190, Pixma MP210, Pixma MP220, Pixma MP450, Pixma MP460, Pixma MP470, Pixma MX300 and Pixma MX310. Which of these six possible cartridges your printer takes will depend entirely upon the model of your printer.
Along with the printer models mentioned above this reset button can be used to continue printing using the PG-510, CL-511, PG-512 and CL-513 range of ink cartridges. The following printers are all compatible with these black and colour cartridges, the Canon Pixma iP2700, Pixma iP2702, Pixma MP230, Pixma MP240, Pixma MP250, Pixma MP252, Pixma MP260, Pixma MP270, Pixma MP272, Pixma MP280, Pixma MP282, Pixma MP330, Pixma MP480, Pixma MP490, Pixma MP492, Pixma MP495, Pixma MP499, Pixma MX320, Pixma MX330, Pixma MX340, Pixma MX350, Pixma MX410 and Pixma MX420.
You can even use the above advice to bypass the E13 and E16 errors with the Canon Pixma MG2150, Pixma MG2250, Pixma MG3150, Pixma MG3155, Pixma MG3250, Pixma MG3550, Pixma MG4150, Pixma MG4250, Pixma MX375, Pixma MX395, Pixma MX435, Pixma MX455, Pixma MX515 and Pixma MX525. These printers take the relatively new Canon PG-540, Cl-541, PG-540XL and CL-541XL ink cartridges.
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