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The Infamous Canon Resume/Stop/Reset Button

The Infamous Canon Resume/Stop/Reset Button

The following information relates to small handful of Canon ink cartridges including the PG-37, CL-38, PG-40, CL-41, PG-50, CL-51, PG-510, CL-511,  PG-512, CL-513, PG-540, PG-540XL, CL-541 and CL-541XL. The warnings vary from printer to printer but should be similar to the following:

“The following ink cartridge may have run out:
Black PG-40/PG-50
Colour/Color CL-41/CL-51

The function for detecting the remaining ink level will be disabled since the ink level cannot be correctly detected.
If you want to continue printing without this function, press the printers Stop/Reset button for at least 5/five seconds.
Canon recommends to use new genuine Canon cartridges in order to obtain optimum qualities.
Please be advised that Canon shall not be liable for any malfunction or trouble caused by continuation of printing under the ink out condition.”


“The following ink has run out:
Black PG-510 or PG-512
Colour CL-511 or CL-513

Replace the ink cartridge and close the cover.
If printing is in progress and you want to continue printing, press the printers RESUME button for at least 5 seconds with the ink cartridge installed. Then printing can continue under the ink out condition.
The function for detecting the remaining ink will be disabled.
Replace the empty cartridge after printing.
The resulting quality is not satisfactory, if printing is continued under the ink out condition.”

In addition to these on screen messages you may also get “Check Ink” messages on your printer with the codes E13, E16, Check ink U162 and Check ink U163. Whatever the case your printer requires the STOP/RESET/RESUME button be held down for a specific amount of time, but in most cases this is 5 seconds. However I have encountered many people that simply don’t know which button this is, as the message itself is not massively clear. So to clarify you are looking for a button with the following symbol…

Whilst it is normally red/pink but on newer printers you may fine it is white or a duller grey in appearance.

So before you take your trouble shooting any further I would advise locating this button on your printer and holding it down for at least 5 seconds and with any luck your printer will jump into life and you will be able to continue printing. Please note that if you have changed multiple cartridges you may be required to indicate to the printer that you wish to continue using the cartridges individually so it may be worth holding it down again if the first attempt was not successful.

Please note that it is perfectly normal for a remanufactured or refilled cartridge to behave in this way as the cartridge itself has no way of physically checking how much ink it is carrying. Instead the printer relies upon the cartridge communicating how many pages it has printed in its lifetime and from this the printer estimates and ink level. As such the cartridge has simply retained the ink level estimate it has had previously that will normally indicate it is either partially used or empty.

Please note that despite the ominous warnings to the contrary there is no way that continuing to use cartridges under these conditions can damage your printer. As the ink comes straight from the cartridge to the paper at no point does any non-Canon product come in contact with your machine. Whilst the print head of the cartridge will eventually cease to function correctly after it has been refilled a significant amount of times the only thing that can inflict damage prior to this point is prolonged printing when the ink has physically run out.

I hope you have found this advice useful. If however you continue to have problems with the cartridge please do get in contact with your supplier or check out our other troubleshooting videos to help identify the problem.

Will this work for my printer?

This advice is applicable to the following printers Canon Fax JX200, MultiPass 450, MP150, MP160, MP170, Pixma iP1200, iP1300, iP1600, iP1700, iP1800, iP1900, iP2200, iP2400, iP2500, iP2600, MP140, MP150, MP160, MP170, MP180, MP190, MP210, MP220, MP450, MP460, MP470, MX300, MX310, iP2700, iP2702, MP230, MP240, MP250, MP252, MP260, MP270, MP272, MP280, MP282, MP330, MP480, MP490, MP492, MP495, MP499, MX320, MX330, MX340, MX350, MX410, MX420, MG2150, MG2250, MG3150, MG3155, MG3250, MG3550, MG4150, MG4250, MX375, MX395, MX435, MX455, MX515 and finally the Pixma MX525.

If you have any other questions or have something to add, please let us know below in the comments.

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Matthew Stevenson

I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.


  1. Paul Giegel

    On my pixma MP490 I have refilled my color and black cartridge for the third time

    The printer now gives me the message " The printer head is not installed" referring specifically to the black cartridge.

    although I know i have carefully place cartridge into printer and pushed down until the click. I have removed and replaced a dozen times and still get same message

    Is this cartride not good anymore or can it be salvaged.

    I tried holding down the reset per you instruction with no result. I also disconnected and reconnected USB and power without result. Any suggestions?

    Thand you and Regards


  2. paul giegel

    FOUND YOU ON YOUTUBE. My MP490 was working fine until I manually refilled the two cartridges. This is the third time I have done this and had no problem in the past. This time I am getting the message "print head is not installed, install the print head"with an error code of UO51. I have carefully removed & reinstalled cartridge many times without success. The only further info i've got is that it is the black cartridge causing the problem. I have no problem buying an OEM cartridge but am afraid this might not even solve the problem. I have tried pushing and holding reset button, etc. and it doesn't seem to help.

    Do you have any thoughts or solutions?

    Thanks & regards,

    Paul Giegel


  3. D.Kingsnorth

    I have tried the information given about the reset button but still no joy -as this printer was bought from Argos -I cannot ask them ,so can you please recommend an agent in this area of agrsvesend ,North Kent who can help ?? D,Kingsnorth

    Many thanks for your comments

    19/04/2012 11am

  4. D.Kingsnorth

    I have done what you advise ,press the particular button which iI have now identified

    with your lucid diagram but still no joy

    What next ? Can you advise a cannon retailer -agent who can help as I bought at Argos


    11.05 on the 19th

  5. SimPortPlyr

    I'm also getting the "print head is not installed, install the print head" error on a Canon MP 470. This happens with both a B&S and a color cartridge that I recently bought.

    I don't see any obstructions on the cartridge.

    Has anyone made progress in solving this?


  6. RefreshCarts

    This error occurs when the printer is having trouble recognising a cartridge electronically. I would advise trying the following:
    -Remove the cartridge from the printer
    -Turn the printer off from the machine itself
    -Run a dry cloth across the gold contacts on the front of the cartridge
    -Run the cloth across the corresponding contacts inside the printer
    -Turn the printer back on
    -Re-install the cartridge again
    If this does not help it is entirely possible that the electronics on the cartridge are either damaged of have ceased functioning. In which case replacing the cartridge is the only alternative.

  7. SimPortPlyr

    RefreshCarts, thanks very much for the reply.

  8. Paul Rimell

    I’ve got a Canon MP495 printer and have just put a refilled black ink cartridge in. It was the original one which I had filled by a local shop. Is there any way to get the orange low ink light to go out. There doesn’t seem to be an error message just the ink low light. I’ve tried holding down the reset button but it’s made no difference. Any ideas?

  9. david

    thanks for your advice, alls well until i came to refil my cartridge for thr 2nd time. As the refil was disabled i had the stop printing mode and then pressed the red triangle as you recommend.
    now having refilled the cartridge there appesrs to be excessive ink flowing out , which i have dried several times, i've checked that the refil hole is sealed
    howeve the test print from clean the head is perfect yet the printer will not print letters

    why can the test be detail perfect yet the p;rint not work


  10. Dudley Brooks

    I have the U051 message on an MX340, with a brand-new 211XL cartridge. But when I put the old, used-up cartridge in, I get no error message at all (except "Low Ink", of course). I called Canon tech support and they agreed it sounded like a defective cartridge and sent me a new one. Unfortunately, it also gives U051. This time tech support says it means that my printer (only two years old!) is defective and I either have to buy a new one or go without color printing (I can put the old one back in so that I don't get an error message and can therefore print, but only black, of course, since the old color cartridge is empty). They also said that what I was describing didn't make sense (old cartridge recognizable and new one not). I asked them if they had any idea why it might be happening and they said "it's an anomaly"(!!!) I came the advice on your site to press the Reset button, but that didn't work (and further down on your website I came across your note that it would not work for U051). I tried your advice of cleaning the contacts and that didn't work either. I would assume that it really is the printer which is defective … except that it *does* recognize the old cartridge! Any idea why this could be, and what to do about it? Thanks.

  11. brenfen

    Hi, I have just had the cartridges for my MP495 filled and installed them. I'm getting no error messages and I have been able to use the photocopy function in colour. But when I try to print something from my computer (like a word document) the printer won't print in colour. Any idea why this might be? Cheers.

  12. Jay jones

    I have a cannon pimxa mp495, just installed 2 new compitable ink cartridges into my printer and am now getting an error e14 flash up? I not sure how to fix it?

  13. mick

    Do you know the pin sequences for these cartridges… I mean there must be a way to reset the cartridge itself or at least fool the printer into thinking there is an everlasting cartridge in the slot? (perhaps something like it resets every time the printer is switched off and on)

    Also is there a way to factory reset the printer and in that way it loses all its memory.

    I have the Epson stylus dx8450 and a canon ip1900

  14. alisoneales

    Oh my god. Thank you thank you thank you. I had tried everything to bring my damn printer back to life and this is the only thing that worked. You're a ☆.

  15. marie bennett

    Argos are selling Canon printer real cheap at the moment and these canon printers take the 540 Black and 541 Colour these printers have a page counter installed in them so they will not except refilled cartridges. Do you know any way round this please.

  16. Leco26

    I recently purchased refill cartridges for my Canon MP220, this is the very first time I have replaced the cartridges for my machine but I am continually getting an error message U051, I have tried resetting the machine using your instructions above but it still wont recognise the cartridges, please help


  17. MR

    I have a cannon pimxa ip1800, just installed 2 new ink cartridges into my printer and an now getting an error of 7 flash up.

    The printer send me a message that the color cartridge is not installed properly but and sure it is

    I not sure how to fix it?

  18. Anna

    Canon mp495 will not print on the left side of paper (about 1 and 1/2 inches) the right side is fine.

  19. Sherree

    I have just refilled my cartridges for my mp490 and it will only print out in black and pink how can I fix this

  20. Florin

    Hello! I have a Canon PIXMA MX455 printer, and no matter how many times or for how long I press the Stop/Reset button, I cannot get rid of the low ink warning. Do you know a way to reset the type of printer mentioned above?

  21. debra

    Hi I have a canon MG4150 and have refilled my colour cartridge but my printer wont acknowledge it how do i reset it.

  22. Mel

    I've got an ip3500. Quite suddenly the lights went out on the cartridges (not Canon's) and it won't print. error message " cartridges not recognised" and I get a flashing yellow light – 4 times. Any fix available??

  23. Rhian

    I have a Canon Pixma ip5200 and have used compatible cartridges with no bother until recently when I got resume light flashing 5 times, with a pause. I thought it would be the print head so have replaced this to no avail- still flashing in sequences of 5 and no response when trying to print. Have tried power off and reset codes etc. Would be grateful of any advice.

  24. Claudia

    I replaced black ink cartridge pg 512 for canon mp490 (a non original one) and I get error U052 Printer head not installed. I tried to press and hold the reset red button, as well as other buttons but nothing happens. What am I doing wrong? Does this printer accept only original canon ink cartridges? Please help! Thanks

  25. Alan

    Hi, I have a MP490. Replaced the cartridges with refilled ones, did the whole reset button for x amount of time. The black has registered on the printer, but colour is still saying it is low…but on the flip side it still prints fine in both black and colour. Should I just live with it? Or…
    Thanks for your time


  26. Alina


    Thanks for the useful info! I just got a Pixma MX395 and I was wondering how many times I can refill the original cartridges and still be able to print. I used to have an Epson with CISS, which broke, and now I have a lot of leftover ink from it. Can I use it for my Canon? Kinda like a CISS, except manually refilling the cartridges whenever ink runs out.

    In other words, is there any way of using this printer without periodically investing money in new (original or not) cartridges? I only want to buy the ink from now on.

    Hope my questions made sense.

  27. pkbhilala

    Sir, I am getting an error somewhat like this in my Canon pixma ip1300:
    The Following cartridge cannot be recognized.
    Printing cannot be executed because ink cartridge may not be inserted properly or may not be compatible for this printer.

    sir, any help would be gladly appreciated.

  28. Nick Lewis


    I have a Canon Pixma MX310. I've been refilling cartridges for several years and pressing the stop/reset button and this has worked This time however, nothing. I gave in and bought a Canon cartridge, still nothing. I get a yellow warning light and a Check Ink message on the printer plus an error message when I try to print like the one in your video.

    Can you suggest anything else to try?

    Thanks very much – you have saved me hundreds of £ over the years!
    Kind regards,

  29. somy

    Hi, I had buy a canon MP 280 printer four years ago. but it didn't work properly from the beginning and it had cartridge error. the guaranty service was not available in my country. after four years I want want to know if it is repairable or not, and how can I get rid of cartridge error.
    I would be so glad if you could help me.
    thank you for you kind answer.

  30. Leonore

    I have just purchased a Canon Pixma mx455 I have set up as instructed, but everytime I open the cover to install paper, the ink cartridges move across and pop open the cover door. Message states 'can replace cartridge'. I have taken them out and replaced 3 times. Is it me or the damed machine. They are the cartridges packed with the machine.

  31. vanessa

    I have a Canon printer Mp272, i would like to know if I need both cartridges black and colour in order for it to work as it shows me E5 and does not print
    Thank you

  32. Tracy

    Hi I just bought a cannon pixma MG3150 The ink head will not open automatically and I am getting warning P 02
    There is no paper jam and this is the first time ink will be put into the printer!!!! HELP

  33. Sandra

    Thank you so much for the tip! Saved me so much time and effort!

  34. sune

    My Canon mp230 is brand new and the light flashes 22 times.the scanner nor the printer want to work

  35. tugatoy

    Sir i have a problem on my canon ip2700 printer..the error says that the waste tank is full and i try to reset it two times but the reseter did not work..is it only 4 times of failed reseting and the printer will be dead? Can you recommend me wher to download a reliable reseter?

  36. HARSH


  37. Eryna

    Thank you so so much for the information.
    I was wondering it says my cartridge is empty even after I have refilled the ink.
    So now I know it's normal so thank you so much.
    My mind is at ease now. 😀

  38. Michael

    I have installed a refilled CL41 in my Cannon MP210. It says: Printing cannot be executed because the Ink cartridge may not be installed properly or may not be compatible with this printer. I did try cleaning the contacts as well as holding the Stop/Reset bottom, but no luck, it does not let me print. Any way to get around this?

  39. Liz

    Hi my canon mg3550 has the green and amber light flashing alternately for 4 flashes (2 each) There is ink in the cartridges, I have taken them out and put them back, but it will not start or reset, any ideas?

  40. virgo

    pls… help me,,,i need resetter for canon pixma p200, where i download the restter?

  41. wayne

    if i refill the 512 black faxes cannot be recieved and the printer stores them until i install an original before releasung. please help

  42. Jessica

    Hi, I have a Cannon pixma 160 and I just replaced the black and color cartridge and when it goes through the motion to print it acts like it is printing but the sheets come out blank. Please does anyone know what could be wrong? I did remove the strip like it said on the box. Thanks

  43. Haydn

    Hi, I have a canon mx 395, it worked fine until last week. It receives faxes fine, but when it sends a fax the recipient gets a blank sheet, I tried copying but again a blank sheet. Why will it receive faxes but scans blank sheets? Thanking you in advance for your help.

  44. jens

    Thanks! Worked!

  45. barry

    hi Matthew, i have a canon mp220 series, when i want to print , the paper slide directly through to the out tray. It was working perfectly prior to going away for a month, any advice would be much appreciated.

  46. EricaStapes

    I have a canon Ip4200, is was printing normaly and all of a suden, it prints blanks. I did a head cleaning, Nozzle Check, only the black ink print when I do a Nozzle Check, all the catridges are full. What can the problem be?

  47. pierre

    where is the resume button in canon ip 2600

  48. Guru

    Hi I have a pixma 287 printer. With refilled cartridges it was working well, then suddenly message displayed" cartridges cannot be recognised" how to restore printing

  49. John

    Hi Matthew. Thank you for sharing all this information with us all. Very grateful and much appreciated

  50. Billy

    I cant get my printer to work after it ran out of paper. I've filled the paper, pressed and held the reset button for up to 10 seconds, pressed both colour and black buttons, turned it on and off a few times and still it says paper tray needs refilled. Any ideas on other ways to clear this? the printer is brand new, first time priiting from it.

  51. Mallikarjun

    Canon Inkjet iP1300 printer showing error
    The following ink catridge cannot be recognized.
    printing cannot be excuted because the ink catridge
    may not be compatible with this printer.
    Install the appropriate ink catridge.
    If you want to cancel printing, click cancel printing.

  52. Mr David Nicol

    I have a Canon Pixma IP2500 with original cartridges.
    The colour one ran out of ink and I have had it refilled.
    I have reset the options for black only but no matter
    what I do it will not print and comes up with the
    Warning that an ink cartridge is not installed properly
    and consequently won't print. I have tried the 5 sec
    Reset but to no avail. Any ideas please.
    Dave N

  53. gujy

    My Canon mp230 is brand new and the light flashes 22 times.the scanner nor the printer want to work

  54. Mammohan

    Hello sir, I need to help reset ink level of canon pixma e560 wifi model, please send me solution of that printer,

  55. Jrok81

    Help! I have a Cannon MP5550 – replaced all cartridges, however it will print all other colours but black. I have done a deep clean, cleaned nozzles. Should I reset? Please help!

  56. Manmohan

    Please, any one can tell me how to Reset Ink Level Of Canon Pixma E560 wifi printer,
    cartridge no. is PG-89 and CL-99

  57. JellyBelly

    Brilliant – was pulling my hair out as the magenta cartridge wasnt working after id changed it. No warnings or error messages – just wasn’t printing magenta. Held it down for about 15 seconds and worked straight away. Thank you!

  58. Donald

    I have a canon Ip4200, is was printing normaly and all of a suden, it prints blanks. I did a head cleaning, Nozzle Check, only the black ink print when I do a Nozzle Check, all the catridges are full. What can the problem be?

  59. Paul T

    I brought a new PC and its windows 8.1, my canon MG4150 print is not sharp any more. I downloaded the appropriate driver on the canon website, I've performed the auto align, and this has not cured the problem, despite performing these operation 2 or 3 times, and removing and re installing the driver.
    New printer maybe??
    Paul T

  60. Dan Gurney

    I have a canon Pixma MG3550 printer. I have replaced the standard cartridges with XL cartridges but now I get four flashes. What can i do to remedy this. Thanks in advance for any help

  61. Mary Watson

    my canon mg2550 printer is showing paper jam. I cannot see any paper. What can i do

  62. aditi gupta


    I have canon 6750dn printer..how can i get total pages print till date in ubuntu machine.

  63. Hugo

    I have a MX475 the /Stop/Reset Button to continuing printing work on this printer to?

  64. Brenda

    I have a canon mx410 printer. Can the ink tanks be (for example) cl-211/pg-210xl or do they have to be cl-211/pg-210. I keep getting the code u051 and I was wondering if this was the problem.

  65. mike

    Hi. I have a canon e460 using pg-47 and cl-57. I have refill the cartridges and the printer prints nothing, looks like the ink cartridges don't spill out in even they are full. What should I do now? Thanks.

  66. Christopher Marriott

    how do I reset the Canon MP640 printer it wont tune on I'm getting a yellow light to the right of my printer led screen wont come on is there away to fix it thanks

  67. Rahul Maravi

    I have canon pixmaE460 and its black ink lamb is continously flesh then what its mean and how i can solve this problem

  68. Steve

    Canon Pixma MP230 flashes green and orange alternately 22 times. What should I do ?

  69. zuhair

    I have mx310 and I lost the drivers of it and I download it from canon company,my system is windows 8.1, after I install the driver for mx310 , I can't find the Icons for the scaner or the other Icons , does it hied some where in that windows? if there is something wrong with the driver that I had can you give me a link for the real driver? thank you.

  70. Terry Gott

    I have recently returned to South Africa and brought with me my a Cannon Pixma MG-3250 printer. I now need to replace the cartridges but they are not available in South Africa. My Cartridges are Black PG-540 and colour CL-541, I can get cartridges that will fit i.e 440 and 441 but the machine refuses to accept them. Is there anyway to fool the printer into accepting them?

  71. ali

    Hi mattew I need ur help I have a Canon printer Mp280 I change both catridges but is not working the alarm light is on

  72. Mike

    I have a Canon Pixma printer MX 455 series and message comes up out of ink, the ink cartridge is a replacement colour 541 the black cartridge is 540XL is there a way to use these inks are togethor

  73. bigtom82

    can i use 510 and 511 cartridges in my pixma mx395 although they require 540/541

  74. Hemant

    How to refill black ink in PG-47 cartriage

  75. cliff

    The Cannon mg5550, is the biggest load of rubbish i have ever brought, it makes loads of noise when starting to print,it takes ages to start printing,when the ink runs low it wont print it says hold the reset button for 5 seconds if you want to carry on ,as you have gused it this dosent work either or to even find the reset button! its quite new for the amount i have used it. i will go back to my lexmark shouldnt have so called up dated in the firt place..

  76. cliff

    then they wont post any bad things about their printer will they…………………

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