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Error 1681 more than one Cyan cartridge installed

My Cyan ink cartridge was low so I installed a new one.  Now my Mac gives me error 1681 more than one cyan cartridge is installed-and I can't print anything.  Please help me solve this problem.

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  • John Jobby Feb 13, 2008

    I also get this printing from my Mac (though with my black cartridge). At £11.50GBP ($23USD) a pop, replacing the cartridge every time it happens is not an option. Turning the printer off at the plug seems to re-set it for a short time.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2008

    I have the same problem but with my black cart (cli-8bk).  Canon ip4200 and MacBookPro Intel duo core.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    have had the same problem but mine says its the yellow. Not sure what to do? Might have to take it to the repair shop

  • Anonymous May 12, 2008

    I am getting error no 1681 (more than one ink tank of the following colour is installed (black). Can anyone suggest a remedy. I would be eternally grateful.
    Mike Dudley

  • p_campioni Dec 08, 2017

    I had the same problem. It is not the black tank but the cyan on its right side, you understand that because the led of the cyan tank is off. If you reinsert more and more time the cyan tank until the cyan led go on you solve the problem



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I have the same issue as well - I just open the printer, pop out the cyan cartridge, and reinsert it (the same one). This generally works - sometimes I need to do it once or twice. I figure I'll be patient and keep doing this until I a) finish the cyan ink cartridge, b) replace it out of annoyance, or c) through the printer out the window in total frustration.

Interesting to hear about "faulty" cartridges though - I shell out for the "authentic" Canon cartridges which you would think would be reliable - maybe I should switch to using the imitation ones if I'm going to have issues with them anyway...?

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Just tried the suggestion of holding the midle button down for 6 sec, didnt seem to work. Might just have to buy a new yellow cartridge 

Posted on Apr 15, 2008


I have just tried this solution and it has worked (hum, for how long ?) :
Turn your printer off.
Keep pushed the middle button for about 6 seconds (the one that is blinking in yellow, seven times for the error 1681)
Your printer should turn on and work again.
Hope it will solve your / my problem.
Sorry for my poor english Francois

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

Replace the cyan cartridge again. There are quite a few faulty new cartridges getting around. This will fix it everytime. Seen it hundreds of times.

Posted on Feb 04, 2008

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