I've now had a go at cleaning the absorbers with q tips. How do I go about turning the message off. I get the impression you don't think that getting the printer repaired is a viable option. The only reason I have this printer is that it produces (when it was working properly really good quality photos). So if I take your advice & replace the printer which do you think would be the best canon model to buy - I don't want to do anything fancy just print good photographs please.
I have genuine Canon PG40 Pixma Black and CL-41 Chromalife 100 Colour, both well in date. I also have an HP printer with HP20 & HP21 inks but I find that the photos come out too dark.