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Anyone out there with a Canon Pixma MP600 ?

Q: Anyone out there with a Canon Pixma MP600 ?

This is an extremely basic question ...

I only turn my printer on when I need to use it, which is not too often. By chance, I happened to look at Control Panel/System/Device Manager/Disk Drives while it was connected, and I was quite astonished to see the following entry:

Canon MP600Storage USB Device

followed by all my regular HDs (3 in all).

Is this normal under VISTA? I ask as I have some problems with certain USB-attached devices, and am trying to isolate the problem.

Thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Anyone out there with a Canon Pixma MP600 ?

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I have a Canon i850 printer which I have immensely enjoyed using these past four+ years. For one thing, I've never had even one paper-jam during that time.

My understanding always has been that it is best to have separate components, so that's why I've always owned a dedicated printer. However, it appears that the present-day trend is more toward all-in-one units. Actually, I'm in the market only for a printer, but if the Canon MP600 all-in-one is technologically advanced far beyond my i850, then I would strongly considering buying one.

The MP600 has a scanner (which I don't need, although it would provide me with a back-up) and it has several modern features of convenience which my i850 doesn't have. What I would especially like to know is whether or not the MP600 produces appreciably better results with both text and photos than my i850. Also, would it be faster and cheaper in the long run than the MP600? While quality of results is more important than anything else, speed, economy, and convenience also enter into the equation.

(I was also considering the Canon PIXMA iP6700D photo printer, but from what I've read so far it appears that the MP600 all-in-one is more highly-regarded.)

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has an opinon on this matter. Thank you very much.

A:Canon i850 printer vs. Canon Pixma MP600 All-in-One

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Hallo - am jjust a beginner, well pushing 70, but but am now out of my depth so if anyone can help would be most grateful

Just bought a Canon Pixma MP600R and a HP DV9823EA laptop which runs on Vista

I also have a PC - MAXDATA which is about a year old.

I have managed to make the Wi-Fi link between the PC and Canon but try as I might I cannot link the laptop. I followed the instructions - search but cannot find

A:Wi-fi link Canon Pixma MP600 to laptop

Suggest you click on Edit at the lower right of your post and edit out your email address--else you're going to be pushing a lot of spam out of your inbox.

Please start by describing your network. It sounds like you are trying to set up an ad-hoc wireless network among your two PCs and a printer. But I'm wondering if you really have a router or anything else involved.

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Although I got no other device connected to the printer nor the port, an error message states:

"The device may e incompatible. Remove the device and check the manual supplied with the connected device."

Because of this message my printer doesn't work. Please help!! What can I do to fix this.


A:Canon MP600

what windows version are you running ?

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my mp600 doesnt work with vista.can anybody help

A:canon mp600 and vista

My mp600r works with vista 32 and 64 bit, what problems are you having?

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Hi all. This is my first post. I hope you can help.

I got a Canon MP600 (multi-purpose) for Christmas to replace my old Canon printer and scanner separates. I set up the machine itself according to the instructions, and had it working fine as a standalone. Then came the PC install ...

First off, the install CD wouldn't read very well. Undaunted, I went onto the Canon website and downloaded the MP drivers manually - they are actually a more recent version than the ones on the disc.

I ran the install and all seemed to be going OK. Several components popped up their "Found new hardware" wizards, and I followed them all diligently. One threw up an error, and said it had not installed correctly. I cannot remember exactly what it was, but I think it was something to do with a Bus and I think it was scanner-related, rather than printer-related.

Followed through the rest of the install, and tried testing. Printer was fine. When I went to scan, I could initiate a scan from the PC, but after scanning it could not return the scan data to the PC. I put this down to the failed install.

The problem is this ... I have uninstalled the drivers properly several times, and reinstalled them again each time, trying both the CD (which now reads OK, sometimes) and the downloaded drivers (uninstalling each time). However, on no occasion since the initial install attempt has the module which failed to install properly the first time tried to install itself again. There was a check... Read more

A:Canon MP600: Scanner not working

Control Panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager. Uninstall any devices in error and reboot. You should be prompted for the hardware again.

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I recently purchased a new pc (Acer Aspire) which came with windows vista home premium. Having tried and failed to set up my HP Scanjet 3300c scanner I discovered that the scanner was not compatible with vista and that HP were not going to provide any new drivers.
I bought a Canon MP600 to replace both the scanner and my old Epson Stylus C62 printer.
The MP600 works fine, it will copy and print from its own menus etc. The software install to configure the PC was successful (the Vista install details indicated that the drivers on the CD would be fine) and when I finished the install and connected the MP600 all seemed well. However after about 5 minutes the PC was unable to communicate with the MP600, the PC became slow and would not properly shut down.

After a reboot the PC would sometimes not communicate with the MP600 at all, and sometimes it would work for 15 to 20 minutes. Eventually, if I left the MP600 powered on, the PC would 'lock up'.

Other devices (Camera, PenPad) work without issue if attached to the same USB ports.

I uninstalled the MP600 drivers, downloaded the latest drivers from the Canon website and reinstalled. The PC recognised the printer and loaded the appropriate drivers, but was now unable to communicate with the printer at all.

Since I was stuck at this point I attempted to access the same printer from my Windows XP laptop - it worked perfrectly.

Finally I borrowed an HP Photosmart printer from a friend and attempted to configure it to wo... Read more

A:Canon MP600 not working with Vista

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Just recieved my new Canon MP600 multi function printer. All is well apart from when I put something in the scanner to scan, I click scan on the LCD and it asks me to press the diamond button. When I press it nothing happens. Why is this. What do I need to do to get it to scan?


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I've had my Canon for 8 months and it has worked perfectly until 4 days ago.

Suddenly when I tried to send a document to print I get a message that says 'Printer Offline-Check power and communication cables' I have done so several times. That really doesn't make sense though, because the scan and copy features work fine, as long as I just save them to files on my PC, and anything I send to print gets to the print queue.

When I went to the printer and looked at the display it was in an Asian language I was finally able to get the online manual up and change it back to English, but I can't find anything that deals with my problem.

A:Canon MP600 'Printer Offline' message


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Just wondering if anybody can help me to solve the problem I have with a Canon MP600 printer. Its about 11 months old now and when I switch on all I get on the screen is a alarm code '6A00'. Can anybody tell me what it means and how canI get rid of it.

A:Solved: Alarms on Canon MP600 printer

Since it's probably under warranty, I'd call Canon.

2) Code 6A00 error

On page 13/57, 1-8, Manual Service, you will find specifications which could cause the problem: Sheet feed links (QM2-2211), Logic board ***' y (QM2-2670), Purge links (QM2-2208).

According to several incidents announced in various forums, the origin of the cause could be simpler. For an unspecified reason, the carriage of the heads would remain stuck to its home position. To separate it, after a Setting NOT UNDER Tension/UNDER Tension, open the top of the higher casing to have access to the cartridges. Instead of being driven towards the center, the carriage will remain with its home position. Try, gently, to move it towards the left by drawing it manually.

- If the operation succeeds, remove the cartridges, the block of the heads, press on the 2 felts (filters) of Waste Ink Tank, with the position rest of the heads, to reposition them. Then give the block of the heads and the cartridges/Faites energized NOT UNDER Tension/. Open the higher casing and check that the carriage of the heads positions in the center.

- If the carriage remains always blocked: Remove the whole of the higher external casing (see higher)/Enlevez the heads and cartridges/Appuyez gently on the 2 felts (filters) of Waste Ink Tank/Remettez then the block of the heads and the cartridges/Remettez the casing, pay attention to the cables of the control panel. Put the printer UNDER tension/Ouvrez the top of the higher ca... Read more

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I just purchased a Canon Pixma MP600 Printer & cannot Install the Drivers.

I received a error message "Process cannot continue because the Print Spooler service has been stopped. Restart the computer to start the Print Spooler & try again." while trying to install the MP600 Drivers. No Luck.

I have logged on to XP SP2 in SAFE MODE as the Administrator as specified in the set-up instructions. I am the sole user on the computer, but set up 2 user accounts at set-up. Where do I go now?

Thanks for your repaly,


A:Canon MP600 Install Driver Problem

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Does anybody know what alarm '6A00' is that appears on the screen of my printer. I cannot get rid of it. PLease help me.

A:Solved: canon MP600 printer alarms

Try clicking on this site http://www.fixya.com/support/t137767-error_code_6a00_alarm_light_flashing

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I am in add/remove programs- I was getting rid of stuff & got rid of the canon printer months ago & saw this in there. When I click the "add/remove" button", nothing happens. It only take 0.41 mbs of space, but is unneccessary- how can I get it to budge?

A:Need help removing canon mp600 user registration

Please see the following link from the MS knowledge base:

How to Manually Remove Programs from the Add or Remove Programs Tool

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We love our Canon MP600 and things have been fine with it up until recently. However NOW we are getting VERTICAL lines running from top to bottom all the way across the page and interestingly they seem to be evenly spaced about 1/4" apart all the way across. They look like pin stripes, like the ink is missing in the lines and they also seem to be going ONLY thru darker colors like Browns, but not thru silvers or blues or medium tones and shades. We've run thru it's diagnostics and everything appears normal including the test sheets. Any ideas or suggestions? Appreciate your help!

A:Help! Getting Lines on Photo Prints using Canon MP600

did you check and make sure the ink ain't low or empty? did you try to Clean The Print Head Nozzles?

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I am running Windows 7 in a virtual environment using Parallels on my iMac intel.  My Pixma printer shows up in the printers list in Windows but refuses to print.  The documents are neatly lined up in the queue but nothing happens.  I have looked for new drivers and can find none that I have not already installed.What to do?

A:Canon Pixma MP 470

Canon has not released a Windows 7 driver for your printer.
You can try the latest driver for Windows XP or Windows Vista from here:
If the issue persists, I am afraid you have to wait for Canon to release a Windows 7 driver.
Tim Quan - MSFT

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I use Canon Pixma printer with Windows 7. When I want to scan and e-mail the colours of my computer change radically. I cannot get a full picture reproduced either. Only part of it is reproduced. I had to do a system restore to get the computer to remove the ugly colours. This is the second time that it happened. Please help.

A:Canon Pixma

As regards not being able to reproduce a complete picture, try reducing the 'PPI' setting in your scanner software prior to scanning. Whilst 300 ppi is considered the optimum setting for photo scans which you intend to print, that's way too high for an email. Try scanning at 150 ppi or even 100 ppi if it's only for an email attachment.

The scanning time will then be much shorter and there will only be half as much data for the PC to cope with (compared to scanning at 300 ppi).

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I updated my driver for this printer in order to use it with a new VISTA computer. In doing this, my XP laptop, can no longer use this printer. Is there a simple solution to this?

A:Canon pixma MP 780

Updating drivers usually doesn't affect the hardware itself. Its strange that it simply stopped working because you installed vista drivers on another computer. My Pixma was simply a plug-and-play from my vista desktop to my XP laptop.

Can you provide more detail? Does the computer detect the printer but it simply doesn't print? Or is the printer undetected completely? Maybe you could try uninstalling then installing new drivers for it.

Canon Australia - PIXMA MP780

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My Canon Pixma IP4200 is flashing the light on the resume button 5 times. I hve tried resetting, switching off, restarting computer to no avail. What else can I do?

A:Canon Pixma

Press theResume button when the button is blinking. If that fails, unplug the USB cable and the power cable from the computer end. Wait a few seconds and plug the power cable in. Wait a minute and plug the USb cable in.

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Canon PIXMA250 Series Multifunction Printer prints test every time.

A:Canon PIXMA 250

Prints the word "test"?

Prints every time you turn the printer on? Every time you try to print a document or photo? How does this event relate to Vista?

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I have an error message E2 that stops me using my printer as i live in Thailand and the instructions are in Thai I can't overcome it. I have tried some of the sites that give the switching and resets for various thing such as Waste tank but to be honest I'm not sure what they are or what they mean, I have followed the instructions but nothing happens, it says that it is out of paper or jammed but I can't find one its clear. Please help I'm desperate to get some work done

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can you help me about my printer
coz its print with a yellowish picture

A:canon pixma mp 237 printer

This is the example

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Windows Xp

I have used my Canon MP500 for two years. It prints OK but it won't scan. About 18 months ago it completely disappeared from my computer. I tried to take the computer back to a date when it worked but it wouldn't allow me to do so. After reloading it twice it finally worked again. Now it has disappeared again. When I find Omnipage the message comes up "The parameter is incorrect"
Why does it suddenly disappear? I can't think I have done anything to make it do so.

A:Solved: Canon Pixma MP 500

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Urgent help please.

This printer normally connected through USB to pc running Windows XP in room 1.
2nd wireless pc running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit in room 2.
Connected printer through USB on Win 7 pc and windows updated drivers ok and everything printing ok.
Then re-connected printer to XP pc ( in different room ) and set up printer and file sharing.
When adding printer wirelessly to Win 7 pc the windows update cannot find any drivers for this model and yet it does when running through a USB connection!
Can anyone tell me where on the Win 7 pc I can locate the drivers that were installed when printer was connected via USB or how to get around this problem? Drivers that can be downloaded from internet seem not to have an INF extension which Win 7 requires for installation.

May be being dense but can you tell me what I should be doing?

A:Canon Pixma iP4200

hi maureenmcn ,welcome to the forums , have a read of this thread Canon Pixma IP4200 it may contain the information you require

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I have istalled the latest driver and program from Canon support site.
But I get the bluescreen with the error:
STOP: 0x0000009C (0x00000004, 0x00000000, 0xb2000000, 0x00020151) ...

The driver to the printer Canon Pixma ip4500 should work with Vista x64.

I have Windows Vista Ultimate x64.

Please help me.

A:Canon Pixma ip4500

Hi Spiderfreak!

Here is a link to Canon website for the latest Canon driver. Just pick your printer from the list then choose the OS (Vista x64) and download/install. Hope this helps.

Since you did not specify you got your driver from their website I figured I'd look.

Download Library - Canon USA Consumer Products


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Hey peps.

anyone have this driver for Windows 7 64 bit? i couldn't find it for the love of God. only found that utility stuff on their site.

A:Canon Pixma IP4200

1. Use Windows Update, it will install the driver automatically
2. Install driver add-on and software from canon website

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I just installed Windows 7 and my printer doesn't seem to work.. Its a Canon pixma MP160.. i guess i have to install the proper drivers.. could someone help me out with this?

A:Canon Pixma MP160

Quote: Originally Posted by jana


I just installed Windows 7 and my printer doesn't seem to work.. Its a Canon pixma MP160.. i guess i have to install the proper drivers.. could someone help me out with this?

You should be able to install the Vista drivers for it.

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I have a Canon Pixma mp280 printer that I've used for a few years. Suddenly, when I go to print something from my computer, it doesn't even show my printer as a printer option. I can't find the hardware for my printer. It still scans and prints that way, just not from computer. Help.

A:Canon Pixma mp280

Uninstall the Canon software/drivers, reboot, and perform a fresh install following the Canon process.

You can use the install CD provided with the printer, or the better option would be to get the latest driver package from Canon.

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Bought a Canon MP 750 on Wednesday. Seems to print well, but not happy with the results of walk up copy and also scan to computer/print.

Original printing from the computer, print alignment, print nozzle checks etc are all OK. It seems there is a problem with the scanning - copies come out significantly less colour intense, at times with bits even missing from the copy.

Rang Canon for support and returned machine to store on Friday & got a second one. It seems to fare no better.

At this stage I will be ringing Canon again on Monday - but in the meantime I'm interested to hear from anyone else with this machine.

Can anyone tell me what happens when you select the copy button, and then "colour"? Do you get the following message:

Colour copying......

or do you get


followed by a request for the next page or to click OK to exit?
This then followed by

Colour copying....

as above?

The reason I ask is that on the first machine we only ever got "colour copying" followed by the scan and the print out.

On the second machine, the first two times we did a copy it gave us the scan message on the display first, followed by the copy message. However from the third copy on it has always only ever been "colour copying...."

If I use the software to scan into the computer I can set different scanning resolutions....but when I print out I don't see any marked improvement.

The above was using the image quality "normal&q... Read more

A:Solved: Anyone own a Canon Pixma MP 750?


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How can I troubleshoot the waste ink full?

I have already tried cleaning and replacing the foam but when I am going to print again, there is this waste ink full window that shows up.

A:Canon Pixma IP1000

Look for a plastic bottle of some sort and empty it out. (Not the toner cartridge!!!)

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I have installed driver (b6C05MUx.exe) for Canon Pixma iP5200 which
Vista does not recognize.
The driver was downloaded from Canon and is compatible with my Vista.
Please advice how to make the printer work.


A:Canon Pixma iP5200

Hi, On the Canon site it is this driver ip5200vst200ej.exe here is the link http://support-au.canon.com.au/EN/search?c...p;menu=DownloadMake sure you get the Vista driver.Uninstall the canon printer before installing the new driver and follow the install instuctions as you have to install the printer following the correct steps.

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Hey Folks, I have a Canon MP160 and I am trying to print photos, but they always come out redder that I want, I found some NTSC Color Bars and printed them and Magenta is purple and red is deep orange, I did a monitor calibration with a Spyder Pro and thought that corrected the problem but to no avail, any suggestions?

A:Canon Pixma MP160

what kind of printer are using
are you using the correct profile for the type of paper

getting a print to look like it does on your monitor requires carefull calibration and printer profiling


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mp navagator requires 800x600 or higher resolution and higher colour
(16 bit) or better mode

ps my bios was upgraded now my mp navagator doesnt work

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I can print pictures that are on my Samsung laptop, using my Canon Pixma MP620 with a USB cable, but when I try to scan a picture and send it to my laptop, nothing happens. A window opens asking me what device I want to use and only shows my old Epson (which I no longer have) When I go into the control panel & click on hardware and printer, it shows my Canon MO620 and has a green checkmark by it so I'm pretty sure it's capable it just won't cooperate! Thanks for any information!

A:Using a Canon Pixma with Windows 8

Does Devices and Printer also list the MP620 listed as a scanner? My Canon MX490 Shows up 3 times as Printer, Fax, and Scanner. I yours does not show as both a printer and a scanner, you may need to reinstall the driver software.

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My Canon PIXMA MG6120 doesn't print the text in a document containing both text and photos. I think the driver may be incorrect, but am uncertain which driver to load from the Canon website. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit on an HP TouchSmart 600-1050. Any suggestions?

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Hello Friends,I.m facing a ‘printer problem’ My o/s is xp home sp3 and I have a Canon Pixma IJ 1600 printer connected which was working fine till date.All of a sudden , it has stopped detecting my color cartridge.Whwnever I start printing, I get the following error message:-

“The color cartridge can not be recognized.Install the appropriate cartridge”
I have uninstalled rhe cartridge several times,removed the printer and driver and then reinstalled it but to no avail.I do.nt know what to do?Please help.thanks

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Error code 5100. Recommended action to turn off printer and turn back on again. Does not work. Any ideas?

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error problem 6000 keeps showing up and i am unable to print???

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Guys i just bought All in one Canon PIXMA MP230 ! And i installed it as the manual guide says ! but after installing it , i cant use the scanner !! the printer and the copier are working fine ! But when i press scan document or use the IJ Scan Utility to try to scan a document i get this error .
I have uploaded the error in a picture so you can see it guys and help me !
Thank you so much.

A:Need help with Canon PIXMA MP230

You have the latest drivers and software?


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Did everything instructed for troubleshooting printing problems i.e. all maintenance, print head alignments (including manual alignment) etc. Printer will NOT print black and white TEXT. I have all new cartridges including black. Color prints ok but no black and white text printing. What could be the problem here?

A:Canon Printer - Pixma iP6600D

Your print head has likely failed. Thats the piece thats under the cartridges and it is removal to be cleaned or replaced. Instructions for manually cleaning the printhead can be found here: http://www.inkjetoasis.ca/io_help.asp

To order a new print head you can call Canon @ 1-800-OK CANON, I think its about $70 but if you like the printer then its worth it since most new Canon's use considerable more expensive cartridges because they have the print head built into the cartridge.

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Hi, i'm having problems with getting my scanner/printer to do anything. To begin with whenever i turned it on the LCD always said

"Printer error has occured. Turn off power then back on again. If problem persists see the manual"

and so i turn it off and the message only reappears, it seems to not be able to load properly.

I did get it to load once or twice, (how it hapenned is beside me) and successfully printed something off, but on attempting a scan the same message came up midscan. Now i'm back to square one, with only ever seeing the error message all the time and the printer/scanner giving me no options and not loading properly.

Does anybody have any good advice?

the driver discs also told me that the driver cant install properly either, am i likely to have these problems if my laptop only has Windows XP? Also, for some reason i think it only loads properly if it's been left off for hours, why is this?

thanks xxxxx

A:Canon Pixma wont boot!

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Anyone know why my magenta cartridge gets contaminated with black ink when the printer is left unused for a few hours?

A:Canon Pixma iP4200 ink contamination

Sounds like the black cartridge may be leaking.

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I just got my
Canon PIXMA MG6450 out the box that my new job bought for me. I've pulled the tabs out as directed, plugged it in, the orange triangle with a bolt in it light is on, and when I press 'on' it does nothing. All other forums on the Internet keep saying 'go into settings..' Etc but it's literally not turning on to do anything. No idea with technology and don't know what to do any help greatly appreciated!!

A:Can't set up and turn on Canon PIXMA MG6450

You've posted your question 2 times, that is not allowed. Please only start one thread per issue. The thread in Hardware is in the right section so I'll leave that one open.

Link: https://forums.techguy.org/threads/unable-to-set-up-brand-new-canon-pixma-mg6450.1155878/

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Have returned to my Canon Pixma Pro9000 printer after 2 months of non use over the winter. The printer flashes yellow and green and the rollers run when turned on for a moment. But it does nothing else. Will not move inks to remove position when lid opened. Installed new printer drivers but the printer is non responsive even when non connected to computer. Tried hard reset. Did not work. Turned off and on, checked paper paths and guide settings. Not sure what to do next. Thanks

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Hi folks,

This is driving me nuts: Back in the fall when I switched over to Windows 7 Home Premium x64 from Vista Home Premium SP2 x64, I installed the software for my Canon Pixma MX700 multifunctional printer. I used the original Vista driver installer disc, and despite an warning message about a "known compatibility issue" the printer and scanning functions worked fine. I use the Pixma on the LAN via a wired ethernet connection. Worked fine for occasional scanning in November, December, and January.

Then for months I had no need to scan anything, just printing over the network with no problems.

Last weekend I needed to scan something. I usually just push the scan button on the printer, verify the computer it's going to scan to (it lists them), and away it goes. This time my computer threw an error about the scanner driver saying the scanner wasn't on the network. Huh? If the scanner's not on the network how did the computer know it was trying to send a scan... So I bailed on that and instead used the MP Navigator EX software on the computer. It failed too, giving the "scanner not connected" error, either using Navigator's direct interface or telling it to open the scanner driver which brings up a slightly different interface (when it worked).

First I went to the Canon site and d/l'ed all the latest drivers for 7 x64 and installed them. Still get the same errors.

Tried setting it up to scan via USB temporary connection. If I install it that way... Read more

A:Can't scan with Canon Pixma MX700

I had this problem too & I also have a MX 700. I didn't have quite the probs your having, but when I went to scan something, it would just sit there doing nothing.

The way I found after playing around with it was like this:

I had to go to Start/Devices and Printers.

I R clicked on the printer/scanner and clicked "Start Scan".

Once I did that, it worked for me. You'll get a window with all the options for scanning. For some reason Windows took over the scan feature, but it works, so I'm happy.

Mine is hooked up via USB also, but I'm not on a x64. Driver prob maybe?

Anyway, that's how I got mine to scan, I hope it helps.

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I recently bought this Canon product and it worked very well for about 6-7 months, but when we came back from vacation the black color faded and and gradualy disappeared.
I took the cartridges and the print head to the guys that refilled my cartridges (no problem here only second refill no leaks or dryed ink problems) and they told me that the printer head was clogged and that the pump that was responsible for the cleanining and deep cleaning funtions was not powerfull enough to unclog the head.
They unclogged the print head and it worked fine for the next 4-5 pages. By the 6t page black vanished again. I took the printer head back to the guys and they told me that it doesent have a problem .

So one out of two:

1. It's indeed clogged and i need to know what i can do to unclog it
2. The printer head is uncloged .... and i don't have a clue what i'm supposed to do now except posting on forums .

Thanks in advance.

A:Canon Pixma MP520 Problem

The print heads on the 520 are odd ones, if not unique for this type of machine from Canon - most of the other #8 based machines have the Black #8 in them as well - the MP520 doesn't, and uses that large #5, which is meant for text printing as its black - this is not the normal photo ink, which the #8s have in them, and is a bit thicker than the other colors (including the #8 Black). This means that it will clog a bit more often, including deeper clots between the actual head and the cartridge. What the refillers are using are flow sensors, which only detect if the ink is moving through the assembly, not if they are impeeded, and do so with a bit more pressure than what the printer normally generates.

What does all this mean? Well, here's what I would do...

1 - Using 409 or Fantastik (NO WINDEX) and a Q-Tip, I would clean all electrical contacts between the print head assembly and the printer (all those spots on the face of the print head, and all the little wire contacts inside the machine) to make sure no ink overspray is causing faulty print quality.

2 - Ye Old Desert Dish Trick - Take a desert dish and put a layer of 409 or Fantastik on it, and lay the PRINT HEADS into it (DO NOT SUBMERGE THE ASSEMBLY INTO THE 409 or FANTASTIK - only the print heads on the bottom) While it sits, make sure you keep the ink cartridges sitting in their respective slots, as you don't want the top of the print heads drying either. Come back an hour or so later and scrub the h... Read more

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I have a canon Pixma ip 1600 printer and been using refilled cartridges.All of a sudden my printer has stopped detecting color cartridge and as such I can not print blck prints either.No amount of hardare/software settings would do.
Is there any way by which I can take black only prints, using black cartridge only? Any method for bypassing the color cartridge completely?
Any advise is most welcome.

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