Canon Inkjet Printer troubleshooting

DONT DO THIS IF UR PRINTER IS UNDER WARRANTY … Just get it serviced by Canon

It works on most CANON Inkjet printers

Problem  The printer doesnt print properly ie character misalignment  / there are streaks or smudges if u switch on the printer after a while.

Solution: in Printer Properties / Maintenance go for a print head alignment and follow instructions  or try cleaning / deep cleaning and nozzle check.

CLEAN IT : What always works is  to use isopropyl alcohol with a cotton swab / tissue on the head and chip or keep the cartridge head in hot water for some time to free up the dried gunk … dry properly and then reinstall cartridge in its bay .

Canon printer error codes for technical errors 

4x orange 1x green or 8x orange 1x green : Problem printer absorber full

Solution: See if u can get the absorber sponges cleaned or replaced and Reset the printer using iptool115

5x orange 1x green or 7x orange 1x green : Cartridge not properly detected

Problem or Error : Black or Color cartridge not detecting / improperly installed / Black or Color cartridge is empty

Remove the cartridges, turn off the printer and clean and reinstall the cartridges. Switch on after some time. Then you can continue printing. Sometimes this doesn’t work. Printer cos make money on cartridge and losses on printers

When the color cartridge goes dry the printer sometimes stops detecting it and forces u to buy a new one which can be bypassed by resetting the chip on the cartridge.

Use IPtools 115 or any other specific tool.  FOLLOW EXACT SEQUENCE for results

  • Driver should have been install correctly and printer should be detected.
  • Connect USB cable. Disconnect power cable
  • Press and hold power button down then connect the power,green gets lit
  • Dont release the power button , press resume button for 2 times then release both power and resume button. Printer will start
  • Run  IPTOOLS115 , It will detect ur printer and show ink levels
  • Check if the correct printer series is detected and set it
  • Do what is neccessary ie reset ur black or color cartridge or reset waste ink counters or service the printer head or rollers
  • Now check if the ink levels are reset
  • Switch the printer off and turn it on after half a minute … and your printer should be working …

Cheap Nokia Dual sim

Was looking for a cheap nokia dual sim that could use my BL 5C batteries from my old nokias and concluded that there were 2 options under Rs 2500

Nokia 114 and Nokia 101beauty-shot-1


Flipkart comparison,MOBD2DXET2W6QK9D

Phonearena compare,Nokia-101/phones/7591,6111

Both have no USB connectivity
If u need a camera, Bluetooth and Sim hot swapping go for 114
If u need a torch 101 is ur phone.

Here is my post on Cheap non Nokia Dual sim Mobiles that give more bang for the buck !

Quad Core Budget Smartphones Xolo Q800 vs Canvas HD A116 vs Titanium S5 vs Wammy Titan 2 vs Wammy Passion

The new bunch of Budget Quad Core mobiles are finally out and this is how things stack before the post budget tax increases kick in..

The war is between :-

Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Lava Xolo Q800  vs Karbonn Titanium S5 vs Wammy Titan 2 vs Wammy Passion y

Though the Specs are similar on paper, Wammy passion is the overall leader on the specs front , the Titanium S5  leads with a wallet friendly pricing and would be the most desirable if they get their act together at the software end.

Comparison of the Specifications  here .

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Review

WickedLeak Wammy Passion Review

Micromax Canvas HD A116 second batch delivery s are delayed due to issues and post budget prices will go up to Rs 14,499 …

Lava Xolo Q800 sells on Flipkart at  Rs. 12499

Karbonn Titanium S5 sells on Snapdeal at Rs 11990

WickedLeak Wammys  Titan 2 , Wammy Passion sell at Rs 13990 and 15499

Adsl Problems?

Are u facing ADSL problems? Weak DSL signal? Frequent disconnections?Line disturbance in your phones?

The most likely cause is a bad line or improper wiring, is the tambaku eating wireman that has no clue about wiring for dsl connections. Other causes could also be long wire lengths, poor connections, multiple wires, multiple connectors, improper grounding and other variables.ADSL modems are good at working around noise on the line, but do so at the expense of top download speed and latency (delay).

So the most important thing to tweak a dsl connection is to split the signal from the incoming wire into POTS(low-pass) and ADSL (high-pass) as early as possible or at every telephone connection using an ADSL splitter.

The circuit diagram goes something like this.

The other problem could be bad wires (cut , crushed shorted etc) or poor quality crimping of lan wires, which can be rectified by substituting the wires. If nothing works try using another ADSL router or analyzing  the stats/data  from the modem.

Cut your MTNL bills!

Cuckoo , a sweet, sensetive and intelligent blogger seems really pissed of at mtnl and the big 4000+ bill she has been paying each month, so here are a few tips that might help her, you and all mumbaikars save on their bills during recession.

1. Most important bit is always make sure you read ur bill properly!

2. Note the CA NUMBER as a rule you will always need it.

Save on ur Landline Bill

If you don’t seem to get it on time , and this is very possible you can get it over here. Telephone bills site and click on

Pay Your Landline Bills without registration.

Feed in ur phone no and ca no, and you can get to view ur bill.  If u have net banking you can also pay your bill online and trust me it works quite well, because i personally use it.

First thing to do is collect at least last 3 bills and then analyze your usage.

Open this Link to Tarrif chart of MTNL

See which plan fits you right and change to it pronto by calling 1500 and asking them to change the plan asap , and verify changes in ur next bill.

Watch out ! Akways LOCK that STD / ISD if u have it. (call 1500 for details)

Internet / Broadband Bill

Even surfing is counted as downloading by mtnl so be careful with those picture heavy sites. Worse idle time is also sometimes miraculously billed by the notorious mtnl server, if the connection is router based so switch it off when not needed.

Open this Link to BB Tarrif chart of MTNL

Analyze ur consumption and select the suitable plan via helpline 1504 and the best thing is you can change the plan on a monthly basis , by intimating them in advance.

If u have a night plan like me especially (590nu) stick to it like glue and read this post.

1. Work around MTNLs deficiencies as best as u can.

2. Mtnls DNS server sucks big time so add more dns servers like opendns  n freedns : and  to ur dns list.

3. Instead of the switch on off procedure, try Switching to PPPOE connections , which enables u to soft connect/disconnect  in bridge mode like in dial up connections.

4. Last and most important .. read this post  …

Mtnl Triband must havs

5. Chk if ur broadband is installed right:  try making a call when the net is on and if u hear a hi piched sound your installation is faulty.

Need help mail me at but do comment when u mail cause i rarely chk that mail address

MTNL Broadband Deficiencies

Though the service of mtnl has improved leaps and bounds there is a lot that they can improve so that they still remain one of the best broadband services in India though it comes at a pretty hefty price.

As things stand MTNL is the most reliable service even if it has some blatant deficiencies. Some of them being

Why cant we match up to Europe in QOS ? Residents of the Netherlands, armed with a tax break for computer purchases and some of Europe’s lowest broadband fees, lead the world in the use of personal computers and the Internet,in UK, customers British telecoms operator BT pay as little as $18.72 per month for it, German DT (which was till recently a monopoly) charges around 30E. My digital life in Europe was great , blazing fast unlimited broadband , with consistant quality connection.

1. The Noon Slowdown

The service runs at blazing speed of 2mb most of the time and gives people a download speed between 170~200 but come noon or 11am, when the corporates log in the experiences deteriorate miserably  so much so that sometimes it takes ages to load gmail. Worse it continues many a times until 4/5 pm, and it is time MTNL upgrade, add to existing capacity. The experience is akin to cruizing the Mumbai Pune Expressway at 100 kmph and come mulund and chembur ur down to 25kmph …wham you start creeping at 14kbps to 46kbps sometimes even slower.

2. The Horrid Pathetic MTNL LOG

Mtnl logs its subscribers at

Mtnl billing logs are a mystery even to their system administrators, and sometimes they cant even account for all their goof ups !

Most of the times the site address for their logs never works.

If it works sometimes it doesnt display the balance correctly and takes jumps and gives jahtkas to its customers. It hasnt been displaying  correct usage data for the last two days. The site is down  from  29 th to 2 of every month, and this shockingly is routine business.

It never forgets to log its customers, and mtnl is so enthusiastic about revenues that sometimes mtnl logs and bills them them twice for the same session, and i have documentary proof from my log .

Current Month Session Details

4/1/09 10:09 AM 4/1/09 10:43 AM 12912084 12.31 MB
4/1/09 10:59 AM 4/1/09 11:37 AM 8837912 8.43 MB
4/1/09 7:04 AM 4/1/09 11:52 AM 620663630 477.14 MB
4/1/09 12:28 PM 4/1/09 2:08 PM 8905482 8.49 MB

Funny thing is they billed me from 10.09 to 10.43  and then 10.59 and to 11.37 and oops they forgot to log me for the morning session that went from 7.04 right upto 11.52 am. How can that even be possible and 477mb ???

Net Net be ready to fight it out with the babu sitting in his palatial ac cabin complaining that this NU plan is a big loss to mtnl.

3. The wierd Night Unlimited  Rules

One must disconnect and reconnect the router after 12:00 at nite  and before 8 am if one wants to get the NU benefits. Why cant they program disconnects themselves ? This is the single fine print that earns mtnl a lot of money as people think arre Night is free , but the logs show that u had logged in at 11.58 so ur being billed , or that you forgot to shut the pc at 7:59 am when you left the pc on for  downloading that software package or windows update! This is pathetic !!

4. The Linemen:

The pan eating lineman most often knows nothing of how to do broadband installations, so beware if there is some error and keep a hawk eye vigil on all his activities. Some decent ones accept the fact, so at least you are not left with things worse off than what they already were.

So pretty much one needs to just be aware and be a bit cautious, So as they say Jaago Grahak Jaago !

Apple Iphone Officially launches in India today!

The Apple Iphone has officially launched in India today . Will it generate mass hysteria as it did when it was first launched in the Us or will it be just another cool toy in the hands of rich and famous ?

I have been playing with it /checking it out for the last 4/5 days, thanks to a friend who flew in from the us with his latest acquisition, a week ago . Even though i could not test its phone or net capabilities it still has a lot of cool features – and it is damn easy to use thanks to its crisp touchscreen and its amiable simplistic zen-like apple interphase. Even when locked, this phone is a cool toy and a veritable alternative to the i pod .

But at Rs 31,000 for the 8 GB and Rs 36,100 for the 16GB model the main question is – in India is it worth it ? that when its not that perfect, most of its cool 3g functions will take some time to be useful (as govt is yet to allow it and allot spectrum )  and remember, the worst bit is that it will cost more than twice of what it costs mere morals in the US ie $199 (8 GB) and $299 (16 GB).

So will the aam admi buy it or will it become yet another fashion statement ?

Here’s a review

Calls to get cheaper!

TRAI recently cleared the air on VOIP by officially legalising it. Previously voip was in a legally gray area and telephone cos and ISPs shy ed away from providing / terminating  voip based calls to end consumers.

But the other issue here is that Trai is not so independent a regulator and needs govt approval on important issues and  this decision would mean loss in revenue of psu telephone cos – yes im talkg about MTNL and soon to be disinvested co BSNL . Read BS

Thanks to this decision, things are set to change, so expect another price war and cheaper ISD and STD calls carried on the VOIP platform very soon.   Read TOI