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 …

Printer Inkjet Cartridge Cleaning, Refilling and Maintainance.

I tried my hand at refilling my old Canon PIXMA iP1800 a part of the 1600/1700 /  printer series .HP inkjet cleaning ain’t too different.


Ink Level Monitoring

Disable the ink level monitors after re-filling the cartridges. Go to properties, maintenance, view printer status, option and uncheck enable status monitor.

Fault Finding and Service

Printer Service required : Printer Properties /Maintenance

1. Printer head Alignment : for Misaligned prints.

2. Roller Cleaning : If there are vertical lines on the paper it is the rollers that are the problem. If rollers make a creaking sound oil the roller ends.

3. Smudges : Bottom plate cleaning

Cartridge problems

1. Cartridge not detected /doesn’t recognize the Ink Cartridge : Ink  has dried up completely on the rectangular head.

2. If prints are bad, or if  there are horizontal white lines in place of ink on the paper the Ink Cartridge nozzles partially blocked.

Cartridge Cleaning using Software

Using Cleaning option in Maintainance can rid you of minor clogs in the cartridge.

Deep cleaning is a sheer waste of ink, and is best avoided.

Manual Cleaning involves using IPA or warm to boiling hot water to unclogg and loosen up dried ink from the head of the cartridge nozzles. A clean head leaves a neat ink train on a soft tissue. Cleaning involves :-

1. Using a clean soft tissue dabbed in  Iso Propyl Alcohol , to wipe the head.

2. Using a clean soft tissue dabbed in warm water, to wipe the head.

3. Soaking the ink cartridge head in warm water for 2 to 5 minutes.

4. Soaking a clogged ink cartridge head in hot water for 2 to 5 minutes.

4. Soaking a undetectable ink cartridge head in boiling hot water for 3 minutes or using steam to clean them up .

6. Opening a dead cartridge and cleaning it up with hot water and then resealing it.

You can spray the clogged head with hot water too and wipe with cotton or a soft dry paper tissue.

Chk out :

How to Manually Clean an HP Ink-Jet Cartridge

Removing Air Bubbles From Ink Cartridge Print Head

Refilling Cartridges

Dont let the empty cartridge run dry, keep empty cartridge airtight by putting a tape over the head or cling wrapping them, emulate how new cartridges have orange tape.

Refill from a good/reputed re-filler or he will damage the cartridge. Else buy a kit with ink specific to your printer, 5 /10 cc syringes and needles and a universal suction adapter to remove air bubbles.

DIY refilling is messy business. Black is easy, Color cartridges are more difficult to refill. Clean the cartridge head before a refill.

Instructions on how to clean Hp cartridges (Mute volume)

HP Cartridge Refill video

Canon Cartridge Refill video (Mute volume)

Counter Reset tips for Canon Pixma  1600/1700/1800  printer series series:

1. Switch on the printer and press Resume button and hold for 1 – 2 minutes

2. Open the cover remove the cartridge and then put them in.

3. Close The Cover, turn off the printer,  turn it on again.

Or you can use IPTool software to reset the page counter when you use refilled cartridges. Download IPTool

*Images are not mine .