Re: orange light blinks 7 times yet printer printed fine...
Normally the people getting this are people who refill carts, obviously canon wants you to buy their new carts that cost nearly as much as the printer. While you can refill the pixma 1880 carts, it has been my experience (3 times in 2 years) that you can only get 4-6 months out of them because of that strip on the back of it, how many times i refill them seems to be irrelevant.. I am certain this is an intentional design flaw that Canon built in. If i keep pulling the cart out and putting it back in it will work again, but only for a couple of days until the problem returns. However, if you are NOT a cart re-filler-guy, then my post can't be the solution.
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hello leif mo,
these are the instructions from the CANON support page
Probably your waste ink counter. Should be cleaned or replaced before resetting but usually you can get away with resetting once. 1. Start with printer OFF 2. Hold down RESUME and then hold down POWER 3. Release RESUME 4. press RESUME twice, then release POWER 5. let green light blink until printhead has finished moving. 6. Select functions below with RESUME, execute with POWER
0 presses - green light - Test Print (exit service for i960) 1 press - orange light - EEPROM info print 2 presses - green light - EEPROM initialise 3 presses - orange light - reset waste ink counter.
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2 times - No paper (ASF)  * No paper in the cassette 
3 times - Paper jam  * Paper jam in the rear guide  * Paper jam in the under guide  * Front door closed 
4 times - No ink  * Ink tank not installed 
5 times - The print head is not installed  * Print head temperature sensor  * Faulty EEPROM data of the print head 
6 times - Inner cover open  * Inner cover open (while printing)  * Inner cover open (printing continuous) ; (printing not continuous) 
7 times - Multiple ink tanks of the same color installed  * Ink tank in wrong position 
8 times - Warning: The waste ink absorber becomes almost full 
9 times - The digital/video camera does not support Camera Direct Printing 
10 times - Automatic duplex printing cannot be performed (paper size not supported) 
11 times - Failed in automatic print head alignment 
13 times - The remaining ink amount unknown 
14 times - Ink tank not recognized 
15 times - Ink tank not recognized [1410 to 1419] * No Blinking Access cover open 
16 times - Valve sensor [6C00]
ORANGE / GREEN FLASHES
2 times - Carriage  3 times - Line feed  4 times - Purge cam sensor [5C00] 5 times - ASF (cam) sensor  6 times - Internal temperature  7 times - Waste ink absorber full [5B00] 8 times - Print head temperature rise  9 times - EEPROM  11 times - Carriage lift mechanism  12 times - AP position [6A00] 13 times - Paper feed position [6B00] 14 times - Paper feed cam sensor [6B10] 15 times - USB Host VBUS overcurrent  17 times - Motor driver [6D00] 18 times - NIC Board  19 times - Ink tank position sensor  20 times - Other hardware  * Alt. Blinking ROM * Light in Orange RAM
SERVICE MODE This printer has a service mode for service-related settings and for performing test prints. The operator panel buttons are used to enter the desired service mode.
Service Mode Operations 1. With the printer powered off, hold down the Resume/Cancel button and press the Power button. 2. While holding down the Power button, release the Resume/Cancel button and press the Resume/Cancel button twice in succession. Now release the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. 3. Select one of the following service mode functions by pressing the Resume/Cancel button the specified number of times.
Count Indicator Functions • 0 times Green Print head not installed, carriage returns and locks in home position • 1 time Orange Service test print • 2 times Green EEPROM information print • 3 times Orange EEPROM initialization • 4 times Green Waste ink counter setting • 5 times Orange Destination setting • 6 times Green Print head deep cleaning • 7 times Orange LF correction • 14 times Green Left margin correction
Execute the selected function (except for model setting) by pressing the Power button. The printer will switch itself off after performing the function.
count the number of orange flashes in between the green light. two flashes = out of paper, 3=paper jam, 4=empty ink tank, 6=print head not installed, 7=print head defective, 8=waste ink tank is almost full
Probably your waste ink counter. Should be cleaned or replaced before resetting
but usually you can get away with resetting once. 1. Start with printer
OFF 2. Hold down RESUME and then hold down POWER 3. Release RESUME 4.
press RESUME twice, then release POWER 5. let green light blink until
printhead has finished moving. 6. Select functions below with RESUME, execute
0 presses - green light - Test Print 1 press - orange light - EEPROM info print 2 presses - green light -
EEPROM initialise 3 presses - orange light - reset waste ink counter.
It's mean "Print head not installed/Defective print head".First open cover and remove the ink cartridges.Then open holder and remove the print head.Clean the contacts on printer and print head using piece of cotton and some alcohol.Then put back all again.If the problem persist you need to replace the print head.It's part number now is QY6-0064, because the old QY6-0042 is discontinued.
The POWER Lamp Flashes Orange
Eight flashes: Waste ink tank almost full
The printer has a built-in waste ink tank for the ink used
during print head cleaning. Eight flashes indicates that the waste ink tank is
nearly full. Press the RESUME/CANCEL button to cancel the
error so you can continue printing. Before the waste ink tank becomes completely
full, contact a Canon service representative.
Canon recommends that you call for service as soon as this
error occurs. Once the waste ink tank becomes completely full, printing will no
longer be possible.
It indicate that your print head may defective probably cause by
electrical connection, u can try to unplug the print head and clean the
electrical contact part with dry paper and install it back. Make sure
the contact part is fix into the holder completely.