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Canon IP4000 Error Code 5100

I am trying to print to a Canon Pixma IP4000, but am getting an error code 5100.

I cancel the print, turn it off and on and retry (as it suggests), but still the same error happens.

Any ideas?

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  • brenme Jan 25, 2009

    same problem, I can't find a solution... can anyone?? Thanks

  • stevencork33 Feb 03, 2009

    j have the same problem. i tried the obstructing of the movement.with no succuess. please help

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    It comes up with problem code 5100

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It is a carriage error.
Most times this is a serious error that requires a Canon tech to fix it.
Look at the carriage and see if there is something obstructing it's movement. If you recently had a paper jam, there may be some paper stuck in the path.
You should be able to move the carriage freely with the power off.
Let me know.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

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