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Printer wont turn on we have a pixma mx850 after a power surge it wont power up

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  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    The best description of my MX850 is that it is out of registration. The cyan seems to be the worst as far as registration.



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This has happened a couple of times to me and usually it's one of two or three causes.

1. If you have a fused plug (as we have in the UK) check the fuse in your plug and try a different lead

2. If you're still under warranty I would definitely recommend getting it warranty serviced!

3. If not under warranty and you're uncomfortable with taking the unit apart I'd recommend contacting a local repair center.

4. If 2 & 3 don't apply the one thing I've found to work is to remove and disconnect the internal power pack module from the printer internal wiring and then reconnect it again. This seems to reset a breaker in the power pack (sometimes) and allow you to re-use the printer.

The problem with 3. is that it requires a service manual to work out how the module can be released and you would need to be confident in taking the case apart in some areas to get to the release. At present I haven't been able to locate the manual for the MX850 but the MP830 may be similar enough to handle the job.

Anyway, this fix has saved three out of four Canon printers for me and the MX850 being as expensive as it is it may well be worth the attempt.

Hope that helps.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

  • Erick Buma Dec 25, 2010

    I tried the above, but was unsuccessful at the re-start. Is there an internal fuse or something?



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Canon might cover this machine as some times they will cover it as its only be 13 months depending what country you are in.

well the MP830 is a very good product and i would think about keeping it. I would maybe look at other new machines like mx850 and see if its worth buy a new one.

Where abouts are you in the world as can repair your machine if you are in the uk.

power surges will damage the machine depending how much damage it has done, it could off blown main board, psu, cartridges, printhead. So it could be worth buying a new machine.

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