One of the little brass doo-hickies (beneath the print head) that fits into the ink cartridge broke off when a cartridge got stuck and I had to wrench it out. I'm told by a business machines repairman that he doesn't think it can be fixed, but is still checking on it. I've checked w/ Canon online and they do not sell these parts, but that the closest Canon service store is about 150 miles away.
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Re: Canon Pixma MP500
Printers generally are made so cheap that parts are not usually available
Nothing for it but to replace the machine
and espicially 'doo-hickies' I didn't think Canon used them any more- no one else seem to
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Hi there maximum time we found it is a the head problem. The print head is what the cartridges sit in inside of the printer. For resolve the problem please follow these.
Open the printer and wait for the carriage to slide over. Some how if its not come then Unplug the printer & Manually slide the carriage.
Now Remove the ink cartridges from the print head & Use wet warm cotton swab or use alcohol to thoroughly clean the print head.
Repeat this until there is no ink residue coming off on the cotton swab. After finished it make the head dry then fix it back. Now Try to print something now
If that does not work then follow the next step.
Remove the printer data cable & restart the PC & printer. Then fit back the data cable & turn on the printer. Hope that's start working , if no luck then Uninstall the printer driver & restart the PC & Printer both again. Now install the driver of the printer and connect it with PC ,Turn on printer & go for a test print from the printer preference. Thanks & waiting for your reply.
This is common in Canon Pixma printers (all models). If you are
refilling your cartridges or are buying refurbished cartridges this
will happen more often. Take the cartridge out and put it back in.
If this does not work, then replace the cartridge altogether. If
that doesn't work, you need to contact Canon (us.canon.com if you are
in the U.S.) for help. Let me know if this helps you.
YOU CAN TRY PULLING THE CARTRIDGE OUT AND WITH A CLEAN , VERY SOFT CLOTH , CLEAN THE HEAD GENTLY ....SOME CARTRIDGES ARE JUST FAULTY ....HAVE YOU TRIED RETURNING IT OR GOING TO CANON SITE AND TROUBLESHOOTING ?
ok I figured out what to do. Open the over take out all your ink cartriages. Then flip the print head level on the left hand side up and squeeze the top of the print head (where all your ink sits on) and lift it up. You may want to blow off any dust that may be in there and put the peint head back and replace al your ink put the level down and you should be good to go if not you may have to replace the head.
Replace a new Canon ink cartridgeas it could be due to the unique features that Canon has build on their ink cartridge not done properly which resulted to be faulty.Report the issue to Canon if your existing ink cartridge is not from other 3rd party band, Canon should be able to do 1 to 1 exchange once confirmed that it is their ink cartridge problem. Cannon has build the unique feature to prevent users from misusing 3rd party ink cartridge on their printer.
Other times if by replacing new ink cartridge the problem for error code still occurs, it might be the pin on the print-head has lost the alighting, this will require for Canon to service to alight back the pin on print-head in order for the printer to operate smoothly again.
Or missing pin has dropped off from the print-head which causes the printer not able to read the ink cartridge, printer needs to be serviced.
(Maybe check with your own nearby technician if by any lucks they can help to rescue your printer, which I hope Canon does not have further enhancement on their printer with other Unique features to prevent users from using 3rd party technical support.)