Small strip of clear plastic about 4 mill wide it is nearly as long as the printer with a locating hole on each end the left end has a L on it seams to have fallen off and is just making a clicking sound when trying to print cheers .
This strip feeds through the back of the carriage and tells the printer where the cariage is so it can tell how far along the page it is.
it shuold be quite simple to hook it back on though many ayre spring loaded, if so this means a strip down of all exterior parts so that you can release the spring
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This may clear the ink absorber.
There is ink absorbers located at both ends of the printerwhere the ink head move. To dry the ink absorber, power up the printer and open the cover so the inkcartridges and print head will move to the middle of the printer. Then take several sheets of absorbent tissue, fold it into a pad and place itinside the printer over the ink absorber on the far left hand side of theprinter to soak up the excess ink. You may need to change the absorbent tissuea few times. Then repeat the same procedure on the right hand ink absorber. Closethe lid and the printer should now function normally.
Go to the link below it will take you to the canon pixma ip1800 software page:
Canon ip1800 downloads
To download the software you will need to click on its located near the bottom left of the page..
I hope you get it working..
Gently connect the strip on either end behind the carriage rod. The strip has an "L" on one side and a dot on the other. Be sure you put the "L"
side on the left. There is a small **** behind
the printer head that you must slide the encoder strip through before
After connecting, if the strip needs cleaning, moisten a clean cloth or tissue with water, then gently grasp the strip between
the thumb and forefinger, and carefully pull the moistened cloth along the
entire length of the strip in a right-to-left direction. Repeat this step with a
different portion of the cloth to ensure that all foreign matter is removed.
Allow the encoder strip to dry, or gently dry the encoder strip with a
clean, dry cloth or tissue. Position the cradle near the center, and then plug the power cord in the printer. Close the top cover to allow the print cartridge cradle to move bac.
Error 5100 is always a carriage error.
first thing to do is check is check the timing strip(plastic strip wide around 1/4 inches and usually located behind the print head)
Make sure there is nothing around it like piece of paper or staple or pen/pencil etc.
Make sure the strip is moving freely and hasnt come out of the roller.
Check VERY thoroughly for any obstruction at all, a very small piece of paper can cause the problem.
5001 is not an error code but 5100 says that there is a paper scrap blocking the carriage, or grease on the encoder strip. The plastic strip behind the carriage assembly that runs all the way across the printer. Try first to clean the strip with a damp Q-tip just damp with water.
The strip needs to be clean, there is an arrow on one end, needs to point up on the left side. Behind the carriage unit is a small slot that the strip passes through, a silver spring on the left to hook through the hole on the strip, and a solid metal tab on the right to hook the other hole to. It's not as easy as it sounds, especially with all the covers on...
Open the cover over the print head and *carefully* inspect the clear thin plastic strip that runs from left to right near the print head. If you see any lubricant (white grease) on this encoder strip, it needs to be cleaned off.
1. With the cover open and the print head in the center, unplug the power cord. This will allow you to gently move the print head left or right.
2. With a cotton swab wetted with rubbing alcohol, *gently* wipe the grease spots from the encoder strip. (Be VERY CAREFUL you don't dislodge the strip.) You may need to move the print head to the left or right to get all areas cleaned.
3. Let the alcohol dry off completely. With the area clear of cleaning tools, debris, and fingers, plug the power back in.
4. Try a test print.
on the left side inside the chassi there is a small hole with a little metalpart sticking up (about 0.5cm high). On the piece where the inc cartrigde is there is a vertical hole you can see the hole easiest from the left side (about 1cm high). On the right side there should be a 2cm metallic part sticking up from the bottom.
You will probably have to bend one of the parts to get the plastic strip on place, just make sure that once you get it on place to bend them back so that the strip doesn't fall off again.
in my case the metallic parts where bent like: \ (left) and | (right) I had to bend them | and | to get the strip on place and then bend them \ and /. Not sure if the right part should be / or | though.