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Canon PIXMA MP150

I am receiving an "E3" Paper Jam error code, and can't get my printer to work. Any idea as to how to fix it? (There is no paper jammed in the printer).

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  • ruth11 Nov 29, 2007

    Thank you! I tried turning the power off, unplugging it, etc., etc., but that didn't work. I will try looking into the printer with a flashlight tomorrow. Thanks for the info, and for providing the tech support #.

  • tim hortons Nov 29, 2007

    hi,my name is shelley,,when i turn my printer on it has E 3 and the alarm light is on,,can you please help me find out what i can do,,,my kids really need it,,thank you so much

  • mausy Dec 02, 2007

    Hi, I had exactly the same error today - Paper jam! But there is no paper in the printer. And same exact thing that jmcarr had happen to me. I also did find a "black twisty wire" stucked to the roller where we drop the paper. Now my printer is back to normal again. Thankfully, I read this website and all your comments. Thank you guys!

  • jasu2005 Dec 05, 2007

    Same shit here, a4 paper feeding was jamming but printing for smaller photo paper worked ok.

    unplugged wires, printer up-side down and got very small part (external object) out of the paper feeder.

    Now it works ok again. Thanks man for advice. I love my kids ;)



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This same prolem has plagued many with the MP150 cannon printer, Here's what I did to fix this...E3 code shown in window
when no actual paper jam could be viewed ! I did the restart thing
by turning the printer OFF and waited (10) seconds or more, then
when I turned it back on...I listened to here the feed rollers turning
and forced feed a sheet of paper into the feed rollers..and sure enough OUT CAME a small piece of paper..actually a small strip of glossy paper like a strip that might be attached to a part during manufactureing..any way that paper has printing on it, it says;
(nitto No.500) it would be interesting to know if others out there
find the same piece of paper !! Give this fix a try. Palcando.

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Had the same problem. Fixed it by turning the printer upside down and out fell a 25mm screw. Sorted now.

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I had the same error that started last night! There was no paper jammed, but after several hours of trying to get it to work, I did find a black twisty tie stuck on the roller and that was causing the problem (I have no idea where that came from!) If you are sure there is no debris or foriegn objects stuck in there somewhere, just try resetting the machine. Turn the power off, unplug it from the power source and remove the USB cable if it is connected to a computer. Then plug it back in and turn it back on. Press the start button (black or color) and hopefully that clears it. If not, look again for something stuck in the paper feed tray, also lift up the cover and look in there with a flashlight - to see if anything is wedged in there. If that still does not fix it, try calling the Canon tech support line - 1-800-828-4040. I hope you're able to get your printer working again. Good luck.

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