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Pixma IP4000 12 flashing lights error 6A00

I know its a paper feed problem , but there are no jams must be an electronic fault ?

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  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2008

    Im having the same problem, the sheet drops down but wont feed.

  • Anonymous Feb 29, 2008

    IP4000 12 flashing lights error 6A00 problem,

  • mustangsa38 Jan 17, 2009

    I have the same problem But I have a pixma ip3000, I changed the print head (was getting 5 flashes) the ink tanks are full. Still wouldn't print (it was going through the motions of printing but no ink on the paper) I had read that it could be the purge unit or tubes might be clogged, so I took the printer apart looking for the purge unit. I found the tubes (4 of them) I removed them to clean, but there wasn't any ink clogged (put them back) Turned the printer on and now I get 12 flashes - I can't find anything that refers to the 12 flashes on a pixma ip3000 - please help

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    hsxnl Apr 22, 2014

    Add a CommentError 6A00: AP position error. The printhead controller cannot position the print head correctly. This can be caused by [1] a blockage (by the purge unit), [2] lack of grease on the carriage shaft, or [3] a damaged timing strip (QC1-4284-00 - Film Timing slit strip), or [4] a defective sensor (in carriage unit). In my case, I found some ink on the strip, obscuring some of the slits, causing the fault. The strip is easily removed and cleaned (with warm water and soap or IPA using a soft tissue). Replacing the cleaned strip resolved my 6A00 problem.

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    hsxnl Apr 22, 2014

    Error 6A00: AP position error. The printhead controller cannot position the print head correctly. This can be caused by [1] a blockage (by the purge unit), [2] lack of grease on the carriage shaft, or [3] a damaged timing strip (QC1-4284-00 - Film Timing slit strip), or [4] a defective sensor (in carriage unit). In my case, I found some ink on the strip, obscuring some of the slits, causing the fault. The strip is easily removed and cleaned (with warm water and soap or IPA using a soft tissue). Replacing the cleaned strip resolved my 6A00 problem.

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I have the Canon Pixma iP4000R printer. I had an error code of 6A00 and my power light was blinking/flashing green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange-green-orange (12 oranges).

I tried the “waste ink counter reset reset” procedure: Power on while holding the stop/reset button and pushing the service button twice, then pushing the stop/rest button 4 times to clear the error, but that didn’t work.

My ink cartridge carrier wasn't moving. I thought I had a paper jam.

I looked at a few blogs about my error on other Canon Pixma models and they kept talking about “sponges”.

The following is what I discovered that cleared my error and now my printer is back to printing!

The “sponges” are 2 hard pieces of absorbing plastic or something of the like. I was looking for a softer material like the long thin gray foam strip material in my printer. The 2 "sponges" on my Pixma iP4000R were next to each other-one was rectangular and one was square-like. Originally they were white but the ink made them black/navy.

The "sponges" are located on the right under where the ink cartridge carrier "rests".

I didn't see the sponges at first, as there was a white backwards “L” shaped plastic piece that had a spring attached to it. The “L” shaped piece was moved forward out of its place. I used my pen tip and pushed that piece back and found that the rectangular "sponge" had popped out of its place.

I used a pen tip popped both “sponges” out and rinsed them with water and voila they were once again white. I think the rectangular one had so much ink on it it popped itself out of place.

My error is gone and I can print again!

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