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In Use Memory is flashing and there is a clicking sound.

My 780 was working fine prior to my move. I installed it into the new apt but now the in use memory light is flashing and there is a clicking sound that it continuous.
I checked for any left over documents in copy, fax, and scan and none are there. Also no documents are in control panel.
The clicking does not correspond to the memory light. Also it is a double click: click,, click..about every second. This is driving me crazy!
Finally it won't let me turn it off saying: "machine in use, can not turn off"
Otherwise it works fine.
I would hate to discard it just for the clicking and the light but it really is that annoying, can someone help me?

constant clicking noise when machine is on and in use/memory light is flashing.

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  • parkerpounce Nov 20, 2008

    exact same problem with clicking and flashing light.

  • amen49 Nov 27, 2008

    I have the same issue. We moved and I re-connected all parts and I now have a flashing memory and clicking sound. I cnnot print from the computer. Does anyone have an answer????


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Yeah, I had the same problem and I had to pay $9.99 for the solution. :P I called Canon’s technical support for help even though I have an expired warrantee, so that’s why this little piece of information was so expensive. Oh well, at least I didn’t cry and I’m happy that it’s fixed. lol
So this is the problem, just like everyone keeps saying: THE USB CORD IS IN THE PHONE JACK AND THE FAX THINKS THAT THE PRINTER IS “ON HOOK.” The thing is, in the back of the printer you have a column of jacks, the one on top has an icon of a phone and the one on bottom has a picture of an “L” or laptop. TAKE YOUR USB CORD OUT OF EITHER ONE OF THOSE, NO MATTER WHICH ONE IT MAY BE. What you may not have figured out by now is that there is a THIRD jack that is not anywhere near those two. If you’re facing the front of the printer to the far right of the backside of the machine, there is this deep cavity that has your third, miracle jack in it. It’s even more to the right than the two jacks I described previously and its icon looks like a sideways, three-pronged cactus. Plug the square end of the USB cord into that jack, and the In Use/Memory light should stop blinking, and your printer can stop acting like car because the annoying, turn-signal clicking should stop as well. :)
You’re problem was probably the same as mine, when you moved your printer, you neglected to find your instructions manual (because you probably neglected to put that in a safe placed too lol) and you forgot which jack the USB cord went into.
Well, I hope my help was clear and that my $9.99 can go towards helping all those with this same problem and get use out of what seems like a waste of money. lol

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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  • Costellano Jul 26, 2011

    Thank you for spending 10 bucks 3 years ago, and then sharing the solution with others. Your resurrection has allowed my printer to live again (without clicking).

  • ThanxYa Sep 06, 2011

    You little beauty! Thanks a million for this great advice! Yes just moved house, no idea where the manual would be and the removalist pulled it all apart for me. Your $10 has just got my invoices in on time so we won't have to wait for our payment for an extra month and can pay the rent! LOL. Cheers!

  • Paul Harrison
    Paul Harrison Oct 26, 2013

    Thankyou SO MUCH for this fix - I wasted a day fiddling with the WRONG sockets and was about to waste more, getting a new cable, when I read your solution.

  • Dan Weed
    Dan Weed Aug 19, 2014

    Thank you!!! working in the dark cabinet where the printer is I couldn't see that it was plugged in the wrong jack!! You are awesome!!!

  • anNaSoR911 Aug 19, 2014

    Aww, thank you so much, everyone. You are too kind, and you are very welcome. I'm just glad I could help. :)

  • anNaSoR911 Aug 19, 2014

    Aww, thank you so much, everyone. You are too kind, and you are very much welcome. I'm just glad I could help. :)

  • Cindy Feb 09, 2016

    We're two years down the road, and you've saved me money and frustration! Thanks so much!


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SOURCE: In Use Memory is flashing and there is a clicking sound.

Issue: Clicking noise is heard or In Use/Memory light is on steady or flashing.

solution 1.

  1. After all jobs have completed and you are certain there are no more pending jobs, disconnect the interface (parallel or USB) cable from the device.

  2. If the model is fax capable, disconnect the telephone line cord from the device.

  3. Disconnect the power cord (also referred to as adapter) from the device.

  4. Shut down the computer.

  5. Wait for approximately ten seconds and then reconnect the power cord.

  6. Once the device has powered back on, press <ON/OFF> to confirm the device will power off.

  7. If the device powers off, press <ON/OFF> to power the device back on.

  8. Reconnect the interface cable (and telephone line cord - if applicable) to the device.

  9. Turn on the computer.

Solution 2:

Connect the telephone line cord to the correct port on the device

Connect the telephone line cord to the appropriate port on the device. The telephone line cord must be connected correctly for the device to function properly.
  1. Connect a line cord from the telephone wall jack to the [L] jack on the device. The [L] jack is indicated in the magnified view by the red arrow.

  2. Connect a line cord from the extension telephone port on the device* to an external telephone, answering machine or computer modem. The extension telephone port is indicated in the maginified view by the blue arrow.

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