Question about Canon PIXMA MP600 all-In-One InkJet Printer
Error 6A00 has appeared and it will not go away even after turning it on and off
any ideas gratefully received
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!
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
As hinted by other users there is an area on the right hand side where the inks rest. this area has a white mobile cover that moves up and down with a spring attached to it. In my case this cover got sticky with remnants of ink. I did not open or unscrewed anything. I just moved the inks all the way to the left to gain access, move this cover up and down a few times, wiped with a slightly wet cloth as much remnant ink I could and thats it. When restarted error is gone.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
Error 6A00 usually refers to a problem with the purge unit -at the right hand side of the machine, under the ink cartridges when in their home position. If you have had paper jams and removed the paper, sometimes a pice of paper gets torn off and when the printhead homes , drags this paper to the right and blocks purge unit. Open lid when machine is on to free printhead. Unplug printer then using a torch have a look inside for some torn paper (often this will be black as it is soaked in ink).
Posted on Sep 18, 2008
Error 6a00 I checked under the print cartridge home position for any remnants of paper as suggested. There was no paper but there was a build up of ink on some clear plastic strips. I cleaned them off and it resolved my problem. I hope this may work for some others also.
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
I have a Canon MP600R printer. I received an error code 6A00 and the printer stopped working. As suggested I switched off the printer and unplugged. I lifted the lid and moved the cartridges over to the left out of the way. Using a damp cloth I wiped all around where the cartridges normally rest. It was filthy with ink. Put the lid down plugged in and switched on and its fine. Thank you for your excellent advice. Gordon
Posted on Mar 06, 2009
Ditto on Solution #9 As observed by other users there is an area on the right hand side where the inks rest when you open the cover. I had a very small piece of lose paper in this area near the white mobile cover that moves fore and aft with a spring attached. In my case the cover got pushed forward with the remnants of the paper. I did not open or unscrewed anything either. I moved the inks all the way to the left to gain access. I removed all the inks to check for residue on the electronic contacts. I wiped these and replaced the inks. I removed some paper remants on the right side and pushed the cover back -- it seemed to snap in place. I did this all with the system on -- the error LED indicator remaining on. I cycled on and off, and during printer boot up I observed the ink system was moving from side to side as it does when you are doing a printhead alignment. I ran a test print, and it took awhile while the LED indicated "processing." It now works like a champ.
Posted on Apr 26, 2009
Do not toss it yet!
I tried the recomendations made to MONKEYDOG and worked but just for a print or two. Had to do the whole ritual of unplugging, every time I needed to print. I read also on the net about a user that had some help from sombody from a remote computer. So... I thought>>>This can be fixed through software. I turned off the printer, unplugged it from the outlet, AND unplugged the usb cord from the printer. waited for a couple of minutes, plugged the usb and the electric cord, turned on my printer, and opened the printer settings on my pc toolbar, and on the mainteinance tab printed a nozzle check by clicking on the nozzle check tab, every thing looked ok to me on the print, so I went ahead and made a print head alignment by clicking on the Print Head Alignment button. So far 2 days is working fine.
Posted on Jan 23, 2008
I don't know if this will help but i have had this problem
all i did was take all the ink cartridge out and put them back VERY fimly which seems to have fixed it
Posted on Dec 03, 2008
Same problem, same solution...move print heads to left, pushed L shaped plastic back, took out two 'plastic' pads and washed them and replaced them. Printer now works. I had to run the clean heads and deep clean heads maintenance tools to get the nozzles cleaned up.
Posted on Feb 16, 2013
Error code 6A00, moved the print head to the left by hand and witha light saw the L shaped cover talked about in other posts and cleaned that and under the cover that moves with a old tooth brush with alchol, wipped it dry and, and it now works, we'll see how long.
Posted on Mar 28, 2012
I had error 60AA on my Pixma MP600. I used a torch to see if there was any paper, there was none. I used a pen to push down the cleaning pads, and to my surprise the pads moved down and were 'released' from the ink goop sticky lock they were in. Now works fine.
Posted on Jan 14, 2012
Move the print head a few times from left to right and back again, I did that and now have a working printer again, without error code
Posted on Feb 25, 2011
MP600 is the worst printer ever. You can't even use the scanner if you have some problem with the printer (and you WILL have MANY problems, guaranteed!).
Posted on Mar 03, 2008
Its a position error.
The printer needs repair.
Posted on Dec 19, 2007
I also had this problem after a paperjam, I moved the Cartdridges to the left and checked for any ripped paper then pushed it back in place to the right then pulled out the power cord and left if for a min or so and plugged it back in and now works fine.
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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