I just had the same problem, tried everything and resigned myself to buying a new one.
I was about to throw the thing when I saw the Card backing of an A4 Pad.
I thought I have nothing to lose so forced this through the machine and Bingo. It cured it.
I also had a phantom paper jam in my MP 600. I took an A4 piece of firm cardboard, pushed it through the feed switch at the back so it was half way through and left it sit there while I turned the printer off then on. It spat the cardboard out and all was fine again!
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Re: MP600 Paper Jam
Don't know if it's the same problem i had but its maybe worth a try. Canon MP160
My paper went in a little, the wheels were turning but it didn't take the rest of the paper or print. Someone replied to my problem, i tried it and it fixed 1st time. Also seems to of worked for others
Solution:- Use a piece of thin card, a magazine cover is what i used, make sure its A4 size then try to print something, as the paper starts moving push it through! and hey presto it worked for me, everything printing fine now
Dolphinfin, you are right! My MP600 had the same problem. I noticed two white nylon rollers in the paper feed path were not flush with the rest; I jammed a business card in there, and an obstacle was dislodged. One or two printing attempts later, with a pair of needlenose pliers, I'd pulled out a missing pen cartridge that had fallen in there.
I see nothing wrong with the MP600; It's always been reliable, except when my messy office results in junk falling into the paper feed path.
Dolphinfin, it worked! Of course you need to check all the other possibilities. I image if a pin or paper clip fell in, this "last ditch effort" would have croaked the printer forever! As it is, I am a happy camper. Thanks-- when all else fails, you the man!
I've tried the A4 card stock solution. It worked to have the card stock in place and then turn the printer on and off. The card stock fed through (I've fed it through multiple times), but the error message is still there.
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Fixed the problem by running two sheets of heavy card stock
through at the same time. With the machine off, positioned the two
sheets in the feeder so that they would be pulled in when the printer
was turned on. When turned on the printer, it drew the two sheets
through and this reset the paper sensor. Previously found
that only one sheet at a time did't work. Good luck!
Remove any paper trays. Inspect them for wrinkled or damaged paper.
Also open the back cover of the printer if this model has one.
Open any other doors that give access to the printer's paper path and to the toner or ink cartridge.
If necessary, remove the toner or ink cartridge. Place it away from light/ sun light to avoid damaging it.
If you find a piece of jammed paper, remove it by
holding it with both hands and pulling firmly. The goal is to keep the
paper from tearing. If several pieces are jammed together, try pulling
out the middle piece first to loosen the jam.
If the paper does tear, try rotating the roller gears manually to free the paper. Don't force anything, though. Do
this step especially if the jam message comes up repeatedly without any
obvious paper jam, there may be a small tear of paper inside.
Ones the printer is free of paper Replace the toner or
ink cartridge and paper trays, close any doors you opened and turn the
printer back on.
If the printer paper jam message still appears, then there is still some paper in the printer. Reinspect the paper path.
see alternative if the problem is still not solved.
a piece of thick paper, for example photo paper and press the resume
button (may be diffrent button on diffrent models) a few times to the
printer picks up the paper and puts it through the machine.
clear the jam paper
1) pull slowlly the jam paper back as possible as you can, usually the jam paper could be broken as pulling
2) open the cartridge area find the paper pull slowlly forword paper direction as possible as you can and try to take out any pieces paper behide the cartridge (between paper input roller and ink cartridge
This is an awesome printer. Did you know it can duplex (print on both sides of the paper) automatically? The jam "could" be in the duplexer on the back or, the duplexer unit isn't locked into place.
Unplug the printer and open the rear door, check for visible paper jam, remove, close door.
There's also access to the feed mechanism from the bottom of the printer.
(1) Remove the Cassette. (paper tray on bottom of printer)
If the paper is loaded in the Auto Sheet Feeder (on back of printer),
remove the paper from the Auto Sheet Feeder and close the Paper Support.
(2) Stand the machine with the
left side down.
(3) Slowly pull the jammed paper
out while pulling the green cover toward you.
Set the machine back to its original position
immediately after removing the jammed paper.
(4) If any paper is sticking out
of the Cassette, reload the paper in the Cassette.
Reload paper in the Auto Sheet Feeder, if necessary.
(5) Insert the Cassette into the
(6) Press the OK button on the machine.
Some of these instructions were copied from the online/downloadable printer manual from Canon's web site: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/