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Canon s520 problem

Wont run flashes yellow 4 times and green then 4 yellows. Can I fix this?

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  • Kennicol Apr 02, 2008

    Printer won't run. It flashes orange 7 times then green and keeps repeating this sequence. What do I do?

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    Flashes green once, then yellow seven times.

  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    Flashes yellow four times then green once.

  • vstadelq Jul 27, 2008

    S520 about 5 yrs old. In daily use and has never missed a beat. Makes short grinding noise (grrr...grrr...grrr) when turned on and flashes 4xorange. All ink tanks full. USB drops and reconnects when turning off (ding-dong... dong-ding). Running on XP.

    Can you help?

  • bginnings Aug 05, 2008

    Try to print. Blinks 4 orange lights then green and repeats over and over. Tryed to unplug for 10 minutes, checked the ink carthrages and they are ok. What next?



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I solve mine (4 Yellow Flash + 1 Green) by pushing on the white gear, located at the end right inside, where the cartridges are cleaning. This help the movement of the gear, it was stuck or gem. Do this when you just turning on the printer, then you ear the cycle noise, Your fingers will sense the movement of the gear. Tips: Push the cartridges block to the left to let you enough space to put your hand inside.Now it work normally.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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Flashes yellow 7 times. Tried everything I could think of. Uninstalled Canon S520, reinstalled CD. Turned off and on, took out power and replaced cords. I have tried "resume" printing, but noticed some locations are still on "pause".
No paper jam, new ink cart.'s. Took them out and put back in.

Posted on Mar 03, 2008

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My S520 was giving 7 blinks. I took out the printhead (pulling up on the Grey lever). When I put it back in it worked fine. lists some of the blink codes for the s520.

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I am lose my driver disk

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  • menem hamed
    menem hamed May 20, 2008

    i lose my driver cd for canon s520 are you help me for thes


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