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CANON MP830 all in one is sayin" the type of printhead is incorrectn Install the correct Printhead."

My printer has been working fine, today when I went to print I get the following error, "The Type of Printhead is Incorrect, Install the correct Printhead"
I have not replaced anything, it is the factory original printhead, roughly 6-8 months old. Reset does not help.

Please help, what do I do?!

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  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    Open the cover, take out all five print cartridges and then lift the lever on the left of the print head and remove print head. Wait 30 secs and replace print head and then the five cartridges. It should work.

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    What part is the print head??

  • k-890 Jun 22, 2008

    Every time i turn my canon MP380 all in one printer it keeps saying
    "The type of print head is incorrect, please install the right print
    head" how do i fix it?



    I don't even know what a print head is?

  • Chinad99vt03 Dec 05, 2008

    I've had my Canon 3-in-1 mp830 for awhile now...this is the first time I received the error msg "The type of print head is incorrect, please install the right print head". I tried what others said to do on this page. It didnt help so I guess I may have to replace the print head. My mom has an older model and went thru the same thing...except replacin the print head didnt work either so she just bought a whole new 3-in-1

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I too have the same problem but have tried the fixes and it still does not work or remove the message. Where can I purchase a new printer head?

  • logmgre Apr 11, 2009

    This is what the printhead looks like. The beige piece on the back may be the same size or smaller. You can order these from several web sites just type in "MP 830 Printhead" in the search block and the web sites will come up.

  • burnettj79 May 11, 2010

    erro code 5400 comes up

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Mykodak esp 3200 series as an error code on it 3870 tryed removing printhead and replacing it also unpluged it so it reset its self but didnt work can you help

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Hi follow the instructions as above...
ie Remove inks and print head...

But instead...
Whilst Canon print head is out...

Use cotton wool and alcohol and clean electrical contacts on back of print head and where they make contact inside printer.

Then install print head and inks and test.

If it does not work you may need to replace print head.

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Yes, tinteiros, this worked for me -- a Q tip and a little alcohol on the contacts and the ink ports made an immediate difference

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YES!!! I probably used a dozen or more Q-tips, but it was worth it.

I flooded" the print head with alcohol and then turned and softly whacked it on a paper towel in my hand to let the waste come out faster and be absorbed.

Posted on Oct 04, 2012

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    db24kt Nov 03, 2012

    When you say flooded, do you mean you poured the alcohol through the print head where the nozzles receive the ink? Mine says wrong printhead. Would your solution still work for me?

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Error: The type of Printhead is incorrect, Install the correct printhead.


Ok i know this is kinda old, but i found a solution.

First to those people to state I found a solution from hp, cannon etc etc and not give out the direct link, or instructions, then whats the point fing posting????

This error happens when you install an oem cartridge onto your system. Or havent used it in a while, so the machine is somehow misfigured.

This solution is for canon mp800, simply switch off printer. HOLD stop/reset and press and HOLD on/off button. release stop/reset. Now press stop.reset twice. then release on/off button, press stop/reset 4 times, wait 20 seconds, press on/off button twice.

switch machine back on and the printer should find the cartridges.

This method maybe the same for your mp*** if not google RESET CANON PRINTER MP*** and you'll find the correct buttons to press.

here's a printer on reseting a bunch of canon printers http://tricks-collections.com/reset-printer-canon-mp140-mp160-mp180-mp210-mp220-mp460-mp470-mp500-mp510-mp530-mp600-mp610-mp800-mp820-mp810-mp830-mp960-mp970/

good luck.. and FU canon for adding you scamming chips into cartridges.

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