Ink carriage will not stop at centre to allow change of ink cartridges
I was very successfully using the Canon PIXMA MP600 on a Microsoft based computer for about a year but recently changed it to work with an imac computer. It was configured (attached to work) with drivers obtained via the internet as I had misplaced the CD for the Macintosh computer setup that came with the MP600. The psc (MP600) WAS WORKING SATISFACTORILY but as the ink cartridges started to show that they needed replacing I ran into the difficulty I am now reporting. I have tried all possibilities that I can think of but still cannot get the CARRIAGE carrying the ink cartridges to stop at the central position to allow any replacement. By the way, I have since found the CD disk. What am I to do?
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Re: ink carriage will not stop at centre to allow change...
After the printer decides the cartridge is empty it will start giving
you warnings. Eventually it will give you a message to press the
Stop/Reset switch for approx. 5 seconds to disable ink level monitoring
on the empty cartridge. Ink level monitoring will be re enabled if a
new OEM Canon cartridge is installed. There is no way to reset the chip
on the cartridge but you can replace for new ink
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The cleaning sponges are on a spingy pad, which can get stuck because of the old ink get a bit gunky. This can cause error 5101. Try this... Open the bonnet, use a torch, gently tug the ink carriage to the left of the rails. Clear any paper jammed in the right of the ink carriage. Lightly press the cleaning sponges down, (I used a long pen) Restart the printer.
Turn off and unplug from the wall for 60 seconds. Make a visual inspection to see if anything is blocking carriage movement. Plug back into wall and switch printer back on. Give it a few moments to reset itself. If successful, you should be able to change cartridges normally. If not, you may have caused gears to jump out of timing. Try this process at least 3 times before you give up.
You can't control which ink is used, the smaller one is used mostly in photos and graphics where more shading control is necessary. The large one is the only one used when you are printing plain text documents that call for black type.
I have this Canon MP600 using unchipped cartridges. Once you have changed the chip over onto the catridge and inseted it should stop flashing which indicates the cartridge is located. The printer will not tell you the level of ink until you run out. When changing the chip over from original cartridge onto unchipped ensure it is not damaged and fitting properly other wise the error sign will show.The printer should print without any problems, i know you can not disable the ink monitoring system. Hope this is some help Mr T
Pretend you need to replace the ink again. Open the MP600 so the carriage moves to the center (just like your going to replace the ink). Than power off the printer. Remove the cartridges & look very closely at the copper contacts. (Sometime when you remove the protective tape some of the sticky tape leaves a residue. If you can not see anything than get some house hold alcohol & a couple cotton swabs. Dampen the cotton & wipe the copper contacts on the ink cartridge (Not the bottom) & the copper contacts inside the carriage. Let everything dry. Alcohol does not leave a residue. Return the ink cartridges (good tight fit). Close the lid & power on the printer. Print a test page. Left click once on the start button, slide up to & click on Printers and Faxes. The Printer and Faxes window will open. Right click once on your MP600 & left click on properties. Click Print a test page. If the colors did not come out correctly than run an alignment through your printer software & try again. Everything I mention above is based on the idea that your printer was running just fine but you ran out of ink. Please correct me if this is not the case.
Good Luck! If I can be of more service, just ask. Mike