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Can't get cover off Canon S630 printer

The cover of this dratted Canon S630 printer has slots with little triangles by them instead of screws. How do I get it off?

The reason I need to open it is because I have the dreaded "home head" error (print head stuck on rail toward right hand side), which I'm almost sure is accumulated cat fur. I'm hoping I can clean it out.

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  • Katrina Lee
    Katrina Lee Jun 05, 2010

    This doesn't take a special tool. The triangles are labels stamped BELOW (and pointing to) the slots. It's one of those deals where you use a flathead screwdriver to push a tab or something inside the slot. Then you have to do something else with your other hand (which I can never finesse; I'm always afraid of breaking some tiny piece of plastic). Or maybe instead, all the slots have to be poked simultaneously.

  • Katrina Lee
    Katrina Lee Jun 06, 2010

    With some on-the-scene help, we finally figured it out. There is a slot on each side, and two slots on the back (four total). The slots on the back are low on the curved pieces that flank the sheet feeder.

    Inside each slot is a tab. By inserting a small flathead screwdriver (or a key) into both rear slots simultaneously, the tabs that hold the back of the cover on can be freed. The same thing needs to be done with the side slots, and the cover can be rolled forward just a little bit then lifted straight up.

    The reason for the lift: underneath, there are also two places at the front where pieces of molded plastic inside the cover sort of plug into corresponding pieces on the base. Fortunately, no tabs have to be released at those points.

    Getting the cover back on is also a bit tedious. There's absolutely no clearance, and everything has to be positioned precisely before you start pressing down. I was able to succeed only when I did the process in reverse, fitting the two front "plugs" together, then clicking down the two side tabs, and finally the two rear tabs. Perhaps there's a better method, but I couldn't discover it.

    If one of the tabs catches while the cover is askew, the screwdriver trick must be used to release it before you can start over.

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to resolve the printer's problem. I did clear out a LOT of fur, but now I have a new problem ... which I will describe separately.

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Goto your nearestelectronics store like radioshack or a hardware store that has a wide selection of tools like sears hardware or home depot or lowes and buy the triangle screwdrivers. i hate proprietary screws, i really do. just make sure you get the right size triangle screwdrivers okies?

Posted on Jun 04, 2010

  • Light Yagami
    Light Yagami Jun 05, 2010

    oh in that case, how many tabs are there? are they around the edges only?

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