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Cannot get Canon PIXMA MP 150 to work at all

I recently installed a Canon Pixma MP150 on my Dell P3 (Win 2K SP4) and have, so far, been unsuccessful in getting it to work at all. The installation itself seemed to go correctly, but in a nutshell -- the printer will not operate in any of it's "multifunction" modes. With apologies for what will be a long post, I will try to describe the exact sequence of events and symptoms:


After turning the printer on:

1) The green "On/Off" button flashes, a single sheet of paper feeds through the printer, the printer performs what sounds like a cartridge cleaning, the green "On/Off" button light turns steady and the LED readout reads "1", but the "Black Ink" light is flashing also.

2) After a couple of seconds, the printer makes another "cartridge cleaning" type noise, the green "On/Off" button starts flashing again and the yellow "Alarm" light starts flashing along with the already flashing yellow "Black Ink" light. At that time the LED starts flashing alternately between "E" and "2" (The paper is, however, loaded correctly)

3) At this time, If I attempt to print anything, I get an onscreen notice of "Service Error 5100", which suggests that I "Cancel printing and then turn the printer off and then back on" In the "Status Monitor" that appears on the screen if I open "Ink Details" on the menu I get the graphic readout of ink levels and the black cartridge shows empty.

This all seems simple enough, I am out of black ink...BUT...I cannot print using only the apparently full "Color" cartridge either. I also attempted to fool the ink status monitor by removing and replacing the black ink cartridge -- to no avail, whatever I do I get the above sequence of errors. Also, while "Error 1500" indicates


When I click the shortcut to "MP Navigator" it seems to open correctly and by clicking the "Scan with Scanner Driver" button at the bottom the "Scan Gear" screen opens also. I can then access all the option screens, but when I click "Preview" or "Scan" I get the following error message:

"An Error has occurred. Turn the device off and then back on. The Scanner driver will be closed" Code 2,250,0

I can also get the following:

"Cannot scan for these reasons:
- The original may not be set correctly
- The protective sheet may be put in place
- The lamp might not be warmed up

Scanner driver will be closed" Code 2,178,0

According to the manual, Error message 5100 indicates: "Movement of the FINE Cartridge Holder is blocked." This does not seem to be the case; there is nothing to prevent the cartridges from moving correctly to the far left -- as for removing and replacement.

I have also tried the following fix, with no results:

"If the ON/OFF Lamp (green) and Alarm Lamp (orange) flash alternately, disconnect the USB cable from the machine, and then turn the machine OFF and then unplug the machine from the power supply for a while. Plug the machine back in and turn the machine back ON. "

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  • ARPITAK Apr 19, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem with my canon PIXMA MP150 in terms of printong (1 blank page comes out first etc) and the same service erroe- HELP!

  • philipe Apr 22, 2008

    Thanks for the help; I did manage to finally get the printer to work.
    Actually, for a trial run I popped the top off of the empty black
    cartridge and squirted about 20 ml of rubbing alcohol down the side and
    let it sit for about half an hour (I was going to use gin but my wife
    thought it would be a waste). I installed the cart and managed to get
    it to run a few cleaning cycles (still getting a low ink indication)
    and actually printed -- very well, too -- an entire 8X10 color photo
    and a few pages of text before it started to fade to grey. I then
    sprung for new black and color carts, popped them in and am up and
    running. All the other functions are now working also.

    One more question about this particular machine while I have your
    attention: when the printer is on but I'm not using it, it just sits
    there "sleeping" with the green indicator light on. When I go to print,
    say, a single page, the printer comes alive, the yellow LED turns on
    (reading "1"), and it proceeds to perform what sounds like a small
    "cleaning" cycle, then it prints the page. It then goes back into the
    "idle" state described above. If I print anther single page 30 seconds
    later, it seems to perform yet another cleaning cycle before printing

    ...isn't this a little, um...obsessive? I know the manufacturers
    practically give away the printers and really only make profits from
    selling ink, but are these frequent, constant cleanings before every
    page the new norm?


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  • rodflint Sep 04, 2008

    I can not load the drivers to run the scanner on Canon PIXMA MP150 All-In-One InkJet Printer it was ok on xp but wont work on vista

  • YaXxE Oct 30, 2008

    My printer work, bur when i try to scan a photo or document a window popup and says:
    Cannot comminicate with scanner.
    Scanner mab be turned off, a cable may be disconnected.
    Please check status and try again.
    Scanner driver will close.
    Code : 2,155,0



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