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I have a cannon all in one mp460 printer and it keeps coming up with error 5100 and won't let you print , scan or anything

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Error 5100 cannon mp460


The root cause of Error 5100 in Canon inkjet printers can be so varied and so the solutions. If you want to read a best and well researched article on this topic, read it here:
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Oct 30, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MP460 All-In-One InkJet...

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Error code 5100 on cannon pixma mp460 Does not load paper


Hello and Welcome to FixYa!

If you are facing Error 5100 then it means that the cartridge can not be detected by the printer.
Actually the printer is not actually loading the cartridge and showing you the error 5100.

To solve this error follow the given steps:-

  • Turn off printer
  • Remove both the cartridges from the printer
  • Use a clothe moistened with alcohol to clean the surface contact on the cartridges where the terminals inside the printers touches
  • Return the cartridges
  • Turn on the printer.
Error will be removed.

I hope this solution helps you
Let me know If you have any more Confusion, questions or issue regarding your problem
Thank you and Keep using FixYa!

Sep 26, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MP460 All-In-One InkJet...

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5100 error


5100 is telling you that either something is stopping the carriage from moving all the way from right to left, or there is a grease or ink spot on the encoder strip behind the carriage. The strip can be cleaned with a damp Q-tip,...Gently..

Aug 07, 2009 | Canon PIXMA MP460 All-In-One InkJet...

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Error 5100


Hi You can Try 2 things.
All the best
There is some foreign object blocking your cartridges carriage that disables it from moving. Generally when this happens, something has fallen into the printer, or a piece of paper has been jammed in there.

First step, remove the ink cartridge, and turn the printer upside down and gently shake it, see if anything comes out.

If nothing goes, or you can't hear anything rattling around, get a piece of cardstock paper (60lb or heavier) and gently push this through the printer, to see if it will help push out what might be stuck in there



Next try.

It may be a piece of paper or a scotch tape or a staple wire.
Solution 1:
Clean the timing strip.

Solution 2:
The purge cap (the white sliding mechanism that the print head parks to when it's not in use) may be not lubricated well enough .

Lubricate the sliders with some white grease (don't get it on the small wipers or the black caps); this repair probably require to remove the right panel off of the printer to gain access to the purge mechanism.


Please come back and just gave a vote, it will gave me some satisfaction to know am helping some one so I will keep on helping.
All The Best: Pineworks

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Cannon MP460 will feed paper through printer but not print


Check your printer sharing in the system preferences... make sure it's on.. then when you get the print window, look for your printer under shared printers... try it that way... worked for me on my wifi network here.

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I have got error code 5100


5100 error code means there is somekind of obstruction inside the printer thats interfering with the printing process. You have to check the inside the printer especially near the gears and under the rollers. The obstruction can be anything like a small piece of paper, a paper clip, ball pin etc., check thoroughly and you will find it. Post back if you need more help.

Dec 03, 2008 | Canon PIXMA MP460 All-In-One InkJet...

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Error code 5100


This might help: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/laser/25975, they had the same problem

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