Question about Canon PIXMA MP240 All-In-One InkJet Printer

2 Answers canon Pixma MP240 hasnt been working for awhile. It just stopped printing, and as far as i know it wasnt an error that I caused such as something broke off or spilled in it...I have tried everything that i know of to fix it. Presently, the alarm is flashing orange, 2 times consecutively, as in 1,2 skip 1,2 skip. On the screen it is flashing P and then 2. I am grateful for any feedback! Thank you so much!

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  • jarensmommie Aug 31, 2010

    Hi...thank you for your advice. I did exactly what you instructed, and was hopeful it was going to work. It definately needed cleaned and i put everything back in after cleaned, shook it gently, and blew air through it. I tried again to print something and it now says service error 5100 on the computer screen and the same thing before on the printer screen...The best way i can describe what happens is i press print, and the machine loads up, moves back and forth, but when its time for the spool to pull the paper down to start printing, it never does it. Then the error messages come, i appreciate the advice on cleaning the ink sponges etc. but it didnt fix my problem. Any other suggestions? Thank you for your time!



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It could be a driver fault as well. So, before doing anything to the hardware, please un and reinstall the drivers for your device. Follow the link below for this purpose. And remember that reboots are as important as any other procedure.

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I can't make it specific what exactly the error indicates. There seems to be two error, 1. Flashing orange and 2. error P2. The orange flashing means the ink pads (waste ink tank) is full. Sometimes this error is just showing when there's some minor problems like improper shutdown, etc...but in fact there are two ink pads where the cartridges (with the carriage) reside when they are not printing. You will be able to see these pads after the carriage is moved aside towards the center. Lift up the scanning as you are replacing the cartridges, and look at the compartment where the cartridges were, you'll see sponges soaked with ink/s. Catch a tweezer, pull them out and clean them with water, squeeze them and leave them to dry. After it's done, clean the compartment properly. If you can't reach it, hold a cloth with the tweezer (you'll need a long tweezer) and try cleaning or place it so that the the ink will be sucked out from the pads/sponges.

I think i've skipped one step, you have to remove both the cartridges and the printer should be turned off by un-plugging the power cable before you follow the instructions mentioned above.

After everything's cleaned and you have done whatever is possible with it, check all the passage of the machine. If possible, use a blower to cast out all the dusts clogged/stuck inside the compartment. Or it's possible that there're pieces of paper broken and stuck during a paper jam. Lift up the printer and give it a good shake. (sounds funny, but even lifting and shaking can fix the most annoying issue).

Now install the ink pads/sponges (if you've removed them), install the cartridges, and press the power button (hold down) while you plug in the power cord. After it's plugged in, release the press and again press once to power on. This will definitely fix your problem if there's no other internal issue with the machine.

If you need further help, let me know.

Good luck.

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    Lebanon Raingam Sep 01, 2010

    Well, there's another error have come up. This service error 5100 indicates that the machine is having a carriage problem. First, clean the timing strip, (the plastic strip/band that carries the carriage and cartridges). After it's properly cleaned, do the following:

    Are you sure that the cartridges are still working? This is another question, but cartridge issue also causes this problem.

    You are right, fixing the problem takes time. Since this error is related to several issues, we can't fix it in one hit

    After the cartridges are replaced with the same problem, then follow the below instructions, step by step, in the order/sequence stated below:

    • Turn off printer

    • Hold down "Resume" button and press "Power" button to power on the printer.

    • Now hold down the "Power" button and release the "Resume" button.

    • Again, press "Resume" button twice then release both the buttons

    • You'll see green lights flashing and then it'll stop blinking and will remain static.

    • At the time when green lights remain solid, press the "Resume" button (four) 4 times.

    • Again, press the "Power" button and the printer should turn off, if it's still On, once again press the "Power" button.

    Now see if this helps or not..

    Good luck.

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  • Naeem Dec 19, 2011

    Just use a soft dry tissue and clean the thin transparent strip along the printer carraige gently and make sure that it is transparent all along the strip. You have to open the printer from the front to do this and to get to where the printer head stands turn it on and the head will park in the middle so that you can clean the right side of the strip. Then all should work as is, it worked for me



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