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My pixma ip3000 wont turn on

My Canon Pixma IP3000 was working fine and then one day just shut off and is not turning back on. I have tried different outlets, making sure the power cable is snug, and nothing works. Is there a way to fix this?

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  • JOJOtx32 May 14, 2008

    My printer has been working fine also. I used it one day and later that day went to use it and it just acts as if there is no power to it. I have pulled out the power supply box and made sure everything was pluged in good, etc.

  • stocky54 May 25, 2008

    I got the same problem about 2 weeks ago & I've had my IP3000 for about 4 years & had it serviced once. I love the printer & don't want to get rid of it.

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    This same problem appears under several headings, a more technical version here: So freetek, here's your chance at a FixYa! (4-star) rating:
    Tell us if the voltages observed are normal, or does the absence of a voltage across the black and yellow wires mean the bad cap problem has done in all of our psu's?


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This sounds suspiciously like a problem chronic to a certain type of power supply called a 'switcher' that uses a technique that employs high frequencies in the power conversion process and is caused almost always by the use of cheap capacitors in the path of high frequencies. The value of the capacitor shrinks from decay of the electrolytic solution used in these parts.
Currently, there are millions of these parts in circulation with a defective solution (poorly made in China) used in their manufacture causing failures in many different electronic devices.
The typical symptom is either a failure to turn on when powered up or simply stopping.
It is a problem that was endemic in certain fax machines in the 90s and since they were more expensive then, it made sense to remove the supply and repair them.
Quite frankly, this weakness earned me thousands of dollars as a sideline and once I had established the failure mode, I added a 50 cent part then could guarantee the repair for the 'life of the machine' and never had a single return out of many hundreds of repairs.
Unfortunately for owners, is the need for a capacitance meter to locate the faulty part and they cost more than a replacement printer.
If anyone has the instrument, the technical skills, and wishes to 'try this at home,' email me and I will detail what to look for.

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    Steve Allison Jan 14, 2011

    Due to a direct email request on this pretty old thread, I'm adding the comment I sent to Chris N.
    It's gratifying to see an old post still benefit someone.

    I would definitely try replacing those caps; the cost is not prohibitive even if they must be ordered in.

    Go to and look for parts rated for both low ESR and switching service or at least the latter.
    I recommend Mouser since they do not have a minimum and charge actual shipping cost.
    They were founded by a SoCal teacher who wanted a source of parts for class work; there wasn't any who wanted that kind of business so he founded one.

    Good luck-

  • John Pendleton
    John Pendleton Dec 05, 2013

    What is ESR? What parts am I looking for and how do I get at them?

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Dec 05, 2013

    ESR = Equivalent Series Resistance - it's the part of the losses of a capacitor that aren't capacitance but act like resistance. and is expressed in Ohms; the lower this value,the better and should be rated at some specific frequency and is higher in quality caps. 1 KHz (1000 cycles) isn't high enough for parts used in switched mode supplies.


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Try this - it worked for me: Go to control panel, click printers & faxes, delete all queues and restart computer - press power on printer.

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