Question about Canon PIXMA iP3000 InkJet Photo Printer
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?
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.
Posted on Jun 10, 2008
Try this - it worked for me: Go to control panel, click printers & faxes, delete all queues and restart computer - press power on printer.
Posted on Apr 27, 2009
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