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Canon Pixma 210 - Error 5

Just changed black ink cartridge and now getting Error 5. WIll not print at all. I am quite sure the new cartridge is compatible, it a like for like replacement.

Is there a way to reset or resolve this issue?

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  • martin-juve Jun 10, 2008

    A few weeks ago i refilled the colour ink cartridge and it worked fine for a cople of weeks, now i am getting Error 5. and will not print at all??

  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2008

    I have refilled the color and now all i get is error 5, how do i fix it and make it recognize the new cartidge, plus shouldnt i be able to use the scanner still if the printer isnt working

  • m1ch4L Jul 29, 2008

    Hi, I have the same problem. I ran out of color ink, so I took the color cartridge out... and now I'm getting error 5 and can't even print black and white although the black cartridge is full.

    Can anyone please help on this. I don't want to buy a color cartridge for black and white printing and scanning!!!

  • andreliv2003 Aug 17, 2008


    I'm having the same issue, I run out of color ink and I can't print black color with new black ink catridge in.

    please advise.


  • organisermum Aug 25, 2008

    had cartridges refilled error message on pc says cartridge incompatable with printer. deledted the printer and reinstalled it but this didn't help bought neww canon cartridges but this has made no difference the message still says cartridge incompatable even though it's a canon cartridge.

  • pol1 Sep 19, 2008

    Just the same Eror 5 problem and I don't find an answer. 
    Will never buy any canon product anymore

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    ho comprato le cartuce originali e da quando le ho messe ho stampato una copia mi da errore 5 perche

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    Pixma MP210 printer. Cartridges have been replaced but now it flases E 5. alarm light is on and black ink and colour ink lights are flashing.


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Just changed black ink cartridge and now getting Error 5. WIll not print at all. I am quite sure the new cartridge is compatible, it a like for like replacement. Is there a way to reset or resolve this issue? thanks

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(printer cannot recognize ink cartridge colour or black or both )this is the problem

ok ink cartridges only have a certain life a bit like a light bulb they can burn out at any time for no reason usually just after you have had them filled

the cartridges can last six days weeks or months its pot luck the trick is to not let them run too dry if possible before refilling

do not leave them empty for too long because when they refill the cartridges the machine as to scrub the gold coloured electrodes on the front harder of the cartridges and this can cause the cartridges to blow after a short while


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try the support faqs here Canon PIXMA MP210


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Try to take them out and put them back e few times , see if it works . My MP210 started just doing this

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Junk it. it's a piece of garbage. i just bought a new one today. and i want to send them the old one payment on delivery with a massive f'ing brick in it. i am incandescent!!!!!!!!!!!!! with anger about the f'ing MP210. AVOID AVOID AVOID

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

Thanx for your help. I have one more day to give back the printer to the store, and I'll do it. Everywhere I looked for a solution for putting back the refilled cartridges, there was no proper solution to do so. And I refuse to buy cartridges half 'a price of a printer...

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

The Canon pixma is the biggest **** machine i ever bought!!!

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