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Printer won't print

The top light flashes green once and the bottom flashes yellow four times this goes on and on ..what is the problem

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Canon reports that this demonstrates a need to reset the printer. Try this:
Resetting the Printer By resetting the printer's power, the print buffer is cleared and certain sensors are reset. If there is invalid data in the buffer, or sensors are stuck in a particular mode; errors may occur. Follow these steps to reset the printer:

  1. Turn the printer off with the Power button (if available).

  2. Disconnect the data cable from the printer (not applicable to WiFi, Bluetooth or Infrared) .

  3. Unplug the printer's power cord for approximately 10 minutes, and then plug it back in. If troubleshooting a communication issue, reconnect the data cable (not applicable to WiFi, Bluetooth or Infrared).

  4. Turn the printer back on.
Canon describes this as flashing orange. Is that possibly the color you're getting? If it is 4 times, the typical meaning is out of ink. If it is not out of ink, and the above did not work, try replacing the ink cartridges to see if it makes a difference. Sometimes a bad ink cartridge can cause the same issue - unfortunately it just takes time to work through it.

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