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Re: my canon mp830
Error code 5200 means the print head temperature is too high. The only was to resolve this error is either replace the print head or replace the logic board. The print head is available, part number QY6-0061 but you will struggle to find a logic board. The only other thing you can try is resetting the EEPROM on the logic board, this sometimes clears the error. A service manual will show you how to do this: http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/4546483-canon-pixma-mp830-printer-service-manual
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This error code most likely means that the print head is dirty and needs cleaning. You will need to remove the ink cartridge and clean the print head with an alcohol pad. This link may help you with removing the ink cartridge.
This is a print head problem. The MP830 seems to get them quite often - possibly made worse by using generic inks. Try removing the print head (instructions are in the quick setup guide) and cleaning with alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol may be better than ethyl alcohol if you can find it. You may have to leave the head soaking overnight. Make sure it is completely dry before reassembling. Good luck!
Hi I have an MP830 on my desk I use all the time. Whenever I use generic cartridges I get the 5200 error and the A600 error. This seems to be caused because the generic cartridges ooze a little ink. The ink falls down into the excess ink pad (as it should) but it also provides a minute amount of resistance when the print head first starts to move which generates the errors. What I do once a week is take out all the print cartridges and clean off their bases. Then I take out the print cartridge holder and clean that. Then I move the print mechanism to the left side. I take a folder piece of paper towel that I put a little glass cleaner on and I run that over the excess print well on the right side of the print head travel or where the print head normally sits. Of course I do this with the printer off. So far it's worked every time. When I first bought the printer and I got the error message I called Canon and this is what they told me also. Since I've been troubleshooting electronics for 40 years I wasn't pleased with that response so I began some troubleshooting on my own. his is what I came up with. I hope this helps. Good luck