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Problem with ink cartridge not being recognised, no information on align print head on Canon site, also posted in reply you made in March.
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    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    Hey pj - sorry, out of town on family thing, I apologize. It sounds like that thing isn't that old and anything can go out on a printer but It's not like you've used 100 cartridges so it's doubtful. Do you have a manual? Could you do me a favor? I know you're technical and I hate to ask but I'd like you to look at the directions and follow them to the letter and let me know what happens. I'll include a link for the manual just in case you don't have one. Look at section 2 pg 12. Before you do unplug the printer for 30 seconds and then plug it back in. After it's done recycling follow the directions and let me know. I know you're no dummy but bare with me please. I'll check later because I don't see my last comment and I didn't get notified about yours but that was because you didn't sign in. The link for the manual is below if you don't have one. Thanks.



    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/contro...



  • Jeffrey Pemberton
    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    Hey pj - did you replace with Canon cartridges or refill? Stupid question - but I have to ask, if you bought new cartridges did you remove the tape? ( I had to ask) What error message are you getting on your display? What happens if you press the stop button, does the error message stay there?

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Mine is saying the same thing. I am about ready to throw it out the window. I ordered new ink and everything.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

Hi, I tried hitting the stop button (well I pressed it, even though I felt like hitting it)
Nothing happened.
Using genuine cartridges, haven't tried a re-fill, tape is removed
Canon say the cartridge holder may be at fault but printer has barely had any use (do they die of old age?)
It just keeps flashing at me and message is 'put in cartridge'

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

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Canon mp240 error code 5 does not clear with the holding down stop/resent, starting and stopping on button as explained in earlier advice


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1. try to take out colour ink and then put in again to see ok or no

2.try to install new cartridge to see ok or no

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Printer attempts to print but no ink is on the paper Printer attempts to print but no ink is on the paper If the print quality is poor or no ink is appearing on the page, it may be because of the following problems:
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  • The print head nozzles may be clogged.
  • The protective cap or tape may have been reattached to the BJ cartridge.
  • The BJ cartridge may need to be replaced.
  • You may be using the wrong side of the media.
To check the level of ink in the BJ tanks
Open the printer's front cover and visually check the level of the ink in all the BJ tanks. If a BJ tank is low or has run out of ink, replace it. Failure to do so may shorten the life of your BJ Cartridge
Check the status of the print heads by printing a Nozzle Check Pattern
The Nozzle Check Pattern confirms whether the inks are being correctly ejected from the print head nozzles and whether the print head is correctly aligned.
  1. On your printer, press and hold the Resume button until the printer light flashes two times.

  2. When you release the button, the Nozzle Check Pattern will be printed.

    You can also print the Nozzle Check Pattern by clicking on the Test Print button in the Maintenance tab of the printer properties dialog box.

  3. After the Nozzle Check Pattern is printed, check the results.

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  5. In the alignment head pattern, if the lines are not perfectly overlapped, align the print heads.
To perform the print head cleaning procedure
  1. On your printer, press and hold the Resume button until the printer light flashes one time.

  2. When you release the button, the print head will be cleaned.

    You can also clean the print head by clicking the left Print Head Cleaning button in the Maintenance tab of the printer properties dialog box.

  3. When the print head cleaning begins, the POWER light starts flashing. This will continue for about 30 seconds. Wait for the light to stop flashing before you resume normal operation.
  4. Perform the Nozzle Check Pattern test again.

  5. If the results are satisfactory, resume normal printing.

  6. If the results are not satisfactory, you may need to execute a print head deep cleaning.
To execute a print head deep cleaning
  1. Make sure paper is loaded in the sheet feeder and the printer is turned on.

  2. Display the printer properties dialog box and click the Maintenance tab.

  3. Click the right Print Head Cleaning button.

  4. When the print head cleaning begins, the POWER light starts flashing. Wait for the light to stop flashing before you resume normal operation.

  5. Perform the Nozzle Check Pattern test again.
If the Nozzle Check Pattern is still unsatisfactory, you may need to execute a print head alignment.
To execute a print head alignment
  1. In Windows, display the Maintenance tab of the printer properties dialog box.

  2. Click the right Test Print button.

  3. Follow the instructions on the screens to perform an automatic print head alignment.

  4. A confirmation screen will ask you if you want to perform automatic print head alignment. Read the screen and click OK.

  5. Another screen warns you not to start any other operation until the alignment is complete. Again, click OK.

  6. The BJ Printer Status Monitor displays the Printer Status. The driver will align the print heads then will print an alignment pattern.

  7. Perform the Nozzle Check Pattern test again.
If the Nozzle Check Pattern is still unsatisfactory, you may need to replace the BJ cartridge.
To replace a BJ Tank in a BJ Cartridge
Leave the BJ cartridge in the printer when replacing a BJ tank. Make sure the printer's power is on. Make sure you insert the BJ tank in the correct slot.
  1. Open the front cover.

  2. The power light blinks while the cartridge holder is positioned to the center of the printer.

  3. Remove the empty BJ tank by pressing in on the release tab and then lifting the BJ tank up and out of its slot.

  4. Dispose of the tank properly, taking care to avoid spilling ink on your hands, floor, furniture, or clothing.

  5. Remove the new BJ tank from its package and pull the orange tape up and against the perforations to open the package film.

  6. Be careful not to remove the label from the tank. You will need it to match the tank to the correct slot in the BJ cartridge.

  7. Twist the orange protective cap to remove it.

  8. Do not attempt to reattach the protective cap; instead, discard it along with the protective tape.

  9. Insert the BJ tank by holding it at a slight angle, aligning it with the correct slot. Press down gently on the top of the tank until it locks into place.

  10. Lock the ink tank in place by pressing down on the circle mark on the top of the tank.

  11. Close the printer cover.

  12. The printer will automatically start cleaning the print heads. When the print heads are clean, the POWER light will stay on, indicating that the printer is ready for operation.

  13. Perform another test print to make sure the new ink tanks are performing correctly.
To remove the protective cap and tape from the BJ cartridge
  1. Open the printer's front cover.

  2. Unlock the BJ cartridge by raising the cartridge lock lever. Make sure you raise it all the way up.

  3. Remove the BJ cartridge by holding it by the circles on the left and right sides.

  4. Make sure that the orange protective cap has been removed.

  5. Make sure that the protective tape has also been removed.

  6. Replace the BJ cartridge and move the blue cartridge lock lever until it locks in place.
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  • Be sure to read any instructions that come with your Canon specialty paper. These instructions provide important information regarding how to achieve the highest print quality with these papers.

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Alarm light is flashing. cannot print


hi dear

this the error code
E9 The connected digital camera / video camera does not support Camera
Direct Printing
E14 The Ink cartridges whose destination are wrong
E15 Ink cartridge is not installed E16 - Ink remaining is unknown
E16 -E19 Failed to scan head alignment sheet
E22 Carriage error
E23 Paper feed error
E24 Purge unit error
E25 ASF(cam) sensor error
E26 Internal temperature rise error
E27 Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink absorber full
E28 Ink cartridge temperature rise error -
E29 EEPROM error
E33 Paper feed position error
E35 15 USB Host VBUD overcurrent error - USB
E37 17 Abnormal motor driver error
E40 20 Other hardware error
E42 22 Scanner error
E2-2 No paper (ASF)
E3-3 Paper jam
E4 No ink
E5-5 The ink cartridges are not installed or a non-supported ink cartridge is installed ,
or the ink cartridges are not installed properly
E8 Waste ink absorber full, or platen waste ink absorber full




First, download the software at http://www.box.net/shared/4yblbn34kg

Secondly, to run the software your printer has to be in service mode. Do that by
- unplug cable
- press and hold "power" button
- plug cable
- press "resume" and release
- release the "power" button
At this stage, your computer will detect a new hardware

Run the software.

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