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Canon i850 7 orange flashes =Bad printhead????

I've read the knowledge base at the Canon web site and this tells me I probably have a bad printhead. It powers on with green and then does 7 orange flashes and the printhead will not come to the center when the cover is opened. So I got a new printhead and installed it, and of course there is no change, still same 7 orange flashes. So now I supposed someone is going to tell me,... well I guress it must be the main logic board then,... right. I hope someone else has a better diagnostic way to tell me what is really wrong. I'm getting tired of "Shotgunning" this thing and buying parts that are not broken.

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  • Multi Fleur Nov 04, 2007

    I have the same symptoms, except that I did not buy a new print head. I did follow the directions and took out the existing printhead and carefully cleaned it. I really like this printer and would like to have it fixed.


  • Buddy Stansbury
    Buddy Stansbury Nov 15, 2007

    For the "Guest" that posted the solution. Would you confirm that you also had the 7 orange flashed,..and that your printhead would not come to the center when the cover was opened. What your solution was to clean the purge station where something was stuck and the purge unit was making a loud noise. Please add all the details you can so we can make sure the fix is for the same probleml. Thanks



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I had the same problm the printer made loud noises, the head did not move and the light flashed orange. At the right most position where the print head rests there is a gear, gunk had the gear jammed I cleaned it with a paper towel lots of black ink came out, it is working fine for a couple of days now.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007


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