Question about Canon PIXMA iP4300 InkJet Photo Printer

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Orange light blinking

The orange light on my printer is blinking 15 times. When I go to print a black and white print, it tells me that the magenta cartridge is empty. It's a brand new cartridge. The printer will not let me print, anything.

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  • fhsdjs Dec 13, 2007

    My problem is one of the ink tanks (magenta) is clicking in place and it's lamp is turning on BUT when I put the lid down and the tank tray goes back into place the ink tank lamp turns off so I can't print. When I open the lid to check the the inks again the magenta has somehow turned it's lamp off yet I can un-click it, then click it back in and it turns it's lamp back on. This vicious cycle goes on and on what can I do?

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  • pattipooo Feb 10, 2008

    I am not daft, but, this has really got to me. I just cannot get my canon IP4300 to recognise the cartridges. I have taken them all out and cleaned the chips and put them in one at a time. The tanks are reconised as in but as soon as I finish and close the lid for the last time that flashing orange light comes on again. The last time I had problems I ended up buying the proper canon ones, but, can't afford to to that again. I am beginning to hate this printer it has cost me so much in wasted ink catridges.


  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2008

    same same

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    Orange and green light flickering. does not want to print. Error 6A00

  • schubi79 Jun 22, 2008

    same, 15 times blinking, Magenta and Black 8 steady on with new cartridge, blnking with old cartridge

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    i have the same problem, do you have to have all of the inks filled for it to work>

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    the proceed light is flashing and the cartridge lights are also flashing but the cartridges is not empty

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    wont print. It gives green & orange blinking lights. Could it be something mechanical?

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    orange light blinking 5 times



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The solution above does not work. It only lights up when you remove the ink tank completely and re-click it down. But the moment you close the lid the head slides to the side and that is when something bad happens and the ink tank is no longer lit up. I can push very hard on the PUSH and it does not light up again. I am about to return my printer as well for the same exact problem. Unfortunately, I mail ordered mine so I guess I'm out the shipping and handling charges.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008



I gave up and returned it to the place I bought it and got a new one. I think that the computer chip in the front was scratched or damaged. One thing I did learn was to save the packaging until I was sure it worked.

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Hi im having the exact same problem, i've taken it out put back in , it lights yay close lid does it all over again are you saying which should push down and hold it for a while?

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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Solution: Confirm the ink tank(s) are properly installed iP4300

Ensure that the ink tank is installed properly. Open the Top Cover, Paper Output Tray and Inner Cover, and then press on the 'PUSH' mark on the ink tank whose lamp is off until the ink tank clicks into place. Once the ink tank is installed properly its lamp will light red.
Ensure that all the orange tape has been peeled off as shown in (1). If a part of the orange tape remains as shown in (2), remove it completely.

Orange light blinking - tapediagram.gif

(1) Correct (An L-shaped notch* appears on the ink tank.)

(2) Incorrect (Orange tape remains. Peel off the tape along the perforation.)

Posted on Nov 02, 2007



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Hey guys, I finally brought my ip4500, not ip4300 1month ago, and am having the same problem. I experimented with the printer inks. And finally i have fixed this problem. I suspect it may work for ip4300, or other similar pixmas as well. Please follow at your own risk.

The printer error led flashes 15 times. And, The ink tank lights are flashing endlessly, or does not light up at all. If the ink light is off, it does not mean that the chip is corrupt.... Do not replace it, like i have. lol.

Problem: one or more of the inktank chips are corrupt. If at least one cartridge is corrupt, the printer will not work. Must purchase corrupted ink cartridge, or call canon for replacement.

Solution: Instead of buying a complete set of ink, find out which ink cartridge is corrupt, and needs replacing:

1.put all ink tank into the printer without the chip. close printer cover. computer should alert that "the following ink tank cannot be recognised. Printing cannot be executed because the ink tank...." You should see a picture of the ink in the alert box.
The picture in the warning box shows that the black, black. yellow, magenta, cyan are not inserted.

2.Starting with the blue ink, remove blue ink from the printer, reinsert chip into ink tank, then put the ink tank back into the printer. Close Printer cover. Notice that this time, if the ink chip isn't faulty, computer alerts that only black, black, yellow, magenta are not inserted into your printer.
If it is faulty, then you see another alert box, about unrecognized ink - if so go to step 4.

To test if the chips on the other ink cartridges(tanks) are faulty:

3. Repeat step 2, with the rest of the ink tanks. from right to left(blue, magenta, yellow, pgiblack, black)
4. Purchase corrupt ink tank. or call Canon for a replacement.

lemme know if this helps you.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

  • lichigo Mar 19, 2008

    Also, For me, the main problem was the PGI BK ink cartridge, that continously flashed. After replacing it with an original pgibk cartridge, printer is working normally. Even though the blue cartridge's light was off, it is still working.


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