asked Mar 4, 2004 at 6:56am
Canon Canon Personal Copiers (PC) 8

Canon BJC-85 Error Codes


I have a Canon BJC-85 that won't print. When first plugged in, the printer beeps 8 times and then the error and power lights keep flashing.
Does anybody know what this error means? Can anything be done? Thanks!
I believe your printhead may have failed.

Visit the site below for detail on error messages relevant to your Canon as well as other older models:
by Rudy on Mar 4, 2004 at 9:29pm Add comment
8 beeps is a "Temperature Error". like Rudy suggested try replacing the Print head, if this fails then the printer requires service.

For more info try

by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2004 at 10:26pm Add comment
Mines now doing this too. How did you resolve the problem?
by the_patrician on Jul 17, 2005 at 2:30am Add comment
Error 306 on MacBook Pro OS 10.5.5 when trying to print from Canon BJC-85.

Just installed Canon printer driver 4.8.3

Any ideas?
by oughtred on Aug 3, 2008 at 3:11am Add comment
I have a BJC-85 when i power up i get three beeps, the power button continually blinks and the print head moves to the center of the. after many minutes i get a solid light @ power and resume. taking out and re-installing the print head did not work.
by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 3:14pm Add comment
You need a new printhead.thats what the three beeps means - Anonymous
I have a canon BJC-85 and I get an error with 2 beeps.
Any suggestions on how to get out of the error so that I can use the printer?
by unknown on Sep 12, 2009 at 3:47pm Add comment
I use Mac OS 10.6.2

I now get error code 12 which says that I have wrong cartridge (black) in and settings call for colour cartridge.

The printer works on old Mac and on this one will print out test page but refuses to print when using black cartridge only. Any suggestions?

by unknown on Jan 27, 2010 at 9:24am Add comment
Did anyone ever give you a fix? Yours is the only thread I can find on this problem. - unknown
Hi BJC 85 User

I had the same problem with mine, you have to change the colour in the printer menu.
I have posted a video on youtube, sertch BJ85 error 12 fix for mac. follow this link

that will sort it - unknown
When you had this 8 beep problem did you change the printhead and was this the problem, mine is doing this and canon is no help they just suggest to buy a new one.
by mspeanut on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:31pm Add comment
8 beeps is a temperature rise error. This as almost always due to a defective print head. Sometimes even a new head can be defective and give this error. Part of the printing process is the print head heating up the ink passing through it. These print heads actually get pretty hot at the contact points while printing. The printer monitors the temperature. If the print head produces to high a temperature , the error is generated. The solution is almost always replacing the defective print head. - unknown