asked Aug 29, 2006 at 12:37am
Canon Canon Personal Copiers (PC) 7

Canon i9100 - 7 orange lights followed by 1 green

Hi all. I posted a similar msg under an earlier thread and then realized it probably should be posted to it's own thread thread. Sorry for the repetition...

Here's the problem: The inks in my Canon i9100 have been drying out very quickly between print jobs lately, and I have to hit "clean the print heads" pretty much every time I run a print job (otherwise it prints really screwy). So, I decided to rinse the bucket/carriage thing that holds the 6 ink tanks, thinking maybe a clog there was the problem. After the rinse, I let the thing dry overnight, put my ink cartridges back in, and now i'm getting Printer Not Responding error msgs, accompanied by 7 flashing orange lights, 1 green, 7 orange, 1 green, etc. on the front panel of the printer.

Does anyone know what this means and how to fix it?? My livelihood depends on a fully functioning printer... I'm a struggling graphic artist with printed jobs due yesterday, and I can't get this printer to work now...

I would be extremely grateful for any help you can provide.


Julie R.

have you tried getting hold of a friends s900 s9000 s9100 printhead and just trying it for 2 secs just too make sure you havent killed the head it will give you piece of mind before you look to order one
by hoosey on Sep 1, 2006 at 2:44pm Add comment

I did the exact same thing a while back to a Canon printhead and it resulted in a dead printhead. I can not understand what the water would do to cause the head to fail, but I think that is what has happened.

I also have an S9000 with the same error code (the printer was that way when I bought it). I installed my head from an S900 and it works perfectly.

I'm trying to figure out a way to get the ??? head working again, including vacuuming ink back thru the nozzles (I keep thinking the 7 orange sequence might be a heat issue inside the nozzles).

Anyone with more information.
by nvzyn on Jan 30, 2007 at 12:39pm Add comment
Blow out the back of the print head with some canned air. You probably still have some water behind the board. You can also flush out the board with some alcohol to help remove any water. Dont use the rubbing kind. Always blow out the back of the board if you use any liquid and all around the board area, the rest of the print head does not have to be perfectly dry. I have also seen water that stays under the ribbon cable so dont forget to aim some air there also. - Anonymous
Thanks for the advise. I'll try to provide some additional feedback on whether this works. I'm sure it doesn't take much moisture to impact the parametrics of the head board, so this makes sense.
by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2007 at 8:26am Add comment