Artist59asked Jun 11, 2011 at 12:28pm
Re: Error Code B200
Generaly, this error means the printhead is broken.
But one of these solution may solve the problem:
Good luck !
I have a MP640 model and have just solved the b200 error myself. No need to destroy or burn your printer as some people posted on YouTube.
What I did was to remove the printhead and washed it 2 times with hot watter. When washing just stop when you see no ink getting out of it, just clean watter. No problem to wash the eletronic board. Also shake it a little bit because there might be some ink inside the printhead. Dry it with a clean and soft paper.
Hope this save you a lot of money and time.
I took the printhead out of the printer and washed it 3 times using just hot watter. Wash, let the hot watter fall over it a few minutes, shake a not and let it dry. After 12 hours or so, repeat everything again.
This will get rid of all ink inside the print head that causes the B200 error.
I was almost sending my printer to trash when I tried that and solved the problem.
My Pixma MX860 just had the B200 error code - it occurred when one of the cartridges ran out of ink. I cleaned the head under hot running water after watching a youtube video just to clean it up in case that was the problem. Kept the brass contacts from getting wet, dried it off, did not use alcohol. Put it in - got the same error code. Found this forum, discussing hitting the "ON" button repeatedly (half a dozen times)with the cover open and propped up.
I tried this 2 or 3 times - sometimes closing the cover, sometimes leaving it up. This method did not appear to work and I almost gave up. But I tried it one more time and then it worked. No more error and printed normally with no problems.
Again, clean the head first if you can and dry it off. With the unit plugged in, prop up the lid. Push the "ON" button once to turn it off. Wait a moment, then rapidly push the "ON" button 5 or 6 times till it wakes up. Let it go through its cycle and see if it clears up and returns to normal. If not, try repeating this procedure until it does. I suspect that this repetition clears out an operating issue in the system. It took maybe 4 or 5 attempts before this error code ended. good luck.
Here are some steps:
1.) Turn off your Canon Printer
2.) Press on the ‘Resume’ option, once you hold the power button.
3.) Repeat this process four to five time to modify the counter absorber option
Thanks again Bill !!
I did the same with my MX870 printer, and it still has the error code. I will do all of the above again and see if will fix it. If not, I will try the printhead from my MX860 instead, to see if that will fix it. I will also try to fix it by pushing the on button rapidly as described above if this doesn't work.
I will get back with my results.
1. With printer on, I opened the printer cover and opened the paper feed to get the printhead to go to the left so I could take the cartridges out. Then I:
2. Unplugged the printer
3. Took out the cartridges
4. Took out the printhead and ran it under hot water as described above, shaking occasionally, until water was clear/no ink shook out where the cartridges connect to the printhead
5. Repeated step 4 again (printhead was really full of ink)
6. Cleaned the printhead-to-printer connectors (anything metal-looking) with rubbing alcohol and q-tips as described above
7. Let the printhead air-dry for about an hour (not sure if you need to do this, but I did just in case)
8. Put the printhead back in the printer
9. Put the cartridges back in
10. Manually slid the printhead all the way to the left
11. Plugged the printer back up (still turned off)
12. Put the printer cover down
13. Closed the paper feed
14. Hit the On button like crazy (rapidly, at least 5 times) until the printer turned on and waited
The error cleared.
Thank you, everyone. I am so glad I don't have to buy a new printer... for now.
It looks like most solutions have been addressed. Usually ripping the print head out and cleaning all contacts followed by flushing the print head under a hot water tap to remove all old ink can solve this.
Printing until the cartridges run dry is a great way to kill a print head. I have had a few customers call me in regards to this very issue. Have a read of this: http://www.inkhub.com.au/ink/the-most-common-cause-of-printer-failure/
Yup, I pulled out the ink cartridges, pulled out the printer head, ran the head under stream of HOT water in kitchen sink a number of times until the ink was all gone (you might have to shake it a few times around), CAREFULLY dried it off, re-installed everything.
I unplugged the power for a minute, plugged it back in, hit the power up button. After a few seconds, I pressed the power up button about 6 times VERY quickly. It went into a reboot mode and YEAH... the printer works again and I now save another $129+....
Good luck everyone!
Too bad ERROR B200... you've been defeated!!
(Here's the solution->) I unplug the power cable open the printer, push the whole print head mechanic to the center, while the printer still open, plug the power and turn it ON. When the printhead still moving and is going to the very LEFT, close the cover. Wait until its boot up. The B200 error message is gone.
I hope this help anyone troubleshooting this error.
ps: I even turn OFF the power un-plug the power cable and turn it back on, the error message won't show up.
Good luck to everyone & keep trying!
Followed the instruction, tried two times, and printer came back to function. Problem resolved and I saved the printer.
Once you have cleared the alarm go to your printer properties and click on the maintenance tab. Do a nozzle check, deep cleaning, (uses lots of ink) and printer allignment and you're good to go!
Hope this works for you too. Good luck!
I have the MX870 for the specific reason that I can refill the cartridges. This printer has saved me hundreds of dollars in cartridges.
I have tried every solution from every site posting fixes. This includes (if you have not done these yet): cleaning print head using warm water or alcohol, then replacing with new printhead ($75), powering down or waiting or disconnecting power in every possible combination, manually moving printhead to left, pressing every sequence of buttons, and lastly calling Canon's very snotty tech support. They were no help.
THE FIX: Someone in the UK posted this fix. Open cover, turn on power, wait for printead assembly to start it's move to the left. Be ready to close cover. When assembly gets to just past the halfway point close the cover down quickly. You may have to force it because it wants to close slowly.
Printer came back online.
Thanks for all the ways to fix the error on your own but none of them are working for me. I can get the error to come off and when I try to print anything the damn error comes back. I have tried all of the tricks for this but none have worked. Printing- no copying- no nothing even tried to clean it. Please is there any other way. I need my printer.
Also I HAD the problem with the Canon MP620 and the fault message B200.
I tried everything but the onely thing which helps is:
1-open the cover
2-push the ON button
3-wait till the printhead moves to left
4-when the printhead starts to move close the cover
5-problem solved !
Note: the first time it looks that the problem was solved but it came back when I gave a printer commando.
So I repeat the steps as discriped and now every function well.
Thanks and greetings,
He/She states "I have established a work around that has put trouble free life back into many supposedly...BROKEN? printers".
1. Turn OFF printer.
2. Open the print head bay cover (as though you are about to change ink)
3. Turn ON power.
4.Wait for print carriage to start moving to the LEFT and let it go past HALF way.
5. Before print carriage reaches LEFT hand side(but after going halfway across) Shut the cover.
6. Leave the printer turned ON.
7. Ready to go.
He/She states (Very occasionally have I had to do this twice in a row, to get past this error)
Since reading this posting and using this work-around. I am glad to report that I have revived both my Canon MP870 all-in one and Canon MP560. I NO longer need to buy TWO QY6-0073 print heads at $85Cdn/each plus U.S.shipping and customs charges. Best of all both printers have been given a new life, and saved from the Dumpster.
comment posted below worked perfectly on my first try. Thank you soooo much! Also about the generic ink, I've had this printer for about 7 years and it was the first time I put generic ink in it and the first time I got the B200 error.
I have the same problem with my Canon MG6470. I just changed the cartridge for the black ink (larger of the two black 750 PGBK) - the rest had run out & needed new cartridges. I was able to print black for several times but last week it stop work showing B200. I was told by the technician B200 code means the printer head have to be replaced at S$86. I think Canon is unreliable printer & more over the warranty is for 2 years but printer head not covered - does this means they know that the printer head doesnt last and yet they are selling a piece of junk, If you google or search youtube you find every model has ths B200 problem, Canon going to loosde its printer reputationI will never buy Canon if I knew of this problem!!!
Awesome! I did exactly as recommended. Took me 2 times to make it work. - The second time I also made sure the color cartridges were pushed down. Be fast when it starts to move to the left!
My B200 error problem was resolved on my Canon MP640 after following the advice on http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-1963504/workaround-b200-error-canon-printers.html. I had already taken the advice on here about taking out the printer head and cleaning it using hot water, drying the head completely, and refitting it back in the printer. I tried pressing the on switch rapidly six times, but I still had the B200 error showing. But success was just a few more seconds away, following the link http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-1963504/workaround-b200-error-canon-printers.html. This advised switching the printer on pressing the button once only with the glass cover open, wait until the printer head had moved from the right to just over half way to the left and rapidly shut the cover. Hey presto suddenly with this last action the B200 error was gone, and normal service resumed. Thanks for the help.
I got the B200 error on my Canon MP640, I checked online to find out what this meant and tried cleaning the printhead and changing the cartridges but these did not work for me, I used the method of clearing the error message by opening the cover starting up my printer scanner then when the print head moved more than half way to the left I dropped the cover and this does work but it only cancels the message if the underlying problem has not been fixed it will come back.
Best thing to do if other fixes have not worked is to check that your scanner is still working, if it is then your printed circuit board is almost certainly not part of the problem and you have a malfunctioning print head that cannot print, but do not dispair there are cheaper print heads out there, you have to order through Aliexpress a chinese website average is about £20-25 (that's about $30 for my American cousins, Canadians figure it out on Xe.com) they quote 2-3 weeks delivery time but mine arrived in just 6 days and instantly solved the problem so no need to spend maybe £50-£100 on a decent printer scanner especially as these are generally inferior to the model I currently have.
As a last resort this is definitely worth doing.
Ross Smith Belfast
Brilliant. This worked after 3 tries and I'm delighted. I'm completely non-technical so I'm extremely pleased with myself. Thanks.
I cannot believe it, but that actually worked on my 620B too. go figure. and, of course, i had just bought $80 in ink and was freaked out.
by "that" i mean opening the cover and hitting on/off really quickly 5 times, etc. i had opened it up taken out the cartridges and print head (but not cleaned it) and that had done nothing. let's see how long it holds up! fingers crossed!
This open-the-cover-boot-close-the-cover technique worked perfectly for me. Once. I also have generic ink. There must be some electronic code in the cartridge that is not being reproduced precisely by the generics.
I have the same problem with the error code, B200. I researched solutions online and tried whatever other people suggested. Nothing worked so I finally called Cannon support. They directed me to a local Cannon authorized shop. When I called the number for this shop, I explained to the guy who answered the phone I have Cannon MX882 and been receiving B200, he right away told me, "It is a garbage, throw away."
The B200 error code can be caused by several ifailures: 1)A bent pin on the carriage that mates with the print-head. 2) a lose cable that connects to the carriage. 3) A burned out logic board. 4) a burned out print-head. If the problem is 3 or 4, you must replace both the logic board and the print-head, because either defective part could cause the other to fail. 2) is difficult to verify or reconnect by the consumer. 1) is perhaps doable by the user, but rare to occur unless damaged by the clumsy re-seating of the print-head. Most people wash the print-head with hot water to clean completely the print-head, then dry it overnight. It works sometimes. Other solutions are not possible by the user and it is recommended you buy a new printer. An overheated or heat scorched print-head, means you have a burn out in the logic board and/or the print-head, throw the printer away.
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