asked Jul 12, 2012 at 2:06am
Canon Canon Bubblejet (BJ) 5

Canon MP140 - Disable printer, use scanner only?

Hello all and thank you for your time.

I have a MP140 which gives E5 (out of ink) error, I don't want to use the printer anymore, I only need the scanner. I've tried all sorts of reset procedures on the net, all to no avail.

The only way I can use the scanner now is to do all these:

1- unplug the power cord.
2- plug in while holding the RESET + POWER.
3- let go of the RESET and press it 5 times.

Then I can use it, but once I switch it off, it's back to step 1 again. Now I can live with this, it's my wife who constantly messes up and ends up cursing me.

So I was wondering, is there any way to fool this printer into thinking that it has ink so I can just turn the damn thing on and scan?

I thank you all in advance.


Dude, God bless ya. I was crazy trying to find a method to use the MP140 as scanner only. Thank you so much!!!!!

by jphp on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:47am Add comment

Superb dude... thanks a lotttttttttttttt

by gurumurthy on May 1, 2017 at 9:12am Add comment

God bless you, sir.

by fzarpo on Oct 18, 2017 at 7:14am Add comment

It really would work if I only knew which button is the reset button!

by bigbigdee on Oct 26, 2017 at 2:12pm Add comment

This also works (at least on MP180) by keeping just the power button pressed when inserting the cord.
(Then pressing reset 5 times then letting go of both buttons).

Oh yes, I can live with that too.

by fzarpo on Oct 28, 2017 at 7:43am Add comment

It works too for MP145. Thank you!

by SuperPrinter on Oct 14, 2018 at 1:43am Add comment

Thank you its working fine. I used your idea and fixed my problem. I am using the printer to get the prints of papers which I ordered from https://essayguru.org/dissertation-editing/ website. These paper are in zip format after unzip them I take their prints from my printer.

by SandraSNumbers on May 19, 2020 at 5:44am Add comment