Workaround for B200 Error on Canon printers

Flying-Q

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I have become fed up with the number of 'broken' Canon multifunction printers that I have come across that show the 'B200' error on the screen. I have communicated with Canon UK, Canon Europe and certain Canon engineers, all of whom can offer no credible reason for the error nor a definitive solution other than "...its possibly the power supply, buy a new one..." or "...its possibly the carriage, buy a new one..."

I have established a workaround that has put trouble free life back into many supposedly 'broken' printers.

1. Turn OFF Power
2. Open the print head bay (as though you were about to change inks)
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. Good to go.

(Very occasionally I have had to do this twice in a row to get past the error)
 
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Signed up for an account to tell you that 5+ years later, this is the only solution that has worked for me. I tried everything else - cleaning the print head multiple times, letting it dry, replacing it in varying orders. But your description solved my issue immediately after two weeks of trying other solutions. So for that, I thank you greatly.

The B200 error is an embarrassing joke, considering the number of alternate solutions I came across. Canon clearly needs to improve their self-diagnosis functionality.
 

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