How to fix error B200 on canon Printers


The printhead voltage or temperature is not normal.


Solution 1:
  • Disconnect the power cable from the printer.
  • Wait 1 hour.
  • Connect the power cable

Solution 2:
  • Check and Clean Head contact pin condition of the carriage unit
  • Check Cable connection especially the carriage FFC

Solution 3:

Solution 4
  • Replace the power supply unit.

Solution 5:
  • Replace the logic board.

73 comments:

Shanna said...

I took out all of the ink cartridges, lifted up the grey bar by where the ink goes, left the print head in the middle of the printer all while the printer was off. When I turned it back on, everything is now working.

I had tried turning it off and on multiple times and nothing was working.

Lipsmack Studio said...

Removed power cord for an hour, removed cartridges adn print head. Took some alcohol and cleaned the print head chip and contacts. Put it back together, and Voila. It works again.

Leighton Carter said...

Damn!!!

Matt S said...

This worked for me:
Pulling power for at least 1 minute, during which, all ink cartridges & print head were removed. Cleaned excess ink from bottom of print head. Replaced head & cartridges & plugged printer back in. When it powered up, error code was gone.

Vintagegal said...

None of this has worked for me! Still getting the flashing error code....any other thoughts? Besides trashing it, I mean! Thanks...

Hungarian said...

My IP4700 is dead(?)waste tank has been cleaned,chip contact are clean..still giving me flasing orange light 10 times..any solution for this type error(error code is B200)

Diyan Stoyanov said...

Cleaning the head and the conectors worked for my it takes just 2 min. to clean them whit cleaning solution and putting them back.

supermaren said...

I can't get to the ink cartridges when the power is off, and when I turn it on, the error code prevents me from doing anything. Lifting the scanner bed usually will bring the cartridges to the middle, but now it's just not doing anything. I'd rather try to clean the contacts, but how do I get to them?

Dimitre said...

I had the same issue with the cartridges not moving to the middle, so I turned the printer off and opened the scanner bed and then turned the printer on and the cartridges went to the middle like they were supposed to. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Had the same error message. After reading this, I turned off the printer, opened the scanner cover and took out the ink cartridges, one at a time, and blotted the excess ink from them. Put them back in, closed the cover, turned it back on and clicked print again. It worked! Thanks!

Vintagegal said...

None of this has worked for me. I cannot get rid of the error message. Any thoughts? It makes me furious to think I will have to buy a new printer....

Admiral T said...

In trying to resolve the B 200 problem, but I can't get the printhead back to the middle so I can clean it and the contacts. I follwed the suggestions just above with no success. Could someone PLEASE get us past this new obstacle and enable us to access the printhead. Thanks.

Jamie said...

My printhead also didn't move to the middle, so while it was unplugged, I opened the scanner and physically moved it to the middle. I was scared at first that I would break it, but it moved smoothly and stayed there until I pushed it back. Now to get everything else to work...

David said...

Thank you. It worked taking the print head out.

John Wittman said...

This process worked to solve the B200 message and lockout, and restored printing. Please comment if this succeeds for you (or not).

My Canon MX860 locked up with the B200 error when I continued printing without black ink. Expected that I burned out the print head based on web research. Removed printhead as described elsewhere and carefully flushed with hot tap water until no further ink waste was present. Reinstalled, but this did not resolve the B200 message and lockout.

Removed printhead again and this time removed 2 small screws (with jeweler's scredriver) on printhead to dimantle it. Use care to protect the ribbon cable. Do not try to remove this cable. You will see a complex rubber gasket. Remove this and clean with hot water. Set aside.

With screws removed, this will give access for more cleaning of the ink passages. Used hot water, then isopropal alcohol to wash, and finally a small (1/4") soft rubber tube to gently blow out water/alcohol from the printhead body. Be careful to not touch or push on the ink jets (little metal strips - large set for color; second set for black printing). Dried parts and reassembled. Carefully replace the gasket so that it fits over the plastic tips of the several ink ports.

At this time NO B200 Message appeared - success!. Then ran printer maintenance from my PC: head deep cleaning, regular cleaning 3 times and head alignment check. Gradually print quality has been restored as ink has flowed into the printhead cavity and to the ink jets.

Work gently and be patient to solve this problem.

A bead at a time... said...

John Wittman as I'm doing what you did I'll tell you the results
I tried everything said here and it worked the first time, NOT today
As now I'm flushing the print heads with warm water
One color(cyan)it is harder to clean the printer was telling me that the Cyan color tank was getting low but never told me to change the cartridge
Maybe THIS IS the problem (dry ink ?)
Waiting for the print head to dry.....
Oh, yes I'll be changing the Cyan cartridge
Twenty minutes later I will put everything and we will see...
It did not worked

Southdale Otolaryngology - Ear Nose & Throat Specialists said...

I followed John Wittman's process (12/14/12) very thoroughly cleaning the ink trough with HOT water. I did not need to remove the two jeweler screws and deal with the gasket. Then I dried the tray and replaced it. The error was gone. I did a deep print head cleaning and realignment. Seems to be working. In retrospect, we've had a partial clog for a long time. Back to new.

Anonymous said...

Opened cover and let print cartridges come to middle of bed. Pulled power cord. Removed all print cartridges. Removed the cartridge "cradle". Cleaned the contacts with a dry tissue (no water, spit or other). Wiped up the bottom of the cradle of all excess ink. Reinstalled cradle. Reinstalled cartridges. Powered on.......works! Took about 2 minutes in total.

Anonymous said...

Nope. I cleaned everything out... Warm water, alcohol, etc. I took it apart. Same )(*$*(#$( error popped right back up.

Anonymous said...

This worked for my mg6130.

Just click the start button, as soon as the printer starts press and hold the start button until it starts (the screem will appear). Release the button the printer will turn off. Turn it on again and use as usual.....

Lets said...

Thank you very much, it worked! I live in a small town and would have had to take the printer to Cape Town.
Have tried everything but this simple solution was amazing.

Lets

Jodiestar said...

Done all of the above and still not working
However the error dose not come up when I start up the printer with out the print head in.
Then it asks for it and then grr again B200

Anonymous said...

Tried taking the ink cartridges out, no luck. How do you take the print head out???

Anonymous said...

Tried taking out the ink cartridges, and unplugging power. Still got the B200 error code. How do you take out the print head??? Help!

Graham said...

I've just gone through John Wittman's procedure but no joy. I guess I must have a deal print-head/logic-board. Look like the printer's toast!

Anonymous said...

Be VERY careful when trying to remove the screws on the printer head as one small slip and you can easily ruin the ribbon (as I did grrr)...

Debbie Meredith said...

I tried all of these steps and still get the error code. I do have a blinking light for copy that I cannot get rid of. If I turn it on with it open to the print cartridges It does go thru the movement and priming of the ink but the minute I close it it goes to copy on the board and then back to the b200 message...I think it is a logic board?
Where to price them?...next step.....

Anonymous said...

1.) Download and install "Canon My Printer" then open it and click on troubleshooting till you are called to print a test page. Click yes. Then the error will appear (b200).

2.) Do it like you always do when you want to reach to your ink cartridges then click at print at the dialog above. It will print and that helped me to solve this error.

Sorry for my english. ^^

Peppes New York Pizza said...

the error b200 is the printer ink head contact... take it out, unscrew the 2 screw, clean the top and bottom and screw back, get a little piece of very fine sand paper and sand a little the front contact that look like a keyboard and gently do the same on the other side in the printer works for every printer .... you welcome

Anonymous said...

@Peppes

It works to wreak every printer.

Hope no one fell for that.

Coco said...

I have two of these--one of them started the 200 error--I took the print head out of the working one--it didn't work--so don't waste your money or you time trying to fix it--I think the reason others people had luck with getting it to work again--was just that, luck. If it starts this 200 error thing--the printer is dead...stop wasting your time--give up and buy anything else but a canon printer--slow and they break!

Electric Turtle said...

Ink cartridges initially seemed "parked" and I was unable to manually move them to the middle with either power on or off, until I applied some gentle force/wiggle.

John Wittman left some good advice, which I followed (except the only gasket I noted was under the section being held down by the two screws). I thoroughly cleaned the printhead & there is no sign of any jet burn when viewed with magnifier, all looks like new.

After reassembly, unfortunately (as I have bulk ink) I'm still getting the B200 error.

I note that I am able to turn the printer on with the body open, and can see the ink cartridges do not move at all.

I lifted up the ink cartridge locking bar a few times, removed & re-installed the printhead in case it was poor contact connections. I note the ribbon cables will move a teeny bit when gently tested by hand, but seem secure.

As per Coco's advice I won't be risking $ ordering a new printhead, and consider this printer "bricked".

Off to get a mono Brother Laser for daily work output & will have another crack at the recalcitrant Canon MX850 later before it takes the high dive into the bin.

Anonymous said...

Didn't work for my Pixma 560. Going to trash it as I am sure it will cost more to send it to a service center than buying a new one. I am getting sick and tired of all the throw away gadgets that just break after a couple years use. Any recommendations on a replacement WiFi printer?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

This worked for my mg6130.

Just click the start button, as soon as the printer starts press and hold the start button until it starts (the screem will appear). Release the button the printer will turn off. Turn it on again and use as usual.....
January 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM

The above totally worked for my MP630!
I had already given up and decided to go out and buy a new printer today... No need, it seems.

Davinder Toki said...

I have removed all the ink cartiges, cleaned the head, swithched the power off for 15 minutes and then reconnected and still the error persists and the printer is not working. Is there any way the error B200 BE FIXED.

Regards
Davinder

Jann Lassalle said...

Hi Davinder,

Do you have replaced the printhead ?

Oldmariner said...

Try this too
Power off
Open front cover and insert a piece of paper tissue into the white plastic right upper side just let the printer thinks the cover closed
take cartriges pack to the left as far as it goes and leave it there.
power up the printer
Bingo

Alfonso said...

This procedure has worked for me three times:

1) Unplug printer
2) Remove all cartridges from the print head. Discard any that are empty, nearly empty, or gummed up.
3) Remove the print head- by lifting the gray plastic lever that locks it down, then gently pulling the print head out.
4) Inside the print head, thoroughly clean the areas around the sliver metallic "buttons", using q-tips, and a solution of warm water mixed with a few drops of alcohol.
5) Set print head on a thick layer of paper towels, for 10-15 minutes. This lets the watery ink solution bleed out through the area of gold contact lines on the bottom.
6) Repeat steps 4 and 5, using fresh q-tips, until no more ink bleeds out out onto the paper towels.
7) Let the print head dry out THOROUGHLY.
8) Reinstall ink cartridges.
9 Don't re-use old, nearly empty cartridges, and don't use super-cheap cartridges. The latter seem to have a higher tendency to leak and gum up the print head.
10) Plug in printer.

Matt Cave said...

Replacing the print head worked for me.

himacc said...

You need to clean the nozzles in the printerhead see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Lfx1kgJBY

Forhery said...

Instruction for mp540: http://uninst.ru/misc/101-canon-mp540-error-b200

Ol the stokie said...

Thanks for all the advise,thought I was going to buy new printer. I cleaned and dried with warm water only, managed to get inkjets to the middle by turning the power on and opening straight away. No more cheap ink jets for me I'll go for Canon next time.

Bret B said...

EXCELLENT. Got dreaded B200 Error. Removed cartridges and head. Cleaned up visible ink on outside with Qtips and Alcohol. Put back head/ink. Unplugged and waited a few minutes. WORKS now!

Only found youtube videos of guys chucking them off their balconies before this and was concerned.

Anonymous said...

I had the same error code when 3 cartriges were emptied. Wiped off the excessed ink from the print head. Used all new cartriges. Worked for me

Anonymous said...

tried it all, nothing worked.

Anonymous said...

my USB cable was broken. it caused the b200 error

Anonymous said...

Tried all suggestions...No luck, think it is toast :(

NearlyLostMyMindWithB200Error said...

I had the B200 error on my Canon M640 printer. I tried nearly all suggestions like washing the printer head to fix it but I was still seeing the error. Just as I reached my last straw and was considering trashing it, I tried this:

Just click the start button, as soon as the printer starts press and hold the start button until it starts (the screem will appear). Release the button the printer will turn off. Turn it on again and use as usual.....
January 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM

and like magic it works again. Printer told me 3 cartridges are empty so I replaced them. :) Thanks to who ever posted that.

Unknown said...

What do you mean "click the start button"? The printer has no start button and you can't click it, you press it.
Can you explain "as soon as the printer starts press and hold the start button until it starts"? What are these 2 starts? What's on the screen at each time?
Please help, I've tried all previous suggestions and still only get the B200 error.

Anonymous said...

I went through all of these steps and nothing helped. I gave up and ordered a new printer. Then I found a solution, a bit too late. IF ALL ELSE FAILS, UNPLUG FOR AN ENTIRE DAY! DON'T GIVE UP AFTER AN HOUR.

Anonymous said...

I did all above 3 times each,nothin' works.Inktjet printers sucks, all of them.They are made for ripping consumers off.

Anonymous said...

Unplugged for 20 hours. No soap.

Dj Baby Manny said...

John Wittman....THANK YOU FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS! IT WORKED!!! No more b200 error! Thank YOU!

Anonymous said...

I did all the above and I got rid of the b200 error. But when I ran "deep cleaning", my printer suddenly went off by itself and it won't turn on again. Does this mean it's busted and I need to buy a new printer?

Anonymous said...

I did all of the above steps,and it worked. Three days of trying on and off. I almost gave up.

I washed the print head 3 times. When it did not work the first day, we left it unplugged until the next day. When we tried again the next day, another washing and drying, still it did not work. I even bought new ink cartridges thought it would help. But no, it did not work.

On the third day, I took out the print head again, washed and soaked in warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid. Soak for an hour with a few swishing, dry it off for a few hours, then put back in again. I had 5 tries of puting on and off and unplugging. I almost gave up. But a few comments said don't give up, keep on trying so I did and voila, it worked.

On the last try, I had the cover open, turned the printer off, then turned it on again like how everyone said it should, and while it was still processing to open, before "cover is open" appears, I closed it down and there it ewas back to normal.

Thank you for all the ideas, all are so helpful.

Anonymous said...

I tried everything and finally did leave the cover open and before the computer said cover open, I closed the cover and was able to get to setup. Then nozzle check and so forth.
Works now.
Thanks for all help
Tom

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I tried everything and finally did leave the cover open and before the computer said cover open, I closed the cover and was able to get to setup. Then nozzle check and so forth.
Works now.
Thanks for all help
Tom


This worked form me also

Steve

Anonymous said...

turn off printer.
open up as if to replace cartridges.
turn on printer.
wait until printer finishes initializing and display reads printer is open.
close printer.
happy days

Anonymous said...

To:
Anonymous said...

This worked for my mg6130.

Just click the start button, as soon as the printer starts press and hold the start button until it starts (the screem will appear). Release the button the printer will turn off. Turn it on again and use as usual.....
January 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM

THANK YOU! This worked beautifully! We spent a good amount of time with many of the other steps & this was a piece of cake. Recommending this step be tried first.

Anonymous said...

For those (like me) who were slightly confused by the "start button" directions, here is a clearer translation:

1. Quickly press and release the printer's power button, so the device begins to turn on.
2. Immediately press and *hold* the power button until the printer completely stops making noises - this may take some time.
3. Release the power button. My printer made a lot more noises before eventually powering off.
4. Turn the printer back on.

At this point, my printer was functional again, although it made a *lot* more noise before printing a test page, and then I had to do a "Deep Cleaning" from the driver's "Maintenance" tab before it began printing correctly again.

Thanks *so* *much* to the person who posted the original "start button" directions, cryptic though they were - you fixed my printer for me! :)

Anonymous said...

I did the cleaning of print head with warm water/cleaning alcohol and dried it. I turned the power on with the cover open. Then I closed the cover before "cover is open" came on the screen. The Error B200 went away for short time until I clicked on cleaning nozzle option. The Error finally disappeared when I skipped the step of clicking on cleaning the nozzle. Instead, I just clicked print. To my surprise, the printing was working again. Afterwards, I was able to click on cleaning nozzle and the printing was back on track.

Frank Fossler said...

I did everything you said... and I kept getting B200... tried many various sequences. ... THEN... After the b200 poured up again, I pulled the plug, manually pulled the printhead Mount out, installed the printed and cartridges, and closed the top. THEN, I passed and held the stop button.After that I pressed the power button and waited. Everything worked after that. Thanks.

Anonymous said...


Read through them all and tried every thing and no luck until did the suggestion below. Just amazes me that it worked. I was just about to buy a new print head. Can't remember the name of the person who posted this, but thank you very much.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

On the last try, I had the cover open, turned the printer off, then turned it on again like how everyone said it should, and while it was still processing to open, before "cover is open" appears, I closed it down and there it ewas back to normal.

Rhiann Gates said...

THIS WORKED FOR ME!!
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.

RIck Wallace said...

i had the B200 on my printer and tried all of the tricks posted and none worked!! after about 2 weeks of trying to decide to throw this MX 850 away, I decided to give it one last shot by soaking the print head in rubbing alcohol for about 2 hours and set the print head outside for around 3 hours to dry!! Presto it worked fine and then I turned the printer off! The next day I turned it on and behold the B200 warning is back on!! i repeated all of these tricks again over the last 24 hours and nothing works!! I have been thinking of a new print head and I worry that it most likely will not work and for around the same price of the print head I could buy a new printer!! I hate taking chances and i cant believe Canon cant build a better product for the money invested!!

hamoon said...

love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
THIS WORKED FOR ME!!
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.

Anonymous said...

"On the last try, I had the cover open, turned the printer off, then turned it on again like how everyone said it should, and while it was still processing to open, before "cover is open" appears, I closed it down and there it was back to normal."

This last part of a post someone made was what finally worked after all else failed! Try it!

Anonymous said...

NONE of these repair methods work for me. None. I'm going to leave the printer unplugged for 24 hours as a last resort. What a huge waste of time and money, going through all these troubleshooting steps and none of them worked.

Whoever posted something to the effect of, "If you get this error, forget it, your printer is now a doorstop; go buy a new one," had the right idea. I believe that is probably the best solution.

You cannot buy an MP560 anymore at list. Canon wants you to buy the MG5420 instead for $99. It is only $85 at Amazon! Canon refuses to match their price.

And the "Canon Loyalty" program is crap. To think that I have spent $5000 on Canon gear over the years, jeez. No loyalty perks for that.

leerhp said...

I used the suggestion of Riann Gates (3/10/14

THIS WORKED FOR ME!!
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.

The main menu came up. Then it told me three ink cartridges were empty (true). I pushed the STOP button until the message disappeared. When I tried to copy, the B200 message reappeared.
I redid the procedure, and it would at least let me scan.

Note. Once the printer is turned off, when you turn it back on, you have to go through the entire procedure again or you get the error message.

I don't know what will happen if
I were to replace the empty color ink cartridges, at present I have one printer that will print but not scan and the Pixma which will scan but not print.
When the Pixma wouldn't work, I bought an Epson XP-810 which finally does both (after having major wireless connection problems which were finally solved)

Anonymous said...

I opened the printer, turned off the printer, took out the cartridges one at a time, then put them back in. kept the printer open, turned it on, then closed the printer, it worked after that.

colin said...

Tried all the suggested procedures, but none worked. Ordered new printhead, waited 12 days for delivery. Switched printer on to fit new printhead, and decided to try it one more time, it now prints OK !
So now I have a spare printhead in case it goes again.

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Anonymous said...

After 3 days of trying just about everything, from pushing buttons to cleaning the heads, thanks to ??? this is what finaly worked for me.

"On the last try, I had the cover open, turned the printer off, then turned it on again like how everyone said it should, and while it was still processing to open, before "cover is open" appears, I closed it down and there it was back to normal."

Again, thanks to the person who posted this.