Canon B200 Error , How To Vanquish

The Canon B200 error certainly ranks as one of the more common issues and certainly one of the most the bedeviling error codes a Canon user will come across. First, let's look at the root of the error message so we may bring to light the variety of possible solutions.
If you have read other portions of this website, you may already know of the fork in the road in inkjet-based printing. One path is the HP-based Pizeo-electric crystal approach. A Pizeo-crystal vibrates when electricity is applied to it. This creates a push and pull of the ink to the media. Contrast this to the Canon bubble jet system.
Imagine if you will on an ultra-fine scale, the rubber nipple on a baby bottle. If you have ever overheated a baby's bottle, you have already experienced the baby's forthcoming meal shooting out the top of the nipple like some miniature Mount Vesuvius. While the thermodynamic law in a baby bottles application is messy and annoying, Canon engineers use the principle for printing.
 In comparison to HP ink, the ink supply for a Canon printer is much thicker and more like oil, almost tar like. Behind the nipple is an electrical resistor that produces heat. Therefore, the same thermodynamic laws apply, and a droplet of ink 'bubbles out' of the nozzle.
The resistor needs electricity from a high-voltage section and feedback from the printhead about what is going on in the active bubble land. When something has gone awry in this sub process, the
canon b200 error error occurs.
Canon b200 Error, Troubleshooting
Replace ink cartridges if they are empty
At the risk of stating the obvious (frequently not so obvious in the heat of the moment), find out if the ink cartridges are empty. When in doubt, try a new cartridge to fix
canon error b200.
A data cable of print head is open
Did you just replace an ink cartridge? Perhaps you shifted a data cable to the print head.
Bad power adapter
Is the power supply (internal or external) failing to generate enough electrical juice to get the resistors hot enough for the laws of thermodynamics to occur (creating a bubble of ink).
Replace printhead if it is damaged or not a part of the ink cartridge
It should be noted that for the Canon printers that use a separate (not integrated) printhead, there is a finite lifespan to the dozens of microsizedbaby bottle nipples. Just like the kids bottle, the rubber/silicon nozzle does wear out.
Turn off the printer for some time
In other troubleshooting tips here at printerspecial.blogspot.com we have advised any inkjet printer not seeing regular usage to run a test print page. For those of you making heavy usage of a Canon inkjet printer, consider getting a coffee break, while giving your printer a break too. This will avoid saturating the printhead with heat, prolonging useful service life.
Update the printer driver to fix Canon error b200
If you have followed all this and you're still screaming, "no joy!” From the printer menu (not computer) push the buttons to get a demo or test page. If everything is hunky-dory when you do this, however, you get the service error code B200 when you try to produce something productive, odds are good, the print driver the computer is using has gone south (corrupt).
 When printing on a network, a corrupt printer driver can spread like an unwanted virus. Depending on the network, a driver that has gone rogue may be seen as an updated driver, which network will 'helpfully spread' as an update.

45 comments :

  1. PERFECT!!!

    seems to be my fault, because I refill the ink-cadridges by myself... so the printer doesnt know when the cadridges are emty!

    thx

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  2. I found this informative and interesting blog, so I think so it’s very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me. I really thought that blog is spreading its wings rapidly...

    Fix Print Head

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  3. Why does every one talk about re-setting the printer(without telling HOW TO)? None of the information here makes any sense and I work on printers!.

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  4. I think not reset procedure is required for Error B200. Just solve the root cause and code will disappear.

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  5. I think there are a counter inside the printer and after 2 years the printer dies. Never ever canon printers!

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  6. I understand MX850 B200 Error is a voltage problem. I let printer "cool down" (turned off and let sit). Then pressed all 5 keys at once (on / off, copy, fax, scan, memory card). I then heard the printer head reset its position as in the start up mode. Then printed. Worked for me.

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  7. I am person in above comment. My "trick" did not persist. According to repair manual, electrical cause is found in faulty printhead, carriage unit or logic board if B200.

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  8. Many thanks for all the ideas. My printer head seemed to have no power and error b200 showed.
    My cartidges were full, so i reinstalled the driver, removed the print head and cleaned it with a hot damp tissue, restarted the printer several times pressing numerous combinations of buttons as i released the power button, (the last of which was green copy button and red triangle in a circle together), and hey presto, it works!!!
    We'll see just how long for...
    Many thanks again..

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  9. Hey Mark
    I am going to try your tricks to see what works becuase not else seems to correct the problem.

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  10. How could a driver replacement fix a hardware problem?
    My advice: Cut the crap in this blog and clean your printer.
    (Remove cartridges, remove cartridge slot, clean slot using toilet paper or equivalent)

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  11. This is one of the good articles you can find in the net explaining everything in detail regarding the topic. I thank you for taking your time sharing your thoughts and ideas to a lot of readers out there valentines day flowers

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  12. Hey Mark!

    So how do you reinstall the driver?

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  13. WOW - thank anonymous I did this and it worked!

    I understand MX850 B200 Error is a voltage problem. I let printer "cool down" (turned off and let sit). Then pressed all 5 keys at once (on / off, copy, fax, scan, memory card). I then heard the printer head reset its position as in the start up mode. Then printed. Worked for me.

    December 28, 2011 5:24 AM

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  14. How to locate and remove for cleaning, the canon pixma mp640r print head? Is there a graphic on this?

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    1. Oh, come on. Open the cover (not just the scanner lid). Remove the ink cartridges. There is a gray handle surrounding the area where the cartridges were. Lift it up and the printhead (black plastic thingy at the rear of the opening) can be lifted out.

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    2. thank you, thank you, thank you.....it worked

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  15. Client had a iX7000 printer for less than 18 months. B200 error popped up. None of the above helped. Returned the printer to Canon Service agent Quote (SA Rands converted to Euros):

    QM3-5340 - Carriage Unit 52.44
    QM3-5356 - Logic Board Assy 74.85
    QY6-0066 - Print Head 122.56
    Total: 249.85
    Did any one else of you experience the same costs?

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  16. Just spent about £100 on new cartridges and new print head for my MP620 printer, only for the B200 error message to still appear.
    Never known a worse piece of kit, absolute disgrace...

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  17. thank you so much....................................................................................................................................................................

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  18. My MX850 is getting B200 error when I turn it on.
    Found a service manual for it here:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/77020772/Canon-MX850-Service-Manual
    Took printer apart to see but could not see any
    obvious signs that there are leaking capacitors.
    Will have to look further when I get some time.

    If anyone finds a fix, please post.

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  19. My god, Canon ink is NOT "almost like tar", where did you get that from?

    This error is caused by the unit detecting a high temperature in the print head. This can be caused by the head, main board, cable or both main board and head. In 20 years I have not seen a single power supply cause this problem. I have seen, multiple times, both the print head and logic board go bad at the same time (one going bad causing the other to also go bad). This is why Canon says to replace both the Logic Board AND the Printhead AT THE SAME TIME. If you just replace the print head, there is a good chance the new head will blow when you turn the machine on. I have seen this happen multiple times.

    As for your lecture about how the head works, you're pretty close. The ink sits above the nozzle openings in the print head. When the ink is heated it forms a bubble, and when heated enough the bubble bursts causing a small amount of ink to exit through the nozzle.

    When this error occurs, go purchase yourself a new printer.

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  20. I unplugged the printer over night. Removed the Ink cartridges , then the printhead. I ran the hot water from the tap over the whole printhead , the same way it sits in the carriage. Took a paper towel to the bottom slits where the ink is released. I let it dry over night.

    In the AM I opened the cover , moved the carriage all the way to the left , hit the on button 5 times. Moved the carriage to the center , inserted printhead , Ink , closed cover , plugged the power back in and everything is working again. No more b200 error

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    1. This solution WORKS!! Turn off printer...open the cover...move cartridge all the way to the left...hit the "on" button 5 times...close the cover. B200 error solved!!

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    2. Genius - works for me too ... until I actually want to print something and then its back to B200. So off to buy another printer. I thought this would last more than 2 years but apparently not. I need an all-in-one that will print discs , so I may be forced to buy another canon.

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    3. Worked for me, except when I tried to print a test page, it went right back to a B200.

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    4. Just did this and it worked on my Canon 5220. Turned the power "off". I didn't unplug the printer like most are saying. Opened the cover and moved the cartridge all the way to the left and then pressed the "On" button 5 times and the closed the cover. Presto, the error turned off. Then I printed a quick text document and it worked fine for me. The error hasn't come back.

      Hope this helps you.

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    5. Worked for me too, but same thing. When I try to print it goes back to a B200.

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    6. Refilled the ink cartridges then power off, open cover, move cartridge to the left manually, pushed on button 5 times, closed cover and it is working. All backed up printing and test page went through - thanks for the help

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    7. It also worked for me. As with others, I still can't print without it coming back but at least I can use the scanner setting.

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    8. Worked for me too, but i had to repeat the process two times "yes i know i'm a stubborn guy" Thanks!

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    9. It worked for me too. I repeated the process two times because first time, when I plugged my computer and started a printing, the error was back.
      The second time I launched a depth cleaning of the ink cartridges & co before succeeded to print from my computer.

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    10. Worked for me, thank you!!

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  21. Looked into replacing an mp630 print head a few months ago. I think I got it down to around £80. It was cheaper to buy a new printer.
    Managed to clean the old one however and it has gone on for a few months more, but now I too have the dreaded b200 error.

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  22. I unplugged the printer over night. Removed the Ink cartridges , then the printhead. I ran the hot water from the tap over the whole printhead , the same way it sits in the carriage.

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  23. Too bad Canon did not set up the machine's software to allow the machine to FAX/SCAN when you have the B200 code. I had just purchased $80 worth of ink cartridges when I experienced my B200 issue(3d time)and I'm not able to fix again. It was an excellent machine for me since the summer of "08".

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  24. i just bought my canon e510 a couple of hour ago...and guess what!!! after print out several copies and that nonsense b200 error poop out....what should i do????...help me

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  25. Do not buy Canon printer. Just go for other make and avoid Canon to force them out of business. Their "buy more original ink cartridges and buy more printers throwing away old" business policy is actually generating lot of garbage in every city and hence skewing up carbon foot print and the environment. They deserved to be thrown out of business. (same for other manufacturers who follow similar policy).

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  26. If you just want it to fax and scan,I discovered by holding down both the black and color buttons when I hit the on button,it will go to fax. But just hitting the on button by itself goes to b200.

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  27. try resetting the printer by using the adjustment program compatible for your canon printer.. search to google type adjustment program along with your printer model..

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  28. i have a conon printer ip4200 bt i lost the tray,so m trying to use tray G on a ip4200 wich uses tray C for printing CD\DVD but the printer just reject the tray and says the the tray is not inserted,what culd be the the problem pliz help,does it mean that the ip4200 printer are not compatatable with the tray G

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  29. trash with Canon, I tried all the methods above and did not work and I bought 2 days ago, I pressed the button "ON" 5 times when I put the car on the left did not work I keep getting b200, when I remove the inks, the print head moves very well and when you put the car inks is placed to the right and does not return to its original position and check that it has nothing to stand movement but nothing, I despair, if someone please help me: (

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  30. This solution WORKS!! Turn off printer...open the cover...move cartridge all the way to the left...hit the "on" button once...close the cover. B200 error solved and was able to print 2 color pictures...thx for the quick tip...by the way before trying this I had already removed inks and print head and cleaned them with rubbing alcohol

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  31. I have an MP560. This '..move cartridge all the way to the left ..' actually works !!!

    I will leave the printer on to wait for my wife to finish her job. If anything fails again, I will update. Thanks.

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  32. This solution works!! MP560 moved print head to left ... hit On button 5 times and the printer reset itself. Thanks perfect simple solution.

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  33. Actually the MX860 can default to FAX here`s how; hold down either black print button or color print button and press the on button. Release buttons machine defaults to FAX

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