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.

83 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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    1. Since you posted this in 2011 you probably will not see this. The idea of a counter and the printer dies after 2 years does not make any sense. So, this counter (a counter would count copies, not a time period.) makes the printer die after 2 years? I have had my Canon for over 8 years and I just got the B200 error today.

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    2. how funny. every printer has a counter. it's called it's "service life". when that number is reached. it dies. it can be fixed if you can get into the eprom and they sell programs to do exactly that. only trouble you'll run into then is the waste ink pads will eventually fill and ink will start running out of the low cracks on your printer... lol

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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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    3. This method worked for me too, but only after many times repeating the procedure and finally changing the cartridges. I usually refill the cartridges myself. What is your recommendation on this? It can be messy for me; but does it harm the print head or hasten the possibility of such errors as b200?
      Anyway, thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences. I was really ready to throw my canon out of the window too! Mary

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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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    1. No....but you can purchase a brand new printer for less than that!!!

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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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    1. Completely agree. Will never buy another Canon product ever. I have tried everything mentioned here, plus in comments and in comments from other forums and nothing has worked for MG6230. All just wasted $$$ - and like you, JUST replaced a few of the cartridges as the thing was ink thirsty before breaking down. Not only that, the print quality was never that great. It boasts a lot a nice features, but it breaks down so quickly they don't apply. Also, all I really wanted was good print quality.

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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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    1. Maybe that's the problem. The ink in my canon printer -is- almost like tar!

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    2. he's got this one right. i see about a hundred printers a week over my bench and i've seen this more than once. qy6-0061 printheads are the worst at it. they can blow printer after printer. i call them plauge printheads when they do this.

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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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    11. Yep... works. But pay attention specifically to what he said. You are pressing the power button with the cord unplugged. I am guessing this discharges the ROM inside and makes the printer "forget" the issue and start from scratch.

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    12. This worked for me after trying everything else on the Internet! Thank You!

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    13. WORKED FOR ME TOO! In case it isn't clear enough - after you hit the on button, leave the cover open until the drive goes back and forth and the screen says "cover open" - mine didn't work until I left it up and did this. Then closed it and was able to print!

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    14. I have an iP4700 and have had partial success with this after a B200 error. After the error I had to do the preliminary of turning back on with the cover open, so the print head/carriage moved to a position near the left where I could move it manually. Then I switched off, preventing it parking to the far right again and moving it the rest of the way to the left.
      Then I did the 5x "on" button press and was able to print (after it did a long head clean).
      The only problem is that every time I switch the printer on now I get the B200 error and have to go through all this again. But at least it gives me temporary respite while I use up my stocks of ink cartridges and think about what printer to go for next!
      So a very useful posting - thanks!

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    15. This does not work for the MG6320

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    16. I did the "clean the cartridge and let sit overnight" about 6 months ago and it worked until today. Why does everyone keep saying "hit the on button 5 times"? Doesn't it just turn the printer on and off 5 times? What does that do? The 5th time just turns it off, no?

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    17. I cleaned all the gummed-up ink off of the print head, reloaded the cartridges, slid the print head to the left, and pushed the power button 5-6 times. Error message gone! Thanks for the tip!

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    18. Well washing the print head in hot water until all the colour ran through, worked perfectly.

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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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    1. Thank you!! This worked for me as well
      :-)

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    2. This also worked for me, I tried it as a last resort. Thanks.

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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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    1. Worked for me today as well.

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    2. After that solution my printer died for ever. RIP

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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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  34. I followed the Canon instructions on my MX860: unplugged the printer. Stayed in hospital 25 days; on my return plugged back in and the printer worked. I suspect an undesirable electrical charge builds up and over longer time it can be released when disconnected.

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  35. Hey, Thanks guys, This worked for me too.!
    I have a MP640 all in one
    I shut the machine off. Opened the lid - Moved the cartridge over to the far left - with the machine open - I hit the on button - 5 times quickly - then moved the cartridge over to the centre of the machine. - and quickly shut the lid down, quickly ===
    machine grinded away, and then - oh my gosh it worked!!
    I am so happy I kept searching ... I had me doing what a lot of Canon MP printer owners were doing.... Thanks guys!!

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  36. I have experienced this error a number of time now, and it usually happens after I replace the ink cartridges. This time none of my old tricks worked. The 'Cartridge left, press on 5 times' actually worked, and got me to the main menu. But like many others as soon as I went to print (Head Alignment print) B200 error pops up. Decided to try again, but this time do an Auto Head Align ... voila! It has worked. Really thought this time was it, but managed to squeeze some more life out of the old girl yet!

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  37. This worked on mine the move the print head to left hit on 5 times close cover also did a clean on the head! Cannon support said it was non repairable and offered me a 25% discount on a new one!! Their support sux!!

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  38. I saw this comment and tried it on my Canon 5220 and it worked for me too!

    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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  39. I had this issue on a Canon MP640. After removing the print head and running it under hot water until the water was clear, and then letting it dry for a few hours I reinstalled it only to find the same B200 error.

    I cleared the error by turning it off (no need to unplug it, it seems), opening the top half of the printer, and then pressing the on button 5 or 6 times quickly (still not sure how many times you actually have to press it). I didn't move the print head to the left as has been suggested.

    I then tried a head alignment print from the printers menu to test it, aaaaand the B200 error was back. Cleared the error again and tried to print from my computer but again got the error.

    Was about to throw it out the window when I read someone's suggestion here above, to run the cleaning mode. I ran the deep clean (from the printers menu) and it worked! It asked to print a test page after, which it managed to do.

    The culprit seems to be the print head for the small black cartridge - the print was very streaky. This was probably my fault. I removed this cartridge (CLI-521BK) from the printer when it had run out of ink thinking it would force the printer to use the large black cartridge (PGI-520BK - I buy generics where the large is the same price as the small). However, I had done this months prior to the error and a new cartridge had been in for a while, so why it decided to do this now is beyond me.

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  40. Anyone up for starting a class action suit against printer makers? I've been through 2 HP machines and now my Cannon system is on the fritz. Of course, I just today bought a new set of ink cartridges for it. I swear, it is programmed to know that.

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  41. I just experienced the same B200 error problem on my Canon iP4600 and after a few minutes of trying various things (replaced an empty cyan cartridge - a generic brand with a chip, the kind I've always used - unplugged it, cursed at it, etc.) I simply pushed the Start and paper feed/error buttons (the only two buttons on the front of the printer, on the right) at the same time and held for about 5 seconds. The stupid thing seemed to like that combo and, after going through its usual gyrations, began to print. Got 12 pages out of it but have no idea if it will work next time I turn it on (which isn't all that often).

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  42. Getyasome solution is marvellous. It wors on my Canon MG5320.
    Thanks alot...

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  43. Solution from Getyasome is marvellous. Its works on my Canon MG5320. Thanks a lots

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  44. From the amount of B200 errors on their printers, looks like Canon has a design flaw in their print system, and they don't seem to want to make it right for those of us who got burned by their inferior products. A class action lawsuit would be in order! I'm disappointed that Consumer's Union rated Canon printers so highly.

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  45. OK, after several years of being delighted with my Canon MX850 printer today I got the dreaded B200 error. After trying some of the "voodoo" fixes described here (ex: pressing ON buttom 5 times) I solved the problem as follows:

    (First, I should say that the cyan cartridge and the large black cartridge had been out for several weeks and the printer had warned me about such repeatedly)

    1) Unplugged the printer for about 8 hours
    2) Removed all print cartridges
    3) Removed the print head (thanks for the tips herein on doing that)
    4) Cleaned the print head with an old toothbrush and denatured alcohol, then wiped it gently with a paper towel and blew it dry with a can of compressed air
    5) Reinstalled the print head
    6) Plugged in the printer (without installing the print cartridges yet)
    7) Turned on the printer. Guess what? No B200 error but it did tell me the cartridges were "unrecognized"
    8) I then lifted open the printer and the empty slots were centered before me. I reinstalled the print cartridges (including putting in a new cyan and large black as referenced above)
    9) Closed the top and wallah, the printer is now printing fine with no errors

    The motto of my story: the next time a print cartridge goes empty I'm going to promptly replace it. After all, you can buy them on eBay or Amazon for almost nothing these days.

    Hope it helps!! (I promised the gods if it worked I'd post here)

    Pat

    P.S. As far as my "voodoo" reference I hope I didn't hurt anyone's feelings. If it helps, I was standing on my left foot with a pinch of salt on my right shoulder as I did my steps mentioned herein ;-)

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  46. had b200 code. on mp250. Removed the ink cartriges and took a warm damp cloth cleaned the print heads and reinstall the ink hit a bunch of buttons power and other stuff and it worked

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  47. Constant trouble with our Mp560 with the B200 code coming up everyt ime we change printer ink...have tried all of the above and it now just cycles and then automatically shuts itself off. I need this printer to work spent $200 on it. Any other ideas to try??? Thank you!

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  48. Tried all the solutions recommended above and others - none worked for me. Just spent $75 on new ink cartridges that will not work in any other printers I could find. Not investing in an expensive printhead that can't be returned. Cutting my losses. Please note: The MP560 has been continued. What a surprise! Error B200 may be Canon's (printer) downfall. I wouldn't have another Canon printer if you gave it to me.

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  49. My printer is now smashed to fk on the driveway, as I cannot be arsed anymore..... I am not wasting good money after bad!! I have tried all the free things, now off to buy a new printer that I know will work!! Merry Chrimbo

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  50. After cleaning the damn thing and doing all sorts of suggestions I changed the kettle lead on it and it recovered and resumed its purpose. I was about to chuck it out of the window....

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  51. I've got the same B200 error (on MG5350), after all the-taking-out-cartridge-printhead-put-back stuff my printer gone blank it's not starting at all.

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  52. christianjutt@gmail.com1/31/2015 1:30 AM

    ONCE AGAIN! 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. Got B200 again. Turn off printer...open the cover...move cartridge all the way to the left...hit the "on" button 5 times...close the cover. Got B200 again.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. PRIOR to this I cleaned printer carriage, all 5 nozzles over two days with 200 Qtips and alcohol. B200 went away but just to be safe I ran cartridge cleaning utilities. B200 error solved!!

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