What is Error 5200
The Error 5200 code has to do with ink levels and usage within the printer. The printer is programmed to combine all of the remaining ink colors to make black. Soon this means that all ink cartridges installed in the printer are empty or close to empty. So the operator looks at the ink level guide to see that the black is gone and colors are nearly gone, and they proceed by replacing only the black ink, with the intention to use the rest of the color ink in the cartridges.
However, once the black ink is installed, sometimes a malfunction of the printer and ink level reader will case the error code 5200 to appear. There are some who feel this may be a conspiracy of the ink racket to sell more ink by forcing you to replace all cartridges at once.
Regardless of any ulterior motives involved in this error code, there are some simple solutions you can try to get the error to go away.
How To Reset the Error
The first step in trying to resolve the error code 5200 is to turn the printer off and wait several seconds before turning it back on. This may have the effect of resetting the ink level readers so that they read correctly.
If this does not work, the next step is to remove the power cord and completely unplug the printer. This may serve the same reset function as turning the printer on and off but might do the trick if the first step fails.
If the printer is plugged directly into an outlet and none of the above is working, try the following fix: turn the printer off, press the stop button and hold it down for 2 seconds, press the ON button, hold it and release the stop button, press the stop button five times then release together with the on button. The LCD screen will be blank and the printer will reset. The computer may say that new hardware is detected – you can just ignore that. Turn the printer off then turn it on one more time.
If you have tried all of the above and there is still no improvement to the error 5200 situation, you need to move on to changing out all of the ink cartridges. Even if they are mostly full, you need to just go ahead and put in all new ink. This can cause a reset in the ink level gauges as well, which might solve the problem.
Contact Canon directly if you cannot get the error 5200 code to go away. Your printer may still be under warranty and you may be able to get additional help to solve the error, or you might be entitled to a new printer.