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Pixma MP540 ceased to work showing "printer error has occured

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Pixma MP540 ceased to work showing "printer error has occured see the manual". Switching off etc has not resolved the problem. Can you help please?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Michelle replied 2 years ago.
Michelle :

Hi, My name is ***** ***** i will be assisting you

Michelle :

please turn off printer and unplug power cord

Michelle :

keep the ON button on printer pressed for 10 secs

Michelle :

wait for 2 mins

Michelle :

plug in power cord back in and turn on printer

Michelle :

let me know if any error code flashes on the printer

Customer:

Still showing the error code shall I try again?

Michelle :

what is the error code

Michelle :

is it a numeric error code that flashes

Customer:

No simply showing message

Michelle :

ok please try the below steps

Michelle :

remove the cartridge...turn off the unit....unplug the power cable...manually slide the carriage assembly\ printhead back and forth
also clean the rail against which the assembly slides with a tissue ensuring that there is no ink residue on it
clean the golden contacts of the cartridges and the printhead with a cotton swab dipped in little alcohol
once these steps have been done turn on printer and check

Michelle :

let me know the status once done

Customer:

Still showing printer error message

Michelle :

ok how old is this printer

Customer:

Purchased 23.09.09

Michelle :

ok...any error like B200 or 6a00 or c000 that comes up

Customer:

No just the printer error message

Customer:

Sorry Michelle missed it B200 shown at the top of the screen

Michelle :

yes thats the error code

Michelle :

the b200 is a service error indicating a fault with the printhead or logic board

Michelle :

let me check

Michelle :

please turn off printer

Michelle :

slide the carraige to and fro ensuring that it moves freely and is not stuck

Customer:

Ok but carriage a seems a little "tight".

Michelle :

you can slide it to and fro few times

Michelle :

also with a soft tissue clean the rail against which it slides

Michelle :

once done turn on printer and check

Customer:

Yes I can move it ok and have cleaned the rail with tissue as you suggested

Michelle :

ok turn on printer and check

Customer:

Sorry Michelle no change I'm afraid.

Michelle :

ok

Michelle :

in that case it seems to be a fault with the printhead or logic board

Michelle :

i would suggest to take a service quote from a local repair store first and then checking out as usually repairs for such errors are not cost effective and new unit can be opted for at almost the same or little high cost
let me know if you have any queries

Customer:

What do you suggest?

Michelle :

i would suggest to go in for a new printer

Michelle :

fixing this will cost you almost the same as getting a new printer

Michelle :

further if its a multiple part failure might cost even more

Michelle :

i hope you understand that i can diagnose hardware faults and suggest intermediate fixes but cannot make a bad part work again

Michelle :

please click on a smiley face below to rate if your question has been answered

Michelle :

do let me know if you have any more questions

Michelle :

thanks for choosing just answer

Customer:

I obviously sent my reply mid message from you! Ok many thanks for your help. Nothing wrong with the service - just the printer.

Michelle :

you may click on a smiley face below and click submit now

Customer:

Ok just for you

Michelle :

thanks for understanding..as its an old printer, not worth a repair

Michelle :

thanks ..you may click on a smiley below and click submit

Customer:

Regards Victor

Michelle :

Thanks

Michelle and other Printers Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Michelle, following the further messages, I have no further questions and am replacing the printer as you advised. I replied earlier with a smiley face and thanks for your excellent service which was faultless unlike the printer.


Regards


Victor

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