Canon PIXMA MP280

Canon PIXMA MP280

Canon MP280 – Printer LEDs

A B LED light denotes that the black ink cartridge is running low.

A C LED light denotes that the colour ink cartridge is running low.

If the alarm light is on (lightning bolt in a triangle) it should be accompanied by an error code.

Canon MP280 – Error Codes

If the printer displays an error message, the following information should help to diagnose the problem.

The led screen on the printer will flash a letter E and will then be followed by two numbers:

Error Description More Info
Error E02 The machine is out of paper or will not feed.
Error E03 Paper jam or output tray is closed. More Info
Error E04 The Cartridge cannot be recognised. More Info
Error E05 The Cartridge cannot be recognised. More Info
Error E07 Cartridge is not installed in the correct position. More Info
Error E08 Ink absorber is almost full. More Info
Error E13 The remaining ink level cannot be detected. More Info
Error E14 The Cartridge cannot be recognised. More Info
Error E15 The Cartridge cannot be recognised. More Info
Error E16 The ink has run out. More Info
Error P02 Carriage encoder error. More Info
Error P03 Line feed error. More Info
Error P07 The waste ink absorber is full. More Info
Error P08 Print head fault. More Info
Error P10 Print head fault. More Info
Error 5100 Carriage Encoder error. More Info
Error 5200 Print head fault. More Info
Error 6000 Line feed error. More Info
Error B200 Print head fault. More Info
Error 5B00 The waste ink absorber is full. More Info

Canon MP280 – Error E03

This error is normally the result of a paper jam. Small pieces of paper can get caught inside the printer mechanism if you had to rip the paper out of the machine. Have a really good look inside to see what is still stuck.
It may not be paper that is causing the jam. It is quite easy to put an object on top of the printer only for it to fall in to the printer accidentally.

Canon MP280 – Error E05 / Error E07

This error is shown when there is a fault with one of the cartridges. Remove both cartridges and then insert them again.

Having some old cartridges around can be handy in this case. Change each cartridge in sequence until the error clears, this should help you identify which cartridge is causing the problem.

Canon MP280 – Error P02 / Error 5100

The Canon MP280 can display this error for a few reasons. It could be that one or both of the cartridges are not inserted into the printer correctly. One or both of the cartridges may have failed electrically, and need to be replaced.

There may be a paper jam, check the printer thoroughly for any small pieces still stuck inside.

The encoder film strip may have some dirty marks on it, and therefore needs cleaning. The encoder film strip in the clear strip of plastic that the printer carriage runs on. Be extremely careful when touching this, as it is very delicate.

Canon MP280 – Error P03 / Error 6000

This is a major fault. You may be able to fix it yourself if you are willing to take the machine apart and spend some time with it.

Youtube video: Fix error P03

Canon MP280 – Error P07 / Error 5B00 / Error E08

This error is shown when the waste ink absorber is full in the printer. Every time the printer runs a head cleaning routine, it flushes some ink through the print heads to keep them clean and clear. That ink runs in to the waste ink absorber. It is normally a large sponge or tank.

The absorber can be can be cleaned, emptied and reset but it is an extremely difficult and messy process. This means that the printer is at the end of it’s life. Be careful when moving and disposing of the printer though. The ink absorber is full and so there is a small chance of the printer leaking when it is moved! To be on the safe side, put it in a large bag first.

Canon MP280 – Error P08 / Error P10 / Error 5200 / Error B200

This error is shown when there is a faulty cartridge or a problem with the logic board in the printer.

Most cases are due to the cartridge, and can be rectified by replacing the faulty cartridge. This can be checked by installing some old cartridges to see if the error clears.

If it is the logic board, it is cheaper to replace the printer than to repair it.

Canon MP280 – Reset Ink Levels on the Cartridges

The printer cannot physically see inside the cartridges to find out how much ink is left. The copper contacts on the outside of the cartridge contain the ink level information. It is not possible to reset the ink levels to full. If you refill your cartridge, the printer will always show an empty cartridge message.

You can override the empty cartridge message by holding down the “stop / reset” button on the printer for around five seconds. The printer should continue printing, and use any of the remaining ink in the cartridge.

If the printer thinks that both cartridges are empty, you will receive a second error message, and you will need to hold the button for another five seconds.

If the electronics on the cartridges have failed, unfortunately this process will not work.

Youtube Video: Override the empty cartridge message.

Canon MP280 – Change Ink Cartridge

Youtube Video: Change Ink Cartridge

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Canon MP280 – Maintenance Codes

There are a number of maintenance procedures you can run without the need of a computer. By pressing the maintenance button (looks like a spanner and a screwdriver) repeatedly, you can cycle through the following codes.

Code Maintenance More Info
A Print nozzle check pattern. More Info
H Run head cleaning routine. More Info
Y Run deep head cleaning routine. More Info
u Print out alignment page. More Info
U Align page More Info
L Print out head position adjustments. More Info
b Clean the paper feed roller. More Info
J Clean the bottom plate. More Info
d Switch paper size. More Info
r Switch to prevent paper abrasion. More Info

Canon MP280 – Nozzle Check

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “A”. Now press the black or colour copy button to print out a nozzle check pattern.

If there are any missing lines in the pattern, or white streaks in the blocks of colour, then it may be worth running a head cleaning routine.

If the patterns and blocks of colour are good, then no further action is required.

Canon MP280 – Head Cleaning Routine

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “H”. Now press the black or colour copy button to run a head cleaning routine.

This procedure takes some ink from the cartridges and flushes it through the print heads to try and remove any blockages. These blockages are the main causes of poor quality print.

Be warned, every head cleaning routine run will use some of the ink from the cartridges, and is the quickest way to use up all of the ink.

Canon MP280 – Deep Head Cleaning Routine

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “Y”. Now press the black or colour copy button to run a deep head cleaning routine.

This procedure is very similar to the standard head cleaning routine, but should be used when there are significant blockages in the print head.

However, this process will use a large quantity of ink in order to flush the print heads. Use this sparingly, it can be very easy to run a few of these procedures and use all of your ink.

Canon MP280 – Alignment Page

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “u”. Now press the black or colour copy button to print the alignment page.

If the print is blurry or misaligned, this process should help rectify the problem.

Take the alignment page and place it printed side down on the scanner. Make sure the printed triangle in the corner of the page is aligned to the same corner as the embossed arrow on the plastic surround of the scanner. Close the scanner lid. The LED should now be displaying an uppercase “U”. Press the black or colour copy button to complete the automatic alignment.

Canon MP280 – Clean Paper Feed Roller

Remove all paper from the printer.

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “b”. Now press the black or colour copy button to run the first cleaning phase of the paper feed roller.

Once the paper feed roller has stopped rotating, place three sheets of plain paper in to the paper tray. Make sure “b” is still showing on the LED and press the black or colour copy button.

Once the cleaning routine has finished, press the stop / reset button to return to stand by mode.

Canon MP280 – Bottom Plate Cleaning

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “J”. Now press the black or colour copy button to clean the bottom plate.

If your prints are coming out dirty, there may be stains on the inside of the printer. This procedure will help to clear these away.

Canon MP280 – Switch Paper Size

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “d”. Now press the black button to switch to A4, or the colour button to switch to Letter.

Canon MP280 – Prevent Paper Abrasion

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “r”. Now press the black button to allow for thicker paper to run through the printer.

Press the maintenance button on the printer repeatedly until the LED displays “r”. Now press the colour copy button to allow for thiner paper to run through the printer.

60 Responses

  1. maureen says:

    this does not work. at least not for my printer.

  2. Hello, this worked for me. Canon MP280. Thank you!

  3. margareta says:

    bought lookalike ink Canon cartridge CL-513 from “ink again” for my MP 280. I can copy but not use it as aprinter.

    Both orange lamps says the machine is out of ink!!!!
    ??????

  4. Have you tried the override?

  5. Shalii White says:

    Printer is printing everything 5×7

  6. override the empty error message that is being displayed using the “stop / reset” button on the printer, It worked fine in my printer. Thank you.

  7. Cristi says:

    I tried this solution and still got the error with empty cartridge. or low….(P.S i have refilled my cartridges) Any advice how to get rid of that message?

  8. David says:

    How do u empty the waste tank?

    • With difficulty on most machines. You need to take it apart, and look under where the cartridges rest when the machine is switched off (normally to the right hand side of the machine). Normally, there is a lot of padding, this is the “waste ink tank”. You will need to remove it and clean it – a very dirty and time consuming job.

  9. Stephen j Parker says:

    My printer keeps sayin no paper but i have paper in it it gives me a error 100 code. it keeps loading the paper back and forwards.

  10. Laurie Hall says:

    Error code E, 0, 3 showing but no paper jam or problem with paper or tray. Have tried everything to reset and restart, but error code will not disappear and will not print or copy.

    • Did you have a paper jam in the first place? If you did, there is a good chance that there is still something stuck in the machine, more than likely a small piece if the jammed paper didn’t come out whole. Can you give me anymore background as to what happened before you got the error message?

      • Aidan says:

        Also having the same problem with E,0 3 error i just replaced the ink today everything else seems to be fine i have checked and cant find any stuck paper

  11. Jean-Francois Lemay says:

    step 5: yellow light keep flashing 5 times and then green. and it keep blinking. I can’t reset printer. Error message is “Operator error”

    • You might have a print head fault. Try removing the cartridges and print head, and check the all the contacts to make sure they are clean. Then put the cartridges and the print head back in very carefully.

  12. Kenneth L Giles says:

    I have installed new ink cartridges and run both ink cartridge cleaning operations. Still, the quality is bad and cyan and yellow do not print properly. How do I remove the print head and clean it manually? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • The printhead is actually attached to the cartridges in an MP280, so unfortunately, you cannot remove them as such. If they are brand new, I would advise you return the cartridges, as they appear faulty. However, you could try damping down some kitchen towel with warm water – make sure it is not soaking wet though. Dab the bottom of the cartridge on to the kitchen towel, you should see three colour lines appear for the colour cartridge, and one long line for the black cartridge. If the cartridge is just dry, you can dab them a few times on the kitchen towel and you should eventually see all colours come through.

  13. wentzel says:

    e05 keeps showing, went back to the store and bought my 3d canon 510 black cartridge and 511 color cartridge, any advise of how to clear this.

  14. george hudson says:

    Canon MP495 ,Why does the light marked ” B” continue to flash ?

  15. DODS GILBERT says:

    my printer canon mp280 EROR C AND B AND E-O-5 SIGN EROR WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

  16. brendajackso@gmail.com says:

    My Canon MP495 grabs the paper to print, then the paper stops and the machine begins the print job as if the paper is moving…but it is not. What is the problem?

    • There is something lodged in the paper tray, stopping the paper from moving. If you had a paper jam previously, you may have some paper still stuck. If it is the back paper tray, something has more than likely fallen down the back of the printer in to the tray. I have found all sorts of things stuck in printers with this symptom, such as drawing pins, marbles and even a cookie once!

  17. cuong says:

    thankyou very much …

  18. Willie says:

    Error code E, 0, 3 showing but no paper jam or problem with paper or tray. Have tried everything to reset and restart, but error code will not disappear and will not print or copy.

  19. Barb says:

    changing cartridge in Canon Pixma (Energy star) Fine. Thank you

  20. Mulle says:

    Thank you so much! It worked like a charm! Had to press the cxl-button twice for some reason, but now I can print again :)

  21. nick says:

    What do I do if my canon mp280 pixma throws an error and says “A”

  22. Jackie says:

    This printer was a gift and I am not getting it set up. The error light keeps flashing in 3s. I am about to throw the thing in the garbage.

  23. alissa says:

    Printer says no paper… There’s paper and fresh ink as of today. Never had paper jam. Need for school asap! Ready to buy a new one tmrw if I can’t fix.

  24. Michael says:

    I have put in two new cartridges, 510 and 511 for black and colour ink respectively. I am getting error message E04 and cannot clear. I’ve checked and these two cartridges are new and both are supposedly for this printer. Any ideas as to what I can do?

  25. potato says:

    Thank you kindly stranger

  26. mary says:

    the only way that i got mine working and printing fine was by pressing the Stop/reset button the whole time while the printer was printing what i need it to print …

  27. volly says:

    Eror code P02 ??

    • It means there is a problem with the carriage. Is there anything stopping it from moving?

      If not, there is a clear film that the printer carriage runs along. Are there any marks or damage to it? Try to give it a gentle clean, but remember that it is very flimsy and fragile.

  28. lynn says:

    the alarm light comes on P 3 0 flashes each digit independently

    • Not sure of P30, but P03 means there is a problem with the carriage. Is there anything stopping it from moving?

      If not, there is a clear film that the printer carriage runs along. Are there any marks or damage to it? Try to give it a gentle clean, but remember that it is very flimsy and fragile.

  29. My printer is MP280- error is digitally shows the alphanumeric number- -E then 0 then 4, E then 0 then 4 and it doesn’t stop.

  30. Our printer in the office is MP280-error digitally shows P then 0 then 7, it doesn’t stop, what will I do.

  31. Resa says:

    I am trying to have my Canon MP280 scan my paper and it doesn’t do anything. I use to hear the scan and even see the light now its not doing nothing. I also cant get my black ink to work at all. Its brand new the system says its full but it just doesn’t want to work. I have the print setting at black and color. Please Help

    • Have you tried just using the “copy” button on the printer? If it does a copy, then we can eliminate the printer being faulty, and instead try re-installing the drivers you are using.

  32. mike says:

    My canon show me E05 i want to reset it to use scanner not the printer.The stupid bug wpnt let me to use scanner

  33. I’ve successfully overirdden the printer ink error before – I almost never use the color ink anyway and it’s been empty for a while. But now, I get a *paper jam* error on the PC, before any paper’s even fed through the printer, while the printer has the alarm and color ink buttons lit. I’ve held down the reset button, power cycled, and still get the same sequence every time I try to print (with the option for only black set). The black ink cartridge isn’t empty and isn’t ‘complaining.’ What now?

  34. Where is the ink waste absorber and how do I remove it to clean?

  35. adriana says:

    i just bought a new USB cord, and my computer is still saying my printer can be located. the color ink/black ink lights are on. the ink cart are almost new. MP280 model

  36. Claire duncan says:

    Brilliant page, worked for my MP280!!!! Thank you. :) xx

  37. It means literally that the printer’s waste ink absorber is nearly full. Every time the printer runs a head cleaning routine it takes a little bit of ink out of the cartridge. That ink goes in to the waste ink absorber. It can be cleaned but will be messy and take a while. Keep running the printer until it says that it is completely full.

    While you can reset this message, eventually the waste ink will absorber will over flow and you will have a big mess on your desk!

  38. Resa says:

    Is this why the black ink isn’t working either

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