Canon PIXMA MP230

Canon MP230 – Cartridges

Cartridge Page Yield
PG-510 220 Pages
CL-511 244 Pages
PG-513 400 Pages
CL-514 349 Pages

Canon MP230 – Printer LEDs

A flashing B light denotes that the black ink cartridge is running low.
A flashing C 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 MP230 – Error Codes

The MP230 has an orange alarm LED that will flash when there is an error with the printer. The alarm LED may also flash alternately with the green power light. Count the number of times it flashes to understand what the actual error is:

LED Flash Description More Info
2 Orange flashes Machine is out of paper / paper does not feed.
3 Orange flashes Paper jam. More Info
4 Orange flashes The cartridge is not installed properly. More Info
5 Orange flashes The cartridge is not installed properly. More Info
7 Orange flashes cartridge is not installed in the correct position. More Info
8 Orange flashes Ink absorber is almost full. More Info
13 Orange flashes The remaining ink level cannot be detected. More Info
14 Orange flashes The cartridge cannot be recognised. More Info
15 Orange flashes The cartridge cannot be recognised. More Info
16 Orange flashes The ink has run out. More Info
2 Green/Orange flashes Carriage error. More Info
7 Green/Orange flashes Waste ink absorber is full. More Info
10 Green/Orange flashes Print head fault. More Info

Canon MP230 – 3 Orange flashes

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 MP230 – 4 or 5 Orange flashes

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 MP230 – 2 Green/Orange flashes

The Canon MP230 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 MP230 – 7 Green/Orange flashes

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 MP230 – 10 Green/Orange flashes

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 MP230 – Reset Ink Levels on the Cartridges

The Canon MP230 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 MP230 – Change Ink Cartridge

Youtube Video: Change Ink Cartridge

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60 Responses

  1. Pranav Patil says:

    MP230 flashes green and orange alternately. What should I do ?

    • Pranav Patil says:

      Alternately 3 times

      • Printer Thinker says:

        Sorry for the late reply, three flashes indicate a paper jam. Have you checked to make sure that the machine is free of paper? Sometimes even the smallest scrap of paper can get stuck in a roller and cause this error.

  2. Kris says:

    My mp230 flashes 14 times with the black ink. Tried cleaning the print head, contact, and the nozzle but no luck. Cartridge is brand new and was installed in correct position. Help badly needed. TIA

  3. Son Waruwu says:

    minta dikirimin software resenter canon mp 230 pak

  4. Galuh Ahdiyat says:

    MP230 flashes orange 4 times, what should i do ? Please help..

  5. arief says:

    benar benar dibutuhkan software reseter mp 230, saya juga butuh banget

  6. Arron says:

    hello.i also bought this printer a month ago.cartridge is so small so i vave alreafy refilled it about four times or more.hope i will make it sone dozens of refills.

  7. jacob says:

    i got theses problem cartrides are stuck on the right side of the printer they dont want to come out what to do?

  8. wladt says:

    tengo casi el mismo problema me sale 22 destellos naranjas q puede ser??

  9. sufail says:

    altrnatively 22 flashes ?

  10. hdr says:

    I have a problem in Canon Printer 230, when the copy process and the descent of paper attached to the paper in the printer and indicates twice
     I hope the solution

  11. Alex says:

    i have problem with my Canon MP230, it alarm light flashes alternately with the ON light. 6 times, 3 flashes from ON light and 3 from that alarm light.. i’m hoping for a solution, thank you…

  12. judiner says:

    MY PRINTER IS Ink absorber is almost full.WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  13. Angel says:

    i refill the both ink and it still showing ink low…i press the stop/reset botton for five – 10 second and it still showing yellow light

  14. grace says:

    green and orange flash continueously alternating.

    • Arron says:

      Hello.Please ue the pdf file which is in the cwhich came with your printer.I too have mp230,but aint having that can also download that file by visiting canon website and searching for your printer.

  15. suraj says:

    plz guide me how to solved the error 6000 of printer canon MP230?

  16. lucien jacquelin says:

    les lumieres verte et jaune clignotent 7 ne peux pas faire redemarrer l’imprimante.on m’a parle du service tool, je ne peux le telecharger

  17. ziqin says:

    ak jg minta donk…

  18. Khatcho says:

    i am getting paper jam missage while there is no paper in it.and the printer is not printing

  19. jay says:

    how can i fix mine ? it flashes 8 times and it says the ink absorber is almost full. i can’t even use my scanner now.

    • The ink absorber is where the waste ink goes in the printer. Your machine is telling you that this is full. Your machine is at the end of it’s life.

  20. jay says:

    Now my printer shows 5B00 error.. thx for the support

  21. hussein says:

    This process did not work please help

  22. Rosemary says:

    just set up new MP230 printer….working OK, but I can’t get paper to feed in ……I presume it has to go vertically behind the ‘white clips’ as shown on the diagram, but the rollers don’t seem to be picking it up.
    I had a tray underneath the printer as well in the 540….am I missing something important here, please?
    (an elderly trying to live with modern technology!)

    • By the sounds of it you are doing everything right! Without seeing the printer, it is a little difficult to guide you with this problem. However, is there any orange tape left on the printer anywhere? Is there anything stuck in the paper tray?

      • Rosemary says:

        thank you for your reply….I finally found that I was not widening the little white ‘clips’ and placing the paper between them….I was leaving them as they had come in the box and placing the paper behind them, thinking they were to hold the paper in place! All fine now, thanks….Rosemary

      • wandax rizha says:

        Nice and complete information about this printer, I love reading your posts,. thank you for sharing, I also wish I could write like you,.

  23. sune says:

    My cannon mp230 is brand new and the orange light flashes 22 times. What can be wrong

    • Have you removed all of the orange tape and internal packaging? Have you installed the cartridges as well?

    • Carlie says:

      I have the same problem now. did you solve yours?

      • The printer tech came to our house. He checked the printer ink cartridges I had just installed – they were OK. Then, he showed me how to hold down both the “ON” and the “Stop/Reset” buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds, then let them up. If the warning light blinks again, push it once. The warning light has been off, and the printer now works fine.

  24. faisal says:

    how to fix canon pixma MP237 printer error 5B00 problem.please ans me sir

  25. Sara maria says:

    Minha impressora está com erro 6000 canon mp 230 oq faço?

  26. Oleg says:

    Hi there, thank you for the article, it helped me quite a bit.
    But now when I hold it down for 5 seconds it does its little reset thing and the light goes on and nothing happens. There is no blinking at all, just a constant orange light.

    Any ideas?

  27. Barry Stevens says:

    My Canon MP230 yellow light flashes ten times, then waits, then again…What’s the problem I need to fix?

    • I am guessing the yellow light flashes alternately with the green light 10 times. This could mean that there is a major fault with the printer, or there is a print head fault with one of the cartridges. The best way to check would be to put some old cartridges back in to see if it clears the error.

  28. Carlie says:

    My canon mp230 suddenly stopped working the orange light flashes 22 times. Can someonle hlep please??

  29. Vero says:

    My canon mp230 does’t work, the orange light “next to C and B” flashes 4 times but i’m sure both of the cartridges is installed properly.I tried to take out one of the cartridges “B” but the light kept flashing next to “B” only. What should I do?

  30. sms says:

    my alarm led light flashes 22 times can you tell me whats wrong

  31. Arman pascual says:

    my canon ip2870 has 5b00 error but it has only the power button. it has no stop/resume button. how can i reset it. Appreciate your help.

  32. Paul Galan says:

    where is situated the ink absorber on a canon pixma mp230? or how can i get to it?

  33. my printer mp230 is not loading and printing papers straight what could be the problem

  34. sena says:

    my canon mp237 steady flash orange light in black. what should I don, we’re using ciss and we can still print.

  35. kfmilan says:

    My canon mp 237 prints tables weirdly. When i print tables, or vertical lines in the right side of the paper, it will have a small part of the line on the right and then another part on the left and will continue until the end. In short, the tables do not print straight. Sometimes the text get misaligned too.

  36. leng says:

    canon mp237 printer is always error, orange light always blink.

  37. marion says:

    Hi! we have a canon mp237 (with CISS) that won’t power on. When we try pressing the power button many times, it just gives us a steady orange light. What could be the problem? Please help…thank you!

  38. joysolares says:

    I have a problem in my canon MP230 series printer. once that i cleaning it, it prints all colors except black. and also when i’m using it, it prints nothing even either gray scale or colored what should i do?

  39. jabulani says:

    my printer is failing to pick paper when printing or photocopying