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Most Common Canon Printer Problems and How to Fix Them

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Printers are essential to any space, from school, homes, offices and most especially to enterprise level companies and high grade printing facilities. Canon is one brand people trust because of its efficiency and of course great variety of products for various types of printing needs. Sometimes your life hangs on an efficient printer for projects, corporate information, releases and high grade image printing. Having Canon printer problems would be a nightmare and so what do we do to fix the most common problems that we usually encounter?

  • The first thing you have to do when you have a new printer is to make sure that the printer driver matches the Canon printer itself. Otherwise, there will be a lot of errors that you will encounter and so you might want to purge the documents first and reset your printer until all the unnecessary conditions are removed. This is essential to have a smooth printing process with your Canon printers.
  • Printer paper issues- what you can do is to restart your computer, then restart your printer and start making a test page to know if the printer is well calibrated for your purposes. If you have a paper jam, Canon printers would usually have a button designated to release a jammed paper but if it does not work, open your device and guide the printer and the paper gently. Do not tug too much as it may damage the device.

Look at your guide for proper paper feeding. Canon printers have marks and designated alignments to know the right position of your paper for the size of the paper. You can fed the paper on the tray but sometimes, there are printers like the Dot matrix that can be fed like a typewriter style and so you have to know the settings that you need in order to minimize printer jamming.

  • Always make sure that the printer ink is always at good levels because when you print with printer inks that are clogged and almost empty, the quality of printing especially for photos and colored projects are going to suffer. Check your Canon printer ink levels every now and then. Use only high quality Canon ink for better printer performance.
  • Cleaning your Canon print head is essential to prevent your document from having the unnecessary smears and dirt that could ruin your project or important document.
  • Another Canon printer problem is when the printer is not responding, if that is the case, check if your connections are placed well and verify if your cables are on the right spots. Sometimes it may be the printer itself that has a problem.

Canon Printer problems can be avoided by following the right printing procedures, making sure that the printer ink levels are right, the printer facility is clean and at the right temperature, and your paper is positioned well. Also check your connections and drivers to ensure that you save on precious paper and ink as well as minimize hassles and Canon printer  problems.

Canon PIXMA MP490 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer Review

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Compact and easy to use, the Canon PIXMA MP490 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer is an efficient workhorse that can handle all your printing jobs and even scan and copy documents as well. Printer reviews have been favorable for this all in one printer because of its built-in image correction, photo lab quality borderless prints and small footprint. This compact printer has a 4 out of 5 rating.

Quick Summary

It doesn’t take up much space on your desk but it can sure do a lot of work! The Canon PIXMA MP490 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer boasts of rich images and colors, thanks to 4800 x 1200 maximum color dpi and Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) that fires tiny 2pl printer ink droplets. You can print a 4-inch by 6-inch borderless photo as fast as 6 seconds, or 8.4 ipm for black and white pages and 4.8ipm for colored prints. The built-in flatbed scanner has an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, while an auto sheet feeder and a scan-to-memory feature help you improve efficiency in your home and office.

Good Points of the Canon PIXMA MP490 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer

This practical all in one printer does a great job for small to medium print loads. Colors for both black and white and colored print outs and images are crisp and clear, though they aren’t as exceptional as the higher printer models. It is also pretty compact, so you don’t have to worry about this printer taking up a lot of precious space on your desk.

Bad Points of the Canon PIXMA MP490

Like most newer printer models, the Canon  PIXMA  MP490  Inkjet Photo  All-In-One Printer does not come with a USB cable, so you have to buy one. Canon printer ink is also rather expensive and its best if you practice good printer ink saving techniques. This all in one printer is also a bit on the noisy side and it isn’t as fast as the more expensive models, either.

Canon Ink Cartridges for the   Canon PIXMA MP490

PG 210           Black               9ml

PG 210XL        Black               15ml

CL 221            Black               9ml

CL 221            Cyan               9ml

CL 221            Magenta          9ml

CL 221            Yellow              9ml

CL 211 XL        Cyan                13ml

CL 211 XL        Magenta          13ml

CL 211 XL         Yellow             13ml

Troubleshooting & Support Information

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