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The good news is…

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… I have a new four-in-one printer that I installed with only minimal frustration (mostly around linking it to our answering machine and getting rid of the Comcast Xfinity voicemail that I never asked for when we bundled a couple months ago). It’s an HP Photosmart 7520, which got pretty good reviews for its price point. In one day, I’ve already used 3 of its 4 functions and sure do like it. But it’s early yet.

The bad news? I also liked my old Canon printer, even though it had only one function. But I was done in by Error 5100. ┬áThe error message reappeared after I thought I’d been successful in making it go away. After several days with no printer and several hours of trying to resolve Error 5100, I chucked the Pixma in. I did the cost/benefit analysis of time/upgrade/money and the Pixma lost.

This time, at least, I tried to pay attention to ink costs, not just upfront costs. The consensus on the sites I researched is that all ink is a scam (kind of like the cheap razor and the expensive razor blades).

It pained me severely to have to recycle my old Canon cartridges with ink still in them.


Written by geekypatty

March 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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The geeks and I vanquish Error 5100

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I got Error 5100 on my Canon Pixma iP4000 printer. I’d never seen that message before (although lord knows I’ve seen my share of error messages), and it happened when I canceled a double-sided print job in progress to make it print on 2 pages. I Googled the error and found that it had stumped a lot of people, ┬ámany clearly geekier than I, but had been resolved lots of different ways, many having to do with holding the Power button down whilst pressing the Resume button some varying amount of times that sounded a lot like magical thinking.

Several other resolutions involved cleaning the clear tape with rubbing alcohol in case it had gotten ink on it. Or replacing the ink cartridges. Or vacuuming. Or Or Or. I did some of those, including vacuuming, which had worked so well for me last time, all the while thinking Operator Error in somehow changing the printing instructions midstream. To no avail. The geeks had solved their problems, but not mine.

In the course of cleaning things with rubbing alcohol, however, I noticed a big smear of black ink on the right floor of the printer’s innards, under where the cartridge holder sat while it was resting. I sopped up an enormous amount of black ink with an old pillowcase remnant wet with rubbing alcohol.

Yes! I do not know why that was the problem, but after the cleaning and much whirring and back-and-forth, the printer agreed to print again.

It’s magic!

Written by geekypatty

March 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Posted in Misc Tech