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Canon MP530 U052 Error

The printer carritage is new, however, I'm kept getting the U052 error and cannot print. Is the printer computer chips damaged? How to solve this problem? Please help.
Many many thanks.
Ms. C

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The dreaded U052 error means that the 'chip' fitted to the Cartridge is not responding .. Canon (like all printer mfgs) makes all it's profit from selling Ink .. so they fit these chips to try to prevent you refilling or using a 'compatible' replacement cartridge

You have to move the chip from the Canon cartridge to the 'compatible' and (it seems) the chips are particularly sensitive to static / damage .. many people end up blowing the chips during the swap over .. or even when fitting the original genuine cartridges to a brand new unit for the first time ...

If the unit is brand new, take it back and demand a replacement ... if you have just swapped over the chip onto a compatible cartridge, you can try buying a genuine Canon cartridge (which will have a new chip) = hopefully that will do the trick

NB. I have seen some suggestions that canon's have a 'Service Mode' that allows you to disable the cartridge chip checking and allow you to print no matter what .. however I've never found any details ... perhaps some-one else has the details ??

Posted on Mar 22, 2008


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canon pixma mp530 problem error code 5100

when I turn on the printer canon mp530, the screen shows CHECK PRINTER error code 5100. Therefore, I cannot print any thing. Please help if you know what's wrong with it and how to I solve this problem, thanks.

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i had the same problem. aall i did was open the printer up and moved the thing that holds the cartridges to the middle by hand. mine seems to be working fine. post again if its still not working.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007


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Service Error 5C10

What is this? How do I fix it?

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Posted on Nov 16, 2008


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error is inner cover is open.

we cannot take print on canon mp530.after change the catridge this massage is appearing on display. " inner cover is open."

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The "inner cover" can be seen if you open the paper output door, which you have to do to open the "printer cover" to get inside the machine and install the ink cartridges. The inner cover is a black bar right inside here. Push it up firmly enough , and it will snap up.


Posted on Mar 15, 2008


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my printer is now printing very small letters, barely readable

printer printing very small letters,barely readable.

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The solution is to change the resolution of printing y setup page of you printer I have a canon bjc-1000 it has a 90x90 DPI resolution, thats why printed like a miniature, but I change the resolution to 180x180 DPI and... ta da! printing is 100% scaled and everything gonna be alrigth. I hope it is useful for somebody.

Wilson Crespo

Posted on May 19, 2009


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Error code U052. I

Error code U052. I know this has to do with the chip in the ink cartridge. I changed all cartridges and still the same code. I cannot use any function on this MP530 with this error code.

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Please remove all cartridges. Using a moist cloth clean the golden contacts on cartridge as well as printer. DO NOT touch nozzle of cartridge. Dont insert the cartridge yet.

Please do this :
1. Remove the power cable from printer. Remove the USB cable that connects printer to computer (remove it from printer as well as computer's usb port)
2. Press the printer power button and keep pressed for 3 minutes then release
3. Now plug in the power cable and usb cable (connect printer to computer) and power on the printer.

Now insert cartridges and see if error goes away.

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Posted on Jul 06, 2011


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canon mp530 getting error message 6a00

my daughter has a fairly new canon mp530 and she is getting error message 6a00. how do i fix this?

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HI Guys 6A00 error usually cant't be fixed according to the service centre, I was lucky and actually bought an extended warranty, the service centre said that the MP530 are a good printer and worth fixing as they don't see many at all compared to other models and other brands. There was a broken piece of hardware that something to do with the print carriage. cheers vailey

Posted on Apr 18, 2008


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Canon MP530 error code "5C10" ?

System just won't print, I've turned it off and back on, nothing but loud clicking...........

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I had a similar problem. I replaced all the ink cartridges and cleaned the printer.  I checked the nozzles to be sure that they were clean and cleaned the area where the cartridges set.  It took a little while but my printer is working again.  Mine makes a clicking sound after you push the copy button but still pulls the paper through.  Does yours pull the paper through at all?

Posted on Oct 22, 2007


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Canon MP530 Makes Grinding Noise when printing starts

The grinding sound is only prior the first page printing. If printing for example 10 pages, prior to the very first page there is a very loud (almost scary) grinding sound like the print head is indexed wrongly and it is slipping the cog and belt or something. But only prior to starting this first page of printing.

It has been this way since I purchased the machine and perhaps I should have taken it back right away but didn't. Now I think I'm stuck.

I've tried the auto-align feature. No help. Have you seen this before and maybe know some tips I might try?

Thanks much,


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I had this same problem and called tech support. Instead of sending a new printer they had me

1 remove print Cartridges
2 remove print head
3 replace print head
4 replace print Cartridges
5 unplug power from the wall

This seemed to fix the problem.....for me anyway.....for now.

hope it helps

Posted on Dec 22, 2008


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I have a CANNON Printer MP 610 and I have this message error U051 . I followed the intruction menu of uninstall the Print Head and installed again.
But i still received the same message. Please help

Thanks very much.

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Print head not installed,
or not properly
[1401] U051 Print head is not installed. Install
the print head.
Install the print head properly.

It may be that print head is defective or main PCB assy

Posted on Jan 12, 2010

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