Canon B200 Error: What It Is and How to Fix It

Solve your printer issues without costly repairs

It's frustrating when you need to print something important, and an error code pops up. One of the most feared Canon printer errors is B200, which can indicate a potentially catastrophic error with the device. Don't junk it immediately, though. Printers are expensive, and there are a few methods you can try to fix the error before you shop for a new printer.

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Causes of the Canon B200 Error

At its most basic level, the B200 error indicates a faulty print head. A print head is a part that distributes the ink from the cartridges onto the paper, meaning it's one of the most important aspects of the entire printer. Print heads are known to be problematic, especially on cheaper printers.

How to Fix the Canon B200 Error

There are several things you can do to try to fix a faulty print head and eliminate the B200 error. Try some of the below suggestions before you replace the entire device.

  1. Reset the printer. Unplug it and leave it disconnected for at least 30 minutes. A good, long reset allows the printer to cool down and restore everything to its proper position before turning the device back on.

  2. Remove any obstructions. There's a possibility something is disrupting the connection to the printer head. Open the printer's door and carefully disconnect the print head, then lift it out of the device. Reseat it and see if that fixes the issue.

    There's usually a lever on the printer head. Press the lever to remove the printer head.

  3. Clean the printer head. Use the device's maintenance options to run its cleaning cycle. This is especially useful if the printer head is clogged.

  4. Manually clean the print head. Use either pure alcohol or a non-oil-based cleaner on the print head's gold contacts. Use a microfiber cloth to rub the cleaner onto the contacts, then let it dry completely before reconnecting.

    The print head is very fragile, so handle it with care.

  5. Remove old ink. There may be hardened ink trapped inside the print head. Run it under hot tap water until the water comes out clean. Dab it dry with a paper towel, then reinsert the head into the printer.

  6. Re-install the printer drivers. Find your device on the official Canon support page and follow the directions for updating the drivers.

  7. Try a new ink cartridge. Faulty cartridges rarely trigger the B200 error, but it can happen. Refer to the user manual for this process regarding your specific device.

  8. If none of the above methods work, then the B200 error is probably accurate. It's time to shop for a new printer.

    While it's possible to find the part you need and install it, the cost of a new print head is about the same as buying an entirely new printer.

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