Canon Pixma iP1980 Repair Solution

I create this post because I’m in charge with all of computer things in my workplace, including printers. Every time I encounter any printer problem, I always have to resort to internet solution, even though I have already encounter and solve that problem before. So I plan to create a comprehensive printer solution, especially for Canon Pixma iP1980 in this page, so I don’t have to look further anymore. This page maybe will get updated in the future as I found more problems and solutions.

Error message and its meaning:

  • 2x orange and 1x green: Out of paper.
  • 3x orange and 1x green: Mechanic (physical) error(s) in the printer.
  • 4x orange and 1x green: Waste Ink Absorber full.
  • 5x orange and 1x green: Black / Color Cartridge is broken.
  • 7x orange and 1x green: Color Cartridge is broken.
  • 8x orange and 1x green: Waste ink tank / waste absorber full.
  • 12x/15x orange and 1x green: Cartridge detection fail.
  • 14x/15x orange and 1x green: Black Cartridge is broken.
  • Orange and green blinking alternately: Waste ink tank / waste absorber full.

Error message and its solution:

  • 2x orange and 1x green: Out of paper.
    Solution: Feed new papers.
  • 3x orange and 1x green: Mechanic (physical) error(s) in the printer.
    Solution: This needs a complicated solution and cannot be resolved only using software fix. Please bring it to the service center.
  • 4x orange and 1x green: Waste Ink Absorber full.
    Solution: Reset the printer (see below).
  • 5x orange and 1x green: Black / Color Cartridge is broken.
    Solution: Replace the broken cartridge. Sometimes resetting the printer can help (see below).
  • 7x orange and 1x green: Color Cartridge is broken.
    Solution: Replace the color cartridge. Sometimes resetting the printer can help (see below).
  • 8x orange and 1x green: Waste ink tank / waste absorber full.
    Solution: Reset the printer (see below).
  • 12x/15x orange and 1x green: Cartridge detection fail.
    Solution: Take out and then reinsert the cartridge. If it still doesn’t help, reset the printer can help (see below). If it still doesn’t work, replace the cartridge.
  • 14x/15x orange and 1x green: Black Cartridge is broken.
    Solution: Take out and then reinsert the cartridge. If it still doesn’t help, reset the printer can help (see below). If it still doesn’t work, replace the cartridge.
  • Orange and green blinking alternately: Waste ink tank / waste absorber full.
    Solution: Reset the printer (see below).

How to reset the printer

I know that there are many ways on the internet describe how to reset the printer using IPTool or GeneralTool (resetter for iP1880). But in my case, after I download the program, I cannot run the program. I keep getting “Error 122: Port not regist!!” error. So, I’m left in the dark. Luckily I’ve found some odd method to reset the printer manually without the help of any resetter program.

Note: You have to follow this steps exactly, as I can’t accomplished this at the first time because I didn’t follow this step accurately. I have rewrite the step so that it’s more descriptive and detailed.

  1. Turn off the printer normally, by pressing the power button.
  2. After the power light goes out, unplug the cable.
  3. Make sure that the “reserve” power completely out of the printer by once again press the power button after you unplug the cable. The power light will on for a while, and then will off. Press and press again, just to make sure the power light won’t turned on again. This is important. If you neglect to do this, it can make the reset fail.
  4. After you sure that the power light can’t turned on anymore, open the printer cover.
  5. Get any pen (or anything in the shape of stick like pen) near you.
  6. While the cover printer opened, press AND HOLD the power button.
  7. While you hold the power button, plug the cable back, so that now the power button becomes on, right after you plug the cable.
  8. Without release your finger on your power button, grab the pen with your other free hand, and press AND HOLD the cover detection button using the pen. The cover detection button is the button inside the hole, which will be pressed when you close the cover. It’s located just 5 cm (~2 inch) below the power button).
  9. While holding the cover detection button, release the power button.
  10. Now release the cover detection button. The power light should immediately off as soon as you release the cover detection button.

And, no, you don’t have to be in the service mode first for this one trick to works.

This awesome tricks is credited to a member in www.tricks-collections.com.

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NVidia Kernel Version 306.97 Has Stopped Working!

This problem was making me scratching my head when I first encountered this in fellow co-worker’s computer. After she used her computer for about 10 minutes, the screen immediately goes black. And then it goes on again, but displays the screen in a strange way, and the wallpaper becomes black. And then it goes black for the second time. And it goes on again. This time, it displays the screen better, but still leave a strange artifact, and the wallpaper still black. And it shows an error message “windows kernel mode driver 306.97 has stopped working and has recovered”. This will goes on and on for 4 times, before she finally needs to restart her computer due to total hang.

After a thorough search and finding all the possible solution, then I find out one solution that works for me, and it’s actually pretty simple: update the driver. I never thought that the driver will be the problem. After I download the driver (it’s a whooping 128 MB for a driver!), install it, and restart the computer, everything went smoothly, like a new computer.

If you’re having the same problem as me, try to download the driver. Use google search for this word: “306.97-desktop-win8-win7-winvista-32bit-english-whql“. This is the file name.

Update: Okay, judging from the number of people who come to this post, I conclude that there are so many people who stumble into the same problem as me. So I dig a little bit and give you the exact link of the driver from the NVidia website. This is stated for GeForce R304 card, but I think this can be used on any GeForce card.

Link: NVidia Drivers 306.97 WHQL for 32-bit (for Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 7)
Link: NVidia Drivers 306.97 WHQL for 64-bit (for Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit)

Tell me if this is working for you or not.