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Canon BJ-10sx Printer



AD-150 120 VAC
AD-150 220 VAC
Battery - NB-150

Alternative Drivers

Drivers you can use if the BJ-10sx driver is not available.

  • BJ-10e (Switch 10 & 11 OFF)
  • BJ-130e (Switch 10 ON & 11 OFF)
  • Epson LQ-510 (Switch 11 ON)
  • IBM ProPrinter X24(Switch 10 & 11 OFF)


  • BC-01 - Black Ink & Integral Print Head

Cleaning Printhead

  • Method #1:
    • If the ONLINE light is lit
    • Press the < and > keys until the beeps and release
    • Press the keys 2 more times
  • Method #2:
    • Power off the printer
    • Press the < and > together and hold
    • Press POWER until the beep is heard
    • Release all the buttons..

Factory Reset

Turn all DIP switches to off, Power off, unplug from mains, leave for 2-3 mins.

Self Test

Ripple test pattern : Turn the printer on while holding down the LF/FF switch at least three seconds.

All modes test : Turn the power switch on while holding down the PITCH switch to print;

1. HQ proportional
2. HQ elite *
3. HQ pica
4. HQ double high
5. Economy elite
6. Economy pica
7. HQ double wide
8. Economy condensed
9. Economy condensed subscript
10. HQ emphasized elite *
11. HQ emphasized pica

* When mode 1 is selected the prestige font is used.

Serial Number

Location - White sticker above barcode on underside of printer
Prefixes - PBN, PGD...

Special Paper

  • FOLEXTRAN - Folex Transparencies. Used for high quality overhead transparencies.
  • LC-301A4 - BubbleJet Paper A4. Lightly coated, water resistant everyday usage paper.

Known Issues

Microsoft Word 1.1 will not wrap the words across the screen, or print them on the printer

Due to the print driver - choose IBM Proprinter X24.

Print head moves, but nothing prints

This usually occurs when a new printer cartridge has been inserted. Run the print head cleaning process 3 times, this should always be done when a new cartridge is inserted. Place a piece of kitchen towel over the print head and blow in the hole located on the side of the print head. This should force ink through the print head onto the towel. Dab the cartridge with a damp cloth to clear the blockage. Re-seat the cartridge to ensure the connections are correct. Ensure that the printer is switched off correctly. Use the switch on the printer, not the wall socket. This will ensure the print head is closed correctly and does not block up or dry out.

The printer does not print

There are many reasons why it may not print. Listed below are some of the tests you can perform. Run a self test to establish printer is a working unit. If this does not work the printer is faulty. Exit to DOS and print out a text file. EG PRINT AUTOEXEC.BAT. This should then print to the printer. If it does not either there is a printer port, computer LPT1 port or printer cable problem. exchange the cable and try again. Test the printer on another computer. If it does print it is a software problem. If rubbish is printed from the DOS prompt. Again it could be printer port, computer LPT1 port or printer cable problem. exchange the cable and try again. Test the printer on another computer. Ensure that the printer is plugged in and connected correctly.

"Splitting" rows of Text or Graphics

When printing text, a blank line appears halfway doen the page, or when printing graphics, blank lines appear within the image.

To solve this, ensure that DIP switches 2 to 11 are set to OFF. Also make sure the printer port is set to SPP or Normal in the Computer's BIOS.

Paper error light comes on when switching on printer

Take any paper out of the printer and start the printer again. Insert the paper and press on line. Ensure the paper is inserted correctly. Far enough over to the left if no sheetfeeder attached over the right if the sheetfeeder attached. Check the DIP switches are set correctly and the correct emulation has been set on the PC.

Sheetfeeder does not feed correctly

This could be either hardware or software. If the paper always feeds in at an angle. Check they are feeding the paper in correctly. If they are there is a hardware fault. If it feeds in correctly check the DIP switches are set correctly. Check the printer emulation, Check the paper source is set for sheetfeeder and paper size is set for A4. The chances are it is a software problem.

No power on the printer.

Possibility the on/off has not been held down long enough. Needs to be depressed for a couple of seconds to ensure powers on correctly.

Cannot Print in Windows 98

If you cannot print in Wondows 98, make sure that the printer port is set to either SPP, Standard, or Normal in the computer's BIOS.

When printing text files, prints 2 lines on platen before feeding next sheet

This problems arises when printing simple text files from dos where no page end or formfeed indication in the file. Set Dipswitch SW #10 ON (Canon BJ-130e mode) or use Epson LQ mode

Error Codes

OffOffOff  No Power StateThe AC Adapter is not plugged in or defective or the battery is not installed
OnOffOnOff2 or 3Out of paper 
OnOffOn ContinouslyPaper Jam or Paper too longRemove Paper Jam
OnOffBlinks ContinouslyCarriageTurn printer off and on
OnBlinksOff 5Software relatedTurn printer off and on
OnBlinksOff ContinouslySoftware during printer warmup / RAM ErrorTurn printer off and on
OnBlinksBlinks 3Software related / ROM ErrorTurn printer off and on
BlinksOffOff Every SecondThe battery is recharging 
BlinksOffOff Every 1/2 secondThe battery is lowRecharge the battery
BlinksOffOn 5Battery is exhaustedTry recharging 2 or 3 more times. If the error persists replace the battery.
BlinksOffOn ContinouslyLogic Card errorLogic Card error
BlinksOffBlinks 5Battery faultTry recharging 2 or 3 more times. If the error persists replace the battery.
BlinksBlinksBlinks 3Indicators blink fast, and the printer will turn off after 1 minuteLogic Card error

Paper Out light may be On or Off for most errors and can be ignored except for Paper Out/Jam errors

Other Errors

Incorrect Paper Feed - To avoid paper feed problems ensure the paper cover is closed and the paper release lever is pushed down.

Very Light Characters - The printer is in economy mode, set the printer to HQ mode

Blurred Characters - Paper does not meet paper requirements

Irregular Dot Printing or Dot Missing - Print Head is clogged. Clean Print Head. If problem persists, change ink cartridge.

New Ink Cartridge Does Not Print - Clean Print Head.

Dirty Output - Adjust paper thickness adjustment dial to appropriate position.

DIP Switches

When printing in Windows set Switch 10 and 11 OFF

BJ Mode

1Auto Sheet feederEnableDisableOFF
2Text ScaleEnabledDisabledOFF
3Auto Line FeedCR with LFCROFF
4Page Length12" (305 mm)11" (279mm)OFF
5Character SetSet 2Set 1OFF
6Auto Carriage ReturnLF with CRLF onlyOFF
7Alternate Graphics ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
8Receive Buffer/Download Memory Size3 kb/34 kb37 kb /0 kbOFF
9Code Page850837OFF
10Printer EmulationCanon BJ-130eIBM X24eOFF
11Emulation modeEpson LQ-510Canon BJOFF

LQ MODE (Epson LQ-510)

1Auto Sheet feederEnableDisableOFF
2Text ScaleEnabledDisabledOFF
3Auto Line FeedCR with LFCROFF
4Page Length12" (305 mm)11" (279mm)OFF
5Character SetGraphicsItalicsOFF
6Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
7Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
8Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
9TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
10TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
11Emulation modeEpson LQ-510Canon BJON

Table 1 : International Character Set

CountrySwitch 6Switch 7Switch 8

Table 2 : Typeface

TypefaceSwitch 9Switch 10
Sans SerifOFFON