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Canon BJ-230 Printer

General

Alternative Drivers

Drivers you can use if the BJ-230 driver is not available.

  • BJ-200/200e/200ex (BJ Mode)
  • BJ-5/10/10e/10ex/10sx/20 (BJ Mode)
  • Epson 510/850 (LQ Mode)
  • IBM ProPrinter X24 (BJ Mode)

Cartridge

  • BC-02 - Black Ink & Integral Print Head

Cleaning Printhead

  • Short Cleaning Method
    • Press OFFLINE, the online light should be off.
    • Press SHIFT and CLEANING and release
    • The ONLINE led will flash while cleaning is running.
    • Cleaning takes about 13 seconds.
    • After cleaning is finished, press the LF/FF key to print a nozzle test print
  • Long Cleaning Method
    • Press OFFLINE, the online light should be off.
    • Press SHIFT and release
    • Press CLEANING and hold.
    • Press SHIFT and hold
    • Release CLEANING
    • The ONLINE led will flash while cleaning is running.
    • Cleaning takes about 30 seconds.
    • After cleaning is finished, press the LF/FF key to print a nozzle test print

Self Test

Ripple Test : The ripple test prints the full character set in a staggered form as it scrolls down the page. Hold down the ON LINE and PRINT MODE. Switch on the printer while holding down these switches until the beeper sounds. To quit the test press the two buttons for a second. Note: This test is not available in manual feed mode (with the paper selection lever to the front).

All Modes Test : The All Modes test prints a series of characters in different fonts and sizes. Hold down the ON LINE switch and turn the power on. When the beeper sounds release the ON LINE switch. To quit this test, press the ON LINE switch for one second. The self print mode will be canceled and the paper will be ejected. Note: This test is not available in manual feed mode (with the paper selection lever to the front).

Serial Number

Location - Cream coloured label on the back of the printer near the power cord
Prefixes - EAU...

Special Paper

  • FOLEXTRAN - Folex Transparencies. Used for high quality overhead transparencies.
  • LC-301A4 - BubbleJet Paper A4. Lightly coated, water resistant everyday usage paper.
  • LC-301A3 - BubbleJet Paper A3. Lightly coated, water resistant everyday usage paper.

Known Issues

Printing Gibberish When Attached to a Packard Bell PC

If the printer is attached to a Packard Bell 9000 Series PC, then go into the Control Panel and then Fonts, and look for the Font WPBOXDRAWING. If it is there, then delete it. Also check that the Canon printer is set as the default printer.

Printing on A3 size paper will not work with any of the emulations in the manual.

Obtain updated drivers from Canon.

Print head moves, but nothing prints

This usually occurs when a new printer cartridge has been inserted. Run the print head cleaning process which should always be run 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.

Text is split

Other symptoms of this problem white lines in text italicized. This should be a driver problem Try a different printer driver. Disable the fast direct printing to port in Print Manager. Clean the print head as listed above.

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.

Power light flashes and the printer does not work

Try removing and reinstalling the cartridge.

Error Codes

PowerOnlineHSHQErrorBeepsCauseSolution
OffOffOffOffOff No PowerTurn on power / plug in AC cord
On   On3Paper Pickup Error or out of paperAdd Paper or clear paper jam and press Online
On   On4Paper JamClear paper jam and press Online
OnFlashingFlashingFlashingOn3Carriage Control ErrorRequires Service
OnFlashingFlashingFlashingOn4Cleaning ErrorRemove Cartridge and Check Nothing is Blocking the Path of the Cartridge. If not then printer Requires Service
OnFlashingFlashingFlashingOn5Temperature Sensor ErrorRequires Service, However it may be resolved by simply replacing the cartridge
OnFlashingFlashingFlashingOn6ROM/RAM ErrorRequires Service : Also try unplugging the printer for 60 seconds

DIP Switches

Dip switches are located on the top of the printer, next to the power switch and underneath a small flap.

BJ Mode

SwitchFunctionOnOFFFactory
Setting
1Horizontal Print PositionA4LetterOFF
2Text Scale ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
3Reduction ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
4Page Length12 Inches11 InchesOFF
5Character SetSet 2Set 1OFF
6Automatic Carriage ReturnLF + CRLF onlyOFF
7Automatic Graphics Mode (AGM)EnabledDisabledOFF
8Not Used  OFF
9Code Page850437OFF
10Buffer SizeReceive 9.4 KB
Download 41.0 KB
Receive 50.4 KB
Download OKB
OFF
11Not Used  OFF
12Printer Control Mode (DOS)Epson LQ-510BJ-10/IBM X24eOFF

LQ MODE (Epson LQ-510)

SwitchFunctionOnOffFactory
Setting
1Horizontal Print PositionA4LetterOFF
2Text Scale ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
3Reduction ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
4Page Length12 inches11 inchesOFF
5Character SetSet 2Set 1OFF
6Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
7Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
8Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
9TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
10TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
11TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
12Printer Control Mode (DOS)Epson LQ-510BJ-10/IBM X24eON

Table 1 : International Character Set

CountrySwitch 6Switch 7Switch 8
USAOFFOFFOFF
UKOFFOFFON
GermanyOFFONOFF
FranceOFFONON
DenmarkONOFFOFF
SwedenONOFFON
ItalyONONOFF
SpainONONON

Table 2 : Typeface

TypefaceSwitch 9Switch 10Switch 11
RomanOFFOFFOFF
Sans SerifOFFOFFON
DraftOFFONOFF
CourierOFFONON
PrestigeONOFFOFF
ScriptONOFFON
OratorONONOFF
Orator-SONONON