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Canon BJ-5 Printer



AD-150 120 VAC
AD-150 220 VAC

Alternative Drivers

Drivers you can use if the BJ-5 driver is not available.

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


To charge the Battery (NB-150) -

  • Insure the adapter(AD-150) is plugged in
  • Set the battery switch to ON (I)
  • Hold ONLINE while pressing the POWER
  • Release, the POWER indicator should be flashing

A good battery will take about 10 hours to charge and the POWER indicator will turn off when fully charged. the battery should be good for about 40 minutes. When not using the battey pack, set the Battery switch to OFF (0).


  • 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..

Serial Number

Located on underside of printer.

Known Issues

"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.

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.

Prints blank even with new Cartridge

After installing a new cartridge the printer only prints blank pages, or prints a few lines and fades quickly. Typically you need to perform 2-3 head cleanings before printing anything. Also insure the orange tape is removed from the new cartridge.

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

The reverse button does not work

If a sheet feeder is installed, the reverse feed is disabled.

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

DIP Switches

BJ Mode

1Auto Sheet feederEnableDisableOFF
2Graphics Image DensityNormalHighOFF
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
10Mode 1/Mode 2Canon BJ-130eIBM X24eOFF
11Emulation modeEpson LQ-510Canon BJOFF

Notes -

Switch 1 - When you use the optional auto sheet feeder, set the selector 1 to ON.

Switch 2 - When the selector 2 is OFF, the printer prints in a higher density graphics print image (full bit-mapped print). When this switch is on, the printer does not print the odd bits in mapped odd slices or the even bits in mapped even slices.

Switch 3 - When the selector 3 is ON, the printer makes an automatic line feed when receiving a CR code.

Switch 6 - When the selector 6 is ON, the printer makes an automatic carriage return after a line feed is performed.

Switch 7 - When the selector 7 is ON, the printer accepts high resolution 24-dot all point addressable (APA) graphics commands similar to those used with the conventional 24-dot printers.

Switch 9 - When the selector 9 is OFF, the printer is using the USA character font (437). When the selector is ON, the printer prints using the multilingual fonts (850).

Switch 10 - When the selector 10 is OFF (mode 1), the printer emulates IBM X24E control codes. When this selector is ON (mode 2), the printer emulates Canon BJ-130e control codes.

LQ MODE (Epson LQ-510)

1Auto Sheet feederEnableDisableOFF
2Graphics Image DensityNormalHighOFF
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 BJOFF

Table 1 : International Character Set

CountrySwitch 6Switch 7Switch 8

Table 2 : Typeface

TypefaceSwitch 9Switch 10
Sans SerifOFFON