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Canon BJC-620 Printer

General

Alternative Drivers

Drivers you can use if the BJC-620 driver is not available.

  • DOS : BJ-200/200e/200ex (BJ Mode/Black)
  • DOS : Epson LQ2550 (LQ Mode Colour/Black)

Cartridges

  • BJI-201BkHC - Black Ink Tank
  • BJI-201C - Cyan Colour Ink Tank
  • BJI-201M - Magenta Colour Ink Tank
  • BJI-201Y - Yellow Colour Ink Tank

Cleaning Print Head

Press PRINT MODE + ENVELOPE until beeper sounds. Use PRINT MODE to select 1, and press ENVELOPE to start clean.

Self Tests

Colour Pattern : With the Printer switched off, press and hold the FF button, and press the POWER button until the printer beeps. When the POWER light starts to flash, release both buttons. When the POWER light stops flashing, the printer starts to print the color pattern. To stop printing the test, press the POWER button to turn off the printer.

Font Pattern : With the printer switched off, press and hold the PRINT MODE button, and press the POWER button until the printer beeps. When the POWER light starts to flash, release both buttons. When the POWER light stops flashing, the printer starts to print the Font Pattern. To stop printing the test, press the POWER button to turn off the printer.

Nozzle Check Pattern : With the printer switched off, press and hold the ONLINE button, and press the POWER button until the printer beeps. When the POWER light starts to flash, release both buttons. When the POWER light stops flashing, the printer starts to print the Nozzle Check Pattern. To stop printing the test, press the POWER button to turn off the printer.

Serial Number

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

Special Paper

  • CF-102A4 - Transparencies. Used for producing overhead transparencies.
  • GP-101A4 - Glossy Paper. Heavier coated paper, used for graphics.
  • LC-101A4 - Coated A4 Paper. Coated paper used for high quality print.
  • LC-301A4 - BubbleJet Paper A4. Lightly coated, water resistant everyday usage paper.
  • FS-101 - Fabric Sheet. Allows images to be printed onto 100% Cotton fabric (Machine Washable).
  • BF-102A4 - Back Print Film A4. Used to produce back-lit displays.
  • HG-101 - High Gloss Film A4. Gives documents a Gloss finish, used for reports/graphics.
  • TR-101 - T-Shirt Transfer. Images can be printed onto the transfer material and then ironed onto T-shirts, Sweaters, etc..

Known Issues

Sharing With Other Parallel Port Devices

The Canon BJC-620 printer has a bidirectional communication feature. This feature does not share the parallel port, and can cause problems when you try and share the parallel port with other devices, for example scanners. You can correct this problem by downloading the Non-WPS Printer Drivers from Canon's Website.

After installing new Cartidges, the Error light flashes and ink light is lit

The Ink detection may require callibration, as follows

  • Turn off the printer
  • Remove all the ink tanks. (Cartridges)
  • Unplug the printer (maybe easiest to unplug from back of printer).
  • Set paper thickness lever to the plain paper position (DOWN). (Lever beside black cartridge)
  • Close the printer cover.
  • Hold POWER and FF buttons while plugging the printer in.
  • After tone(s) and print head mechanism stops moving, press ONLINE.
  • You should hear more tone(s).
  • Set paper thickness lever to the envelope position (UP).
  • Close the Printer Cover.
  • Press FF button. There should be more tone(s) and then it shuts itself off.
  • Unplug the printer.
  • Install all ink tanks.(Cartridges)
  • Set paper thickness lever back to the plain paper position.

Problems using Printer with Logitech Pagescan

When the printer is connected to the computer through a Logitech Pagescan, it does not function correctly. The solution is to remove the word WAKEUP.DLL from the system.ini file.

Ink Sensor / Paper Thickness Calibration fails

This can be caused by dirt on the sensor preventing proper operation. To clear this,

  • Open the cover on the printer to expose the cartridges.
  • Unplug printer
  • Replug printer
  • Power up printer
  • When the printhead moves away from the right, quickly unplug the printer.
  • At this point you should be able to move the printhead to the left,
  • The INK SENSOR will be exposed well enough to clean, the sensor is located just behind the front silver rail.
  • Clean the Sensor and area near it.
  • Replug in the printer and Power up

Colours not Printing properly

Make sure that you have printer driver set to Colour Matching.

Windows 95 crashes after installing printer driver.

Computer lockups after rebooting from Windows Printing System driver installation. This typically happens after upgrading from Windows 3.1x to Windows 95. The solution is to edit the System.ini file and remove the MinTimeSlice line.

Error Codes

PowerBeepsErrorOnlineBKCMYInkEnvError ConditionSolution
On OFFON      Ready 
On2On       Paper jam or out of paperAdd paper or remove the paper jam and press ONLINE to continue
On2      BlinkBlinkWASTE INK warningYou can continue printing by pressing ONLINE however the printer is due for service
On2      BlinkBlinkINK OUT - The printer is out of INK , Note any combination of BK, C, M or Y may blinkReplace or check the ink cartridges that have BLINKING lights - BK = Black, C = CYAN, M = Magenta, Y = Yellow
On3Blink      OnThis indicates Carriage Error (Printhead movement)See notes below on Encoder Errors. If that doesn't work, printer requires a service
On3Blink     On Home Position Error (Printhead movement)Requires Service
On3Blink     OnOnEncoder Error (Printhead movement)See notes below on Encoder Errors. If that doesn't work, printer requires a service
On3Blink    On  Paper Feed Motor ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink    On OnAuto Sheet Feeder Home Position ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink    OnOn Internal Temperature ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink   On   WASTE INK is FullRequires Service
On3Blink   On  OnThis indicates EEPROM ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink ON     ROM ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink On  On  RAM ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink   On On Gate Array ErrorRequires Service
On3Blink   On OnOnInk DetectionSee Notes for Recalibration Method
On3Blink       PrintHead ErrorRequires Service, Possibly remove printhead and reinstall may resolve problem. Any combination of BK,C,M,Y may be be blinking

Notes - Encoder Error

If you receive an encoder error, try the following,

  • Power off the printer
  • Unplug the printer power cord
  • Hold PRINT MODE and POWER buttons and plug in the printer's cord
  • Release the buttons after the tones (beeps)
  • Wait until the printer finishes, and power off
  • Unplug the printer
  • Plug it back in

Print mode is the button below the 4 Leds (BkCMY)

Notes - Recalibration Procedure

  • Turn off the printer
  • Remove all the ink tanks. (Cartridges)
  • Unplug the printer (maybe easiest to unplug from back of printer).
  • Set paper thickness lever to the plain paper position (DOWN). (Lever beside black cartridge)
  • Close the printer cover.
  • Hold POWER and FF buttons while plugging the printer in.
  • After tone(s) and print head mechanism stops moving, press ONLINE.
  • You should hear more tone(s).
  • Set paper thickness lever to the envelope position (UP).
  • Close the Printer Cover.
  • Press FF button. There should be more tone(s) and then it shuts itself off.
  • Unplug the printer.
  • Install all ink tanks.(Cartridges)
  • Set paper thickness lever back to the plain paper position.

Error After Cleaning Waste Ink

Thanks to Ola Fjällman for this tip -

I have successfully cleaned the waste ink (no tools necessary!) and wash the sponges in water (use gloves!). And I installed new cartridges, and reset waste ink warning, calibrated the new cartridges, and performed cleaning. Despite all this, the printer didn't work. Three beeps, error blinking, and all cartridges blinking.

On the printer head there was corrosion on the tin-plates. After removing the corrosion with a knife the printer operates normal again! Here is an image of my printer head and a screwdriver pointing to the tin-plates where I removed the corrosion (all four tin-plates).

bjc620.jpg


Waste Error Reset

1: Unplug Power Cord
2: Hold POWER and FF and Print Mode buttons
3: Plug in Power Cord
4: Release after the beeps

DIP Switches

BJ Mode

SwitchFunctionOnOFFFactory
Setting
1Horizontal Print PositionA4LetterOFF
2Text Scale ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
3Character SetSet 2Set 1OFF
4Code PageSee Table 1OFF
5Code PageSee Table 1OFF
6Code PageSee Table 1OFF
7Page Length12 inches11 InchesOFF
8Alternate Graphics ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
9Automatic Carriage ReturnLine Feed = LF+CRLine Feed = LFOFF
10Automatic Line FeedCR + LFCR OnlyOFF
11Printer Control Mode (DOS)Epson LQ-2550BJ-10/IBM X24eOFF
12Not Used  OFF

Table 1 - Code Page for BJ mode

Code PageSwitch 4Switch 5Switch 6
850OFFOFFON
437OFFOFFOFF
860ONONON
863OFFONON
865ONOFFOFF

LQ MODE

SwitchFunctionOnOffFactory
Setting
1Horizontal Print PositionA4LetterOFF
2Text Scale ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
3Character SetGraphicsItalicsOFF
4Int'l Character SetSee Table 2OFF
5Int'l Character SetSee Table 2OFF
6Int'l Character SetSee Table 2OFF
7TypefaceSee Table 3OFF
8TypefaceSee Table 3OFF
9TypefaceSee Table 3OFF
10Automatic Line FeedCR + LFLFOFF
11Printer Control Mode (DOS)Epson LQ-510BJ-10/IBM X24eON
12Not Used  OFF

Table 2 : International Character Set

CountrySwitch 4Switch 5Switch 6
USAOFFOFFOFF
UKOFFOFFON
GermanyOFFONOFF
FranceOFFONON
DenmarkONOFFOFF
SwedenONOFFON
ItalyONONOFF
SpainONONON

Table 3 : Typeface

TypefaceSwitch 7Switch 8Switch 9
RomanOFFOFFOFF
Sans SerifOFFOFFON
DraftOFFONOFF
CourierOFFONON
PrestigeONOFFOFF
ScriptONOFFON
OratorONONOFF
Orator-SONONON