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I have used many Inkjet Printers and the IP4000 has been the best one I have ever had. I am dedicating this page to help others with what I have learned and hope it is of help to you if you have an IP4000. I run Windows XP, so, the stuff on this page is geared that way, I see no reason why this would not work with all OSs and systems, but, your mileage may vary. This information is for the benefit of the reader and is posted with no guarantee or warrantee what so ever. I will accept no responsibility if you damage anything or anyone doing anything described on this page.

Printing on printable CDs and DVDs

Resetting Ink-waste Overflow Counter

Canon IP4000 Service Manual

Cheap Ink for the IP4000

 

Printing on printable CDs and DVDs

To print on CDs or DVDs you will need to do the following:

1) Remove the plastic cover that covers the slot the CD tray slides into. Click photo for a larger photo.

2) Optionally buy the cover with the 2 small spring loaded guide wheels that help guide the CD tray into the printer. I found one on EBay for $20.00, the canon part number is QM2-1239-000. If the same person (annocjr) still has them on eBay you will find it HERE. He has 100% good feedback and was a truly great guy to deal with!


The QM2-1239-000 Canon Roller Assembly

3) Program your printer into a mode that supports the CD tray. The following is a step-by-step of how to do this:

 

1) Make sure the printer is off but is plugged in

2) Press and Hold down the [RESUME/CANCEL] button and press and hold down the [POWER] button and wait 5 seconds.

3) Release the [RESUME/CANCEL] button but Continue to hold down the [POWER] button.

4) Press the [RESUME/CANCEL] button 2 times then Release the [POWER] button.

Check to see you are in service mode by pressing the [RESUME/CANCEL] button, than press the [POWER] button. This should cause the printer to print a simple diagnostic that will list it's ROM number and list CDR SENSOR=OK in red for the last line.

Note: The color of iPxxx (LTR) V1.xx. Non-CDR support will be cyan

5) Press the [RESUME/CANCEL] button 5 times then press the [POWER] button, this is the Destination setting option.

6) Press the [RESUME/CANCEL] button 5 times and then press the [POWER] button, this is non-Japan, CD-R enabled, letter paper mode.

7) Press the [RESUME/CANCEL] button then press the [POWER] button.

Note: This should cause the same test with ROM information but this time the iPxxx (LTR) V1.xx will be pink.

8) To confirm the new settings and return to printing mode press the [POWER] button.

Note: Do not forget to do step 8 or it will default to JAPAN IPx100 and you will have to start over from step 1.

 

4) Uninstall the drivers, if installed, then go to canon's support download site and download the newest drivers and install them, your old drivers may support the CD tray, but, it is always a good idea to have the newest drivers for your printer.

5) Install the CD printing software, you can get the Canon European software from here: http://software.canon-europe.com/ or you can use your own software, I personally like CorelDraw and have made my own template.

6) Buy or make a CD tray. Canon calls this tray the "CD-R tray B" and the Canon part number is QL2-0605-000. If the same person (annocjr) still has them on eBay you will find it HERE. He has 100% good feedback and was a truly great guy to deal with!


The QL2-0605-000 Canon CD-R tray B.

This is the home made tray I made. I used a couple serial boxes, printed the template on the four pieces of cardboard. I used a paper cuter to get straight cuts to cut the pieces out of the cardboard. On the bottom layer I glued the Tinfoil for the four reflectors like the original has. The second layer I cut the four holes for the four reflectors then glued it to the first layer using Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue I got from Wal-Mart for a couple dollars. I then cut the 3 top holes for the foil and the large hole for the CD in the third and fourth layers, then glued them one at a time to the other layers.

You should have a workable CD tray, below is pictures of my project, click the images for larger pictures. The template is HERE and will give you a PDF file you can print to do your own tray.

 

Resetting Ink-waste Overflow Counter

There is a large sponge like container in the bottom of the IP4000 that holds the overflow of ink, Canon has built in a counter that will warn you when this needs to be replaced. I have never replaced this, when mine has filled up I have hosed it out in my sink until the water runs clear, I let the printer dry out real good for a week or so and then use the following to reset the counter. You don't HAVE to clean out the waste container, but, be prepared to have ink flowing out onto whatever your printer is setting on if you just reset this and keep printing. I really suggest you either clean it or replace it.

 

1) With the printer plugged in and powered off, press and hold the Resume/Cancel button, then press and hold the Power button. (DO NOT release the buttons. The LED light should be green to indicate that a function is selectable.).

2) While holding the Power button, release the Resume/Cancel button. (DO NOT release the Power button.).

3) While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button 2 times, and then release both the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange and green, starting with orange.).

4) When the LED light is green, press the Resume/Cancel button 4 times. (Each time the Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange and green, starting with orange.).

5) Press the Power button. The LED lights in green, and the reset is performed. (When the operation completes, the printer returns to the menu selection mode automatically.).

6) Press the power button to exit service mode.

Note: if you accidentally press the Resume/Cancel button more than 4 times in step 4 then just press the Resume/Cancel button at least 10 times and the printer will be returned to step 4 automatically.

 

Canon IP4000 Service Manual

I have search the net for quite some time and have finally found the IP4000 service manual in PDF format, CLICK HERE to download it.

 

Cheap Ink for the IP4000

I have had very good luck in using some cheap inks in the Canon IP4000. I have tried 2 types of Ink that are cheap and have had 100% success with. I have found them both on eBay, The cheapest being from itrimming and the other that is a bit more money but very good is from abacusink. You can find many other sellers on eBay by searching for IP4000 ink.

 

 

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