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I have a Canon Mp 240. The error message is 2. The alarm

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I have a Canon Mp 240. The error message is 2. The alarm light is also on. I haven't tried anything yet.
JA: Has your Canon done this before? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: Not that I know of. I'm guessing about 10 years old. I was photocopying at the time.
JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?
Customer: Mac, not sure, but similar age to the printer.
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: As far as I know this has never happened before. I was copying and it made a funny grinding noise. I just changed the ink cartridges and had made one copy before this happened
JA: Anything else you want the printer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: I just turned the printer off. other than that, nothing I can think of.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 months ago.

Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble, but I'll do my best to help you. Please give me a few moments to review your details here.

Expert:  Nathan replied 5 months ago.

This message indicates a carriage fault. That can be caused by anything from debris/obstruction (paper jam, bent/damaged rails, out of place purge assembly/wiper, or dirty/dislocated encoder strip) to an actual hardware defect (bad sensor or control board, faulty carriage drive motor/gear/belt, bad printhead/carriage pcb).

What we can try here are some cleaning and reset steps.
First, open up the printer, and check for any internal debris such as scraps of paper, paperclip or staple, etc. Check if you’re able to move the carriage manually, or if it moves on its own when lifting the lid. If it does move, you can proceed with cleaning by blowing out the inside compartment with compressed air and checking carefully on both sides for any obstructions. Then wipe down the encoder strip, which is a clear plastic strip running the width of the printer, that sits just slightly above and behind the carriage.

Then reset the machine:
unplug power at the wall outlet
wait 5 minutes
press and hold the power/on button for 60+ seconds
keep holding while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after, then release

Let me know the results, and I’ll advise further if needed.

Thanks,

Nathan

Expert:  Nathan replied 5 months ago.

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