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Posts: 34
Registered: ‎06-11-2013

Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

This is a "call to arms" for all of you Canon customers who have had this problem and have had their printers disabled because of it.  Please respond with the model of your printer and if you were able to fix it, what you did to fix it. 

 

We need to put pressure on Canon to respond this product defect.  It appears to be bad firmware that does not allow the user to override the problem and to continue to use the printer even in a degraded mode.  From my investigations the problem is NOT a printhead issue - no way one can be printing fine and then have this error alert without having changed the printhead or ink cartridges!

 

Canon, PLEASE take this issue seriously and provide a solution across the affected models.  If nothing else there should be a trade-in allowance for those printers that have been affected by this product defect.

 

I have had many Canon printers because they have superior functional specifications. I want to be able to continue using Canon products but only if I can have confidence that this product defect will not destroy my investment.

 

If Canon is unresponsive our next step should be to aggressively publisize this product defect on social media and on major product vendor outlet sites as negatives reviews.

 

Forum Users, please reply with your affected model number(s) and with details of any succdessful fix procedure.

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Posts: 34
Registered: ‎06-11-2013

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Does anyone know what internal part failure, other than the printhead, can cause this error code?  Would like to fix my MP960 using parts from other MP960s if possible.

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Posts: 34
Registered: ‎06-11-2013

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

This is what I've been able to find so far. 19 posts in 2 of the forums. These represent 36,989 views of the same U052 problem! 16 different models have reported problems:

MG5320
MG5350

MP520
MP530
MP600
MP610
MP830
MP860
MP960
MP990
MP970

MX700
MX882
MX860
MX870
MX892

 

Where is the Canon Product Quality Assurance Department?  This product deficiency should be investigated and a robust solution provided to the thousands of affected Canon loyal customers.

 

What is your response Canon?  Doesn't this warrant a firmware update to correct this product deficiency?

 

Is it time for a class action law suit?


1- U052 Printhead Problem MX870
by chdevers in Printer/Multifunction Support
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‎05-30-2013 06:19 AM
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‎08-10-2013 05:48 PM
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‎11-01-2013 04:13 PM
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‎09-29-2013 08:15 AM
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6- mp830
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‎05-24-2013 05:52 PM
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‎01-28-2014 12:22 PM
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‎11-28-2012 09:16 AM
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‎01-25-2014 05:12 AM
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13- Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead ...
by macnicol in Personal Printers
This is a "call to arms" for all of you Canon customers who have had this problem and have had their printers disabled because of it.  Please respond with the model of your printer and if y...
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‎01-30-2014 10:13 AM
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14- Canon MX700 error message U052, then 5200
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15- Canon MP990 U052 - print head is incorrect
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‎08-23-2013 11:34 PM
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18- Any new help on fixing U052 error on MX860?Reinsta...
by eddytsang in Personal Printers
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‎01-18-2014 10:27 AM
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19- My MP970 printer won't print.
by sasa in Personal Printers
 My MP970 printer won't print.  The message says the type of print head is incorrect.  Install the correct print head.  This is the second time in two months this problem arose.  Last time it just st...

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‎07-31-2013 11:02 AM
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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-05-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

MG5220 I've had for a few years, went through it's original tanks recently, suddenly comes up with this U052 error. The printer/scanner worked great. Even duplexed.

 

Too bad Canon seems to have put crippleware in the printer.

 

I replaced the empty tanks with oens from Sophia Global. They worked fine for a month.  All tank lights lit up, no flashers, photo quality print all the way. 

 

Then U052 and the entire printer is useless. Multiple repeat print head reseating, tanks reseating, power cycling, unplugs, all the "solutions" resulted in.... U052.

 

Very surprised, and disappointed in this boneheaded crippleware nonsense.

 

Hope this can be resolved. If the printer needs replaced, it will *not* be with a Canon printer.

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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎01-22-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

I am new and cannot work out how to use the forum. Please assist if you can. Messages show only partly.

I have the notorious errors U051 and U052 on my MP610 and obviously this is a problem of long standing.

Has there been any response EVER from Canon? If so, what?

Frequent Contributor
Posts: 34
Registered: ‎06-11-2013

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

This is the best Canon has to offer, which seldom, if ever, works:

To try and resolve the U052 error, please remove and then reseat all of the ink tanks and print head in the unit. Next, please turn off the printer, unplug the power cord from the back and leave it out for at least 10 minutes, then plug it back in and turn it back on.

If the U052 error persists after following the steps above, the printer will require servicing. Please click on the Contact Us link below to obtain your servicing options if needed.

This didn't answer your question or issue? Find more help at Contact Us .
New Contributor
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-10-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Let me know when you're ready to file!  Count me in!

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎07-22-2013

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

I told the whole sorry tale about my Canon Pixma 560 ... which ended with me sending my printer to the e-recycler as the scan function did not work with the "printhead error". I have bought a new different printer and am, for the moment, happy. I think this is a shocking response from Canon and it will be a long time before I recommend or buy another. So count me in even if I am far away in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Posts: 256
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Hi macincol!

 

Please follow the steps HERE to reseat your print head. If this error remains, a print head replacement or repair may be needed.

 

Please CONTACT our technical support group for further assistance.

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New Contributor
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-10-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Hey, Canon-

 

The reseat instructions have been posted SOOOO many times!  Not to be mean about it, but it should be obvious that the procedure is not working, and that you (Canon) have a major problem with the printhead/circuitry on so many models. 

 

The printer I bought was less than 4 months old and had just indicated it needed ink.  I spent the money to get new cartridges and this error occurs.  Not only have I wasted money on the cartridges, you want to charge for repairs?? With the track record that I see with this issue, you should be recalling the printers and fixing the problem for free.

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