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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎07-05-2014

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

In my situation, "recycling" industry is my main problem Smiley Wink

I can't stand printing industry still making money on toner/ink instead of making GOOD printers.

 

With my Konica Minolta 1600W (laser color), i seen ppl buying a second printer instead of buying a new drum or fuser.

Discounted, printer was 50 bucks instead of 100 bucks. And even at 100 bucks, it was the same price than a fuser or a drum alone. So you get drum, fuser and four 1/3 filled toners for the same (if not half) price than a single part.

 

When i think about all the technicals parts inside a printer, and market value being around zero (1600W alone (empty toners) second hand is around 20 bucks, and Canon is simply 0 bucks), i understand the term "world downfall".

 

So now i will just print few pages at work, and use professional/auto-printers services for all my pictures.
And so, i leave headaches to other ppl. As computer tech dealing with computers all day long, i have no time to loose on those troubles at home.

 

No more printer at home for me, being toner or ink.

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎07-04-2014

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

I am in the UK and have contacted a which favourite consumer magazine as well as a well known dog programme watch. Would urge more to do the same here in the UK and contact similar bodies where you are.
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Posts: 9
Registered: ‎06-17-2014

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

Hi Mnaclerio, I am also in the UK and have been trying to get a satisfactory (or indeed any)answer from Canon for a couple of weeks now.  I finally got a response yesterday and have pasted it below.

 

Thank you for contacting the Canon helpdesk facility with regard to your MP560

I understand that your printer is not working due to a printhead fault error UO52. May I advise all our cartridges (including printhead) are classed as consumable items.

Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to comment on the reason as to why the print head may be failing. I would also add that as the printhead is classed as a consumable, this will periodically, need to be replaced. As per the user’s manual, we recommend that the ink tanks are not unnecessarily removed as it may cause ink clogging. The print head of a cartridge must never dry or clog. To prevent this, the print head will be capped when the cartridge is installed in the printer and in its home position.

However, if the cartridge is removed from the printer, the print head will be exposed to air. Whenever you remove a cartridge from the printer, we would recommend that you store it in the container, provided with the printer.

For further details, please refer to the user’s manual.

This information is clearly highlighted on all our sales literature. Also, in the terms and conditions of your warranty, it clearly states that consumables are not covered; this is listed under the section of “limitations

Should you require service on your printer or to purchase a new print head please find below our authorised repair agent who will advise you of the cost for service.

CRC Tasktron – 01483 776060

I hope this information is of use to you.

 

Unfortunately, the information was not of use to me.  Canon hiding behind a warranty exclusion for their most frequent fault.  I have now ordered an Epson printer and will be sending this additional information to the BBC consumer programme you mentioned to add to the information I have already sent them.  So come on UK Canon U052 sufferers - add your complaints to mine and Mnaclerio's!  Rise up and revolt!!

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎07-04-2014

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

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Great, the more we sign up to the dog the more notice we get. Also which try magazine. I am sure you know what I mean. This will prevent this post from getting deleted as cencorship is rife on this North Canon forum  

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎07-10-2014

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

Any updates on this? My beloved MP560 has developed this error. Interestingly, another user with the same model has recently had this very same problem. I am thinking...................it's not a coincidence................

Frequent Contributor
Posts: 90
Registered: ‎04-13-2014

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

You're right. It's not a coincidence. It is planned and designed into the firmware of these products. They declare themselves dead after a set period of time or number of prints. Usually just beyond the waranty period so we have to dump it and buy another! Only a fool would buy another Canon printer after reading 36 pages of these faults.
Always hate to see corporate ripoffs by companies we used to trust.
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎07-10-2014

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

Can someone from Canon (RAMONA) explain why I have noticed quite a few posts misteriously disappearing and their contributors stopping posting new messages? Is this a glitch? Can it be resolved?
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎07-04-2014

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

I am still here and very unhappy!
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 21
Registered: ‎04-20-2014

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

Wow, print heads are 'consumables'!? Has anyone here ever replaced a print head on a previous generation or make of printer? Do other manufacturers classify print heads as consumables? I never have.
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎04-28-2014

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

Print heads as consumables would be OK with me if that solved the problem,but it doesn't. The problem is programmed in the electronic wizardry in the printhead carrier [this is unaccessable]. If Canon has gone down this path of creating obsolescence at a pre-determined time then don't think other  manufacturers of consumers goods are not in the game. Why are the ink cartridges continually changed in shape yet carry the same ink as previous models? An increase in wastage is all profits to someone. If I had 2 Canon printers and one died, I would tranfer the ink from the dead cartridges to the living ones. When my 'free' HP multifunction dies, I will buy a standalone scanner that does all the fancy work that I need, and use a printer that I expect to die within 2 years.....perhaps use the Canon case as my bargaining point or buy a 5 year guarantee.....or have it fall off the desk and claim on house insurance!! The world we live in requires us to produce goods that are shoddy and have a short life so that the 7 billion people on this earth can get a job, however meaningless, manufacturing more.Unfortunately this chews up the finite material resources on the earth, plus power, to make them. This Canon problem, when exposesed, will point to a bigger problem of too many people, too few jobs, too few paying investments etc etc.

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