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Manual Resetting Method for Canon Pixma MP520


This reset procedure for Canon Pixma MP520 is taken from BilBg (Bulgaria) post in the fixyourownprinter forum, The reset procedure for reset counter in the Canon Pixma MP520 using button combinations. Some users in this forum which have tried this method (canon MP520 reset method) say this method work on Canon MP520.

Canon PIXMA MP520 Photo All-in-One inkjet printer with 2 inch TFT display that let user preview, scan, copy and print. This software compatible with Mac OS X, windows XP, 2K and Vista. This canon printer using system’s Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology for better copies. Price of Canon PIXMA MP520 printer in the market is $499.99.

Canon Pixma MP520 Photo All-On-One Inkjet Printer

Here Procedure Resetting Canon Pixma MP520 (Picture by BilBg):

To reset this canon printer model you follow the reset method in the picture.

  1. Switch the printer OFF
  2. Press buttons 1 + 2 + 3 and 4 (simultaneously using four fingers)
  3. Keep pressing this four buttons for 10 seconds
  4. Release the On/Off button (number 4) (Keeping pressing the others)
  5. After a few seconds (when the printer go ON) you can release buttons 1, 2, 3

A litte Notes by BilBg:

  1. Maybe step “c)” is not needed
  2. This procedure was used when I refilled the Black cartridge – try using the ColorCopy button instead of BlackCopy button (number 1) if you refill Color cartridge.
  3. Maybe there is no need for all the four buttons – you can try 1 + 4, 2 + 4 or 3 + 4. (or 1+2+4, 1+3+4, 2+3+4)
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46 Responses to “Manual Resetting Method for Canon Pixma MP520”

  1. ali says:


  2. Jack says:

    I’ve tried to fill up the cartridges and it didn’t do the thing as I wished with my canon MP520 compared with the other printer I had before.
    1) the cartridges are dripping hard
    2) can’t reset the printer (I’ve tried the trick with the button combinations)

    Can somebody give me a complete overview on how to do the job properly.
    Thx in advance

    Best Regards

  3. Konstantin says:

    Thank you all running. Even expected.

  4. harry says:

    thnx guys u rocks….really…………..i am so happy

  5. Dr Hook says:

    Eureka !!!!!!!
    I was trying to reset an ink cartridge on my Canon MP550 printer after the Error Message U130. The printer duly locked me out till I bought another chipped cartridge. Looked everywhere and tried the above method and it didn’t work. The Error Message and the picture still appeared in the LCD window. I held the resume button for approx 10 seconds and the message disappeared and i printed straight away !. The only difference is the cartridge level ( which i had been filling up) in question is grayed out rather than showing the colour that should be there. Happy Days 🙂

  6. gary says:

    for MP530 this method seems to work except for step E I needed to hold the 3 remaining buttons until the printer fully started. I turned on and off the printer and I can still print off my old cartridge. Yahoo!!

  7. BrianAuk says:

    MP510 RESET WASTE INK ABSORBER COUNTER This method doesn’t work for MP510 but this does (Thanks to post on I was able to reset and prevent the printing being disabled once completely full, having used tissue to mop up excess ink from the pad (not a lot!).

    The instructions that work are:

    1. Turn off; hold RESUME (red triangle in a circle);
    2. Press and hold POWER (ON/OFF);
    3. release RESUME; still holding POWER double click RESUME;
    4. release POWER; printer starts up – wait until the display shows “IDLE”;
    5. click RESUME 4 times;
    6. click POWER to confirm;
    7. press POWER to turn off.

    When you power up again there will be no warning or error message. Hope this helps someone!

  8. Molch-Entertainment says:

    doesn’t work with my MP550… ;-(

  9. Camille says:


    I have a canon mp520 printer, which i want to use to print balck and white, but it asks me to put in the colour cartrige> is there anyway i can print without it.. Pls help

  10. Syl says:

    hy! It worked. Thanks! I also have problem with an other cartridge and i push the colorcopy button, like you said.

  11. George says:


    I have a Canon MP520. When I turn it on, the ink cartridges go back and forth like they normally would. Then it tries the paper feeder and makes a funny noise and stops. The error message is #6000.

    Might anyone know how to over come this?

    Thank you.

  12. Max says:

    Hi there,
    I have Canon MP-520 printer and have two questions :

    a. The printer works perfectly. Changed the cartridge and cleaned the head too several times today but on printing nothing comes on paper. Its totally blank. Shows service ref.5200.
    Any ideas what seems to be the problem ??

    b. How do you reset the printer’s memory or erase the printer’s internal memory as I happen to talk to someone who said that after certain time the head stops to print as it has memory limitation and there is a way to erase or reset the same. So i have these 2 problems.
    Any ideas guys ?? HELP ………..
    Will appreciate.


  13. wendelin1945 says:

    doesn’t work with my MP630


  14. Mark says:

    I have a Canon PIXMA MP 520 that has worked fine up until today…..There is no black printing occuring?!

    I have tried to swap cartridges, tried scan, tried copy….I get all colour elements of my image but no black. Black and white (ie text pages) come out blank.

    When I try maintenance procedures they have no effect and system inducates nozzle not clogged, no cleaning required.

    If anybody has any ideas or suggestions, I would be very grateful 🙂

  15. Michele says:

    I have a Canon Pixma MP510 and this worked perfectly. I have been surfing the net looking for a fix for this problem for days and I can tell you the instructions by BillBG is the ONLY method that worked for me. Thank you so much, you saved me the cost of a new printer because I had just about given up on it.

  16. dave says:

    This did not work for my mp510. I tried using BrianAuk directions but that didn’t work either. What else can I do?


    -So Frustrated.

  17. Carlos A. Radillo says:

    Thank you so much to BrianAuk! His recommendations really worked with my MP550. It saved me a lot of money.

  18. bobncat says:

    HELP Canon MP970

    working fine
    turned off
    next day AWK!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Screen says “Printer error, turn off printer and turn back on, if this does not fix then consult manual”
    ok did not work
    tried reset option found on internet, now “serivce mode” comes up on screeen!!
    What can I do?

  19. katydog says:

    Thanks to BrianAuk; this worked on my Pixma MP520. All other suggestions failed

  20. danny says:

    can i scan to my computer when the colour ink is finished canon mp550

  21. JR says:

    On the MP500, you apparently dont get a message telling you IDLE, just a blank whit screen with CANON at the top, but this method works just as well. Thanks BrainAuk.

  22. JC says:

    have a canon mp520, up until today worked fine, now getting error message uo51 print head is not installed. install the printhead. tried the 4 button trick but didnt work. any ideas please.

  23. kitflav says:

    I have a MP520. I have been using refilled cartridges for few months, but all of a sudden acts really weird: does not print pictures at all and sometimes does not want to print texts either.
    I`ve tried restoring it and nothing…

  24. juki says:

    salve ho un mp520 ho cambiato cartucce è acendo stampante il schermo sia aceso per 5 secondi e dopo sia spentto o probatto unaltra volta non si acende più perche secondo the

  25. STUART says:


  26. DougT says:

    This basically worked for the MX870 with the U130 error – can’t detect ink level, please replace cartridge – after I refilled the cartridge and replaced it.

    Held down the + + for 10 seconds, while it was on and it rest. Working like new!

  27. jamie says:

    mp510 got error code 5100 how do u reset this pls

  28. emma says:

    solution to error U130 worked! just reset for 5 to 10 secs. love you guys!!!!!

  29. Teresa says:

    How to reset the Canon All-In-One printer, fax, copier to factory default when you’re giving it away or want to start your installation of the printer all over again. All data that you have entered into the printer will be wiped using this procedure so think carefully before proceeding.
    1) Press the Menu button 3 times to get to “Device Settings”
    2) Arrow right 3 times to get to “Restore Default”
    3) Press the OK button
    4) Arrow right twice to get to “All Data”
    5) Press the OK button
    6) Arrow right once to change the “No” that appears to “Yes”
    7) Press the OK button
    You should now see a message in the printer window that states “Data Has Been Reset”
    Your MP530 is now set like it was when it came from the factory.

    By the way if you just want to erase the Fax memory of documents just unplug the printer for a few minutes after turning it off and then restart it all documents will be erased.

  30. Fz says:

    @Teresa: Thank you for your tips

  31. Maggie says:

    I have a MP510 that had no problem until I attempted to change one of the cartridges. I even put the old one back in but was still stuck with incorrect printhead error message. I tried BrianAuk’s solution but still nothing. Maybe this is ready for the ewaste pile.

  32. Fiona says:

    Tried this and a few other convoluted combinations of button pressing, but still absolutely no luck whatsoever. Could just be that I need a new printer. It’s done us many years’ service!

  33. david says:

    Ich tat, wie BrianAuk und das Problem gelöst

  34. david says:

    Ich tat, wie BrianAuk und das Problem gelöst
    Mein Drucker ist mit Canon MP 510 PRINTER

  35. Marcas says:

    Ich tat, wie BrianAuk und das Problem gelöst
    Mein Drucker ist mit Canon MP 510 PRINTER

  36. ret farr says:

    WORKS for scanning with low ink warning. Fabulous! Was ready to chuck the damn thing into the yard!
    No more Canon printers.

  37. roland says:


    thanks a lot !!!

    the reset works.


  38. renard says:

    je possède ce type d’imprimante, j’ai fais reformater ma tour. L’imprimante refonctionne mais impossible de scanner des documents et des photos ? Faut-il faire ce type de remise Ă  0 aussi pour remettre le scan en fonction. merci pour votre rĂ©ponse!

  39. pig says:

    amazing!! it worked for me! i’m using a canon M5150. Basically i just pressed the red triangle, OK, and home button, whilst switching the printer on and off a few times.

  40. Trish says:

    Worked perfectly for the MP520. Thankyou!

  41. Andrew Heap says:

    I have a Canon Pixma MP520 and this has worked perfectly. First try failed, second perfect!!!

    Thank you so much, you’ve saved me the cost of a new printer as I had just about given up on this one.

  42. George says:

    This works to reset Canon MP520 ink absorber issue. Thanks Brian!
    BrianAuk says:
    February 18, 2011 at 6:26 am
    MP510 RESET WASTE INK ABSORBER COUNTER This method doesn’t work for MP510 but this does (Thanks to post on I was able to reset and prevent the printing being disabled once completely full, having used tissue to mop up excess ink from the pad (not a lot!).

    The instructions that work are:

    1. Turn off; hold RESUME (red triangle in a circle);
    2. Press and hold POWER (ON/OFF);
    3. release RESUME; still holding POWER double click RESUME;
    4. release POWER; printer starts up – wait until the display shows “IDLE”;
    5. click RESUME 4 times;
    6. click POWER to confirm;
    7. press POWER to turn off.

    When you power up again there will be no warning or error message. Hope this helps someone!

  43. Nancy says:

    My Canon PIXMA MP510 has not been printing in color ever since I got refilled cartridges. I had them refilled AND reset at Costco. I’ve tried all these fixes, reinstalled the updated printer drivers once again, done cleaning, deep cleaning, nozzle check, and print head alignment, all to no avail. I do not want to buy another printer because this one is printing fine with the black which I also had refilled at Costco. This is very mysterious, but the nozzle check pattern is actually printing one very light band each of the CYM, but the dark band of the CYM colors is nonexistent! From the printer controls on the printer (not the software) I did the 2-page alignment printout. This is even more strange: On page 1 the columns were: A = all black; B = was completely blank; C = completely blank; D, I & J= filled with cyan; E & K = magenta. Columns J & K were very light cyan and magenta, respectively, and the little strips were farther apart. Page 2 was completely bold yellow consuming columns L & M. So between the nozzle check which left totally blank strips for the CY&M, and this 2-page printer check, I cannot figure out why the dark colors were coming out on the latter and totally nonexistent on the nozzle check? When I attempt to print a photo, it is only black and yellow, producing a sepia tone. What could be causing this? After installing the drivers that supposedly work with Windows 8.1 a second time, there was a message to make sure that bi-directional support was checked. It is. I am giving up on this unless you have a suggestion for me. Holding down all the buttons, disconnecting the power cable and the printer cable did nothing to correct this problem. Since the printer still works fine, I guess I am stuck with black printouts until it gives up the ghost. Costco said they would refund my money but the printer will not work without all cartridges present. In addition, it would be cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy brand new cartridges just to see if that helps. This is crazy!

  44. Thomas Bertin says:

    I recently experienced the dreaded 5BOO Ink Absorber error code on my Canon MP510 Inkjet Printer. After doing a bit of research and exploring a variety of YouTube tutorials, I decided to take my chances and dismantle my 7 year old printer rather than pay the cost to service it. For what I’d pay to have it serviced, I could essentially purchase a newer model, yet for the amount of printing activity it sees these days, I would much rather maintain a printer that I like and have familiarity with. I owe this self-fix-it philosophy to my late father who only called in the experts if there was something he couldn’t tackle himself.

    I owe a debt of gratitude to Brian Auk for the flawless reset method he shared in his post from February 18, 2011. Dismantling and reassembling my printer was a painstaking process, that at first seemed hopeless by following several other “fixes”; however, by performing the steps suggested by Brian, my printer has a revitalized life ahead of it! Thank you Brian!

  45. SparkyBoy says:

    For an MP600 printer – I had two cartridges showing low ink before the print head error showed. this procedure cleared the error 1. Turn Off (using power button) 2. Press and hold the resume(red), color copy, black copy & power on buttons for 10seconds. 3. Release power button – printer starts to boot up. 4. hold remaining three buttons down until printer is fully booted showing the default ‘copy’ screen on the LCD. No more print head errors!

  46. Heimdahl says:

    Have similar problem with printerhead error on my canon MP800 printer
    It says “this printerhead is not the correct – please replace with correct printerhead” – despite nothing has changed with the head per se – Tried to clean printerhead under water and completely drying it as well as the indicated reset methods above, but nothing seems to be working for me – since new heads are hard to get (and expensive) tips are highly appreciated


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