Keep getting the error code B200? You’re not alone! Many Canon users are reporting it. Don’t worry. Here are 3 solutions to try.

Why do I get the error B200?
In many cases, getting the error B200 indicates that the printhead of your Canon printer is dead. Apart from that, defective ink cartridges and a corrupt printer driver can also trigger this problem. But before you rush out to buy a new printhead, check the fixes below.

3 simple fixes to try:

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update your printer driver
  2. Check your ink cartridges
  3. Clean the printhead

Fix 1: Update your printer driver

When something goes wrong with your Canon printer, updating its driver should always be your go-to option. Printer issues, such as blank page printing, error code messages, and printer not responding, are often caused by a faulty printer driver. It’s essential that you have the latest correct printer driver at all times.

There are two ways you can update your printer driver:

Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.


Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually

Epson keeps updating printer drivers. To get them, you need to go to the Canon support website, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your printer driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the printer driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like. But it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

Fix 2: Check your ink cartridges

Printer errors sometimes appear because the ink cartridge is not properly installed or it’s damaged. So, you should check if your cartridges are working fine. Here is what you should check:

The following process may vary depending on different types of printers. If you don’t know how to do it, consult your printer manual for instructions.

Check whether your ink cartridges are clogged.

Blocked or clogged ink cartridges can cause the printer error B200. To see if that’s the problem for you, you can clean your ink cartridges from the printer control panel or clean it manually.

Check the ink levels on your printer.

Check the ink levels on your Canon printer and replace your cartridges if necessary.

Remove and reinstall your cartridges.

Defective or disconnected cartridges may also be the reason why your printer keeps showing the error code.

Remove your cartridges to check if any of them are defective. If you find any damaged cartridges, replace it.

Make sure your cartridges all work properly, then reinstall it.

Now, reopen your Canon printer. If your problem still exists, try the fix below.

Fix 3: Clean the printhead

Error B200 sometimes occurs when the printhead is clogged. Follow the instructions below to clean the printhead:

1) Uninstall the printhead.

2) Use pure alcohol or nonoily cleaning fluid to clean the gold contacts.

The printhead is very delicate. Please proceed with caution.

3) Flush the printhead under the hot water tap.

4) After the printhead is dried, reinstall it. Then, reopen your printer.

Hopefully, your printer works properly now! If all fixes are tried without improvement, you’ll need to bring your printer to a repair store for some professional help.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions and suggestions.

2 people found this helpful