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Canon BJ-10ex Printer



AD-150 120 VAC
AD-150 220 VAC

Alternative Drivers

Drivers you can use if the BJ-10ex driver is not available.

  • BJ-10e/10sx (Switch 10 & 11 OFF)
  • BJ-130e (Switch 10 ON & 11 OFF)
  • Epson LQ-510 (Switch 11 ON)
  • IBM ProPrinter X24(Switch 10 & 11 OFF)


To charge the Battery (NB-150) -
  • Insure the adapter(AD-150) is plugged in
  • Set the battery switch to ON (I)
  • Hold ONLINE while pressing the POWER
  • Release, the POWER indicator should be flashing

A good battery will take about 10 hours to charge and the POWER indicator will turn off when fully charged. the battery should be good for about 40 minutes. When not using the battey pack, set the Battery switch to OFF (0).


  • BC-01 - Black Ink & Integral Print Head

Cleaning Printhead

  • Method #1:
    • If the ONLINE light is lit
    • Press the < and > keys until the beeps and release
    • Press the keys 2 more times
  • Method #2:
    • Power off the printer
    • Press the < and > together and hold
    • Press POWER until the beep is heard
    • Release all the buttons..

Duty Cycle

Recommended Monthly Usage : 100 pages/A4, or 5 pages per day at 20 days.
Duty Cycle : The life of the printer is 5 years or 6000 pages, whichever is soonest.
The life of the ink cartridge is approximately 700,000 characters (420 pages/A4) at 1500 characters per page. Ink drying is natural, there is no fixing device.
The printer may be stored for a period of up to six months in the correct environment.

Self Test

Ripple test pattern : Turn the printer on while holding down the LF/FF switch at least three seconds.

All modes test : Turn the power switch on while holding down the PITCH switch to print;

1. HQ proportional
2. HQ elite *
3. HQ pica
4. HQ double high
5. Economy elite
6. Economy pica
7. HQ double wide
8. Economy condensed
9. Economy condensed subscript
10. HQ emphasized elite *
11. HQ emphasized pica

* When mode 1 is selected the prestige font is used.

Serial Number

Location - White sticker above barcode on underside of printer
Prefixes - PBN, PGD...

Special Paper

  • FOLEXTRAN - Folex Transparencies. Used for high quality overhead transparencies.
  • LC-301A4 - BubbleJet Paper A4. Lightly coated, water resistant everyday usage paper.

Notes on Using Transparencies -

  • Rotate the paper thickness adjustment dial on the side of the printer as far toward the back of the printer as possible.
  • The printable area is the same as for plain paper.
  • Transparency film should always be fed through the bottom slot of the printer.
  • After printing on transparencies at least two sheets of paper should be fed through the printer to clean the rollers.

Known Issues

Using Wordstar Express and IBM PROPRINTER driver the printer will not print

Use the IBM GRAPHICS Printer driver.

Printer double line spacing

Turn DIP switch 3 off.

Printing Double High Double Wide text in Lotus Works

Press F8 in Embedded Command choose Print Command. On = 27 119 1 27 87 Off = 27 119 0 27 87

Can the BJ10e print in italics ?

If your software has an Epson printer driver then select this as directed in your software manual and then set the printer to Epson mode, DIP switches 10 and 11 set to ON.

The print unit is moving but it is not printing or the print quality is poor

Carry out the cleaning process at least three times. Always make sure that you do this when you have put in a new cartridge.

When loading the paper, the Error and Paper lights stay on and the printer will not go Online ?

This is because the printers paper sensor cannot detect paper. Ensure that the paper is fed in as close to the edge as possible as shown on the inside of the lid of the printer.

Can the printer be used in other countries where the voltage is different ?

Yes, however you need to purchase an appropriate adapter from your dealer: For the USA product number AD-150/120, For mainland Europe product number AD-150/220.

The quality of the print out appears very poor

Given that the paper being used is within the printer specifications, try turning the paper around so that you print on the other side and then clean the print head.

Print head moves, but nothing prints

This usually occurs when a new printer cartridge has been inserted. Try the following,

  • Run the print head cleaning process 3 times. This should always be run when a new cartridge is inserted.
  • Place a piece of kitchen towel over the print head and blow in the hole located on the side of the print head. This should force ink through the print head onto the towel.
  • Dab the cartridge with a damp cloth to clear the blockage.
  • Re-seat the cartridge to ensure the connections are correct.
  • Ensure that the printer is switched off correctly. Use the switch on the printer, not the wall socket. This will ensure the print head is closed correctly and does not block up or dry out.

The printer does not print

There are many reasons why it may not print. Listed below are some of the tests you can perform.

  • Run a self test to establish printer is a working unit. If this does not work the printer is faulty.
  • Exit to DOS and print out a text file. EG PRINT AUTOEXEC.BAT. This should then print to the printer. If it does not either there is a printer port, computer LPT1 port or printer cable problem. exchange the cable and try again.
  • Test the printer on another computer. If it does print it is a software problem.
  • If rubbish is printed from the DOS prompt. Again it could be printer port, computer LPT1 port or printer cable problem. exchange the cable and try again. Test the printer on another computer.
  • Ensure that the printer is plugged in and connected correctly.

"Splitting" rows of Text or Graphics

When printing text, a blank line appears halfway doen the page, or when printing graphics, blank lines appear within the image.

To solve this, ensure that DIP switches 2 to 11 are set to OFF. Also make sure the printer port is set to SPP or Normal in the Computer's BIOS.

Paper error light comes on when switching on printer

Take any paper out of the printer and start the printer again. Insert the paper and press on line. Ensure the paper is inserted correctly, far enough over to the left if no sheetfeeder attached, over the right if the sheetfeeder attached. Check the DIP switches are set correctly and the correct emulation has been set on the PC.

Cannot Print in Windows 98

If you cannot print in Wondows 98, make sure that the printer port is set to either SPP, Standard, or Normal in the computer's BIOS.

When printing text files, prints 2 lines on platen before feeding next sheet

This problems arises when printing simple text files from dos where no page end or formfeed indication in the file. Set Dipswitch SW #10 ON (Canon BJ-130e mode) or use Epson LQ mode

The reverse button does not work

If a sheet feeder is installed, the reverse feed is disabled.

Error Codes

OffOffOff  No Power StateThe AC Adapter is not plugged in or defective or the battery is not installed
OnOffOnOff2 or 3Out of paper 
OnOffOn ContinouslyPaper Jam or Paper too longRemove Paper Jam
OnOffBlinks ContinouslyCarriageTurn printer off and on
OnBlinksOff 5Software relatedTurn printer off and on
OnBlinksOff ContinouslySoftware during printer warmup / RAM ErrorTurn printer off and on
OnBlinksBlinks 3Software related / ROM ErrorTurn printer off and on
BlinksOffOff Every SecondThe battery is recharging 
BlinksOffOff Every 1/2 secondThe battery is lowRecharge the battery
BlinksOffOn 5Battery is exhaustedTry recharging 2 or 3 more times. If the error persists replace the battery.
BlinksOffOn ContinouslyLogic Card errorLogic Card error
BlinksOffBlinks 5Battery faultTry recharging 2 or 3 more times. If the error persists replace the battery.
BlinksBlinksBlinks 3Indicators blink fast, and the printer will turn off after 1 minuteLogic Card error

Paper Out light may be On or Off for most errors and can be ignored except for Paper Out/Jam errors

DIP Switches

BJ Mode

1Auto Sheet feederEnableDisableOFF
2Graphics Image DensityNormalHighOFF
3Auto Line FeedCR with LFCROFF
4Page Length12" (305 mm)11" (279mm)OFF
5Character SetSet 2Set 1OFF
6Auto Carriage ReturnLF with CRLF onlyOFF
7Alternate Graphics ModeEnabledDisabledOFF
8Receive Buffer/download memory size3 kb/34 kb37 kb /0 kbOFF
9Code Page850837OFF
10Mode 1/Mode 2Canon BJ-130eIBM X24eOFF
11Emulation modeEpson LQ-510Canon BJOFF

Notes -

Switch 1 - When you use the optional auto sheet feeder, set the selector 1 to ON.

Switch 2 - When the selector 2 is OFF, the printer prints in a higher density graphics print image (full bit-mapped print). When this switch is on, the printer does not print the odd bits in mapped odd slices or the even bits in mapped even slices.

Switch 3 - When the selector 3 is ON, the printer makes an automatic line feed when receiving a CR code.

Switch 6 - When the selector 6 is ON, the printer makes an automatic carriage return after a line feed is performed.

Switch 7 - When the selector 7 is ON, the printer accepts high resolution 24-dot all point addressable (APA) graphics commands similar to those used with the conventional 24-dot printers.

Switch 9 - When the selector 9 is OFF, the printer is using the USA character font (437). When the selector is ON, the printer prints using the multilingual fonts (850).

Switch 10 - When the selector 10 is OFF (mode 1), the printer emulates IBM X24E control codes. When this selector is ON (mode 2), the printer emulates Canon BJ-130e control codes.

LQ MODE (Epson LQ-510)

1Auto Sheet feederEnableDisableOFF
2Graphics Image DensityNormalHighOFF
3Auto Line FeedCR with LFCROFF
4Page Length12" (305 mm)11" (279mm)OFF
5Character SetGraphicsItalicsOFF
6Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
7Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
8Int'l Character SetSee Table 1OFF
9TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
10TypefaceSee Table 2OFF
11Emulation modeEpson LQ-510Canon BJOFF

Table 1 : International Character Set

CountrySwitch 6Switch 7Switch 8

Table 2 : Typeface

TypefaceSwitch 9Switch 10
Sans SerifOFFON