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Canon BJC-80 Printer




Alternative Drivers

Drivers you can use if the BJC-80 driver is not available.

  • Windows : BJC-70/600/600e/800/4000
  • DOS : Epson LQ-2550(LQ mode/Colour)
  • DOS : BJ-200/200e/200ex (BJ Mode/Black)
  • DOS : BJ-5/10/10e/10ex/10sx/20 (BJ Mode/Black)
  • DOS : Epson 510/850 (LQ Mode/Black)
  • DOS : IBM ProPrinter X24 (BJ Mode/Black)


For Battery Pack NK-300

  • Charging
    • Plug in the Adapter
    • Close the printer's top lid
    • The charging light should Flash or blink up to 10 hours. When fully charged, the charge light will turn off.
    • A fully charge and good battery can print approx. 180 pages @ 5% coverage, but remember every print job is NOT 5%, so this value can vary greatly. Also If you leave the printer on when not printing, it will shorten the battery time.
  • Discharging / Refresh
    • Insure the battery pack is in the battery case (portable kit)
    • Using a pointed object, ie a pen, press the REFRESH button (right side of battery case).
    • The REFRESH light should blink up to 10 hours max.
    • When the battery is discharged, the printer will start re-charging the battery.


  • BCI-10 - Ink Tank (Black)
  • BC-10 - Print Head
  • BCI-11 Black - Ink Tank (Black BC-11)
  • BCI-11 Colour - Ink Tank (Tri Colour BC-11)
  • BC-11e - Print Head (Colour)

Cleaning Print Head

With the printer online, hold down the RESUME button for 2 beeps.

Self Test

Turn printer off. Hold down POWER button until you hear 1 beep. Press RESUME to stop print.

Serial Number

Located on underside of printer

Known Issues

Black Page When Printing Faxes

If when you print a fax, it comes out as a solid black page, go into the printer's properties and set the printer to Mono.

Printing Slowly

If you get the this printer printing very slowly, try reinstalling it as a BJC4000. Also make sure that the printer is set to Bi-Directional instead of ECP (in the computers BIOS). Also it may be worth going into the printer's properties and try setting the spool option to 'Print Direct to Printer'.

When an image is scanned, it prints 4 times bigger then the page

This happens when you are using PAINT to print from. Use the software that came with the scanner or use any graphical/Desk Top Publishing software.

Will not run on battery or battery life is short after charge

Note - The printer will not print if both the Battery and the AC Adapter are plugged in at the same time. If this is not the case, then the battery may need refreshing, as follows,

  • Connect the Adapter to the printer
  • Close the printer cover
  • Press the REFRESH button on the battery pack, the refresh light should begin flashing, it could take up to 10 hours to refresh the battery.

The battery may get a memory effect, meaning it will not charge to full capacity. This is the purpose of the REFRESH function.

Canon BJC-80, USB driver, & Windows XP

Thanks to Charles Lewis for sending this in -

Canon apparently didn't supply any BJC-80 USB drivers for 2000/XP. The following is the most straightforward, get-to-it way I've found to use a USB driver and cable with a Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-80 printer and Windows XP. All we're doing is using the BJC-85 USB driver for the predecessor BJC-80. I haven't tested this with twenty-hundred.

;Printer:  Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-80
;      USB cable connected to printer
;      USB cable NOT connected to computer
;Computer:  Windows XP (SP2)
;   Delete any USB printers installed
;       (LeftClick Start>Printers And Faxes
;       (In the right pane, LeftClick the Printer name
;       (In the left pane, LeftClick Delete this printer
;       (In the Printers dialog box, LeftClick Yes
;       (In the Printers dialog box, LeftClick OK
;       (Printer is now deleted
>>Fresh Reboot or Restart
>LeftClick Start>Printers And Faxes
;   The Printers and Faxes window opens
;   In the left pane
>      LeftClick Printer Tasks>Add A Printer
;The Add Printer Wizard Opens
;In the first window, ignore instructions and
>   LeftClick Next
>-LeftClick Local Printer Attached to this Computer
>    Uncheck  Automatically Detect and Install My Plug and Play Printer
>       LeftClick Next
>-LeftClick Use the Following Port
>LeftClick Drop-down arrow
>    Select  USB001 (Virtual Printer Port for USB)
>       LeftClick Next
;-In the left pane, under Manufacturer
>   Select  Canon
; In the right pane, under printers
>   Select Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-85  [Note: 85 NOT 80]
>      LeftClick Next
>-LeftClick Keep Existing Driver (Recommended)
>   LeftClick Next
;-For now, keep the default Printer Name, Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-85
>   LeftClick Next
;-In response to Do You Want To Print A Test Page?
>LeftClick No
>   LeftClick Next
>-LeftClick Finish
;The Add Printer Wizard Closes
;Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-85 should appear in the Printers And Faxes window
;Close the Printers And Faxes window
>   LeftClick File>Close -or- LeftClick the Close button -or- ALT+F4, as
>you prefer
;The Printers And Faxes window closes
>1) Power on the Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-80
>2) Plug Printer USB cable into computer USB Port
;The Canon Bubble-Jet BJC-80 should now print.

Error Codes

PowerErrorBeepsError ConditionSolution
OffOff No Power 
OnOff Ready 
OnOn1Paper Pickup Error or out of paperAdd Paper or clear paper jam and press the RESUME button
OnBlinks1Low Ink Warning 
OnOn2Paper JamClear paper jam and press the RESUME button
OnOn3BJ Cartridge CheckInsure a Printhead is installed or check installation of the printhead
OnBlinks3Low Battery WarningRecharge the NiCAD battery
OnOn4Cartridge MismatchWrong type of cartidge is installed, ie IS scanner cartidge installed at time of printing
OnBlinks4Waste Ink WarningPress RESUME to continue, though the printer will require a service.
BlinksBlinksLong + ShortLow Battery ErrorRecharge the NiCAD battery if this fails replace the NiCAD
BlinksBlinks1, 2ROM / RAM or EEPROM faultTry unplugging the printer for 20 seconds, if this doesn't work then requires service
BlinksBlinks3Cartridge out of positionTry reinstalling or replacing the cartridge, if this fails then it requires service
BlinksBlinks4Carriage home postion errorRequires service
BlinksBlinks5Waste Ink FullRequires service
BlinksBlinks6Temperature ErrorTry replacing the Printhead, if this fails then the printer requires service
BlinksBlinks7Print positionRequires service
BlinksBlinks8Temperature ErrorTry replacing the Printhead, if this fails then the printer requires service
BlinksBlinks9Diode errorTry replacing the Printhead, if this fails then the printer requires service
BlinksBlinks10Cleaning FaultRequires service
BlinksBlinks11EEPROMTry unplugging the printer for 20 seconds, if this doesn't work then requires service

Waste Error Reset

1: Unplug Power Cord
2: Hold POWER and RESUME buttons
3: Plug in Power Cord
4: Release buttons after the printers starts up
6: Press POWER
7: Release all buttons after the beeps
8: Press CARTRIDGE 16 times
9: Press RESUME
10: Unplug the Power cord

DIP Switches

  • CG Switch Position
    • CG1 - IBM Graphic Character Set 1 (Default for 120v model)
    • CG2 - IBM Graphic Character Set 2 (Default for 230/240v model)
  • NLQ/DRAFT Switch
    • NLQ - 110 cps , Near Letter Quality (Default)
    • Draft - 220 cps , faster but draft print quality

Switch settings are checked power up of the printer, Switch off printer when changing switch settings. Software commands will override settings.