Canon Pixma G1200 Setup

Canon Pixma G1200 is a single-function printer, and so, it can only print. Using this printer, you can get lots of high-quality prints at a much cheaper rate. It supports a 4-color mega tank refillable ink system. It can give you a high page yield of 6000 black and white pages and 7000 color pages. Now, let's see how to perform the Canon Pixma G1200 setup.

Unboxing The Printer

  • First, check if all the components, such as the power cable, ink cartridges, installation CD, and user guide, are available in the box containing the printer.
  • Once you have taken the printer out of the box, remove the tape and the packing materials from the outside of the printer.
  • Also, remove the orange tape from the printer.
  • Open the printer’s top cover and take out the orange tape and protective material.
Canon Pixma G1200 Setup

Installing The Ink Cartridges:

  • Get hold of the knob on the cartridge locking cover. Then, open it.
  • Take out the label of the cartridge. Also, remove the protective tape from the cartridge.
  • It is now time to install the cartridges. So, insert the Color cartridge into the left.
  • Repeat the above procedure to install the Black cartridge on the right.
  • You can now close the cartridge locking cover and then push it down.
  • Turn your attention to the joint buttons located on your right and left sides. Now, press these buttons.

You can now continue with the steps to fill the ink tanks so that you can complete the Canon Pixma G1200 setup.

  • Open the ink tank cover on the left of the printer.
  • Grab the cap of the ink tank and remove it. Place the cap on the upper tank cap holder.
  • You can now remove the Black ink bottle from its package. Then, hold this bottle in the upright position and remove its cap.
  • Insert the ink bottle’s nozzle into the inlet of the tank and make sure that you stand the ink bottle upside down.
  • You now have to pour all the ink from the bottle into the ink tank. Then, you can close the tank cap. Follow this step by closing the ink tank cover.
  • Repeat the above procedure to pour all the ink into the respective ink tanks located on the right of the printer. Make use of the corresponding labels for reference.
  • You can now close the ink tank cover. Next, follow the instructions to turn on the printer. That will be the next step in performing the Canon Pixma G1200 setup.

Powering On The Printer:

  • Take the power cable and connect one of its ends to the rear part of the printer.
  • Plug the power cable’s other end into the electrical socket.
  • Turn on the printer. Check whether the power lamp’s flashing has changed into a double-flash.

Initializing The Printer:

  • Hold down the Cancel/Resume button on the printer until you can see the power lamp flashing again. Then, release the button.
  • Keep in mind that the initialization will take around 6 minutes.
  • You can now proceed with the steps to install the printer software. This will be the next step in your Canon Pixma G1200 setup.

Installing The Software:

  • If you are using a Windows computer, use the setup CD-ROM to execute your printer setup file.
  • In case you are using Mac, download the setup file from the official site.
  • Continue with the on-screen instructions to complete the connections and install the software.

Loading Paper Into The Printer:

  • First, open the printer’s paper support. Then, carefully slide the right paper guide to the right end.
  • Insert A4 plain paper with the printable side facing upwards. You also have the facility to load letter size paper.
  • Slide the right paper guide such that it aligns with the side of your paper stack.
  • Pull the paper output tray out of the printer.
  • It’s now time to open the output tray extension.
  • You have now completed the Canon Pixma G1200 setup.

Canon Pixma G1200 Driver

The printer driver is a program (software) that converts the print data into a format that can be easily understood by the printer. The driver also sends the converted print data to the printer.

Downloading and installing the right driver is the most crucial part of your printer setup. This is because your printer might not function if you install the wrong driver. So, you should be extremely careful while downloading and installing the driver for your Canon Pixma G1200 printer.

Canon Pixma G1200 Driver Download

To perform the Canon Pixma G1200 driver download, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the official site of the Canon Pixma G1200 printer.
  • Click the Drivers & Downloads tab.
  • From the drop-down for the Operating System field, choose the desired OS.
  • From the drop-down for the Language field, select the desired language, if required.
  • Focus on the Recommended Driver(s) section. Click on the Select button opposite to G1000 series Full Driver& Software Package.
  • Click on the red Download button opposite to the corresponding File name.
  • Continue with the rest of the on-screen instructions to finish the Canon Pixma G1200 driver download.

Canon Pixma G1200 Manual Download

The online user manual and the guides provided for the Canon Pixma G1200 printer will explain about all the printer functions and troubleshooting methods. To download the Canon Pixma G1200 manual, carry out the following instructions:

  • Navigate to the official site of the Canon Pixma G1200 printer.
  • Click the Manuals tab.
  • A list of user guides and manuals will be displayed under the Guides & Manuals title.
  • Click on the Select button opposite the manual that you wish to use.
  • Click on the red View button that is opposite to the corresponding File name.
  • Continue with the rest of the on-screen instructions to finish the Canon Pixma G1200 manual download.

Canon Pixma G1200 Usb Setup

NOTE: Don’t connect the USB cable between your computer and printer yet. You will see a prompt to connect it during the installation.

Now, let us see how to perform the Canon Pixma G1200 USB setup using a Windows computer.

First, confirm that the following conditions are met:

  • Before you begin with the installation, exit from all the applications.
  • You have to log on using an administrator account.
  • You will need an Internet connection.
  • Insert the installation CD into your computer.
  • In case the USB cable is connected already, disconnect it. If you find a message, click on the Cancel button.
  • On the AutoPlay screen, choose the Run Msetup4.exe option. In case you see the User Account Control dialog box, click on Yes or Continue.
  • Click on the Next button.
  • On the screen that displays next, click on the USB Connection button.
  • When you see the .NET Framework screen, click Yes. Then, click Next to continue with the Canon Pixma G1200 USB setup.
  • Complete the remaining on-screen instructions to proceed with the installation.
  • When you come across the Printer Connection screen, connect the printer to your computer using the USB cable. Then, turn on the printer and click Next.
  • If you see the Extended Survey Program screen, click on the Agree or Do not agree button, based on your preferences.
  • When you see the Test Print screen, you can click on the Execute button or on the Next button to skip it.
  • To finish the installation, click Exit. You can then remove the installation CD from the computer.
  • The Quick Menu will now pop up. Complete the rest of the on-screen instructions to complete the Canon Pixma G1200 USB setup.

Canon Pixma G1200 Error Codes

You will face error codes with all the printer models. The Canon Pixma G1200 is no exception. Let’s now look into some of the common Canon Pixma G1200 error codes.

Error Code 1000


  • No paper in the rear tray.
  • Paper might not be loaded properly.


  • Load paper into the rear tray. While loading, align the paper guides with both the edges of the paper.
  • Press the Resume/Cancel button on your printer.

Error Code 6940:


A printer error has occurred.


  • First, turn off your printer. Then, unplug it.
  • Plug your Canon Pixma printer back in and then turn it on.
  • Caution: Avoid tilting the printer when you move it because the ink might leak out.

Error Code 1471


The cartridge is not recognized.


The printing will not be performed because you have not installed the cartridge properly. Or else, the cartridge might not be compatible with the printer. So, install the appropriate cartridge. Press the Resume/Cancel button on your Canon Pixma printer if you wish to cancel the printing.

Canon Pixma G1200 troubleshooting