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Printer not grabbing paper

By ms.mac ·
I have a desktop printer that jams (or thinks it's jamming) almost every time I try to print. The PC is communicating with the printer. My guess is that the mechanism that feeds/grabs the copy paper needs adjustment. I can get it to work occasionally if I keep adjusting the paper in the feeder, but in those cases, it advances too far and part of the copy is cut off. Is there a simple way to fix this?

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by TheChas In reply to Printer not grabbing pape ...

Simple, maybe.
Easy, no.

How mechanically inclined are you?

What I believe you need to do, is to take the printer apart and clean the feed rollers.

Start with a lint free cloth and plain water.

Once you have the rollers clean, gently rough up the rubber surface with the green grade of Scotch-brite.

While you have the printer apart, it might be worth it to clean the ink pads and the intersection of the paper and ink paths.

I use a cleaning wipe that I picked up at Office Depot.
Depending on the ink your printer uses, either water or isopropal alcohol should clean up the ink.


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by LigurZA In reply to Printer not grabbing pape ...

You might want to have the "page seperation unit" looked at. It is a common problem on HP Laser printers.

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