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Paper jam with card stock paper

My HP Laserjet 2550 LN printer is now 4 years old and I have printed 8x10 photos on cardstock until about 4-6 months ago. I would open the back, and the printed sheets would roll out the back.

Now, the printer jams if I open the back but it still pulls paper through and rolls it out the top.

Also the printer jams with back open or closed when I try to print on a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock. However, I can cut it in half and print up to 5x7's by letting the paper roll through and out the top (curling it slightly in the process which I do not like).

I had read some time ago that the "teeth" or whatever grabs the paper could wear down and that there was something to buy that would solve the problem. That sounded like what is happening with my printer because the papers are not pulled through consistently and the top margins of a series of sheets can vary. Sometimes I hear a grinding sound and when that happens the print will be way off - maybe an inch or more too low down on the paper - or the printer simply jams.

The HP tech said I am using too heavy a paper and could provide no help! He had never heard of something to help pull the paper through. (He was not from the U.S. and could not offer suggestions that American techs had done for me in the past.) I KNOW I am using a heavier paper than the printer's specs approve but I have been doing it for years and want to continue to do so even if it means buying a replacement part. My photo restoration customers prefer prints made from my computer on card stock rather than the glossy and semi-glossy prints made at local photo printing businesses.

My imaging drum is now down to 14% but it was about 50% when the problem began and I called HP tech help. He said the problem is not the imaging drum. I am investigating purchasing an Image Drum Reset Chip if the drum is not causing my jam problems with card stock.

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Try Getting a PM kit to replace all the rollers.

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