Out of paper
My wife and I encountered the same problem with our HP 8250 Photosmart Printer. Me being an avid do-it-yourselfer, and a tightwad, searched tirelessly for a solution. HP was totally useless in providing information beyond what is posted on their website; which was all the service technicians would spew forth, both by phone and on-line. I had nearly resolved to buying the $50+ paper feed roller cleaning kit when I decided to look more closley at the machine. After romoving the rear access cover and watching the printer perform it's functions of trying to fruitlessly feed the paper off the paper tray; I noticed that the rollers were in contact with the paper and they were rotating normally, but there was just did not appear to be enough friction to feed the paper forward. The paper was new and was HP brand. I figured why not try and clean the rollers with some generic rubbing alcohol on a long wood handled cotton swab (available at most drug stores). Afterall, the HP site and technicians mentioned "DUSTY" rollers. I turned the machine off, disconnected the USB and power cables, and began cleaning as follows: Simply wet the cotton swab with the alcohol and gently brush/rub the rubber surface of one roller at a time, while rotating the rollers with another cotton swab using the wooden end. After several rotations of both rollers and a half dozen swabs, I replaced the rear access cover and turned the machine back on. My wife and I have printed pictures and documents flawlessly since. Total cost of the do-it-yourself cleaing kit: about $3.00.
I hope this someone else finds this solution helpful and as inexpensive as we did.
Thankx Fixya, for a great web site that pairs problems with solutions.
Mar 16, 2008 |
HP - HP Photosmart 8250 printer