I was trying to print on tracing paper (in foresight this wasn't such a good idea), and the printer started spooling, but then the paper got stuck. I tried printing another page, hoping that the second would push the first one out, but that one got stuck too, and made the tracing paper even more stuck. I don't know what to do, and I'm afraid of digging into the printer to remove the pages in case anything breaks. What should I do? Please help, any suggestions are welcome.
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If the lines are vertical to the direction of the printhead movement, you need to clean the paper rollers and the small "pizza wheels" of your printer. Also check for any traces of stuck paper in the paper path. I recon you ars not using genuine inks, right? Try to slow down your print speed by selecting a best quality setting.
If the lines are parallel to the printhead movement, your printhead is either clogged our stuck.
Remove the jammed paper. Unplug the printer from the mains and PC. Inspect the rollers, etc for tiny paper piece(s) that may be stuck, or other debris. Try to clean rollers and make sure they are dry. Keep printer unplugged for about 2 minutes and replug and try a test print. Also make sure thatyou have waited long enough for the printer to heat up before giving a print job. Finally, it could be an issue with the paper sensor. If this is the case, you will probably have to take the printer in for servicing..
Canon Selphy CP800. I had a cartridge ribbon break when it stuck to some photo paper I was trying to reuse and the cartridge became stuck and would not release. All you have to do is try to print a dummy print, the printer will then display that the ink cartridge needs replacing, it will then allow the cartridge to pop out when the release catch is operated. Beware of broken and torn ribbon inside the printer and try to remove the obvious loose pieces before inserting the new cartridge. Any remaining bits of ribbon should stick to the next photo you try to print but a ruined photo is a small price to pay as your printer should work ok once the debris is cleared. If you are adventurous you can dismantle the cartridge by inserting a small flat screwdriver into the retaining clips at each end of the cartridge cover. remove the used ribbon from the spool as it is only stuck onto the spool spindle. Re thread the unused ribbon onto the spool ensuring it travels round the deflecting spindle which is easily prised out and replaced over the ribbon. You must ensure that the new ribbon is wound onto the spool in the correct direction (check this by comparing the rotation with good cartridge by ensuring the ribbon tightens as it should) then wind the ribbon forward until the black line appears on the clear sheet of ribbon and carry on printing.
It is likely that there is a small piece of torn paper inside that is causing the paper to bunch up. Try a can of compressed air to clean out the interior and trace through the route the paper takes. Look for anything the paper could get stuck on.
Based on your description, the printer
is working, it is not a form issue, the printer head is good, an
adjustment might be needed and it works, there is no reason to replace
the Lexmark 2381plus printer even if it is 7 years old (not unless you would want to).
To the faint printing on the last of the 3 pages:
the take-up spool/wheel drawing the ribbon is not working (most likely).
The ribbon is not moving hence the printer head is not striking fresh
ribbon area. Check the ribbon cartridge, it may be stuck or the driving
spindle where the ribbon's take-up spool/wheel locks into. It may need
a bit of cleaning and/or lubrication;
the printer head is slightly adjusted away from the
paper. Normally, there is a mechanical lever/adjustment that sets how
many paper & duplicates are fed. Adjust for 1 only.