Some kind of strip of plastic has come off the printer.
My printer was working fine when a strip of plastic started coming of the printer. I think my little brother ripped it off, but is it possible to replace it? I dont know what it's called but I want to see if I can put in a new one.
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Solution 1: Look inside for a tiny object like a piece of paper, a staple... Solution 2: The purge cap (the white sliding mechanism that the print head parks to when it's not in use) may be not lubricated well enough . Lubricate the sliders with some white grease (don't get it on the small wipers or the black caps); this repair probably require to remove the right panel off of the printer to gain access to the purge mechanism. Solution 3: Clean the timing strip: there is a thin plastic strip running across the width in front of and below the drive belt: there are fine black vertical lines on this strip. If the strip gets a piece of crud on it, you get an error during the start-up sequence.Gently clean this strip with a damp lint-free tissue.
The only plastic strip that is user serviced is the protective strip for the ink cartridge. It comes with all new cartridges, or new printers. You are supposed to pull this strip out for proper cartridge operation (printer will not work with the strip still attached). When you pull it out, be very careful that it doesnt whip and touch your clothing. The plastic strip will be wet with ink, and if it touches your clothing, it will positively NOT come out.
Tried greasing (actually WD40) per linzi's reply, but it did not help. In
the process, I think the solution presented itself. There is a thin
(1/4"wide) plastic strip running across the width in front of and below
the drive belt. This is part of the optical encoder that tells the
print-head where it is. If you look closely, there are fine black
vertical lines on this strip. If the strip gets a piece of crud on it,
you get an error during the start-up sequence. Gently clean this strip
with a damp lint-free tissue. This also fixed a gap in the printing
running lengthwise (not across the page like a clogged head).
Error code 5100 Try Solution 1: Look inside for a tiny object like a piece of paper, a staple...
Solution 2: There is a thin plastic strip running across the width in front of and below the drive belt: there are fine black vertical lines on this strip. If the strip gets a piece of crud on it, you get an error during the start-up sequence. Gently clean this strip with a damp lint-free tissue
Hope It Helps: Pineworks.
Hi Debbie, If the plastic
strip is about 10mm (or ~0.4 inches) and about the with of the printer, and if
you look very closely the strip is striped (with tiny very think vertical
lines).. .that strip is the locator strip… The ink cartridges read that strip
to know where the carriage is (ie the carriage reads/counts the strips and then
it knows where it is) Hence if the
stripe is now in your possession the printer doesn’t know where the cartridges
are and just keeps moving them back and fro hoping to “find them”.. sadly without
that stripe you printer will work no more L Sorry. Ed
First remove the flip up lid and the paper support tray then remove two small phillips screws one infront of the black ink cartridge the other on the far right. Then use two regular screwdrivers to pry off the cover start at the backside underneath you will see two tab slots walk the screwdrivers about 1" apart until the top is free (you will think that it is going to crack but the plastic is flexable and strong)
There are two metal tabs on both sides they are held in place by the tension from the plastic strip. Check strip ends make sure they are not broken and the strip is not frayed slide back in place adjust tension by bending tabs out slightly reassemble and print a test sheet. I had to run the test 2-3 times to reset the printer. If this does not work you need a new printer.
Hi, You need to strip it from the top, use normal dish wash soap and hot water. TRy to work around the mechanical parts, this is kind of advance to strip. There's should also be a sponge that you can wash.
I had this same problem and spend hours working on it. Took the side panels apart to get a better look. Nothing anyone said fixed the issue. Not even the link everyone keeps posting to HP's carriage jam fix. Was out of solutions and about to give up and order a new printer. There was one last thing I had to try that I didn't think was going to work, but I had a theory. Right after I tested this solution it started working again. This worked for me, but anyone who has tried every and have not got their printer to work can try it.
My Solution: Open the front covers and look inside. Just above the metal rail that the carriage travels on there is a thin plastic strip about 1/4 in. width and should have a glossy shine to it. I believe this is some kind of positioner. It runs through the carriage and gives it some kind of position. After years of use, it'll become dirty with ink. I used some tissue and alcohol and wiped the strip clean. It worked perfectly fine right after. Below is a picture of the strip I underlined with a yellow line.