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Mechanism Error - Print Cradle won't move! - HP 5650

When printing a large print job on my HP 5650, the paper jammed. As I have done many times before, I removed the jammed paper and restarted the print job. However, the printer would NOT print. An error message appeared stating that there was a "mechanism error - print cradle will NOT move". So I checked the internal parts of the printer. There was nothing damaged or broken! Further inspection revealed a narrow plastic strip ( about 7 inches long and 2/16th imch wide) had been detached. That's it! The pulley and print cradle mechanism seem ok. I don't see how this narrow platic strip would matter. Help! Please advise.

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  • lasswell Nov 18, 2007

    I was just printing alone find when, the the mechanism under ther print cartridge cane up and lock the cradle. System will not reset. just lock the cradle, there was no paper jam.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    error mesage

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This "plastic strip" is called the "carriage encoder strip". This strip dictates the timing of the carriage assembly. If the end slots aren't broken, you can re-attach it. Otherwise, you'll need to replace it. They are about $10.

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