Our Canon i550 [6 yrs. old] seems to want to print a novel every time that we try to print a single page. When we hit the file or printer icon the printer will start the printing process but it will try to put sometimes 20 or sometimes 3 or 4 papers out at a time. Also the paper will travel part way out and it will get pulled back into the printing housing. These problems have just recently cropped up and maybe the printer is unrepairable.
Are you saying that the printer pulls in too much paper at a time, or that it's actually printing on more than one page, even if you only want to do a single page? If it's pulling in too many pages, try fanning the paper. At times, especially in low humidity conditions, paper will tend to stick together and then several sheets get pulled into the printer. Fanning will often relieve the symptoms. Also make sure that the feed roller is clean. Use a cloth with some alcohol on it and rub the tire all the way around or as much as possible. See if that works.
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DOUBLE SIDED PRINTING USING A SINGLE SIDED PRINTER If your printer does not have a duplex unit then the printer cannot print double sided pages automatically. You can print double sided pages but you have to do it one page at a time. First print Page 1 then place the page back into the paper tray, but turn the page upside down and the print Page 2. Then print page 3 on one side then page 4 on the other side and repeat for the rest of the document. I suggest you try a test page first, to get the printing the right way up on both sides of the page so it reads correctly.
The problem you are having is with the print head and not the printer. Unfortunately, with these canon print heads, they are not dated, so it is possible to install a print head that was bought new and sealed, but is still dried out because it is old.
Try running the print head through one deep cleaning cycle, this sometimes will start to get an old print head flowing.
Deep cleaning cycle can be found by going to PRINTERS , right clicking on the BJC icon, selecting PROPERTIES from the drop down menu, and then selecting the MAINTAINENCE tab.
Check to make sure that the ink tank in the print head isn't dry. Even a new print head can have a dry tank if it's old.
I found an acceptable workaround. If I leave the paper size set to "defined by driver" in the Print dialog box and chose the paper size in the Page Set Up dialog box, that seems to do it. There were numerous complaints on the web about this and it seems to be a major glitch in CS3 with the Leopard OS.
most likely you have a flat spot on the roller.
that is exactly what is going to happen, when the paper hits the flat spot or a low spot. the paper stops and skips. them the print is coming out smeared.
you can get a repair kit or replacement roller from HP.
clean you print que it prints all the pages because the print button was pressed several times so for to empty the print que unplug itwait 30 seconds then restart the printer if you press print more than once all the pages will print when the printer is turned on safety measure