E450dn prints fine from tray 1, though it makes a loud clacking noise. I've had no luck from Lexmark support. They're replacing entirely those printers still under warranty experiencing this problem. Still, I'd like to get a resolution. I have plenty of these printers in my footprint and have seen the problem more than once. It's not the rough cotton paper setting, that I checked.
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Re: Clanking noise when printing from tray 1
If your getting this noise on every print job the fuser is usually the cause if they have been running on a bit hot they will get flat spots on the pressure roller and it will create a loud kind of clunking sound real common on lexmark lasers. it can also be an envelope setting on some lexmark lasers they have a solonoid for envelope feeding if the envelope inhancment is ingaged in the menu thiscan also cause such a noise
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Your rollers may be worn and when they are trying to pick up the paper they are not able to . Buy taking your printer to an authorized technician for a maintenance cleaning this should resolve your issue.
one of your gears is missing some teeth... so it works fine till it hits the spot the gear is sopposed to be then it jams... call a service tech or open it up and find the gear then call lexmark to order it... take a picture with your phone or webcam of the gear and where it is located so you can email them to lexmark when the need arises...
Pull the paper tray, likley a small black lever to the left of the roller called the edge actuator is dislodged and hanging down. When in position the actuator should easily push up and appear flat next to the roller.
I found another posting stating that the culprit was the black toner cartridge. Sure enough I changed our black cartridge and the grinding noise has stopped. No wonder the grinding noise was not happening all the time only when the black cartridge got low. Thanks for the help!