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Paper doesn't advance through the printer

When I try to print, the paper advances about an inch and the printer starts to print. But the paper doesn't move forward. After stopping, the printer indicates a paper jam which is easily resolved by picking up the loose piece of paper from the back of the machine.

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    after cover is opened or unit overheats this page is printed to align paper, unless paper jams. please resolve my problame



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Hi, Sounds very much like the feed rollers are worn out. If you can get to them without too much trouble you can clean them up with regular rubbing alcohol and a rag which will help the paper feed. You might also want to try unpluging the printer and trying to roll the paper feed buttons by hand and seeing if a piece of paper will feed through without catching anywhere. If it does catch somewhere, then you may very well have a small piece of paper jammed in the paper path causing the jam. Good luck.

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