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Printer "holds on" to card stock at the bottom of page

When printing on card stock, the printer starts off perfectly. When it get to the last few lines, the printer "holds on" to the paper the prints them on top of one another. I have checked the rollers in the back of the machine, turned it off and on, cleaned some things; to no avail. Help!

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Re: printer "holds on" to card stock at the bottom of...

Yes..depending on the card stock, that can happen quite frequently. you may find that one at a time is needed, or placing a thinner sheet of paper, between the sheets, can help..most printers don't have ability to manage varying thicknesses of paper, unless printer settings are changed.

no worries..start by getting new driver for that here

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