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Re: Printer will not take paper, makes noise but will not...

Turn the printer upside-down. Shake it (not violently!) in a variety of slight angles end-to-end. Then WHILE IT IS TILL UPSIDE DOWN, open the lid/cover, and shake the same way again, to release any offending particles/objects. Lint balls, navel-balls, food particles -many small objects can end up inside the printer -and prevent paper feed/conveyance.

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Re: Printer will not take paper, makes noise but will not...

Printers are hyper sensitive to dust..It might be causing this problem...Take a cotton swab dip it in alcohol and press it against the roller whilw pressing the paper feed button....
If this doesn't work you should try a longer procedure...Remember you have to look real hard..
It's possible that the paper may be running into a foreign object and not feeding in at all. A foreign object could also cause the paper to stall, or even feed-in crooked. Remove all the paper and use a flashlight to look carefully into the paper feed-in area. Look for a pen, pencil, push pin, paper clip, candy, etc. If you can't see anything, then actually pick your printer up and turn it so the paper opening is facing down and shake it a little, side to side. Your trying to dislodge anything that might be stuck in the paper entrance area. If nothing falls out, then turn it back over and use the flashlight to once again look inside that area. Sometimes you'll see an object that may have moved over into view while you were shaking the printer. Any foreign object might block the paper from actually being able to move forward, so then the printer thinks there is no paper installed. You may have to even remove the Top Cover to be able to get a better view of that paper feed area. Unfortunatly, just removing that cover is not always that easy, especially on the newer printers. You may need a Service Manual for reference, disassembly and troubleshooting. I have not checked, but you can normally find Service Manuals for most printers, at (most Service Manuals can usually be downloaded for around $10 +/- ). Even if there is not a foreign object stuck in that area, with the top cover off, you might just possibly see what the problem is and even be able to correct it..

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Re: Printer will not take paper, makes noise but will not...

Check if the rollers (that pull the paper inside are moving).


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  2. Perform a paper path test. The grinding or squeaking noise should not occur because the carriage should not be moving.
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Figure 1: Location of the white strip
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Testinggtabtop.gifUpon replacement of the whole unit, perform a Paper Path test and a self-test as described below to verify that the new unit is functional.
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