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Printer not picking up paper properly

Hello: my printer isn't picking up paper properly; the top left corner of sheets gets crunched up, and the overall document is printed at an angle. Any ideas what the problem might be?

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  • claytonm1 Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks; I wiggled everything around a little, and that helped with the pick-up (no more scrunching), but the printer is still printing at a bit of an angle (sloping up from left to right about 15 degrees).


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Please work through the steps in this article to determine the cause of the feed error and jams, and resolve it...
Here and here are instructions for clearing a jam, and here's a general maintenance link that includes instructions for resetting the printer and cleaning the rollers, which may help in your situation...

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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    This is known as skew printing and is usually caused by a feed error. Try cleaning the rollers with purified water, and perhaps blow some air through to clean out an excess of dust. I couldn't find any workarounds for skew at the HP site, but you could try a hardware self-test and see if it reports any error conditions, then look these up online at the HP site. Also see here.

    Good luck!


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Replace the feed rollers to check them just pinch the end and it slides off make sure when reinstalling or installing new ones they click or lock in place. Rollers should show some tread just like a car tire if they are slick and shiny they are too worn to consistently feed paper without slipping skewing or jamming.

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