I just got a hand-me-down HP 7660 and went ahead and printed a test page. Towards the end of the print job, the printing stopped an a message on the LCD appeared - "Print Cartridge Cradle is Stuck Clear jam then press OK." So i opened the front cover and checked the cradle - appeared to be fine. I pressed "OK". Same message. I opened the back, and checked the rollers for a small bit of paper somewhere...anywhere. Nothing. So I hit ok again. The cradle moves left. It moves right. Moves left and right again... Same message...
Re: HP 7660 "Print Cartridge Cradle is Stuck" Message
I was having same problem but it was a paper jam all the time and then it started to state Cairrage Jam. And what was happening was the unit the cartridges sit in was not going all the way to the right. A little nudge and you could feel it move. Closed lid and sometimes it would print but eventually it would fail. Just replaced but I suspect if you can get to the cairrage you could clean/repair whatever was keeping it from going all the way to the right.
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If you are getting a "shadow" behind the text or image it is probably your fuser that is causing the problem. Anytime you see a double image or the print is smearing the fuser (aka fixing assembly) is to blame. You can troubleshoot the problem to see for sure before calling out a technician. Send a one page test print job to the printer. Open the rear "output" tray so that the print job exits the rear of the printer. Watch the paper as it is pulled into the machine. When you see the leading edge of the print exiting the printer open up the front door of the printer. This will of course cause the machine to jam up but its worth it. Carefully remove the toner cartridge. Look at the print on the page still inside the machine. Do you see the same grey image? If not then the problem is the fuser. If you do see the grey image then the problem is the toner cartridge. Stopping the print job in the middle of the printer like that allows you to see what the image looks like before it goes into the fuser. If the fuser is the problem call a tech. It is about a $100 - 150 repair for the fuser depending on the labor rates where you live.
There is probably nothing wrong with the printer, but it may not be be receiving all the dope it needs. Usually the printer needs a CR/LF signal at the end of the file to print. If it doesn't get that it will assume that it hasn't got all the file and will hang. This may be a setting in the application producing the file, or a setting on the printer itself (i.e needing either a full CR/LF signal or just one of these). Don't like the idea that it doesn't print its own test page though....
I went into print settings after failing the diagnostics. Printing normally would just feed the paper through with no ink. I set the settings to specifically "Fast Draft" and adjusted minor things like paper to A4 and color to grayscale for the print job at hand.
Solution Follow these instructions to adjust the clutch on the printer. Disconnect the USB cable. Press the printer power button to turn off the printer. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the printer. Open the top cover of the printer. Remove the print cartridges from the printer. Slide the cradle to the right side of the printer. Locate the clutch on the left side of the printer. NOTE: The clutch is a flat, white, plastic component that rests just above the white roller gear wheel. In the HP Photosmart P1000 and P1100 printers, the clutch is black metal.
Figure 1: Printer clutch
Remove the rear access door from the back of the printer. Press the clutch firmly towards the back of the printer, while rolling the wheels in the back of the printer upward two full rotations. Release the clutch and roll the wheels up two more rotations. Reinstall the rear access door. Reinstall the print cartridges and secure the latches in place. Close the top cover and reconnect the power cord. Turn on the printer. Print a test page. NOTE: If the printer continues to display a Print cartridge cradle is stuck message or make grinding noises, click "contact hp" on this page for more support options.
I have two problems. Either it won't accept a print job or when it is printing it stops when it is going through the job intermittently. Like for an hour it won't continue then all of a sudden it prints one page then a half hour later another page etc. It is so frustrating.
I belive that after replacing the INk cartridges, you are
experiancing this problem. The Alignment test sheet always prints
everytime you turn on the printer, if u haven't completed the Alignment
To complete the Alignment process, >>Once the printer finished printing the Alignmnet test sheet. >> Place the Test sheet staright on the scanner glass facing down towards right hand corner. >>Press the scan button(color), the Power ON light will start flashing, wait until it stops flashing. >>Alignmnet process completed.