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Using high cotton paper causes cotton dust build up making it hard for the rubber rollers to grab the paper. Check inside for paper dust build up. If so, clean rollers with a window cleaner.
Another problem is saving too much money on paper. There are some very thin light weight papers which the printer rollers have a hard time gripping. Most printers do well with 22 lb paper. Otherwise you may need to put a piece of scotch tape under the roller so the machine can grab the thinner paper.
Also check your side paper alignment guide in the tray. As well as making sure your paper is sitting all the way back/down in the tray.
Try removing the paper and replacing it with a heavier paper > pull out the 20# copy paper and replace it with 24# bond or 60# offset. ( The 24# and 60# are the same weight just different finishes on the surface ). Assuming your paper tray is one that slides in and out, close they tray firmly. Turn the printer off, wait 10 seconds then turn it back on. If the problem is still there, look VERY closely at the edges of the feed tray / compartment. There will be a very thin wire that the paper will depress when it is loaded into the feeder. If that wire gets bent the paper may not reach it to depress it. The printer does not sense any paper if this happens. Bend the wire outward so the paper can depress the sensor switch. Hope this helps.
Can you see any paper in the rollers? I can only think careful use of twesers AS you probably found out printers appear to be Snapped together ie no easy screws to undo! Have you tried the HP help line? Good luck!