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Dell 942 carrier jam

While loading a new color ink cartridge, the carrier suddenly zoomed to the left, jamming the open cartridge door under the plastic printer housing. The error message says, clear carrier jam. Except I can't get to the carrier - because it's jammed off to the left, out of sight/reach. Makes a horrible noise if I press the select button. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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This morning I replaced the cartridges in the Dell 942 printer, they jammed to the left which made a loud grinding noise and the cartridge jam error came on.

I solved the problem by turning the printer on with the top up which moved the cartridges to the right a little so I could reach back, push one down a little manually which freed them to move over to the middle.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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prog: Repair/clear jame if any or new printer


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