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I can't print

The printer makes a noise like slipping gears. The paper starts to feed, but doesn't get far.

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  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    Yes. I have the same problem. Please notify me when you find the solution. Thanks!

  • Curt-eous Apr 08, 2008

    The top page feeds part of the way then stops. Clacking sound like slipping gears.

  • blow me Apr 16, 2008

    I have the same exact problem...paper starts to feed clacking slipping gears

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    yes i received this printer with my computer in 2001 and love it.

    installed it with my 2006 windows xp computer and it's been working great

    until the grinding noise and paper starts then nothing.

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Mine makes a noise when turning it off and on and then the light just blinks. The paper does not feed at all. Nothing works! And I've never really had a problem since getting it many many years ago...

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