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My printer makes a clicking noisae and won't print

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  • webbie15 May 04, 2008

    THE IN USE MEMORY LIGHT IS FLASHING. AND PRINTER MAKES A CLICKING NOISE. THERE IS NO PAPER JAM.


  • Anonymous Oct 07, 2008

    It clicks incessantly and won't print

  • kirby6 Nov 12, 2008

    My printer makes a clicking noise when I try to print and it will not pull the paper to print. It is a MP830

  • millerscreek Feb 04, 2009

    My MP830 in use memory light is flashing and making a clicking noise. I unplugged the printer overnight and problem remains.

  • Jill George
    Jill George May 11, 2010

    Could possibly be the paper feed. Have you made sure there are no paper jams or foreign objects? Does it try to pull paper from the tray and isn't able to? or is it feeding out blanks? Also, make and model of printer would help.

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This solution is for webbie15. I have the same Canon PIXMA MP780 printer, and I got the same annyoing clicking sound after I moved it today, and whenever I tried to print, Windows said the printer was offline.

It turns out I accidentally plugged the square usb cable into one of the phone jacks (I was too lazy to look, I just felt my way back there). Amazing, but the usb cable FITS in a phone jack, and apparently shorted the printer into thinking it was on-hook, off-hook for a fax.

It's been months since you asked the question. Hopefully this will help others.

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SOLUTION: Check and double check where the cable is going I had the same issues on my MP830. Blinking memory light, and would not print. Moved the USB cable into the USB port and supprisingly this worked ;) Hope this helps

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You've probably got the usb cable in the telephone/fax socket... ;-)

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

May sound like a silly solution, but check that your USB cable is not *accidentally* plugged into the fax port. :-)

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This seems like the mechanism that picks up the paper from the tray is not working. If the printer has a manual feed, try using it. If that works, then it definitely is the pickup mechanism and time to buy a new printer.

Posted on May 20, 2008

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