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Re: Printer not feeding paper
This sounds like a classic case of dirty or worn-out roller. Try unplugging the printer from the power outlet. Locate the roller (or rollers) and cleaning the rollers with a damp, lint-free cloth. Rotate the roller to get all sides cleaned. If this does not help you might be able to by a maintenance kit from Lexmark.
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It sounds like a bit of paper is stuck somewhere in the paper feed route. Remove the toner cartridge and any other bits that pull out. Removable bits often have a green tag or finger grips moulded in to them. Do a careful check in the printer for any bits of paper or even a full sheet stuck somewhere. Carefully remove all rubbish and reassemble.
If the paper isnt being pulled in the chances are that you have a foreign object in the paper path. First of all turn the printer off & disconnect all cables. Turn the printer upside down and give a good shake, with luck the blockage should fall out. If not then you need to be a bit brave, make sure the print carriage is parked fully to the right and out of the way. You will need an A4 (approx) sized piece of stiff cardboard such as the backing from an A4 note pad. Insert this into the paper feed locating it between the feed rollers on the R/H side. Then push quite firmly to overcome the spring pressure, when you feel it push through about a half inch stop and open the printer to see what is being pushed through. Push the card fully through and retrieve the foreign object (I have found everything from paperclips, curtain hooks and even a golf tee!). Push the card through fully and out of the printer. Always remove paper jams etc, in the direction of the paper feed whenever possible as pulling anything backwards can dislodge or break the sensor flags. Hope this helps. Please take a moment to rate this solution, thanks.
This happened to me one time after I pulled out a jammed paper the wrong way. I pulled it from the paper tray. Heard the sounds, it tried to grab the paper, but couldn't. It happened a long time ago, so I'm fuzzy on which part I tinkered with...but I recall that because I pulled the paper (backwards) from the tray, it flipped a lever/feeder/roller/thing and that 's why it wasn't grabbing the paper. If you look in the paper tray as the rollers go down to grab the paper, you'll see what's not working......sorry, lame solution.
With all due respect to "sanjeevverma", solution #1 is nonsense; the Brother HL-5250DN paper tray is self-centering; in other words, there is only ONE position for the paper to sit in the tray ... the PROPER position (centered BTW); let's break it down:
paper not feeding correctly - if lollydoll is talking about the wrinkling, this a known problem with this print engine with no real solution; the feed mechanism design is extremely sensative to the moisture content of the paper (ie, if the printer is being used anywhere but a temperature and humidty controlled office -- good luck); thicker paper (eg, 24 pound paper - ask the Staples guy) may solve the problem if the temperature and humidity in your house isn't too far off the office norm (72°F and 50% R.H.); two items tucked in the corners of the manual (but not talked about by their tech support staff) are (1) paper path pressure release levers in the back (they are blue - check the manual to see how they work), and (2) there is a "thin" setting for the paper type on the printer's properties window; it has helped a little at my house; the only real solution is to print at least three copies of your documents; apparently getting the fuser up to temperature is key to getting non-wrinkled printouts.
paper doesn't feed at all - the roller at the front of the paper tray must be incredibly contaminated; use DENATURED ALCOHOL and cotton swabs to clean the roller and the other parts it touches; you can unplug the printer if you're worried about it
printing when no paper is present - BAD! this means either (1) there is a scrap of paper torn off and blocking the sensor - which is unlikely because the print-time diagnostics would catch that the sensor does not "cycle" when the paper supposedly passes through, or (2) the sensor is defective - in which case toss the printer and buy an H-P (spend at least $300, eh!)
don't get me wrong ... I LOVE my HL-5250DN (although I hate wasting all that paper and toner) ... but my first three lasers were HP's and they NEVER wrinkled or tore my paper ... I bought the Brother because it was twice as fast and printed duplex for half the money of the HP ... now I'll pay the difference in paper and toner but "c'est la vie"