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Paper feeds skewed to one side. Ink smears, paper twisted and jams.

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  • Modemo Aug 28, 2008

    The paper starts moving on the right side but the left side is jammed.  This causes the paper to go through the printer at a tilt and come out damaged.  This is from the automatic feeder.  I can't get the cassette to work at all.

    I can print 4 X 6 prints by feeding them on the right side.
    I tried to clean the rollers but paper wouldn't go through.



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My ip4300 was pulling the paper in toward the right and then it would crnkle the paper and jam. I tried all the cleaning techniques I could find suggested on the web. I called my grandson, who used to work on printers, and he suggested using sandpaper to roughen up the feed rollers (two on the right side when facing the printer.. a large and a small). So, I first used some #100 sandpaper to roughen the rollers, but that did not fix the problem. I then used some #60 sandpaper, then used a damp cloth to clean the rollers after roughing them up and then dried them with a dry rag. My printer now works beautifully! If nothing else works, you may want to try this—it's what my grandson said they did at the shop he worked at.

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