Like the other person, I'm having feed problems with my old workhorse of a printer. Mine isn't lifting the paper out of the tray, though the lift mechanism on the tray seems to be working. I get four marks on the top paper where the rollers above are at least touching, but it doesn't pick it up. Actually this may have been going on a while, with partial feeds one time, then okay the next, etc. Now nothing, even with different brands of paper, and after cleaning (blowing & dusting) out all the bits I can see. If the roller is too smooth, as you mention, what can I do about it? Thanks.
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Turn the printer around and lift the flap behind the paper tray. If you have a flashlight, get it. You want to watch the action of the paper pickup roller. By observing to see if it is rotating, slipping on the paper or whatever, you should be able to determine why the paper isn't feeding. A lot of times, it is as simple as the paper backstop has slid back and the roller can't grab the paper that is 2 inches out of reach. Since you've replaced the tray and paper, I would think you might have noticed that. Is the paper moving out of the tray at all?
This is a good workhorse printer -- I serviced these for many years.
You can try cleaning the paper feed rollers with a rag moistened with a little white spirit. This helps remove the paper dust build-up that glazes the rollers and prevents them from gripping the paper.
Eventually, as the rollers become worn, (or, if they are already too worn) you will have to replace them.
i had the same problem, mine went into the printer fine and started to tilt. all i did was check the paper input slot and there was a necklace stuck in it, it was an easy fix after all, just had to pull it out. too bad there are more problems than it is worth tho, right now mine wont feed lol
This might work for you - it worked for me. HP paper was feeding crooked. Checked the "Paper Type/Quality" in the printing options window - mine was set to Photo Paper. When I changed it to Plain Paper, the paper fed evenly. Hope this works for you.
The feeder mechanism has so to speak come undone and the printer needs taking aprt and putting back together with the feeder and the cogs interacting with eachother. Ther is a small metal clip lick tensioner to keep it in contact with the cogs, if the clip has come off it just needs securing back in place.