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Old 10-27-2010, 01:59 PM
 
Location: DFW
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OK, I have this printer that's a few years old and recently, it's been having trouble loading paper properly on more than an occasion.

Sometimes, it fails to grasp the paper and reports "no paper".

And the most annoying occurence is when it fails to grab the paper but still thinks it has the paper loaded. And then it starts printing anyways. Since no paper is loaded, the ink spills out.

Any ideas if this can be fixed? Not gonna take it to a shop since it's old anways; I'd rather get a new printer if this one's history.
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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It sounds like the rubber on the feed rollers needs to be cleaned. There's stuff you can get for that purpose if you can physically get access to them. It still probably not even worth the effort unless it was a very high end pro model.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: The Ranch
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Printers are disposable. It could be the pickups or a small piece of paper is jammed somewhere covering the sensor. At todays costs why aggravate yourself over it. just replace it.
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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Why replace it if you can just pull a piece of paper out of it that is blocking the sensor?
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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Why replace it if you can just pull a piece of paper out of it that is blocking the sensor?
If you can find it - good luck. Try a can of compressed air.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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Usually the rollers have hardened when this happens. Go to an office supply store and ask what they have for a roller renewal spray. Do NOT use rubbing or denatured alcohol. That just makes the roller harder (and a little tipsy).
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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OK, I have this printer that's a few years old and recently, it's been having trouble loading paper properly on more than an occasion.

Sometimes, it fails to grasp the paper and reports "no paper".

And the most annoying occurence is when it fails to grab the paper but still thinks it has the paper loaded. And then it starts printing anyways. Since no paper is loaded, the ink spills out.

Any ideas if this can be fixed? Not gonna take it to a shop since it's old anways; I'd rather get a new printer if this one's history.
As someone pointed out, you can clean the roller. You can use alcohol to clean the feed rollers.

That should help with the pickup problem, though it appears you may have another problem such as faulty paper sensor. The printer should go into error mode when it fails to pick up the paper, if it is printing anyway, then it is likely this sensor is bad.

You could get by with just fixing the feed rollers and then just shut it off if it ever fails to pick up in the future. The sensor isn't difficult to replace, you may be able to pick up one and replace it yourself for cheap (try ebay). If that doesn't work though, best to buy a new one. Printers these days are disposable due to the cost of repair.
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