Finicky feeder
February 12, 2007 10:02 AM   Subscribe

Any tips on a home repair to restore my HP inkjet to its former paper feeding glory?

I have an HP all-in-one 2210xi that has served me well for a couple of years. I'm trying to print out a bunch of greeting cards using Staples matte photo greeting card stock, which I've used before in this printer with great success. But this time, after a few initial successful prints, the rollers no longer successfully feed the cardstock from the paper tray, making the printer return an "out of paper" error. (I'm pretty sure the rubber rollers are the culprit, because when I take out the top sheet, it has rubber marks on the edge where the roller has attempted to pull the sheet.)

When I print using ordinary paper, the paper feeding process seems to work fine. Is there anything I can do to increase the friction of the rollers without damaging paper fed through the printer? Or is this just the first symptom in an inevitable breakdown of the paper feeding system and not worth bothering to fix?

posted by j-dawg to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
I've had some success getting H-P inkjets to feed properly by wiping the rollers down with isopropyl alcohol.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 10:29 AM on February 12, 2007

I've fixed paper feed problems on several laser printers with parts kits (new rollers and other rubber parts) from [link goes to a search for your printer].
posted by putril at 1:29 PM on February 12, 2007

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