ANNOYANCE - PERSISTENT PAPER JAM IN LASER PRINTER
I had this persistent paper jam in my laser printer. The second page would always jam. Time to buy a new laser printer? Well I sure thougth I would have to buy another laser printer, even thought of to buy a new color laser printer. But there is no need! You can fix it! Read on!
DETAILS - TRAY PROBLEM
It's been a hot and fiery summer here in Los Angeles. A two weeks long fire in the surrounding mountains. There was a lot of smoke in the air. Some of that smoke and dust came in through the window. It only made the laser printer paper jam worse. I'm not using my laser printer much anymore but I do on occasion. It's been a pain. The manual feeder works fine, one page at the time. The Tray Feed, however was acting up for quite some time, maybe months.
What happened was that whenever I submitted a print request, the first page would print fine. For some reason, even if not requested, the second paper page would be sucked into the laser printer and caused a jam. So I could never print the second page without opening the laser printer, clearing the jam, pressing the button and continuing. What a pain. I have Brother HL-2040 by the way.
SEARCHING FOR A SOLUTION
So I decided to tackle this today. I googled online under "printer jam", "paper jam", "printer paper jam", "brother hl paper jam" etc. Finally, I got to a very helpful page directly from the manufacturer that helped me out a lot. Here are the directions if you ever have a paper jam as described above:
I was surprised to find so many rollers. Separation roller, pick up roller, etc. etc. The point is, you need to clean'em all. With a wet cloth. That is basically what the page above shows you. How to and how not to. The only thing that the directions above would not tell you is that you need to make a special effort to clean the rollers from all sides. And that can be tricky when they can not move, so you can only see one side. You catch them when they are rolling during printing. You need to be careful about that because the printer of course must be on at the time. When the rollers roll, you will see if there are any dirty segments. Clean them while they are rolling ;). Again, be careful!
MY PROBLEM SOLVED
Following the directions on the site above and making sure the rollers are completely wiped, even wiping them "on the fly", my annoyance was gone! Problem solved! At least for now! Until the next fire!
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Let me know if this helped solve your printer paper jam annoyance, and if other brands of printers have similar problems and solutions. Just leave me a comment, especially if this helped you solve the printer jam. Thanks!