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Printer Mechanism Error

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#1 REfan001


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Posted 22 August 2010 - 10:03 AM

I have an HP deskjet 5150 and everytime I try to print something, my printer keeps saying that there is a mechanism error and that I should check for a paper jam or other obstruction, even though there is clearly no obstruction. It used to only say after each time it printed something, but now it doesn't print at all. how do I fix this?

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#2 Torvald


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Posted 22 August 2010 - 06:33 PM


You might want to open your printer and take a look at the printer head carriage (it's what your inkjet printer cartridges are connected to it).

If you see what looks like a shredded rubber belt or a bunch of loose fibers flopping around, then the print carriage return belt may have gone bad on you. I recently discovered the same problem when a friend gave me a free HP Officejet R40xi that wouldn't work. That's because it had a shredded carriage return belt.

If the belt is found to be your problem, it is possible to buy and install a replacement belt. However, for a relatively low cost printer like this one, you'd probably be better off simply purchasing a replacement printer.

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