Is your HP 4200/4300 Series Printer “Clicking” as Paper Feeds Through?


I’ve been out on service calls and have seen, or heard, unusual things happening in the exit area of the HP 4200/4300 printers. What I’ve noticed is that sometimes the paper feeds through normally but with a little extra clicking or snapping noise. Other times the noise is accompanied by the paper not feeding through properly.

Problem
There are two exit flags that paper has to go through as it exits out of the machine to the face-down delivery area. One right-side flag is for the face-down bin-full sensor and the left side flag is just to provide equal pressure on the paper to the right side flag. On the bottom of the top cover HP has put two dampener pads like what you see on a solenoid. Over time these pads wear out. Continue reading

What to do for a Noisy HP Desktop Printer and Paper Curl Problems


Two questions I’ve been asked recently are how to make the machine quieter and how to reduce the amount of paper curl on the sides of the paper.

Paper speeds have gotten pretty impressive on all printer makes and models. Even small printers have awesome print speeds. However, most people have noticed that their personal machines, the ones that sit next to them in their office, are too noisy, especially when they are printing while talking on the phone.

Another issue they’ve noticed is that paper is curling in the exit tray and, after 15 to 20 sheets are in the tray, the paper coming out starts Continue reading