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asked Aug 10, 2004 at 7:21am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 440

epson stylus color 440

My printer is pulling the paper in sideways.It always goes to the left. the light is always flashing that says it is out of paper when it's not.
Can you help?
magicinker: You have to realize that your printer does not actually have the ability to see any paper in your printer. It depends on electrical signals transmitted thru sensors, to determine if there is a jam or if the paper is out. In your case, its always possible that the paper may be actually running into a foreign object and not feeding in at all. A foreign object could be also be causing the paper to actually stall or even to feed-in crooked. Remove all the paper and use a flashlight to look carefully into the paper feed-in area. Look for a pen, pencil, push pin, paper clip, candy, etc. If you can't see anything, then actually pick your printer up and turn it so the paper opening is facing down and shake it a little, side to side. Your trying to dislodge anything that might be stuck in the paper entrance area. If nothing falls out, then turn it back over and use the flashlight to once again look inside that area. Sometimes you'll see an object that may have moved over into view while you were shaking the printer. Any foreign object might block the paper from actually being able to move forward, so then the printer thinks there is no paper installed. You may have to even remove the Top Cover to be able to get a better view of that paper feed area. Unfortunatly, just removing that cover is not always that easy, especially on the newer Epson Printers. You may need a Service Manual for reference, disassembly and troubleshooting. I have not checked, but you can normally find Service Manuals and or Service Adjustment Programs/Resets for most printers, at www.2manuals.com (most Service Manuals can usually be downloaded for around $10 /- ), or from http://www.user-service-manuals.com/epson-service-manuals.htm, or even from http://www.sm.copyprofi.net/index.htm [check prices of available Service Manuals]. Even if there is not a foreign object stuck in that area, with the top cover off, you might just possibly see what the problem is and even be able to correct it. There is an "Epson Printer Information Page", available to view at http://epsonhelp.freehttp.com/440.html , that includes your "440" model and it covers Housing Removal if needed...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 10, 2004 at 9:18am Add comment
Thanks so much for replying! I will ck it out and do as you suggested.Will let you know how things turn out...
by unknown on Aug 10, 2004 at 4:17pm Add comment
magicinker: You're welcome and I hope it actually helps...Again, Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 10, 2004 at 5:14pm Add comment