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03-18-2011 07:54 PM - edited 03-18-2011 07:55 PM
That "clacking" noise is the printer warming up and the cartridge carriage moving back and forth. Both of those things are normal.
You are able to print, correct? Everything seems to be working?
03-23-2011 06:55 AM
My C4680 that is 14 month old just started clunking before each print. It sounds like a maching gun firing, 15 to 20 clunks. It did not happen for 13 months and is not a normal noise like some one suggested. It sounds like gears not connecting properly, some broken teeth, and then one catching. It still prints but I assume it will soon stop.
10-31-2011 04:19 PM
I have the same exact thing going on with my printer. It printed fine for about 15 mos. or more and then just started making that awful noise. I have kids and I like to do things at night that involve printing out bills, etc. I can no longer do that with this awful machine gun noise. Did you ever get a resolution? I think it's terrible if they do not get back to you or have a solution for the problem.
10-31-2011 04:47 PM
Shortly after sending my note on the loud clacking noise, my printer went belly up. That is, it would no longer feed pager. Something inside broke. This was after I had it for about 14 months with a 12 month warranty. So much for quality.
04-15-2012 02:23 PM
I have the same problem with my C4795 photosmart printer which began after paper jams properly removed. The machine gun noise forces me to hold my ears before and after it prints. The Best Buy Geeks said to buy a new printer, but which brand and which model!
04-16-2012 12:41 PM
After my printer went belly up, I looked at other printers. Finally decided to stay with an HP. Got the HP 6500 Office Jet AIO. Looked around for a Rebate/Discount and found a $60 instant rebate, total with shipping $98. Added a 3 year Care Package for $35. So far so good. Prints great, but it is an ink hog. I refill my own cartridges, so that helps. On these newer ones each color has its own cartridge, cost are high. The Starter ink cartridges do not last long. the XL cartridges cost: 28+13+13+13=67, almost as much as the printer. These are easier to refill, if you are careful and know what you are doing. O'Yes, I ordered from the HP web site store. They are fast in delivery and you may find a good discount or rebate if you search their site for one. I get better deals there than at a store.
04-17-2012 02:59 PM
04-23-2013 07:34 AM
When I purchased my HP 6500 Officejet I was pleased until it went belly up after about 15 months. Before it went belly up, the ink carrage went out and had to be replaced. The clankding noise was a broken part in the feed mechasm. Since I had purchased the 36 mo warranty it was replaced with a refurbished unit. It lasted 3 months and started paper jams, which are hard to remove. Its refurshiment replacement would not feed paper and was replaced. The current replacement Office Jet 6500A is still working. I have had problems with label sheet jams because it sometimge feeds them in crooked. These drink ink by the gallon. One day every color came out red. I took out the ink cartridges and ink carrage and cleaned the carrage. Then everything came out green. Cleaned it again and then carefully cleaned all contact points on the carrage. It started working correctly so apparently it was a contact point problem.