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arikariii
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printer won't print because it's not detecting paper

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HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One Printer - B111a
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My printer isn't detecting paper, although paper is in there. I've taken it out and opened the printer to check for jams, and reinserted paper. It still does not detect that there is paper in it. Is this fixable? Or, do I need to just get a new printer?

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Hi @arikariii

 

Welcome to the HP Support Community. I'd be happy to assist you with the "paper feed issue" issue. 

 

To better assist you - 

 

1)Are you able to make copies using the printer?

2)What is the paper type and paper size you are using?

3) What's the application you are trying to print from? Have you tried printing from a different application or devices? 

 

Meanwhile, Try a power reset on the printer.

 

Step 1:Reset the product

  1. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
  1. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  2. Wait at least 60 seconds.
  3. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the printer.
  5. Turn the printer on. HP recommends plugging the printer directly into a wall outlet.

Step 2:Check the paper, and then reload it

Check the paper stack for defects such as wrinkled, torn, or bent pieces that might cause a pick-up issue.

  1. Remove any paper from the paper tray.

  2. Remove any severely bent, wrinkled, or torn paper found in the stack.

  3. Check for obstructions inside the paper tray. Make sure nothing blocks the paper from engaging with the rollers.

  4. Make sure the paper stack is even on all sides.

  5. Load the stack of paper into the paper tray.

    Examples of loading paper
  6. Close or push in the paper tray.

  7. Select the correct paper size on the printer control panel or in the printer software.

Step 3:Clean the paper pick rollers

Clean dirt or debris from the paper pick rollers to resolve paper feed issues.

Clean the paper pick rollers (top paper tray)

Clean the rollers inside the top paper tray.

  1. Get a flashlight.

  2. Turn off the printer.

  3. Wait until the printer is idle and silent, and then disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.

  4. Remove the paper stack from the input tray.

  5. With the flashlight, look down into the input tray and find the paper pick rollers.

    An example of paper pick rollers on top loading printer
  6. Lightly dampen a cotton swab with water, and then squeeze it to remove any excess water.

  7. Clean the rollers with the swab, rotating the rollers with your fingers to completely clean them.

  8. Allow the rollers to dry for two minutes.

  9. Reconnect the power cord, and then turn on the printer.

Clean the paper pick rollers (under printer)

Clean the paper pick rollers on a printer where the paper tray is located on the bottom.

  1. Turn off the printer.

  2. Wait until the printer is idle and silent, and then disconnect the power cord and any cables from the rear of the printer.

  3. Remove the paper stack from the input tray.

  4. Lift the printer and place it on its side or back.

  5. Pull out the paper tray, and then locate the gray paper pick rollers.

    Paper pick rollers underneath printer
  6. Lightly dampen a cotton swab with water, and then squeeze it to remove any excess water.

  7. Clean the rollers with the swab, rotating the rollers with your fingers to completely clean them.

  8. Allow the rollers to dry for two minutes.

  9. Set the printer upright.

  10. Reconnect the power cord, and then turn on the printer.

Clean the paper pick rollers (inside printer)

Clean the paper pick rollers under the cartridges or inside the paper tray area.

  1. Get a flashlight.

  2. Turn off the printer.

  3. Wait until the printer is idle and silent, and then disconnect the power cord and any cables from the rear of the printer.

  4. Remove the paper stack from the input tray.

  5. Depending on your printer model, use the flashlight to find the paper pick roller.

    Figure : Printers with the roller under the cartridges

    Printers with the roller located under the cartridges

    Figure : Printers with the roller above the input tray

    Rollers in the paper tray area
  6. Lightly dampen a cotton swab with water, and then squeeze it to remove any excess water.

  7. Clean the rollers with the swab, rotating the rollers with your fingers to completely clean them.

  8. Allow the rollers to dry for two minutes.

  9. Reconnect the power cord and cables, and then turn on the printer.

You can also refer to printer does not pick paper

Hope this helps! Keep me posted. 

 

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