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Phantom paper jam on HP 5440 DeskJet just won't go away

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HP 5440 Deskjet Photp Printer
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

My HP 5440 sends paper jam messages every time I turn it on.  If I push the X (CLEAR) button, paper feeds through very nicely but no printing occurs.  I have cleaned, cleared, blown and brushed out the gears to no avail.


Once, I received a printed message on the laptop during a failed try at printing that the HP 5440 could not continue because my network had a metered connection.   Didn't know that it was connected in that way, so  I turned that to non-metered, but it should not have mattered as I was using my USB cable to print a doc.


Haven't had any problems with this printer since I got it...until now.

Just bought several remanufactured ink cartridges. but the set I am using is still HP's own.


Any assistance would be much appreciated.




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It's possible your printer is finally on "last days".

Series introduced 2005

Printer is about fifteen years old.



This document is newer than your printer:

Regardless, Section Reset the printer might apply.


Likely one of two Product Numbers:  C9045A  / C9045B


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