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HP Business Inkjet 2250 Printer - Print Skew

How to measure skew
  1. Perform the diagnostic test. The diagnostic test has the print skew information built into the test printout. To print a diagnostic test page:
    1. Press the Menu button until INFORMATION MENU appears.
    2. Press the Item button until PRINT DIAGNOSTIC PAGE appears.
    3. Press the Resume button to print the diagnostic page.
  2. Without creasing the paper, fold the paper so that the "C" located on the lower-left corner of the paper meets the "A" located in the upper-left corner. Align the left edges of the paper.
  3. Evaluate the print skew.
    1. If the vertical line left of the "A" falls on or between the two vertical lines left of the "C," the skew is within the product specification. No further testing is required.
    2. If the vertical line left of the "A" does not fall on or between the two vertical lines left of the "C," the skew is out of specification. Repeat the procedure on a second printout. If the skew is out of specification on the second printout, try the following:
      • Remove the paper and then reload it. Make sure the paper guides are snug against the paper and that the paper is snug against the right edge of the paper tray.
      • Check to make sure that only one type of paper is loaded in the paper tray.
      • Make sure the paper weight falls between 60 to 105 g/m2 (28 lb. Bond).
      • Try a different type of paper.
    3. If the problem persists, contact HP.
Measuring paper squareness
Skew may be impacted by the squareness of the paper. The industry standard for paper squareness is 0.003 inch per inch. This measurement must be added to the print skew specification to obtain a true overall skew specification. Test the paper squareness by printing on one side of the paper, flipping the paper over, and then printing on the other side. If the print slopes down on one side and up on the other side, the squareness of the paper may be impacting the print skew. In this case, try a different, higher quality paper to improve the print skew.
Possible causes and solutions
Skew occurs when the movement of paper in the mechanism is not square to the printhead movement. The result is inconsistent print margins along the paper’s edge (printing appears tilted on the page). Several factors must be understood when dealing with skew:
  • The measured skew is a result of the printer skew and the paper squareness.
  • Proper loading and handling of the paper can minimize skew. Make sure the paper is loaded evenly against the right wall of the paper tray, and the left paper guide is pressed up against the paper stack.
  • Maintain a stack of paper in the paper tray.
  • Load only one type of media in the paper tray.
  • Use envelopes with rectangular flaps rather than triangular flaps.
  • Some types of paper and pre-printed forms can impact print skew.
  • Understand how to measure and correct print skew.
     note:
    Load a stack of paper into an empty paper tray rather than adding paper to the existing paper stack in the paper tray.

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