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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Printers (C410a, C410b, C410c, C410d, and C410e) - 'Out of Paper' Error Message and the Printer Does Not Pick Up or Feed Paper

Issue

The product does not pick up or feed the paper from the tray. The product might make noises as though it is printing, but no paper moves through it.

How to use the solutions in this document

A paper feed issue can occur for several reasons, such as dusty or contaminated paper rollers, the condition of the paper in the tray, or even issues with the software.
To resolve the issue, try each solution in this document, and then use the steps in this section to print a printer status report. This step determines if the product hardware functions correctly. When you have resolved the issue, and the product successfully prints a printer status report, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
How to print a printer status report
  1. Load plain white paper in the input tray.
  2. On the product control panel, press Setup ().
  3. Press OK to select Print Report.
  4. Press OK to select Printer Status Report.
    The product prints the printer status report.
IMPORTANT: Try to print a printer status report after every solution even if the solution resolves the issue.

Solution one: Perform a reset

Sometimes, restarting the product can clear a paper feed issue. Follow these steps to perform a reset.

Step one: Reset the product

  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. With the product turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait at least 15 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.

Step two: Print a printer status report

Print a printer status report. See the section on how to use these solutions at the beginning of this document.
  • If the paper status report prints, try printing the original document again. If the issue is resolved, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the paper status report does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution two: Check the condition of the paper, and then reload it

Paper feed issues might result from dusty, torn, wrinkled, wet, or folded paper in the tray. The quality of the paper can also make a difference. Use only good quality paper that meets product specifications. Follow these steps to check the condition of the paper.

Step one: Check the condition of the paper

  1. Remove the stack of paper from the tray.
  2. Check for obstructions inside the tray. Use a flashlight to view the mechanism inside the tray to make sure that nothing blocks the paper from engaging with the rollers. Even small pieces of paper can cause paper feed issues.
    note:
    If you find obstructions in the paper path, skip to the section on cleaning the rollers.
  3. Examine the condition of the paper, and then replace any ripped, dusty, curled, wrinkled, or bent paper.
  4. Make sure that all the paper in the stack is the same size and type. Never load mixed types of paper in the tray. The product can only process one type of paper at a time.
  5. Tap the stack of paper on a flat surface to align the edges.
  6. Make sure that the stack of paper contains no fewer than 10 sheets and no more than 25 sheets of paper.
    note:
    You need to use 10 to 25 sheets of paper only for purposes of these troubleshooting steps. When the issue is resolved, you can resume loading paper according to the paper tray capacity specifications for your product.

Step two: Reload the paper

  1. Raise the output tray, and then slide the paper-width guide outwards.
    Figure : Lift the output tray and slide the paper-width guide outwards
    Illustration: Lift the output tray and slide the paper-width guide outwards.
  2. Insert 10 to 25 sheets of paper into main tray with the short edge forward and the print side down. Make sure that the stack of paper is not higher than the paper stack line on the paper width guide.
  3. Slide the stack of paper forward until it stops.
    Figure : Slide the stack of paper forward in the tray.
    Illustration: Slide the stack of paper forward in the tray.
  4. Slide the paper guide inward until it stops at the edge of the paper. Do not push the guides in so tightly that they bind against the paper.
    Figure : Slide the paper-width guide inward
    Illustration: Slide the paper-width guide inward
  5. Lower the output tray, and then pull the tray extender outwards as far as it will go. Flip the paper catch at the end of the tray extender.
    Figure : Lower the output tray and pull out the tray extender
    Illustration: Lower the output tray and pull out the tray extender

Step three: Print a printer status report

Print a printer status report. See the section on how to use these solutions at the beginning of this document.
  • If the paper status report prints, try printing the original document again. If the issue is resolved, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the paper status report does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution three: Clean the rollers, and then print a printer status report

Dust, paper fiber, and other debris might accumulate on the paper feed and pick rollers and cause paper jams and paper feed issues. Follow these steps to clean the paper feed rollers, and then print a printer status report to check that the hardware functions correctly.
note:
The graphics in the following steps might not look exactly like your product, but the steps are the same.

Step one: Clean the rubber paper feed and pick rollers

  1. Gather the following materials:
    • A clean, lint-free cloth, or any cloth that will not come apart or leave fibers
    • Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water might damage the product)
    • A clean, lint-free cotton swab
  2. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  3. Turn the product so that you can access the rear side.
  4. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  5. Push the right side of the duplexer to the left, and then pull out the duplexer. Set the duplexer aside.
  6. Lightly dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with bottled or distilled water, and then squeeze any excess liquid from the cloth.
  7. Press the cloth against the rollers in the product, and then rotate them upwards with your fingers. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    Figure : Clean the rollers in the product
    Photograph: Clean the rollers in the product
  8. Look inside the rear access area of the product to find the pick rollers. They are near the center of the product behind the paper feed rollers.
    Figure : Location of the pick rollers
    Photograph of the location of the pick rollers
    note:
    You might need to use a flashlight to illuminate the pick rollers.
  9. Lightly dampen a clean, lint-free cotton swab, and then use it to clean the pick rollers.
    Figure : The pick rollers
    Photograph of the pick rollers inside the product
  10. Allow the rollers to dry for 10 or 15 minutes.

Step two: Clean the rollers in the duplexer

  1. Hold the duplexer in front of you, and then press both tabs on both sides of the duplexer to open it.
    Figure : Location of the tabs on the duplexer
    Illustration: Location of the tabs on the duplexer
  2. Check the paper feed rollers in the duplexer to make sure that they are clean, free of paper bits, and rotate freely.
    Figure : Check the rollers in the duplexer
    Photograph: Check the rollers in the duplexer
  3. Clean the rollers of the duplexer the same way you cleaned the rollers inside the product.
  4. Allow the rollers of the duplexer to dry for 10 or 15 minutes.
  5. Insert the two pegs on the left side of the duplexer into the left side of the product, and then gently push the duplexer in. Make sure that the duplexer is firmly in place
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.

Step three: Print a printer status report

Print a printer status report. See the section on how to use these solutions at the beginning of this document.
  • If the paper status report prints, try printing the original document again. If the issue is resolved, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the paper status report does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution four: Adjust the paper settings in the print driver

The product might not pick up paper if the paper size and type in the paper tray do not match the size and type settings in the print driver. This feature of the product helps to avoid wasting ink and paper if the paper is not what you expected.
  1. Return to the document you were trying to print when the issue occurred.
  2. Click File, and then click Print. The Print window opens.
    Figure : Click File, and then click Print
    Illustration of clicking Print under the File menu
  3. Click the button that opens the Properties dialog box. Depending on the software program, the button might be Properties, Options, Printer Setup, Printer, or Preferences.
  4. Click the Paper Quality or Features tab.
    note:
    The exact names of some of the settings in your program might be slightly different than those described here.
  5. From the Paper type drop-down list, select the paper type that matches the paper in the product.
  6. From the Size drop-down list, select the paper size that matches the paper in the product.
    For example, if you have 101.6 x 152.4 mm (4 x 6 inch) photo paper loaded in the paper tray, select 4x6in. or 4x6in. (tab).
    If the required paper size is not in the drop-down list, follow these steps to create a custom paper size.
    1. Select Custom from the Size drop-down list, or the Custom tab.
    2. In the Name dialog box, type a name for the new custom size.
    3. In the Width and Length boxes, type the dimensions.
    4. Select the unit of measurement, and then click Save.
    5. Click OK to close the Custom Paper Size dialog box, and then click OK again to close the Properties dialog box.
      note:
      You must exit the Properties dialog box to apply your changes.
    6. Open the Properties dialog box again, and then select the new custom size from the Size drop-down list.
  7. Click OK, and then click OK again to print the document.
  • If the document prints, the issue is resolved, and there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the document prints on plain white paper, but not a special paper type, there is no need to continue troubleshooting. The problem is probably related to the paper that you were trying to print on, or possibly a connectivity problem. Review the Cause and Prevention sections at the end of this document to check other possibilities.
  • If the document does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution five: Service the product

If the product printed a paper status report with plain white paper, the printer is functional and does not need to be replaced. Other issues, such as connectivity, print driver settings, special paper, photo paper facing shiny side up, or slick or damaged paper might cause the problem. Review the following sections to learn about the common causes and how to prevent the issue.
Service or replace your HP product if the issue persists after completing all the preceding steps.
Go to Contact HP Customer Support to schedule a product repair or replacement. If you are in Asia Pacific, you will be directed to a local service center in your area.
To confirm your warranty status, go to HP Product Warranty Check. Repair fees might apply for out-of-warranty products.
IMPORTANT: Only service the product if you have already tried all of the previous solutions and the product will not print a printer status report on plain white paper.

Prevent paper feed issues

Follow these guidelines to help prevent paper feed issues:
  • Load at least 10 sheets of paper into the tray, but do not overload the tray.
  • Load paper correctly, and then push the paper all the way into the tray.
  • Use only one type of paper at a time in the tray.
  • Store paper in a cool, dry place.
  • Use only clean unused paper in the tray.
  • Reload paper that has been in the photo tray for a time. Avoid printing on paper that is dusty.
  • Wait for the product to complete a job or to display an 'Out of paper' message before reloading paper.

Cause

Any of the following issues can cause this issue:
  • The paper trays are empty or overloaded.
  • The paper is curled.
  • The print side, or shiny side, of the paper is not loaded in the tray face down. For photo paper, always load the rougher side of the paper facing up.
  • The paper is too slick for the product.
  • The paper might not be engaged with the feed rollers.
  • The paper-width guide is pressed against the paper stack too tightly.
  • The paper tray is not completely inserted into the product.
  • The paper settings in the print driver do not match the paper loaded in the paper tray.
  • The rubber paper-feed rollers are dusty.

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