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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M176n and M177fw Printers - Solve Paper Feed or Paper Jam Issues

If the product has recurring problems with paper feeding or with jams, use the following information to reduce the number of occurrences.

The product does not pick up paper

If the product does not pick up paper from the tray, try these solutions.
  1. Open the product and remove any jammed sheets of paper.
  2. Load the tray with the correct size of paper for your job.
  3. Make sure the paper size and type are set correctly on the product control panel.
  4. Make sure the paper guides in the tray are adjusted correctly for the size of paper. Adjust the guides to the appropriate indentation in the tray.
  5. Check the product control panel to see if the product is waiting for you to acknowledge a prompt to feed the paper manually. Load paper, and continue.
  6. The rollers above the tray might be contaminated. Clean the rollers with a lint-free cloth dampened with warm water.

The product picks up multiple sheets of paper

If the product picks up multiple sheets of paper from the tray, try these solutions.
  1. Remove the stack of paper from the tray and flex it, rotate it 180 degrees, and flip it over. Do not fan the paper. Return the stack of paper to the tray.
  2. Use only paper that meets HP specifications for this product.
  3. Use paper that is not wrinkled, folded, or damaged. If necessary, use paper from a different package.
  4. Make sure the tray is not overfilled. If it is, remove the entire stack of paper from the tray, straighten the stack, and then return some of the paper to the tray.
  5. Make sure the paper guides in the tray are adjusted correctly for the size of paper. Adjust the guides to the appropriate indentation in the tray.
  6. Make sure the printing environment is within recommended specifications.

Frequent or recurring paper jams

Follow these steps to solve problems with frequent paper jams. If the first step does not resolve the problem continue with the next step until you have resolved the problem.
  1. If paper has jammed in the product, clear the jam and then print a configuration page to test the product.
  2. Check that the tray is configured for the correct paper size and type on the product control panel. Adjust paper settings if necessary.
  3. Turn the product off, wait 30 seconds, and then turn it on again.
  4. Print a cleaning page to remove excess toner from inside the product.
    1. From the Home screen on the product control panel, touch the Setup button.
    2. Touch the Service menu.
    3. Touch the Cleaning Page button.
    4. Load plain letter or A4 paper when you are prompted.
    5. Touch the OK button to begin the cleaning process.
      The product prints the first side and then prompts you to remove the page from the output bin and reload it in Tray 1, keeping the same orientation. Wait until the process is complete. Discard the page that prints.
  5. Print a configuration page to test the product.
    1. From the Home screen on the product control panel, touch the Setup button.
    2. Touch the Reports menu.
    3. Touch the Configuration Report button.
If none of these steps resolves the problem, the product might need service. Contact HP customer support.

Prevent paper jams

To reduce the number of paper jams, try these solutions.
  1. Use only paper that meets HP specifications for this product.
  2. Use paper that is not wrinkled, folded, or damaged. If necessary, use paper from a different package.
  3. Use paper that has not previously been printed or copied on.
  4. Make sure the tray is not overfilled. If it is, remove the entire stack of paper from the tray, straighten the stack, and then return some of the paper to the tray.
  5. Make sure the paper guides in the tray are adjusted correctly for the size of paper. Adjust the guides so they are touching the paper stack without bending it.
  6. Make sure that the tray is fully inserted in the product.
  7. If you are printing on heavy, embossed, or perforated paper, use the manual feed feature and feed sheets one at a time.
  8. Verify that the tray is configured correctly for the paper type and size.
  9. Make sure the printing environment is within recommended specifications.