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Solved: Printer noise.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by areetz, May 10, 2011.

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  1. areetz

    areetz Thread Starter

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    I have a HP Deskjet F4480 all-in-one printer which prints and copies as usual, but when turned on or off, and when begins to print or copy, emits a 2 or 3 second ratcheting sound (better described as "Loud-Rapid-Metallic RAT-TAT-TAT"). HP computer using Windows 7. Nothing happened to give me a thought of trouble.
     
  2. DariusSupport

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    that is the cartridge carraige moving, some noise is normal. If you suspect something else then open the printer door like you were going to change a cartridge and check for any obstructions including gobs of dried up ink.
     
  3. areetz

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    Thank you. Opened cartridge door and turned on printer. Catridges moved from left to right - stopped - ratcheting noise, then moved right to left, then to center, then stopped. Nothing looked out of place.
     
  4. DariusSupport

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    ok, the main thing is to make sure that it is still printing correctly. all of my older jet printers make some noise, once they start to make loud noises the drive belt or gears are going. at that point just get a new one its cheaper.
     
  5. dustyjay

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    Check to make sure there are no obstructions on the Print Head drive, such as a scrap of paper or something. I have a F4480 and when it did that, I found that my daughter had dropped s few Nerds Candies onto (into the Printer)
     
  6. areetz

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    "DariusSupport" and "dustyjay" - thank you both.
     
  7. dustyjay

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    Could you let us know what solved the problem?
     
  8. areetz

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    "Loud noises" indicate problems. This was LOUD and shook the machine.
     
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