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Lexmark x464de printer won't take paper from tray 1

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Whenever we print the printer make some noise if there's no paper in the manual tray. Then it just stops. If we however load paper into the manual tray, then the printer prints from there.
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I'm not familiar with this printer but from my experience with HP printers, I suspect that is may be the Tray 1 paper pickup roller. The roller usually gets worn out and has problems picking up the paper. It tries a few times then produces a paper jam error. Pull the tray out and check the roller to see if it is worn out (usually very smooth). Sometimes you can rough up the roller with some thing sharp like scissors. Try cleaning the roller with an alcohol pad or alcohol + water solution. Usually these are replaceable parts. Also just make sure that the paper guides are pushed all the way up to the paper in the tray.

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I agree that it sounds like the pickup rollers are dirty or worn. But do NOT clean them with alcohol. The rollers are basically "rubber", and alcohol will usually dry them out and make matters worse.
Use water or slightly soapy water to clean them, with something like a Q-tip, but something with a "cloth" tip is better than the "cottonball" ones.

Lightly scuffing them might help, for a while. But if they worn, they should be replaced.


Here is a generic walk through on cleaning rubber rollers (mostly steps 2 and 4):
http://www.ehow.com/how_6692886_clean-rubber-rollers.html

It also might be the sensor:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t9925161-pickup_roller_our_lexmark_x464de

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My comment about alcohol goes double for the comments about "nail cleaner" (aceton) and thinner.
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Thanks. I didn't resolve it (didn't get a chance to follow your steps, but the printer is now working. Don't know who or how.
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Thank you much.   : )

I like it when they do that, but the not knowing bugs me.   : /
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