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HP Photosmart 7450 stuck cartridge

Paper feeds to the point where printer would normally begin. Then flashing light changes from green to red and print operation stops. Printer cartridge appears to be stuck in far right area of cartridge track. Nothing appears to be preventing cartridge movement, however it appears to be locked into place.. Suggestions?

Bill Ames

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  • Dante2000 Jun 05, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem. New drivers did not solved either.

    After reading some of the tricks to get the the damm thing open

    I will try to open and see what is inside. Will report back tomorrow


  • S Shelton
    S Shelton Aug 08, 2008

    Same as two above and solutions tries. Printer picks up paper, seems like it will print, grinding noise, then red light. I did get a test page and sample page to print and 1 document I put in, then, it started all over again. Even when it printed there was a grinding noise

  • kgarland1 Oct 09, 2008

    My problem is similar- if not exactly the same... try this one out.

    I had just finished printing some documents and attempted one more when the printing process stopped just where it would normally begin. Pop up said it was a paper jam. I removed the back door and pulled the paper out no problem- it of course attempted the print again with the same problem. The paper doesn't appear to be jammed at all, but it stops at the same place every time it pulls the paper into it. If everyone is having this problem is it a faulty printer or something we all happened to do wrong?

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    printer acts like it will print pulls the paper through to far and carriage gets stuck all its says is it is a paper jam you take the paper out and the carriage is all of a sudden unstuck can anyone help me



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I'm no expert but drivers don't make gears break. All of you have the same problem as me and it's a broken tab on one of the plastic arms that in gauges with the gears.

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Not a solution, my paper feeds past the point where printerHP Photosmart 7450 stuck cartridge - 5.gif would normally begin. Then flashing light changes from green to red and print operation stops. Printer cartridge appears to be stuck in far right area of cartridge track.

Replaced drivers as above and still have the same problem.
Mine started after I had replaced the color cartridge. Mailed the old one to HP already so can't put in old cartridge.

If I unplug printer from computer, I get same results. Does the driver software install in the printer?


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Hmmm...well..that's a 'reset' position for that carriage..means that the print commands are corrupted.

suggest you remove the old s/w

go here for new fresh set of drivers(don't use CD version)

re install

try again with test page first.

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It sounds like your printer cartridges are the issue

I would try reinstalling them...

if that does not work then

I would try cleaning your printer cartridge...

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Clean distilled water. Use bottled or filtered water if distilled water is not available.
Clean cotton swabs or any soft, lint-free material (coffee filters work well).
Remove both cartridges.
Unplug the printer.
Lightly moisten the lint-free cleaning material with clean water.
Clean the cartridge contacts. Avoid touching the nozzles. Replace the cleaning material if it gets dirty.

If that does not work then I would try ordering some new cartridges

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The printer requires attention. Try the following:
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