When your HP PSC 1200 all-in-one won’t print

I don’t think I’ve made it any secret that I hate printing. It’s still an inescapable part of my life, though. Last week, I was printing some forms for an event my wife was running the following day. We had just purchased new ink, so of course that’s the idea time for the paper to completely stop feeding. Wheels sounded like they were turning, but the printer would not pull any paper in. If you find yourself in a similar situation, fear not! I can tell you how to fix it. The first step is to go visit HP’s video on how to clean the rollers and whatnot:

http://www8.hp.com/h20621/video-gallery/us/en/customer-care/1245172367001/hp-psc-1200-not-pick-or-feed-paper/video/

Still here? That must mean you followed the steps in the video to no avail. It’s time to take the printer apart. If your printer is still under warranty or you’re skittish about doing this, then stop right here. Before you do any steps in the video above or my description below, make sure the printer is unplugged.

The first step is to remove the four screws at the top of the printer (one in each corner). You’ll need either a #10 Torx screwdriver or an appropriately-sized Allen wrench (I think 1/16″). Once those screws are loosened, remove the upper body of the printer as shown below. Lift the majority of the body, not just the very top part, or else you’ll just remove the scanner plate. Don’t be too alarmed if the ink access door comes off.

Separating the printer body for removal.

Separating the body for removal.

As you lift the body, carefully remove the two ribbons (shown below) by pulling them directly toward you.

The two ribbons to remove.

The two ribbons to remove.

Give the white wheel on the left side a good shove inward. You may not feel it move, but this is the magic voodoo.

White wheel on the left of the paper roller.

Push really hard on this wheel.

Replace the ribbons by pushing them firmly back into their slots. Put the ink access door back in place and set the printer body atop the printer. Tighten the screws. Plug the printer in, turn it on, and “enjoy” printing once again.