What causes lines of print to simply become s

September 28, 2011 at 14:05:56
Specs: Windows Vista
skewd, then next few lines OK, then next line skewd....etc, etc with no descernible pattern. I have a HP Deskjet 5650, about 5 yrs old with no prior problems. All verticle lines, be it barcodes, boundaries, boxes are also skewed...horizontal lines are fine.

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September 28, 2011 at 15:28:22
Sounds like the printer driver may be corrupt. Go to the link below and download the latest drivers for the printer and Vista. When installing if you see a message that the best driver is already installed override that message and install the one you downloaded. If that doesn't fix the problem then try the FAQs or the forum at the HP site.


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September 28, 2011 at 15:35:54
Agree with OTH, could be a driver issue, but there could also be a hardware issue as well. If the sheet-feeder mechanism is somehow working improperly, it could cause symptoms you describe. Had an old Deskjet 500 do almost the exact same thing years ago and that was its' problem.

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September 28, 2011 at 21:13:18
I have only seen this once. When printing the printer had grabbed a second sheet and deposited it in the inner workings. It didn't completely jam the printer but it made the feed roller hesitate from time to time.

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September 28, 2011 at 21:18:46
Could be head/ carriage binding causing the head stepper to lose steps.

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September 29, 2011 at 10:05:57
No separate drivers...VISTA OS includes driver (and negates some of extra functions of the printer!). Did disconnect and reconnect USB cable several times with faint hope of improvement but no luck (also took out cartridges, replaced, also to no avail). HP's test diagnostic says everything is "OK"...but when you print a test page the random skewing on a line basis remains!

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September 29, 2011 at 10:06:49
not the problem

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September 29, 2011 at 10:13:51
can understand that this could be cause, but don't have a clue on how to check it....sheet feeder obviously is working and can't really "see" any obvious problem, save the skewed type. In addition to the slight skewd shifting of 1/2 of a line of text (top portion of text line is straight, then bottom half or bottom quarter of the line is shifted ever so slightly to the left), some entires lines of text will slant to right or to left, again completely at random!

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September 29, 2011 at 10:27:50
To eliminate the possibility of a corrupted driver you still need to update the driver. To do that, first remove the printer from Devices and printers> Then disconnect the USB cable. Reboot the computer and then go to add local printer. Search for your model and then follow the prompts. Usually the USB cable should not be connected until after the print drivers have been installed.

What you want to accomplish is to not use the same driver file that currently resides on your drive. If it automatically installs the printer then after it is done and tested, if the same problem exists then go to the properties of the printer and choose update the drivers using your Vista DVD. You may need to browse for the file.

Your problem may well be mechanical, in which case it is probably best to bin the printer. You need to first eliminate the driver as the cause.

I assume you have adjusted the paper guides so there is no excess clearance on the sides?

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October 4, 2011 at 22:50:58

Ensure that the cables are properly connected; you need to ensure that your printer is properly connected, and plugged in, and also the cable is accurately connected to the computer as well.

Check the power; make sure that the printer’s power is switched on, ensure that all the computer necessary computer components are also turned on.

Make sure that the hardware is properly plugged in, and also turned on. Apply troubleshooting.

A troubleshooter is a tool, which is generated automatically and which can easily fix the problems that occur with your system.

Thus, if you are coming across different issues related to your printer, then you can consult the troubleshooter.

You require driver applications to run your hardware devices.

Make sure that the drivers are not outdated, corrupt, or incompatible, resulting in disrupting the communication between the printer and the computer.

Always make sure that you are making use of the most recent and latest device drivers, and also that are compatible with your system requirements and specifications, as this can be extremely useful in resolving printer issues.

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