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How to clear paper jam behind fuser in Dell Printer 1355cn?

How to clear paper jam behind fuser in Dell Printer 1355cn?

I have a Dell 1355cnw color laser printer which worked great until I tried printing on photo paper one day. The paper jammed and a piece of it ripped and (I think) is lodged behind the fuser. LCD shows error code 077-900. I have checked support.dell.com and various blogs and it seems like I'm not alone. Tried removing the six screws from the back and that doesn't work. Only one person said that they had success going in from the front of the printer, but no reply on how he did it. Cannot find a service manual and Dell support hasn't been much help. Also, can't find a Dell walk-in service center in the area.

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Guest [Entry]

"Thanks for the advice Mikel, for me it worked perfectly ... although it was tricky removing the outer cover ... just had to keep levering at the edge; afraid it would break but suddenly everything came apart like you said. Paper was wrapped around a roller as it was printing very dense black and had stuck to itself.

As Biff said, Dell were no help at all and this is the second time this paper jam has happened - the first time they collected the printer as it was still under guarantee, and replaced it.

It is worth mentioning that it is good practice to select the type of paper when printing photos or labels as it seems that is where I went wrong, printing a photo onto ordinary paper, hence the toner sticking the paper together or onto the rollers."
Guest [Entry]

Biff, I think the problem is with the ribbon connectors; my printer stopped working and had no display after this happened a second time. I took it along to a workshop where they try to fix anything and the electronics guy agreed I have probably damaged the tiny contacts at the ends of the ribbons, so have a look at those. Not much hope of replacing them, given how unhelpful Dell are. A great pity, it was a superb printer....
Guest [Entry]

This procedure can almost be applied to the similar 1350cnw printer (without scanner and fax feed tray). Open the back cover, release the blue tabs by lifting upwards and carefully remove any screws that are obviously holding the top cover in place (mine had already been removed and lost, I assume!). Then with a flat bladed screwdriver or similar tool, lever out the corners of the top cover. I broke the tabs of one that hold these in but they do go back with a bit of brute force and a small supply of ignorance. You will see two black screws - Do Not remove these, the cover lifts over them. Once you have the corners released, go round the rest of the back part of the top cover, releasing it from the sides and pulling the edcge up, until you can see the paper, possibly concertinered up against the roller. If you can get a purchase on the end of the concertina (or if you prefer, accordion) poke a screwdriver into the end and carefully drag it out to the side or back. Make sure you have a complete sheet and there are no tiny bits left inside. I have done this twice and no ill effects. Put the corners back as best you can, secure with tape if you have to, and tuck in the top cover as you do so. Replace any screws and relax, it should now work again. What a pity Dell don’t reveal these procedures. I guess they want to sell us another printer. Not me!
Guest [Entry]

"Ok, Dell was some help! Plug in the power, make sure there is paper in the tray. Press the ""AC"" button until the paper starts to feed. If there is a tiny bit of paper in the printer, it will (should - did for me) spit out the sheet that just fed through AND the tiny piece that's causing the error.

Hope this helps!"
Guest [Entry]

I had this problem some time ago with my C1660w and yes, Bill, I can confirm that your instructions work well. I would add just a few words and that is “take your time and have a small box available to store screws etc”.