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Since you're taking hints about printers now, I thought this would be a good time to convey my CD/DVD tray tip for Epson printers. The trays usually have a clear plastic lip glued to the front-end, and it inevitably gets dinged. Much of the time when people complain that their tray isn't feeding, it's just a problem with this little piece of plastic getting bent and jamming the printer.

It's easy to fix. Just heat it a little and flatten it out against a flat surface like a desk. Ever since I did this, my tray feeds right through. And my friends have tried it with similar results. For my own tray, I used a lighter to soften the plastic and then used a metal ruler to carefully flatten it out against my desk.

There are probably other ways to do this if you don't like working with an open flame. Using a hair dryer on high is probably much safer -- and if you aren't handy with a lighter, the hair dryer is undoubtedly a much better choice, as the lighter can easily melt the lip or damage the tray, itself.

If you are uneasy about using fire or a heat to do this job or if you aren't prepared to buy a replacement tray if you screw up then don't do it -- safety first!
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Straighten a bent Epson CD/DVD printer feeder tray
Authored by: interlard on Jun 30, '06 11:44:52AM
Erm. This seems like a lot of fuss over nothing. How about just buying a new battery for $25 and replacing the old one (eg, www.newertech.com/ipod)? That's what I did with my pre-clickwheel iPod and it's still working great. It'll be ready to sell when the widescreen video iPod comes out.

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Straighten a bent Epson CD/DVD printer feeder tray
Authored by: Interactive on Jun 30, '06 12:13:31PM
That must be why they eliminated the flimsy plastic on the tray for R220!

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Straighten a bent Epson CD/DVD printer feeder tray
Authored by: allenhuffman on Jun 30, '06 04:22:45PM

As a user of an R300m, this is a great bit of advice. The first time it stopped, Epson sent me a replacement tray under warranty. Now the replacement is doing the same thing. I'd previously tried to flatten out the plastic with no luck, but maybe this will help.

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Straighten a bent Epson CD/DVD printer feeder tray
Authored by: revry on Jul 02, '06 08:12:56PM
My $99 Epson R200 has served me well for the last couple of years, and I have printed hundreds of CDs and DVDs with it. About a week after I got the thing, the plastic strip on the tray started going raggedy, but I discovered that all I had to do was give it a little shove at the right moment, and it fed it fine, no matter the condition of the strip.

I have gotten to the point where I can give the tray a push at the right moment by instinct now.

I DO like the new trays that don't have the plastic strip. Maybe someday I'll get one...

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