The HP Officejet 6600 Inkjet Multifunction Printer is a 4-in-1 device that can print, scan, copy and fax.

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clear tape inside cartridge space has been loosened

Hi all. I'm having a really hard time trying to find something on repairing this. I was cleaning my printer, dust had taken over wasn't used for over a year. When I went inside the printer where the ink cartridges are I realized I loosened a clear tape with smiley faces. Its attached on the right side of the printer but loose on the left side. I just installed a new ink cartridge after cleaning. Printer keeps giving me there's a paper jam, then the ink cartridges won't move, and finally ink cartridges are missing. Aligning was acting up also. The printer worked fine before this. I tried looking in there with a flashlight to see if I could attach the tape again myself. No luck. My printer's warranty is expired I am a student and cannot afford a new printer. Can anyone offer any tips, help, or suggestions? Thanks.

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This is the encoder strip. it is printed with dots that tell the print head where it is.

You need to reattach the left hand side.

You need to find the hole in the metal framework at the same level as the strip. The end goes through the hole and attaches to a metal tab. The metal tab is J shaped so that it holds the tape in place. I found that the best way of doing this was to put the tape horizontal through the hole and then rotate it back to vertical.

There is one end which is spring loaded to maintain tension. On my printer this was the right side. I found it was best to get the spring loaded end fixed first and then attach the non spring loaded end.

There are some descriptive guides if you google encoder strip.

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