[QUOTE=millerr;2196651]Thanks… I will try the Verbatims… Yes the roller marks are just as pronounced after a couple of days…
I read somewhere on this site about the idea of building up the outsides of the CD tray so the rollers wouldn’t make contact with the CD face… or at least there would be less pressure… I tried this, and it did help a bit around the edges, however the roller marks in the middle of the CD were no better.
The small rollers inside the HP 5280 that cause the marks are mounted in pairs and seems to be spring loaded against a bar above them… It is the pressure between the main roller below and these small rollers that draw the tray in and out of the printer. I temporarily (and carefully) removed the rollers that were causing the problem, however the tray would not feed into the printer… So I put them back in.
I have been in contact with HP and all they seem able to do is suggest printer diagnostic utilities, etc… of course nothing is wrong. I suppose they don’t like to admit it is a design problem with the printer.
Anyway… thanks for the help… I am resigned to using flat printables until I get around to buying another printer…[/QUOTE]
FWIW, the Epson and Canon printers do not have rollers in contact with the disc itself. They grab the tray by it’s edges and the paper feed rollers are spread apart when the tray is inserted. There are cases where the feed rollers still contact the thicker discs, but usually not.
the main problem with putting anything on top of the tray to spread the rollers is that the print head could crash into it. Apart from the fact that there shouldn’t be any rollers in contact with the disc, it seems that the HP rollers have too much pressure behind them, which is intended to serve the paper feed function. It’s a case of the printer being designed for paper and discs being an afterthought.