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    HP 4100

    I've just purchased a HP 4100TN with a third tray. Tray 1 has an envelope feeder. Trays 2 and 3 have Letter sized paper, Tray 2 has letterhead, and Tray 3 has Plain paper. That's how I configured the printer on it's front panel. Per HP, I'm running the PCL 5 driver instead of the PCL 6 driver.

    Workstations are running winnt4.0 and word 97 SR-2.

    I guess my frustration is why I am having such a tough time getting documents to print out of the correct bin. Why doesn't the software allow me to choose by type anywhere? Is that a MS limitation?

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    Re: HP 4100

    Some more info. I accidentally loaded the HP4000 PCL 5e driver on this printer, and it gave me Document Defaults that make sense, but they don't seem to work. The 4100 has more options, they just don't seem to work correctly.

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    Re: HP 4100

    Hi
    Dont you love printers ?
    I can only suggest that you check (again !!) the device settings from Control Panel > Printers or where-ever.

    I focused on the point that you made in yor post that you set up from the front panel of the printer.
    Maybe I am whistling in the dark ..
    Cheers
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    Re: HP 4100

    Thanks for the suggestion. It looks like HP is trying to make it easier, but Word doesn't seem to want to cooperate. Or the HP settings just don't work. Since the beginning of computing, we've needed to print. And they still can't get it right.

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    Re: HP 4100

    When the HP2100 printers came out we had one heck of a time with protrait and landscape. We finally had to scrap the later print drivers and revert back to the Laserjet 4+ print driver (upon which the newer print drivers are based). This solved our printer problems (so far).
    HTH - Gene

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    Re: HP 4100

    I did try to backtrack to a HP4000, but I couldn't seem to get it to work the way it works on the HP4000.

    It's just plain stupid. How can arguably the number one printer vendor not work correctly with arguably the number 1 OS and arguably the number one office suite?

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    Re: HP 4100

    Our HP4000's also gave us many problems. I'm talking about going back to the HP 4 plus printer driver. We used all varities of the LJ4000 printer driver (pcl and ps drivers). It's the old 80/20 rule - eighty % of the people only use 20% of the functionality. - Gene

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    Re: HP 4100

    I'll have to experiment with that. We've got a LJ 5si that seems to work ok. Maybe I'll just keep experimenting.

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    Re: HP 4100

    For the most part, you need to have Word tell the printer what tray to print from. Don't let the printer try to decide.

    If you go into File, Page Setup, Paper Source, you need to change the paper source accordingly. Your settings are probably Default Tray.

    Why do that? Well, how does your printer to use Tray 2 (letterhead) instead of Tray 3 (plain paper)? Word has to tell it. Something or someone has to tell it. By changing the paper source, Word tells it which tray to draw from.

    So, if you want to print on letterhead, you have to have Word tell the printer to print to Tray 2.

    Now this can be accomplished in one of two ways:

    1. For every document you print, go to File, Page Setup, Paper Source and choose the correct tray.

    2. Record a macro to do just that and assign it to a toolbar. That way, the user only has to click on the button to send it to the letterhead or to the plain paper.

    As far as the envelop is concerned, the printer should automatically sense that an envelop is coming (Word tells it that an envelop is coming), and it should go to the correct tray.

    Enjoy.

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    Re: HP 4100

    Hi
    I dont think there are enough trees for the paperless office..
    I just adopt the notion that the s/ware over-rides the hardware settings. Word over-rides the Windows settings and windows over-rides the h/ware. Seems to work for me.
    However I haven't used the 4100.
    Cheers
    G

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    Re: HP 4100

    <font color=red>"I'm running the PCL 5 driver instead of the PCL 6 driver" </font color=red>did you ever think that this might be your problem, I think you should be running with the PCL 6 driver <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: HP 4100

    Actually it was HP's suggestion that I don't run the PCL 6 driver, because, if I remember, it caused problems even recognizing there was a third tray.

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