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Paper error printer shows paper error or paper size wrong

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  • pcombes Dec 02, 2008

    when doing the self test, the paper does not feed and the error light starts flashing. Same thing with page feeder.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    I am getting a paper size error when just using the printer as a copier.
    I do have the right size in the tray (8.5 x 11)

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    try to print anything that is not standard on printer paper size menu but w/in range of papersizes printer should be able to print and get a message from the printer (not on the computer) that paper in tray is wrong size. Only option is to cancel...

  • lathor1 Apr 22, 2009

    The paper does not seem to be feeding correctly, but the error message says "The paper size selected in the printer driver software does not match the paper"'s the same exact paper and the same exact application and the same exact printer as when I was using it all day without a problem.

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  • AnnaLq May 15, 2009

    Hi iservice,

    I have the exact same problem as Guest and I have tried your tips but to problem does not go away. And it is onlz when I use the printer as copy machine



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I hope that this can help someone else as it has taken me all day to fix this issue on a C6180 all-in-one machine. I will ignore the normal solutions to a "paper mismatch" error such as your settings not matching your printing media. Obviously, check these first:

If your problem is not solved with the above steps, you have an issue with your "spot sensor" and it needs to be calibrated. Instructions:

1. Press * and # at the same time, and then release both keys.
The display reads "Enter Special Key Combo".
2. Press 3, 2, and then 9, releasing each key before pressing the next. 
The display window should read "Service: R0622M" with a revision number. 
3. Press the right arrow button once.
The display should read "System Configuration".
4. Press Enter or OK.
5. You will be prompted to enter serial number. Do not enter any information
on the unit.
Press the right arrow button until "media sense calibration" appears in the
6. Load Paper into the unit and then press Enter or OK.
7. Media Sense Calibration process will take place.

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Hi David.
Check the program you printing from.Change the paper size settings in your page setup to the correct paper size.Like in Word go to file and then to page setup.
If you printing from your network system program that is running with a print server ,you have to ask your network adminatrator to change that settings in the system program for you.
Make sure the paper tray settings on the printer menu are also set for the correct paper sizes.

I hope this may solve your problem ,if not let me know.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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I too have spent many hours trying to get around the problem of paper size wrong ONLY when copying. Printing from a computer doc is OK.

While the problem is with the "media sense calibration" or "automatic paper sensing" function, this may be harder to fix.

I found a simple way around it and can now use my printer for copying. YAHOO.

The easy way to fix is simply to not use the "automatic" option under copy. If you copy primarily letter size, simply go through the copy options and set LETTER as the default. Anytime you wish another type of paper, you may still use those options, but the default remains for future copies.

To override the automatic sensor and set default as LETTER, do the following,

Press copy on the printer
Choose Option 6, PAPER SIZE
Choose Option 2, LETTER'
Then use the down button to scroll all the way down to
Hit OK

This overrides the automatic sensing option and you may still choose other than letter options anytime you wish. Printer will copy with LETTER option if you simply hit copy and you do not have to go through the above routine each time.


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SOURCE: "Paper Size Error: The paper size selected in the

Problem may be the paper tray. You don't say what kind of printer you have and my psychic abilities are nil.
The paper tray has sensors that tell the printer what size paper is in the tray. Make sure that the tray guides are set correctly.
By the way all paper trays are "in" trays.
Print out a config sheet to see what size paper the printer is set up for for each tray.

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