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The printer tells you to insert a letter format paper in the mp (multi purpose) feeder (the manual tray). If you press the GO key the print probably proceeds with print job (if has the paper loaded in mp feeder)
You have the settinigs on the printer wrong. There are two things you need to do: 1. Open the tray and check that the paper guides are set to 8.5 x 11 (letter). There are both length and width guides in the paper tray, and EXEC size is quite a bit off from letter-it is more than 0.5 inch narrower than letter. It is also shorter than letter. 2. On the printer, use the settings button to navigate to the paper size. (The exact wording may vary; it's been a while since I worked on a 4050. It may be under print settings.) Once you find the paper size menu, configure tray 2-yes, I'm sure-to use letter size, any type. By the way, on HP lasers, tray 1 is the fold down tray on the front, tray 2 is the tray that will hold 500 sheets of paper and is the "drawer" that you load. Don't ask me why they use that numbering system.
Assuming the printer is otherwise working ok and we are talking about a Windows operating system....
When you choose the Print command from the drop-down menu in your application, instead of just proceeding, choose "Properties" or "Preferences" in that window. This should open up another dialog window from which you can choose additional printing options. It may be under Advanced or Tray Select, etc.
You can also get to the printer dialog windows by clicking on the Start button, then Settings, then Printers and Faxes, then double-clicking on the printer icon in that window for your printer and proceeding from there.
This isn't actually a problem with the printer, but with Excel's print preferences.
In Excel, select File->Print to bring up the print dialog. Select your Dell 3100 if it's not the default, and then hit the Properties button just to the right of the printer name. On the printer properties dialog, there's a field named "Paper size" Click on that field and select "Letter (8.5 x 11 in)" You may have to scroll to find this selection.
Hit OK to close the printer properties dialog, then hit OK to print your worksheet.
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Sounds like you have a mismatch in the paper you are trying to print on and the paper that is loaded in the printer. HP printers look to feed paper from tray 1 anytime the computer settings don't match the paper loaded in tray 2. Tray 1 is the multi purpose tray and prety much any size paper can be loaded in tray 1. Double check your document settings and double check the paper size loaded in the paper tray 2 and make sure they match. Also try printing a different document to see if the error persists. If it does this on everything you try to print you should also double check teh rear guide in the paper tray. There is a rear guide in paper tray 2. If it slides back too far it will make the printer think that paper longer than 8 1/2 x 11 is loaded. Push the paper all the way forward in the tray and push the rear guide until it is snug with the tail end of the paper stack.
Go to Control Panel > Printers > and choose the printer you want to change. Right click on the printer and choose Printing Preferences. Under Paper Options > Size, choose Letter 8.5 x 11 inches. Then look for Source and change it to automatic or Tray 1. Hit Apply and close. That should restore the default to letter size.
Sometimes if your printer or the program you are printing from has the paper source set to "Letter" it waits for you to press the continue key on the printer which allows you to insert headed note paper before printing.
If it is set to letter, change it to A4 and this should solve your problem
You may need to change this in both the printer settings and/or each program from which you are printing
the manual tray is the is the one above the tray,
1-either your tray is set incorrectly must be set to Letter/Plain
priority is tray 2 not tray 1
tray one is the by-pass / manual
since this printer does not have a screen on it everything is setup through the PC.
print a configuration page and you will see all the settings
On printer check media/paper type tray 2 or 3 is plain and tray 2/3 is set for letter paper size too, via printer control panel. Also check under paper handling other options for tray 1, also on tray 2 and 3, I think there is a blue little round switch on left should be set as letter not custom.
Some paper types cannot be feed from anywhere else but tray1/bypass ie labels/laminate/card stock.
Check print driver on pc has tray 3 option installed and is not set as default to print to manual bypass/tray 1
light flashing cause printer wants paper type/size that it "thinks" it hasn't got in tray 2/3