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Changing Paper Size

Paper trays change paper size when opened. So whenever paper is loaded into a tray the configuration changes, causing difficulties when printing. Default size is A4

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  • Adam69 Jun 12, 2008

    Nextgen....almost but not quite.....the adjuster is firmly in position, but am not convinced the arms are secure and therefore not making a correct contact. But I think you have pointed me in the right direction ...thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    can't change from 25% of image- i changed it to this size now can't get back to other sizes

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If the blue guide in the back of the tray (called the length plate adjuster) is broken or dislodged, the machine may not recognize what size paper is installed. When the guide is moved, three arms on the right side of the paper tray change configuration. Those arms push against sensors in the machine to tell the printer what size paper is in the tray. You can temporarily resolve this by taping the guide in the A4 position, however you should consider replacing the tray or replacing the guide soon to avoid tape getting into the printer.

Hope this helps!

Posted on May 15, 2008

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