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The dell 3000cn printer on my desk keeps saying LOAD MPF A4 PLAIN 1. I have added paper into the tray, and checked that the settings from my laptop match up with the paper settings on the printer. can you suggest anything else? Thanks Kate

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  1. Open Printers by clicking the Start button The dell 3000cn printer on - 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking Printers.

  2. Right-click the printer you want to use, and then click Set as Default Printer. A check mark is displayed on the printer icon to mark it as your default printer.

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Hi, I have a Dell printer, and it says "MPF Load Error" every time I try to print something. How do I fix this?


Verify the Paper Type Matches the Type Set in the Printer´s Operator Panel

To verify the paper type matches the type set in the printer's operator panel, perform the following steps:
  1. Press the MENU button.

  2. Press the down arrow until Tray Settings appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  3. Press the down arrow until Paper Type appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  4. Press the down arrow until the specific paper tray (Tray 1, Tray 2, or Multipurpose Feeder) appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  5. Press the down arrow to select the specific paper type, as shown in Table 1, and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  6. Press the MENU button.

Print from the Multipurpose Feeder (MPF)

To print from the Multipurpose Feeder (MPF), perform the following steps:
  1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and click Notepad.

  2. Type the word test.

  3. Click File and then click Print.

  4. In the Print window, verify that the Dell 3000cn / Dell 3010cn / Dell 3100cn printer is selected in the Select Printer dialog box.

  5. Click the Preferences button.

  6. In the Printing Preferences window, click the Paper Tray tab.

  7. Click the Paper Source drop-down and select MPF.

  8. Click OK.

  9. Click Print.

Aug 19, 2011 | Dell 3010cn Laser Printer

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Error Message on Dell 5100cn


check the page setting in the printer as well as in the print dialog box in the, if the problem persists then you have to send it for servicing

Apr 29, 2008 | Dell 5100cn Laser Printer

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How do i load paper in the MPF


The front of you printer should open so you can access the MPF (Manual Paper Feed) tray. The MPF is usually tray No. 1 on most laser printers.

Mar 08, 2010 | Dell 3000cn Color Laser Printer

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My Dell Color Laser Printer 5110 cn won't print. It keeps saying ''Load MPF Letter'' then ''Load MPF Plain'' then ''Load MPF 020-969


it's asking for paper in the manual Paper Feeder (MPF). Somewhere in your settings you have it printing to the MPF. Check the settings in the printer prefrences, the printer itself and the software you're using.
Cheers.

Sep 23, 2009 | Dell 5100cn Laser Printer

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Dell 3000cn keep getting load mpf when i try to print but there is paper in the tray. how do I get it to recognize the paper. I've changed nothing on the computer but this just started to happen! please...


I have a Dell 3010n myself, and a few times I did run into that "Load MPF" issue.
1.) Before printing a document, please check and see the properties. i.e. Kind/type of paper, which tray, or if printing envelopes or any other document than a regular 8 x11 paper. Putting all the tray and paper type selection on "Auto" can be very helpful.
2.) On the printer itself, there is a menu button where you can configure the type of paper, i.e. regular 20 llb. copy/print paper, glossy photopaper, thicker paper - after you place a fresh load on the paper tray and slide it in, usually it will ask you which type of paper you just loaded. Make sure it is the same settings as the document that you are trying to print: i.e. if document settings on computer was set to print on photopaper and you have regular paper on the tray, the printer will do a "Load MPF".
The paper sensor on it is amazingly (for a Dell, that is) sensitive and it can differentiate across a lot of paper types/thickness. If you have several computers and user across a network, and there are several paper-type settings done on the printer itself, this "Load MPF" issue will present itself more often.
In my case, it's simply because the person who recently changed the paper-type to glossy cover paper from some user who previously printed to a transparency forgot to revert MPF/Tray 1 to regular copy/print paper. Most cases, the printer setting on the PC has been left to print on to a transparency by default, so even if I stack the tray with copy paper to the hilt, it still will do "Load MPF".

Jul 25, 2009 | Dell 3010cn Laser Printer

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Printer does not recognize that there is paper in the tray


Using the printer panel; you need to change tray paper size from a4 to letter or the size you are using to print on.

  1. Press the MENU button.

  2. Press the down arrow until Tray Settings appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  3. Press the down arrow until Paper Size appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  4. Press the down arrow until the specific paper tray (Tray 1, Tray 2, or Multipurpose Feeder) appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  5. Press the down arrow to select the specific paper size, and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  6. Press the MENU button.

An astrick will appear to the right of the size paper that the printer currently has selected.

Apr 03, 2009 | Dell 3000cn Laser Printer

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Dell 3100 CN printer...message on printer reads load tray


Cycle Power on the Printer
  1. Turn the printer off.
  2. Wait 10 seconds.
  3. Turn the printer on.
  4. Determine if the issue still occurs.
Verify There is Paper in the Tray

Verify the Paper Size
Look at the chart below to verify that the paper size meets the 3000cn / 3010cn / 3100cn-series specifications.
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Verify the paper size in the tray matches the size set in the 3000cn / 3010cn / 3100cn-series printer´s operator panel.

To verify the paper size in the tray matches the size set in the printer's operator panel, perform the following steps:
  1. Press the MENU button.
  2. Press the down arrow until Tray Settings appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.
  3. Press the down arrow until Paper Size appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.
  4. Press the down arrow until the specific paper tray (Tray 1, Tray 2, or MPF) appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.
  5. Press the down arrow to select the specific paper size, as shown in Figure 1, and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.
  6. Press the MENU button.
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*1 Denotes country-specific factory default values.
*2 Available for the optional 250-sheet cassette only.

Figure 1 - Paper Size Chart





Verify the Paper Type Matches the Type Set in the Printer´s Operator Panel

To verify the paper type matches the type set in the printer's operator panel, perform the following steps:
  1. Press the MENU button.

  2. Press the down arrow until Tray Settings appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  3. Press the down arrow until Paper Type appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  4. Press the down arrow until the specific paper tray (Tray 1, Tray 2, or Multipurpose Feeder) appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  5. Press the down arrow to select the specific paper type, as shown in Table 1, and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  6. Press the MENU button.
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Table 1: Paper Type Chart

All media types that are not Plain 1 should be printed from the MPF only.


Verify the printing preferences on the Dell™ 3000cn / 3010cn / 3100cn / 5100cn-series printer.
To verify the printing preferences is set to print from the correct tray with the correct paper size, perform the following steps:
  1. Click the Start button, go to Settings, and click Printers and Faxes.
    The Printers and Faxes window appears.
  2. Right-click Dell Laser Printer 3000cn / 3010cn / 3100cn / 5100cn-series and click Printing Preferences.
    The Printing Preferences window appears.
  3. Verify the Paper Size drop-down is set to the correct paper size loaded in the specific tray to be printed from..
  4. Click the Paper Tray tab.
  5. Click the Paper Source drop-down menu and select the specific tray to be printed from.
    This sets the size and tray defaults.

Verify the Paper Size From the Printing Application Matches the Designated Printer Tray
To verify the paper size from the printing application matches the designated printer tray, perform the following steps:
  1. Open the application being used to print the document. (Example: Microsoft Word)
  2. Click File and click Print.
  3. Verify the paper size.

Verify the Paper Source From the Printing Application Matches the Designated Printer Tray
  1. Open the application being used to print the document.
  2. Click File and click Print.
  3. Verify the paper source.

Do not replace any printer hardware as this is not a printer hardware issue.

Nov 12, 2008 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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3010 dell color laser


Ok,

I've went around and around with the same problem (bug) and finally found a solution. Here is the deal. You have to exactly match the settings for the MPF tray in the aplication softwares to the MPF tray settings set from front panel on the printer.

I found this problem when trying to print on gloss paper. The MPF tray had to be set for "Coated 1 Side 2" in both the application and on the front of the printer.

Lets say I'm printing a Word Document. Go to file, print, select the Dell printer, then select properties, select paper tray, set paper source to MPF, set MPF settings to ""Coated 1 Side 2". Click OK.

Now do the printer setup. From the front panel on the printer.
Press Menu, press the down button to Tray Settings
Press center button to select.
Display now asks for paper type. Press center button.
Displays MPF. Press center button.
Push down button until you see Coat1 Side2
Push center button to select.
Press Menu to exit.

I only print on gloss so I have to set the MPF tray to Coated 1 Side 2. I was told this slows the feed and that is needed for coated papers. Now you could probably use another setting as long you set both the MPF tray in both the application and the control panel to match exactly.

Aug 19, 2008 | Dell 3000cn Color Laser Printer

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Dell 3000cn


if the printer is setup for A4 paper , it maybe that your p/c prog is trying to print using letter size.
microsoft tends to default to US sizes wjich are letter.
if using word check page setup for paper size

May 20, 2008 | Dell 3000cn Laser Printer

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Dell 3000cn laser printer


This is usually related to the way the tray or trays are configured on the printer or the way the program from which your printing from is configured. If you are using ms office, as an example, if the instructions to the printer from the software (ms office) say to print this document to the Multi Purpose Feeder tray (MPF) using plain paper and there is no plain paper in the MPF, you will get this error. Conversersly, if the printer's MPF is configured to print only legal size paper, and the software you are using is sending a print job to the printer telling it to use letter in the MPF, you will get this error. Basically, the printer settings and the settings from the software must match in order for this error to not occur. The settings for the printer can be changed usinig the operators panel of the printer. Directions for this should be available in the users manual or from support.dell.com. The setings for the software shold be in the print properties/preferences of the software being used.

May 19, 2008 | Dell 3000cn Laser Printer

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