Printing to a multiple drawer printer

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Have just changed to a 5 drawer 4345mfp HP printer from an old 3 drawer model. Our spool file attributes for items going to this printer (billings) show either being sent to drawer 2 or 3. If paper runs out of 3 it will not go to drawer 4 or 5. Note that drawers 3,4 and 5 all contain standard paper. Any ideas as to how to get the printer to cascade to drawers 4 and/or 5 when paper in drawer 3 has run out. Thank you in advance
ASKED: April 4, 2006  10:02 AM
UPDATED: April 4, 2006  6:40 PM

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See page 73 in your User Guide: “Selecting which tray is used for printing”:

“Understanding tray order

When the MFP receives a print job, it selects the tray by trying to match the requested media type and size with what has been loaded in the trays. Using an “autoselect” process, it searches all available trays for the media that satisfies the request, starting with the bottom
tray and ending with the top tray (tray 1). The MFP begins printing the job as soon as it finds the correct type and size.

Note: The “autoselect” process occurs only if no specific tray is requested for the job. If a specific tray is requested, the job prints from the requested tray.

? If media is loaded in tray 1 and tray 1 is set TRAY 1 TYPE=ANY and TRAY 1 SIZE=ANY on the PAPER HANDLING menu, the MFP will always pull media from tray 1 first. See Customizing tray 1 operation for more information.

? If the search fails, a message appears on the MFP control-panel display requesting that you load the correct media type and size. You can load that media type and size, or you can override the request by selecting a different type and size at the MFP control panel.

? If a tray runs out of media during a print job, the MFP automatically switches to any tray that contains the same media type and size.

The autoselect process changes somewhat if you customize tray 1 operation (as explained in Customizing tray 1 operation) or if you set tray 1 for manual feed (as explained in Manually feeding media from tray 1).”

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