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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans! A4 <> Letter?
  • From: Frank Bax <fbax@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:37:10 -0400
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At 11:45 AM 4/29/06, Paul W. Abrahams wrote:

On Saturday 29 April 2006 10:08 am, kai wrote:
> On Friday 28 April 2006 09:32 pm, Paul W. Abrahams wrote:
> > The default installation of SuSE printers uses A4 paper, which will cause
> > your printer to hang up.
> Hmm...what kind of printer? I always understood that A4 and letter were pretty
> much the same. My printers have never hung up being sent that size.

HP LaserJet 5. The printer can handle A4 paper but it detects that A4 isn't
what's in the tray and asks me to put some in. Of course, I don't have any.

I have never seen an HP print "hung" in this situation. It might display a message like "LOAD A4 PAPER" on the little LED display, but never 'hung".

I thought many HP printers (as early as some LaserJet 4 models) had an option to ignore Letter/A4 differences and print anyway. With the option enabled, the printer would be happy to print a Letter document on A4 paper, or an A4 document on Letter paper. Check your printer's user guide about how to use front panel controls.

If the printer does not have this option, then there should be a combination of buttons on printer that tells to printer to override document formatting and use whatever paper is currently in printer. Again, check user guide.

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