network of 6 pc's connected to hp4100 printer. all there are 3 paper trays. everything from any of the pcs prints from tray 3 no matter which tray you select. yes, there is paper in all trays :-). i've tried settings default to tray 2 in word page setup, print options and also within the printer settings in control panel
To explain a bit better. I set the paper types within the printers menu. eg letterhead in tray 2, plain in tray 3. Then from Word leave tray as auto select and just choose paper type. Worked on every damn machine except mine. But I've got a HP 2300. Everyone else has or shares a 4100.
The hours I've spent trying to get these printers to work.
You need to make sure the paper trays are correctly configured both on the printer and the computers.
If you are running these from a print server then pre Win XP you need to set the trays on each local computer. XP detects tray settings from the print server.
It has been a while since I've touched one of these, but am I right in thinking that 1 of the trays is the manual feed? If so, shut it and don't use it. You would then normally put headed paper in tray 2 and plain paper in tray 3. You on the 4100n you should be able to create profiles so that all pages print on tray 3 or first on tray 2 and then subsequently on tray 3.
It is also worthwhile installing the driver from the CD on each machine so that the HP software is correctly installed.
If it takes you less than a day to sort out you've done something wrong ;)
If it takes less than a week somethings wrong. Tray 1 is the manual feed. We have 5 4100dtn's and it took me an age to sort this out. Have trays 2 & 3 set as you say on all of them. Still working on the 2300 (also a dtn)
Sorry never touched a 2300...but I will know not to now!
Try loading the HP Driver from the CD before you plug the printer into the XP machine. It should then allow you to use that driver. You can just change the port that it is using the to the correct IP address.