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DELL 5100CN - Locking Paper Trays

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We have purchased a number of DELL 5100CN printers and additional 500 sheet paper tray units.

Can the printer be configured the stop/pause printing when a given tray runs out of paper rather than continuing the job by taking paper from another tray.

For example, Tray 1 contains A4 paper (white paper) and is set to Plain 1 within the Tray Settings on the printer. Tray 2 also contains A4 paper (blue paper) and is set to Plain 2.

If Tray 1 contains only two sheets of white paper and I print a five  page report (which should print on white paper) it will use Tray 1 first (the default) and then take the last 3 sheets from Tray 2 (blue paper)

What I want the printer to do is to stop printing after page 2 (when Tray 1 is empty) and await operator intervention when the tray can be refilled with the correct paper. The print job should then continue using the paper from Tray 1

(We do a similiar thing on our HP Laserjet 5 by locking the traty when it becomes empty)



 
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There are several names for this setting, depending on manufacturer.
"auto tray switching" "cascade printing" and "tray end swap" are just 3 of them.

Looking in the printer menus may lead you to one of these.
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If you specify the MEDIA TYPE in the driver (plain1 or plain2) and NOT THE TRAY OR PAPER SIZE the printer should not change tray.

you may need to specify the tray/media type  when printing
 the menu items are:
tray settings:
set the paper type in each tray.
input tray :
can be set to auto-or a particular tray.
substitute tray:
off by default.
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