Margins on HP laser 4250


M

mooseo

Hi All,
I have a frustrating problem with an HP laser printer... a 4250tdn...
sending it documents from MS word, and the margins are slightly (maybe
1/16") off... they are different on the odd and even pages, so I can't
just nudge them over. I've tried checking the driver, as well as using
drivers from a whole bunch of different HP printers, but with no luck.

Does anyone have other suggestions?

thanks,
mike
 
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T

Tony

Hi All,
I have a frustrating problem with an HP laser printer... a 4250tdn...
sending it documents from MS word, and the margins are slightly (maybe
1/16") off... they are different on the odd and even pages, so I can't
just nudge them over. I've tried checking the driver, as well as using
drivers from a whole bunch of different HP printers, but with no luck.

Does anyone have other suggestions?

thanks,
mike
Mike
Are you auto duplexing? If so, what happens when you manually duplex, do you
get the same result?
My first instinct is that this is not a printer problem nor is it likely to be
a driver problem, although possible. Stranger things do happen.
If this was an inkjet I would say that 1/16" is within tolerance but Lasers
tend to have better registration.
In most cases 1/16" would be barely noticeable, what is the reason that it is a
problem for you? Just asking in case it provides a clue as to the cause.
Tony
 
M

mooseo

Hi Tony,
Good questions. Yes, I am auto duplexing, but I just went and tried
manually duplexing and got the same result. I'm guessing that it is not
just paper-path slop because it is very consistent.

This matters for this document, because it is a thesis which will be
bound. But before binding, someone will actually pull out a ruler and
check my margins when i try to submit it. I could just crank the
margins in more on both dimensions, but that will repaginate the whole
document, which would be a huge pain.

I'm thinking that the printer registration may be off... HP doesn't
provide much guidance on adjusting it, but the option seems to be
there.

Thanks for any thoughts.

cheers,
mike
 
T

Tony

Hi Tony,
Good questions. Yes, I am auto duplexing, but I just went and tried
manually duplexing and got the same result. I'm guessing that it is not
just paper-path slop because it is very consistent.

This matters for this document, because it is a thesis which will be
bound. But before binding, someone will actually pull out a ruler and
check my margins when i try to submit it. I could just crank the
margins in more on both dimensions, but that will repaginate the whole
document, which would be a huge pain.

I'm thinking that the printer registration may be off... HP doesn't
provide much guidance on adjusting it, but the option seems to be
there.

Thanks for any thoughts.

cheers,
mike
Mike
The only other thing that occurred to me was that you may be trying to print
outside of the maximum printable area of the printer (according to the printer
driver defaults), if so Word may be reducing the page size which could result
in a relative shift between even and odd pages.
It may be worth trying one of the Microsoft Public newsgroups, there is bound
to be one for your version of Word.
Good luck
Tony
 
M

mooseo

Thanks for your thoughts... after a long time on the phone with tech
support, we ended up just adjusting the registration until it worked...
I, personally, think that there is a bug in the printer driver because
the internal registration seemed OK, but the kluge seems to have made
it work.
 
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Tony

mooseo said:
Thanks for your thoughts... after a long time on the phone with tech
support, we ended up just adjusting the registration until it worked...
I, personally, think that there is a bug in the printer driver because
the internal registration seemed OK, but the kluge seems to have made
it work.
That's the most important thing.
Good luck with your thesis.
Tony
 
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