My autocad mechanical 2011 crashed when I tried to print to A4 on our HP 5200L. I just found a solution, that might help with your problems:
In windows go to control panel -> Go to devices and printers -> HP 5200L preferences
Add here a custom paper size with the same paper size that isn't working (in my case A4 sizes).
(I called my custom paper size A44)
Now in autocad select the custom paper size to print on.
I hope it can help you out.
Windows 7 64 bit
Autocad Mechanical 2011 64bit
HP 5200L PCL6 (via server Windows Server 2003 32 bit)
This is what I did. This solution does work for the most part, however, the printer still asks you to pick a tray every time. So you must walk to the printer and hit the button twice to select the 11x17 tray for every print job. I havn't had any luck making the custom a default for tray 3 on the printer thus far. It is a pain for our small department but not enough to throw the printer out the window.
I just wish that HP or Autodesk would fix this problem. It has been out there a very long time. At this point I doubt it will. Annoying to say the least.
I know this is a very old thread, but we recently started enountering the 11x17 issue when we moved to new Windows 7 computers. The HP LaserJet 5200 was installed on our print server using the HP Standard TCP/IP printer port and I was pushing it to the local machines using a GPO. Printing 11x17 to this printer caused AutoCAD to crash every time. Printing to our old LJ 8000n or our Konica Minolta C552 did not experience any problems.
Anyway, I found this thread and decided to try installing as a local printer using the default Standard TCP/IP printer port, not the HP Standard TCP/IP port. Low and behold printing 11x17 works perfectly now. I'm not sure if it is an issue with trying to use the printer off the print server, or the HP printer port. In any case, everything seems to work now.
Obviously if you were pushing the printer with a GP or script, you should remove it from either so the flakey printer config doesn't keep getting pushed to the local computer
Very glad I found this thread. Thanks.
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