We are having a heckuva time with my pal Etta's printer. We abandoned OS X because even Jaguar won't support her Stylus Photo EX (it's not even on Epson's radar for future driver release!). Since she paid something like $650 for it, obviously she doesn't want to give it up.
So we went back to OS 9. And damned if we can make this stupid thing work. It freezes, the heads clog, the Finder locks up, ... and this is AFTER I did a fresh, clean install of OS 9.2.2 (her iMac 15" LCD DVD-R came with 9.2.2 install CD) and installed nothing else but her Printer software (original) and the Epson version 5.5 update.
Anybody have any thoughts on this particular printer?
My Photo 820 works jim dandy in Jaguar. And works even better with Printer Sharing on, connected via rendezvous to my iBook that is sitting with me on the couch/deck/bed/toilet.
The driver situation for older Epson printers is pretty bleak though. According to my rep they are not developing any drivers for any older printers, save the insanely popular ones such as the Stylus 740/740i, 777, and a few others. There are two main reasons for this. One, printers are cheap cheap cheap these days, and they make a killing on the ink cartgridges, and two, the printers you buy for 150$ today are higher quality than the printers you bought for 350$ three years ago, so they are banking on most people upgrading (a perfect example of this is the 740 I used to have (1440x320 DPI @ 350$) vs the Photo 820 I have now 2880x720 @ 150$)).
The new photo models coming out in the very near future are going to be even higher dpi as well.
Annoying, especially when you have spent that much, but true none the less.
If the Photo EX worked on this system before, it should work again without all the trouble of installing RIP software and all that crap. You may have ended up with a corrupt driver or spooling software during the re-installation. Go through your System Folder (use the Find file) and trash anything to do with Epson like Epson Folder, System extensions, drivers (may have SCxxx names), etc.Try the installation process again and keep your fingers crossed. For extra luck, do a PRAM purge and desktop rebuild before the installation. If the software installs multiple drivers, don't forgetr to select the correct one from the Chooser.
As for the plugged nozzles, that's from sitting unused too long. All you can do is perform multiple cleaning operations until it clears up. If that doesn't do it, the head has to be removed and purged with alcohol. (There were some with the logic board problems on that model which could cause print quality problems that could be mistaken for plugged nozzle openings...not worth fixing)
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by macnutt: Say, Heart....do you remember a few months back when StrongBlade admitted to surfing the net while "enthroned" so to speak?
I bet a there are a few others among us who also "surf while seated" if the truth were known.
Personally, I don't want to know. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Well, if you think about it, in this digital age, why wouldn't we surf the net on the toilet? our fathers read the paper one the toilet right? well I get most of my news from the net, so in essence I am just following suit with what previous generations have done, only digitally.
I still do the rest of my bathroom business in analogue mode though, manually.