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asked Aug 6, 2007 at 9:10am
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 2000P

Epson 2000P green tint

Hello,

I'm using an Epson 2000P printer that has been in storage for two years. The quality of the print outs is superb (on archival matte paper), but there is a green tint to everything. It is most prominent in yellows, which look very dull because of this green tint. I've tried playing with the CMY settings, turning down Cyan and turning up Magenta and Yellow, but to no avail - there is still a green tint. I've tried Epson inks and MIS inks (both pigment-based). Is this just a general problem with pigment-based inks or is something wrong with my printer? Any ideas?

Thank you,
Andrey.
It sounds like you no longer have your ICC profiles loaded on your computer.If you no longer have your installation disc, go to Epson dot com and download the "printing solution"(instead of the driver).
by MMurray on Aug 6, 2007 at 12:00pm Add comment
I can't seem to find a "printing solution" anywhere on the Epson's site. Below is the list of available downloads for Epson 2000P. I tried different drivers, on both PC and MAC and all of them with the same result.

I found some profiles for the printer (SP2000P_AMP.icm), but they don't seem to product good results at all. With no color adjustment everything looks greenish just like no profile and color levels to 0, and with the profile AND color levels all set to 0, everything is oversaturated in reds.

Any help is much appreciated.

Andrey.


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Downloads for Epson 2000P on Epson website

[+] P.I.M. II Plug-in v2.2
Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98
epson11231.exe - 2MB - posted on 11/08/04

[-] P.I.M. II Plug-in v2.2
Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98
epson11231.exe - 2MB - posted on 11/08/04

[+] Printer Driver v5.21
Windows XP, Windows 2000
epson10325.exe - 4.1MB - posted on 05/03/02

[-] Printer Driver v5.21
Windows XP, Windows 2000
epson10325.exe - 4.1MB - posted on 05/03/02

[+] Printer Driver v5.03
Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95
epson10323.exe - 8.7MB - posted on 05/03/02

[-] Printer Driver v5.03
Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95
epson10323.exe - 8.7MB - posted on 05/03/02

[+] Printer Driver v4.02
Windows NT 4.0
epson10324.exe - 8.2MB - posted on 05/03/02

[-] Printer Driver v4.02
Windows NT 4.0
epson10324.exe - 8.2MB - posted on 05/03/02

[+] Printer Driver v5.0bE
Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95
epson10319.exe - 8.7MB - posted on 04/24/02

[+] Printer Driver v5.0bE
Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95
epson10319.exe - 8.7MB - posted on 04/24/02

[+] Printer Driver v4.0bE
Windows NT 4.0
epson10318.exe - 8.2MB - posted on 04/24/02

[+] Printer Driver v4.0bE
Windows NT 4.0
epson10318.exe - 8.2MB - posted on 04/24/02

[+] Printer Driver v5.2as
Windows XP, Windows 2000
epson10068.exe - 4.2MB - posted on 10/29/01

[+] Printer Driver v5.2as
Windows XP, Windows 2000
epson10068.exe - 4.2MB - posted on 10/29/01

[+] Status Monitor 3 v1.0dES
Windows XP, Windows 2000
epson10069.exe - 2.8MB - posted on 10/29/01

[-] Status Monitor 3 v1.0dES
Windows XP, Windows 2000
epson10069.exe - 2.8MB - posted on 10/29/01

This self-extracting file contains the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P Status Monitor 3 v1.0dES for Windows 2000 and XP.
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[+] Printer Driver v5.0aE
Windows 2000
S2000P2K.EXE - 10MB - posted on 08/10/00
by trees on Aug 6, 2007 at 1:02pm Add comment
How does the nozzle test pattern look?
by unknown on Aug 7, 2007 at 9:10pm Add comment
It looks good. All the colors are present and no breaks in lines. The images come out looking very good, but with a consistent green cast that is especially seen in yellows.

I printed just the colors themselves - yellow, magenta, cyan, light magenta and light cyan and I can really tell the green cast on the yellow, especially when it is in a light shade.

Andrey.
by trees on Aug 7, 2007 at 9:47pm Add comment
If you consistently get the same results with different ink, it sounds like a printhead failure.
by unknown on Aug 8, 2007 at 1:02pm Add comment
Do you have any idea of how much it would cost to replace the head or if there is anything else I can do to try to fix it?



Thanks.
Andrey.
by trees on Aug 8, 2007 at 4:50pm Add comment
The printhead runs in the $90-100 range + shipping. In order to run it at optimal settings, installation data has to be inputted from a service program. I don't know whether the program is available on the internet. As an Epson authorized service provider, we sell the part but are not allowed to provide Epson's adjustment program to a non authorized servicer.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:05pm Add comment
Thanks for the helpful info.

I've been able to get the yellow to be more warm and vibrant by playing with selective color in Photoshop and tuning yellows to C-20\%, M+20\% and Y+20\%, and turning the printer's brightness up 10 as well as in color controls C-2 and M+3 to counter the metamerism.

It was one particular photo that I really needed to vibrant yellow for the print, and now it's acceptable. I will play more with the selective color controls to tune down the red a bit.

Maybe the printer needs some heavy profiling, I do not know. The inks, however are perfectly capable of producing vibrant yellows - I've seen them in other photos, it's just the green that needs to be turned down.

I will play with some more settings and post my findings.. though it seems that I'm the only one with this problem (if not so, please correct me), and it may be just unique to my printer with a possibly wicked printer head.

Whatever works, I guess ;-)

Thanks,
Andrey.
by trees on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:52pm Add comment