asked Feb 17, 2010 at 1:32pm
Epson Epson LQ 850

Epson Stylus Color 850 no color

i am trying to revive an old SC850 that i picked up with an old Mac. after soaking the printheads with windex and running many cleaning cycles, the black head prints fine, but not a trace of color. i had been using the epson "nozzle check" pattern, but just printed a windows "test page". the windows logo printed in black, which tells me that somehow the printer my be set to print in black only. i'm assuming that if the color head is plugged, the windows logo would just be blank. the 850 cartridges predate the chip versions, so how would the printer know to print only in black?