butchx5

asked Aug 26, 2011 at 5:40am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 1520

Have I killed my printer??

Hi
Recently bought an Epson Stylus Color 1520 from EBay for next to nothing. I knew it had problems with printing.

Now reading this forum I think I did a really silly thing ----- I unplugged the printheads to clean them thoroughly. Now I can't print via PC.

More info:

Using manual I stripped down machine, unplugged and thoroughly cleaned print heads and interior of printer with Isopropynol. Put it all back together again. (didnt replace/clean ink dumps - didnt want to spend anymore on it until I knew I could get it working).

Uploaded printer driver from internet am using Windows XP.

Connected printer to my PC with parallel into usb connector.

Using the printer control panel I am able to get it to print test pages - but only the black sections - no colour - I have checked printer is set for color printing.

I can't get anything to print via my PC at all.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to get it printing the colour and via my PC???

Helen
You should never remove the print head from a Epson printer. You are only asking for trouble. If you are lucky you can try running several cleaning cycles snd see if that helps.
by unknown on Aug 27, 2011 at 8:21pm Add comment
try setting the printer to print just black to make sure at least something is coming to it from the PC
by jmdprinterservice on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:25am Add comment
try setting the printer to print just black to make sure at least something is coming to it from the PC
by jmdprinterservice on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:26am Add comment
sorry it posted twice...lol
by jmdprinterservice on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:33am Add comment
If nothing is printing from the computer I suspect a communication problem. Check the compatibility of the parallel to USB connector and make sure the proper port is set. With regard to the color issue, the color printhead may be damaged. Hope this helps.
by unknown on Aug 29, 2011 at 5:33pm Add comment
Hi
I think its a communication problem too but not sure how to test this.

Deleted installed printer then reinstalled it - to nothing.

Think I have set up the port ok - its a virtual printer port for USB - which is how my other 2 printers are set up.

Tried plugging USB into different port - nothing

Well, I say nothing but something does happen in that I get a printer error message - is this some indication that the PC DOES recognise the printer - i.e. port and cable are fine but there is another problem - i.e. the printer is malfunctioning?

I don't have a serial port on my PC - hence the conversion cable - the cable is brand new but how would I check it is compatible?

Thanks for trying to help.

Helen
by butchx5 on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:47am Add comment
Helen, Does your computer see the printer? Have you tried the new cable with one of your other printers?
by unknown on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:22am Add comment