I am totally confused and frustrated, so I hope someone here can help me.
Back in the spring, I started having problems with my printer, or at least that's what I thought at the time. I had an HP PSC500 and had never had any problems before, but suddenly the colors were coming out all wrong. I tried replacing the ink cartridges, reinstalling the printer, etc.....everything I could think of....and nothing worked so I finally decided the printer was just tired and gave up.
About 4 or 5 months ago, I replaced the printer with an Epson Stylus CX4800 and it worked perfectly.....until a few days ago. Now I suddenly have the same problem with it that I had with the old printer, which leads me to believe that it's not the printer that's the problem. Nothing at all had been changed on my computer recently, unless it was automatic Windows updates that I didn't notice and I really don't think that has happened in the last few days either.
This morning it hit me that I had just opened a new pack of paper the other day, so I tested it with new and old paper and it made no difference. I tried using the MS troubleshooter and got nowhere. I tried deleting the printer and reinstalling it, and that didn't help either. Then I restored the computer back to last week when I know it was working correctly and that did no good either.
This printer uses 4 ink cartridges...black, magenta, cyan and yellow. Black works fine, and blues, greens and yellows seem to show up, but nothing red or pink shows up. If I print something that is supposed to be red, it comes out very pale yellow on the printed copy. This is exactly the same way it happened with the old printer, which used one black cartridge and one color cartridge. All of my cartridges are at least half full and there's no evidence of the nozzles being clogged or anything like that.
Can anyone offer any suggestions? If this is an issue with Windows XP and it was corrected when I installed the new printer, why would it not correct it when I delete and reinstall it? Could it possibly make a difference if I physically disconnect the printer cable and then reinstall it? I'm so confused at this point that I have no idea what else to try. Thanks for any help.