I found that the Epson 850N OS X driver can be hacked to work with the
All I needed to do was install the SC850 driver. Then open the package
in /Library/Printers/EPSON/SC850. To open the package, you hold the
option key and clik on the SC850 icon. Then follow the path
/Contents/MacOS and you will see one file named SC850. Make a copy
somewhere to save the original in caase you have problems. Use HexEdit
and open the SC850 file.
Do a Find for ASCII 'LongName' In the file after it you will find 'EPSON
Stylus COLOR 850' with 2 bytes of zero at the end. In the ASCII text on
the right side of the display, Use your cursor and select the '850' and
the first zero byte after it. Then while that is highlighted, type in
Do a find for ASCII 'ShortName', it will be a few lines below the long
name. Here you will find 2 bytes of zero BEFORE the 'EPSON Stylus COLOR
850' and one at the end. For this one, in the ASCII text on the right
side of the display, Use your cursor and select the zero just before
'EPSON' and all of the name 'EPSON Stylus COLOR 850' once this is
highlighted, type in 'EPSON SC1520'.
Do a find for ASCII 'MODEL:'. Here you will find 'Stylus COLOR 850'
followed by two bytes of zero. In the ASCII text on the right side of
the display, Use your cursor and select the '850' and the first zero
byte after it. Then while that is highlighted, type in 1520.
Save your changes and put the changed SC850 back into the MacOS folder
in the driver package. If you edited and saved the copy already in the
folder, the old one will have been renamed with a '~' in the name.
delete this one so you only have the one named 'SC850'.
NOTE: Do not enter any of the quotes shown above.
That is all I had to do to get the Print Center to recognize the
printer. I was able to do a normal page setup and print without any
problems. There will probably be some features which may not work but at
least you will have basic printing capabilities.
Of course, this is not an authorized EPSON modification and your mileage
may very. I am not responsible for any problems that you may have due to
this modification...try it at your own risk!