Epson 9800 laying down WAY too much ink

I use a MacBook Pro to print to an Epson 9800 roll printer -- been doing this for years with no problem.
UNTIL NOW!
All of a sudden, the Epson is laying down huge quantities of ink, especially when I print onto film (for screen printing). It puts down so much ink, the ink dribbles down the film and drips off the printer, pooling on the floor, until I leap up and cancel the job. What's more, the printer is printing a light-colored background to images that had no background to begin with.
Here's the catch: *this only happens in Photoshop.* (I'm using CS 5.1.) If I take the same image file, place it in Illustrator, and print it, it comes out just fine. So the problem lies in Photoshop's print options. Somehow, something got changed in the last couple weeks, and I have no idea what.
Here's what Epson support has to say about it:
Unfortunately we don't know what is causing the issue. We have seen an increase in calls with people having issues with CS5 but we can't do anything about it as we do not make Photoshop. Everyone is able to print from other programs just like you are, so it is narrowed down to the Photoshop program...
I'm hoping that someone here will be familiar with this *particular* printing problem, and what the *specific* Photoshop printing option might be that is causing this.
Thanks in advance for your help!

also,
rule out the obvious that you are printing on the correct side of the paper
that you have at least deleted the printer, ran all OS-Photoshop-Printer updates and added the printer back and rebooted
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/875/cpsid_87512.html
next post screeshots of File> Print
and File> Print> Print Settings...> Printer Settings
dialogs (see below examples)

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