Thursday, 26 July 2007

I have used an Infocus X1 projector as my relatively inexpensive but good enough home theater equipment for a few years now. It's served me pretty incredibly well. We put a lot of hours on it, between the zillion movies, satellite TV, and extensive Xbox/Xbox360 use. It's not HD resolution and I will soon upgrade (as I have mentioned before), but for not it does the trick.

Anyhow, the other day we turned the projector on and it displayed a warning that there were only like 8 hours remaining on the bulb timer. When they released the projector, as I recall they rated the lamp (and timer) at 3,000 hours. Since then they re-rated it at 4,000 hours. Some people get that much out of a bulb, others don't.

Today my friend Cory and I went to start a movie (Wesley Snipes is The Contractor) and the projector would not fire up the lamp. Enough use had taken place in the past few days since we first saw the timer warnings to ensure the timer had run out. Even though the bulb was not burned out, the projector would not turn it on. I started searching for replacement lamps online and found I was going to have to spend between $260 and $300 in order to replace it (ouch - like I said, time for a new projector at this rate).

While searching for lamps, I decided before I spent that kind of money on a projector I intend to replace that maybe I should ask the Google gods a question in the form of keywords: x1 projector bulb timer wont start. I was lucky, even if I was not necessarily feeling it. The first search result was an Infocus support page that told me exactly what to do at the very end of the long list of equipment (it covers every other projector they have made in detail).

If your X1, X1a, X2, X3 projector's bulb timer has run down to nada and the bulb won't light anymore, do this: Power on the projector and you will probably see a flashing red light on the control panel. Press and hold the Volume + and the Volume – buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. The projector will reset the lamp counter to zero hours and the lamp will start. Note that what I probably should have done when I started seeing the warning was to reset the timer to zero using the on-screen menu system, but once it goes dead the volume button reset is your only choice.

Turns out the same or a similar tactic applies to a number of their other projectors, too. Check here to find out what to do for your model.



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Thursday, 26 July 2007 22:01:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 31 May 2008 14:42:04 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Thank a lot for the script. Today I am a happy man . Sorry for my bad english. I am argentinien.

Muchas gracias , he leido el artículo de como resetear el INFOCUS X1 y ha salido andando , muchas gracias por el dato, hoy soy un hombre feliz gracias a usted.

Atentamente

desde Rosario Argentina.

Juan Manuel Osuna
Juan Manuel Osuna
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