I have a JVC DLA-X9-B projector which I think is the almost the same as the X7 and X3 the manual is the same.Its about 2 years old.It stopped working suddenly while I was watching a movie. Indicator lights were both on red and lamp light flashing orange. Replaced the lamp and it did not change the status,did cleaning filter bit , did lamp reset from the remote , did reboot and plugged it at a different ac outlet all that did not work . The lens cover is stuck at opened and the only thing you get when plugged in is the red light on and after 30 seconds the lamp light comes on orange .No fan came on no moving lens cover only flashing orange light.
From this conclusion was the power supply was working and software was a question mark either it was corrupt ,but the power cycle and lamp test start was normal and it checked the lamp and reported orange .So all the more it pointed to either the ballast or the power feeding the ballast.
I opened the projector up started with the screws at the bottom removed the the adjustable screw in legs. Removed the left and the right plastic cover ,then bottom cover, lamp cover, top cover plastic and then top metal plate cover, back cover until parts were all visible ,then put back the screw in legs a placed projector in an upright position. All this was in suspect that the ballast is the problem.
This is the top view photo.
On the right black plastic cover is the lamp fan and air duct.
At the center is the lens assembly and motors for focus lens shift etc.
on the left are stacks of electronics that are stacked board on board of about 4 or 5 layers.
this is the side view of the stacks of boards, to get to the ballast these have to be removed.NOTE LABLE ALL CABLES AFTER REMOVING THEM AS THERE ARE MANY OF THEM.Remove the side plate
Remove hdmi and land board,carefully there are connectors on bottom and all sides of this board.
then remove the next board ,remember to lable all the cables.
then the next board bellow ,carefull this one has 2 side connectors on pictures top side
this will be what it looks like.Note the bottom most is the power supply.,This feeds the ballast as well as other low voltage Dc components.THE CONNECTOR WITH THE WHITE END AND BLACK AND RED CABELS IS THE BALLAST FEED(picture above) .The ballast is located in a black plastic box above the power supply.The only way to remove it is to continue dismantling further.
this is the top view and the yellow tags you are seeing is cable labelson the wires.
this picture is with all boards removed to check for physical burn outs on components
mainly on power supply ballast feed and ballast itself.
all boards out
this is the power supply board it has both low and high voltage output .Low for logic boards high output for ballast.Ballast feed from power supply should put out about 380 volts dc during projector boot up and zero during orange blinking light,(you can skip this removal of power supply if you read the 380 volts output on multimeter at boot up.Do this before taking all the boards apart but remove the side plate to access the output and check the output at boot up ,warning do not short this while reading output.
power board made by sumida and so is the ballast
finally the ballast is out this is what it looks like,do you see the dark grey wires they lead to the optocouplers (little led light sensing switch looks like a square little box all 3 are side by side)
this resistor came out of the ballast ,notice physical damage like a hole in the center of it,tested it out of the board and yes its dead replaced this.
.Did all the checking one by one of the components then found one of the optocouplers had gone dead.The one located in the center of the 3 replaced that ,put it all back and got it working again.
The ballast cost 300 usd I bought one too and kept it handy just incase.
But for the meanwhile the old one is back and working just fine.