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Projector overheating and turns off after 20 mins

Quick Question oh mighty one, 2810 Compaq projector, manufactured 12/5/01. Overheating and turning off itself. Cant find a person to fix it in Ireland, surprised....not me!!!. Any quik solutions to the problem please.

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  • damuche007 May 01, 2008

    i have same problem with my dell 3400m projector, and it will cut off every 15min, i just change the bulb and same problem still happen

  • polywog_95 Sep 19, 2008

    I have an InFocus projector that is abt 3yrs old, however, we do not use it that often. I too have started having that same problem. It will run a movie abt 30min. tops then just shut off. I don't think its the bulb because the bulb life is approx. 2000 hrs and I have only used abt 200hrs. I am lost as to why it is getting so hot and shutting off so quickly....any suggestions?

  • mogman8 Nov 16, 2008

    Mine shuts off after less than a minute of run time and the projector says it only has 787 hours on it. Indeed turning it upside down takes care of the problem but I'd like to see if there is a better way of doing this.

  • Vic2rtot Jun 12, 2013

    this was happen to me, i fixed it by disassembling, i checked the fan, cleaned it, put a thermal paste into the heate sink, and now its working with no issues.



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I have a HP VP6111 projector that works fine on a table top but overheats ( overheating ) when turned upside down and hung from my ceiling. My solution...I went to Circuit City and bought two 80mm computer fans. I also purchased a 12V power supply from Radio Shack. I put one fan on front of my projector and the other on the back of the projector and wired them into the 12V power supply. I mounted both fans with velcro. The front fan pushes air and the rear fan pulls air. The projector now runs fine without shutting off. The fans are 12V and push 34 cubic feet per minute of air. I am very happy with this solution.

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After lots of research on this, the problem appears to be with the bulb. Once the bulb gets 'tired' the filament becomes 'stranded' and the running temperature increases massively. The safety mechanism of the projector cuts in before serious damage occurs. Interestingly, using big external fans didn't solve the problem, but turning the projector upside down does (presumerly the heat sensor is at the top of the projector). Solution: Buy a new bulb, or for what bulbs cost, but a new projector!!

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