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LCD panel I am having problems with my Sanyo PLV Z2 projector, of course just a few months out of warranty-even though Sanyo offers one of the longest warranty periods. I bought it in Dec. of 2003. I have already replaced lamps a couple of times since I bought it as I use it a lot. I noticed a small blue "haze" in the upper left corner of my screen a couple of months ago and thought it might be the lamp. It is getting progressively worse and now the blue is all along the left side of the screen. I always clean the filters every few months. After inspecting the lamp, unfortunately that isn't the problem. I've talked to someone from Sanyo and he thinks it is the LCD panel. My question is, is it feasible/cost effective to have this panel replaced, and is it something I could do myself if it is? I am an IT tech at a local community college. Or do I just shop around for another projector? I've been looking at the Sanyo PLV Z5 that has gotten great reviews, but will cost over $1300. With heavy use (daily 5+ hours) will I be replacing the projector every 3-4 years no matter what brand I buy? My wife isn't happy about this. What do you recommend?

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  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    a blue haze is taking over my screen

    i'm no expert but i suspect the blue lcd panel is disfunctional

    screen images are always being burned into the lcd in blue

    the other two colours are fine a the moment

    i'm wondering is that part the problem and is it replaceable

  • troystu Jun 22, 2008

    I am having the same problem with blue hze taking over. I read on a Home Theater bulletin board that it is a polarizor/panel issue - advice was that it is very expensive to fix and it is time for a new projector. I don't even have that many hours on mine, but also just out of warranty plus I just spent $300 on a new bulb a couple months ago!!@#!!!

  • mxgolfcpu Mar 26, 2009

    I have the problem of the growing blue tint from the left side of the screen. This is the second time I have had this problem. The first time the projector was still in warranty and I sent it to Sanyo for repair. They said it was the blue LCD panel and they replaced it. The problem was gone for about a year and now it is back.

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A cheaper solution is to open it up (exercise all due care and caution as if you don't, you can manage to kill yourself) and see if you can swap the red or green lcd panel with the blue panel. If you can, then go on ebay and buy an identical model which will turn into your parts projector. (Actually, I have got some very good projectors off of ebay that were in better shape than mine, so my projector became the parts projector for the one I got off ebay.) Then, perform your surgery - getting everything line up again will require that you run the projector while you have it open - I projected a grid of RGB squares separated by white lines I created using MS Paint. Again, while you have it plugged in and running with the covers off, exercise all due care and caution.

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The part is replaceable thru sanyo and the cost is $600 + shipping.

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