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No picture, no buttons work

I have an X1A with only about 20 hours on it. When I turn it on I get a white light, but it goes away after a few minutes. I do not get a welcome screen, I cannot get any of the buttons to work to adjust the white light, to turn the menu on or anything else. Any ideas?

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Re: no picture, no buttons work - InFocus X1A DLP Slide Projector Slide Projectors

Unplug for a day and try plugging it

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Not much information to go on but I'm going to assume this is one of the older style Kodaks, with the folding handle (unless a model 600) at the front, beside the lens.

If it's a newer style (4 or 5000 series) see the end of the post)

This will usually do the trick: Unplug the projector and flip it over gently of course! Remove the 4 black screws keeping the bottom plate on. You'll have to un-do the lamp house screw. Carefully note where each of the lenses inside the lamp house go and if they are more convex on one side than the other, be sure to replace it that way later.Be especially careful of the green tinted lens- they can shatter and are at higher risk when warm or hot. Handle all with clean soft cloths.

Now look at the grey mechanism housing. Roughly centre you will see a cut-out in the housing, sort of shaped like a stick-drawing of a house, but on its side. Look into that cut out and you should see a plastic or metal sleeve covered in grease. The grease is likely black. Now look very carefully for a small hole in that sleeve out of which will be jutting a tiny stick of metal about 1/8th inch long.

If you are having this particular problem, it's likely that you will not see this because your timing has gone out of whack and the part I want you to see is probably stopped somewhere else in its rotation. so, (you are still unplugged) gently take your index finger and turn the fan blades (clockwise) near the rear of the projector. That will turn the fan belt which will also turn the mechanism belt. You may or may not also have to press slightly- very little pressure - on the Select button on the side of your projector. Within a few turns of your finger, you should see the sleeve (which is around the camshaft) start to turn slowly. Keep at this until you can see the little hole and metal bit (it's the end of the clutch spring poking through). When you get to that point, where you can get access to the little hole in the sleeve where the small metal spring is poking through, stop turning the fan.

Now take some light machine oil or a bit of WD-40 and put it into the hole. If using WD-40 you must be careful not to let it spray into other areas of the projector or you'll have a mess on your hands. You want to put about 4-7 drops of oil in that hole and no more, at least at this point. If after 24 hours it's not perfect, add 3-4 drops more.Let the projector stay in its upside down position for an hour or so, reassemble it and try it out. If it's improved but not perfect, keep advancing it a dozen or so times and sometimes gently press the Select button in between pressing the advance button.
if this is a newer model (handle built into the body, on the side) , it could be a problem on the cam but it's unlikely You'd want an expert on that one. You could disassemble the projector as above with the same cautions about the lenses. In this model you'll see a white worm gear in the heart of the mechanism. Above it will be an L-shaped metal finger. (Again you MAY need to manually turn the mechanism via the fan) The finger normally sets against a metal catch that pivots on the wide worm gear. Carefully so you don't spread it, use some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip, or a bit of WD 40 or other solvent to clean the pivot point of that metal catch. If using WD-40 do not rely on it to lubricate the pivoting catch- put no more than 2 drops- 3 at the outside - of light machine oil (or sewing machine oil) where it pivots. Gently flip it back and forth a few times. Reassemble and test.
In the case of the older model the grease packed inside that sleeve has dried out with time. The oil loosens it up but too much will make it run. In the case of the newer projector, the lubricant of the catch has dried or gotten dirty and it's not functioning like it should.

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I put about 20 minutes into answering this but it disappeared because I forgot to sign in first! ARGH!

Before trying the solution below, try this first in case the problem is not too advanced: Run projector in fan only mode. Press and hold down the Select button for 1 or 2 seconds and repeat a dozen times. If that doesn't fix it, try the following.

Anyway, condensed version, am assuming this is older style with carrying handle at the front, beside the lens:

Cautions: If you are not comfortable operating projector with 120 volts of power applied, be sure to reassemble the bottom plate before testing. Also, secure, or remove and protect lenses and lamp.And when reassembling be certain not to pinch any wires.

Unplug projector. Remove bottom plate, look into the centre of the mechanism and you'll see a hole in the mechanism housing showing a (usually grey) plastic sleeve on the cam shaft, covered in black (may be brown) grease. Turn the fan gently so as not to dislodge its belt, while also gently pressing down the Select button on the side. The mecahnism cam shaft should move. Do this until you see a small hole (may be covered by grease) and a 1/8 to 1/4" bit of stiff metal straight spring sticking out. Relase the Select button, use the tube on a can of WD-40 to spray just a bit of WD-40 into the hole. You don't want to overspray it or it'll run out. If that ahppens, clean it up as well as possible with Q-tips. You really don't want it on lenses or rubber belts either!

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Hi there

I just sent you an email through fixya and I don't know if it went through but I was just saying about the fan and the grey bar. The problem with the fan, is not the fan itself, but the controller board not supplying enough voltage to the fan (you can see this by powering the fan on its own using a 6volt supply, you will fine that the fan will work perfectly normal), thus having to replace the entire control board at around $650+, this is a very common fault for these models. The grey bar as meantioned in my post is caused by the faulty light tunnel, there is a link I've posted here somewhere which tells you how to fix it, but you need extremely strong glue and electronics skills lol, otherwise infocus wouldn't sell me the part on its own, only the whole optical enigne at another $450+. Very poor service in regards to infocus.


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Well, that's a general statement. If you are looking to have the image look like a HDTV then you have the wrong impression of the projector's capabilities. At 800x600 resolution you will get a "good" but not great image especially if compared to a tube tv or plasma/lcd. If the graphics are sharp when you press the menu key then you probably do not have an issue. If, however, even the graphics are blurry, then you have to manually adjust the Grey outer focus ring on the lens. The inner ring will adjust the zoom. Hope this helps.

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