My Infocus X1 projector has started making a fairly loud whining noise as soon as I turn it on. Yesterday it did this for a couple minutes until it stopped, so I watched a movie and after a couple hours it started whining more loudly so I turned off the projector. Now when I turn it on it whines loudly an does not stop. It is not the fan, I know this because if I turn the projector off with the remote the whinin noise goes away but the fan stays on to cool it down and I can hear the fan, it sounds normal.
I fear that it may be the color wheel as it kind of sounds like a high speed power tool, although not quite as loud and the noise isn't steady, it wavers.
Is my projector dying?
Indeed, the problem you describe is the Color Wheel. Very common issue in the X1,2 projectors. Unfortunately the only fix is to replace this wheel. The cost of the part generally runs around $175 but the labor to replace is about the same. You will need to find an authorized service center where you live or send it to a repair facility. Parts for any of the InFocus units are generally not available to the public, alas the Service Centers. Maybe for the same cost you could look at a new projector, like I did.
It is indeed the color weel.
Its has no bearing, so, when it gets old, the shaft starts to scratch the motro case until finally brokes (i have a infocus x1 with a perfect color wheel) my problem is that some liquid, wather or soda o wisky or whatever, droped in and spoil the DMD unit, if i dont find the spare part or replacement, ill sell the color wheel.
if interested... firstname.lastname@example.org or if youre having a new projector and can sell me the DMD... haha
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First of all, the projector is OLD (but you probably already know that).... As such, the grease in the projector either drips away or hardens over time. The first thing I would do is open the projector up and remove the fan. Replace the belts - they stretch over time and add a lot of noise at operating speed) (for Kodak parts try: www.micro-tools.com). Clean the hardened grease out with a mild solvent (WD-40 will work amazingly well). Inspect the "bearing surfaces" for excessive wear and replace components as necessary (for parts check with micro-tools.com). Addressing just these few things will make a remarkable difference to the operating noise from the projector. Good Luck !! Jim
There are 2 contacts in the slide change mechanism that control projector cycling. One rotates 360 degrees for every slide change, the other traps the rotating contact and holds it until the forward or reverse buttons are pushed again. Given the age of the projector, my guess is that one of the 2 contacts are burned off, causing the projector to continuous cycle. You may be able to gently(!) bend the "J"-shaped contact so that it once again stops the straight contact that rotates 360 degrees per cycle. This is a risky (and temporary) fix. There are still dealers that are trained to make this repair. There is also a dealer online (www,micro-tools.com) that stocks many projector parts. But it may be more cost-effective to shop for a gently used projector online (www.vinevalleyimaging.com is a good place to start). Good Luck !!
Chances are that it isn't the fan in your Carousel Slide Projector that's noisy, it's a stretched-out fan belt. While there are still parts available (www.micro-tools.com), to complete this repair is pretty much a total tear-down of the projector. Unless you have been in a projector before (and have a service manual), you may cause more harm. I would recommend finding a factory-trained repair dealer to do this for you.
The KODAK Carousel 700 was manufactured from approximately 1964 through 1972. The problem you describe is that the motor is spinning but one of the drive belts are not moving. That requires disassembly & complete service. Look for an Authorized Service Dealer in your area.
it's the colorwheel. if you have an infocus x1a, it is a dlp projector and has a colorwheel and dmd chip instead of 3 lcd panels. the colorwheel spins to allow the lamp to stike. it should make a slight high-pitched squeal. if it's too loud, the motor is shot and needs replacing.
Please provide us with more details like the DVD player make/model and what is the connection cable you are using.
Normally, you should be able to connect the DVD player through the AV out pins and connnect it to AV in of the projector.
Other options that can be used are:
component video connectors, and
Please reply for more help and clarifications. Thanks.
to remove the fan: remove the 8 screws from the bottom of the projector (4 silver, 4 inset and brass) and the 2 screws from the back. pull the back from the bottom, but use a small flat-head screwdriver to release the tabs seen through the topmost vent of the back. once off, unplug the speaker wires on the right and the cable harness on the left. pull the top off while pulling the front off from the bottom. remove the wire harnesses from the power supply board and the ground wire from the power input board. take the 4 screws off of the power input board and the 4 or 5 screws from the power supply board (and 1 center clip) and remove. take out the 4 or 5 screws from the metal shield and remove shield. now you can unplug the fan that need replacing and access the 2 screws holding the fan in. remove fan and replace with a like fan. since the fan speed is not monitored, if you can find one that's the same size, power, and plug size, use it. otherwise, contact an infocus service center and ask them for infocus part # 526-0192-00. reverse instructions to put it back together. but you must remove the front from the top case, put the top on first, plug the speaker and left harness in, then put the back and front on. wasn't that fun?
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.
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.