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Infocus x1 projector

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?

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  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2008

    I have the same problem you described, however, all I've read on the web suggests there is no fix unless you replace the color wheel at $1000.

  • ecinetcom Feb 06, 2008

    I too started having this problem as of 1/15/08 after using the projector moderalty for several years. I replaced a blown bulb a couple months ago at the cost of $250. Wish I could have seen this coming and saved some money. Still looking for solution or fix on the Net.

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    I had 350 hrs on this projector and the bulb went.
    Infocus did not assist me in any way and if I didn't have company coming over to watch my new theater setup, I would NEVER had purchased a new bulb($400 plus with the warranty) I bought the warranty because Infocus would not help me on the low aged bulb replacement.
    Now I have the "sound like someone is using a table saw outside" sound.
    The company sucks too,,,,,,they do not stand behind their products.

  • russmazz Jan 17, 2009

    Same exact problem...have cleaned the bulb and sprayed air to clean the fan out...

  • bardiferous Apr 15, 2009

    My X1 made it through the "lifespan" of the bulb. About 50 hours into the new cycle, the sound started.

    I've thought about trying to take it apart and clean it - but I'm guessing that it's a bearing of some sort, and needs replaced. I see others saying, "color wheel."



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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.

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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... or if youre having a new projector and can sell me the DMD... haha

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    postte Nov 12, 2012

    Do you still have the color wheel?



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