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X1a brownish bar on right side of screen

I have an infocus x1a projector. it just out of the blue developed a brown shaded area on the right side of the screen from top to bottom. the lamp was replaced (@ 1400 hrs i might add!) so i don't think?? that's the problem. infocus wants 300.00 to fix it even though they don't know what the problem is!! what a racket!!! anyone have any suggestions. i have treated this thing with tender loving care, clean environment, minimal use. it really has not lived up to the expectation of a 4000 hr projector, i think it's an atrocity they can market this for that life and warranty it for 3 stinking months.I would never buy another infocus product again because they are FULLY AWARE that the 4000 hr claim sells a lot of people. Thanks for your help! Roger

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  • sparky100 Feb 12, 2008

    Thanks for the info! Can i order one as you did or was it a one time opportunity? I'd rather have a spare on hand b4 i do the surgery!

  • sparky100 Feb 14, 2008

    Hey Russ,
    No, I don't live in NZ. I live in USA. Minnesota. I'm very glad it worked for you! The quality of this projector is not very good in my opinion but I got a great price on it so I can't complain I guess. If you have an American resource I would like to get it if possible. I haven't had to much luck with the Google method. Plus I'm extremely apprehensive to order something without a good referral.
    Thanks for your help!
    Roger

  • Hairy1 Apr 18, 2008

    My x1a also has a brownish bar on right of screen and appears dim. On removing the mirror tunnel it collapsed as the glue had failed and the mirrored surfaces were corroded/stained. I now need to find a supplier of this mirror tunnel to replace it.

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I read many things about how to repair this, none lead me in the right direction so I'm posting this. There are good tutorials on disassembly so I will leave at this.

My issue was shadow or a dark area the length of the left hand side.

The mirror inside became out of alignment after travel and a new bulb.

Removing the front cover, gently pry of focus lens first, then magnification lens slowly while rotating with a flat head screwdriver capable of sliding behind it completely.

Two screws on bottom, lift bottom of cover out one inch, use flathead to press on top of cover to release each of two tabs.

You press on pivot screw to see if mirror goes back on its own.

This part is dangerous so be careful, using both a phillips and/or 1.5mm hex driver rotate carefully in or out while the projector is on. The dangerous bit is you do not want to look at bulb up front or touch any area. It would be easy to get blinded. I always looked straight down over projector, never from the front.


To clean front grill I recommend soap and water. Use a hair dryer to dry thoroughly, and be sure to shake out any water as it could destroy bulb.

Put grill back on followed by magnifying ring, keep watch on little notch that must fit in groove. Then focus ring and you are done.


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Hi mate.

This is caused by a light tunnel fault, where infocus designed a stupid light tunnel using 4 pieces of mirror and some very tacky glue. What happens is that, over time the glue comes off causeing one of the pieces of mirro or more to collapse giving you the shaded effect on one part of the screen. I myself have had this problem and am now in need of a new light tunnel as mine literally broke, but here is a thread that tells you very efficiently (picture guided) on how to fix this problem. BUT be aware that you need a very good glue and something that will withstand the heat, thats where I went worng lol.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=618877


Hope this help, if you need any help just let me know as I have dismantled mine right to the core and put it back together faultlessly many times now so can practically do it with my eyes closed lol.

Cheers

Russ

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  • Rusteee Feb 11, 2008

    Hi again.

    Finally after a million phone calls I have tracked down a place where you can buy a new light tunel on its own and just put it in, the cost of the light tunnel is $41.
    So with the link I gave you above and getting a new light tunel, will make your projector good as new.

    Cheers

    Russ

  • Rusteee Feb 13, 2008

    Hi there.



    It should be good to order one just like I did, do you live in NZ? If so I can give you the Auckland number, otherwise there is an american site where I found a few that people offered me. I only ordered mine yesterday afternoon, and what do you know, it arrived in the mail today. 5 mins later I had it in and it works perfectly!

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