Question about Toshiba TLP S30 Multimedia Projector
So my cat knocked my Toshiba off my bed as I was projecting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf onto my refrigerator. "What a Dump!" indeed, right? I refilled my glass and turned the machine back on and it started to make a horrible clucking noise then the little fan icon flashes in the top left and the whole thing shuts off. Perhaps it was more of a chunking noise. Well then, I really wanted to get to the dance scene in the bar where Elizabeth Taylor does this awesome chicken move with her arms so I decided to take the whole thing apart. Fast forward five drunken hours later where I'm re-assembling it for the second time - this time without all of the extra screws. I plug it in and... same thing. Or probably worse. Which is better because rather then hearing the floppity clanks I could now feel the floppity clanks. OK. I decided to empty the ashtray and open the projector up again to get my third look at the fan. Which sort of looks like this:
I guess... I stole this image off eBay because I didn't have the foresight to take a picture of it before I butchered it and put it back in the projector. Which brings me to the next part: the butchering. Under closer inspection it appeared that the fan was not spinning so much because it somehow got all bent up after Mr. Werner knocked it off the bed. I did the only thing my delirium tremen-ed up fingers could muster. I grabbed a pair of nail clippers and cut the tips off the fan so they had the clearance to spin around in their little bakelite cages. I clipped all but one - which snapped when I pressed too hard. C'est la vie.
This did the trick. Unbelievably enough, I popped the fan in its pocket, stuck the cord in the socket and presto no more little fan icon. With my successes laid bare before me, I called it a night and put my little device away.
The next evening I developed a terrible thirst for the Garfield live action movie so I popped that pup in the dvd player and aimed ol' Toby back at the 'fridge. I got about five minutes or orange furry heaven when the bulb fades and the temperature light glows to life. If I unplug my machines and then plug it back in it turns on but dies almost immediately. Son of a bubble gum. No whisky for me.
So I know my problems, the foremost is finding the replacement fan and ordering it from the the tubes. However, despite my most rigorous google research, I can't be certain of the make or model - let alone the place to find my tiny whirling dervishes. Oh please Lord of teh Internets, help me find my fan.
The good news is that cooling fans tend to come in standard, off-the-shelf shapes and sizes. If someone like Toshiba needs a cooling fan, they don't set about designing and building one from scratch, they just make the hole in the projector the right size to fit what's already available.
I know the picture isn't actually of your fan, but if yours does look similar, then this is a standard cooling fan and not some special Toshiba item.
How many wires has the fan got?
If it's 2, then it's a simple, constant speed fan. You should be able to use any fan as long as it is the same voltage - this should be written on it somewhere. Try an electronics supply company, e.g. RS, Maplin etc. You don't say where in the world you are so I can't suggest the best place to try. Try Google for 'electronics cooling fan'. Here is just one example of what's out there.
If it's 4 wire then it's probably a vari-speed of some sort. These tend to be the type used in computers so I would also try some computer component shops as well.
Hope this helps,
Posted on Mar 22, 2008
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