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Compaq MP2800 Lamp powers down after a few seconds

The unit powers up fine and displays a good crisp image, but shuts down within 45 seconds even though both fans are running. I noticed that the Lamp fan came on just as the Lamp began to heat up and stayed on even after the Lamp shut off.


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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2008

    Have exactly the same problem!

  • lost12 May 01, 2008

    Have the exact same problem, guess I will start at looking to replace the fan...

  • fabbraun May 31, 2008

    I'm having a similar problem:

    Device powers up and i get a good image.
    Device fan starts immediately.
    Lamp fan starts after about 15 seconds.
    After about 1 minute the device powers off (device fan stops, but lamp fan keeps on blowing for some seconds).

    Something strange: In standby mode the device produces a quiet clicking-noise.
    Did someone of you encounter this problem too?

    As a future electrical engineer I already did some measurements (oscilloscope, voltage-meter, ...).
    It seems that Ballast is having a problem. It's PFC (Power Factor Controller) which converts the rectified 230Volts (Swiss voltage :-)) to 400VDC has a huge ripple voltage (about 50Volts Peak-To-Peak). The frequency of this ripple is exactly the same as the strange clicking-noise.

    For better reparing this ballast I'd be glad having a Schematic of this.
    Does someone know where to get this?
    Actually it wouldn't be so motivating drawing the schematic (by reverse engineering) because it's multi layer (at least 3 layers) board. :-(

    I know there'd also be the possibility to just replace the part. But 150$ (ebay ;-)) for a Ballast seems quite expensive to me - as a student.
    Does somene know a better ressource where to get a ballast?

    Thanks in advance!

  • gaz-man Jul 12, 2008

    Exactly the same thing hapening to my mp2800 as wayne's. I have only loged 590 hours on the lamp so it should not be that causing the shut down. Kept it very clean over the years so it should not be due to dust or muisture. tryed runing it without the bolb in and it still shut down so ??????

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    call for heat no lamp or fan will come on



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I agree with fabbraun... It seems plausible that the ripple in voltage is causing the projector to think there is a minor power surge, thus shutting it down as soon as it has self tested...
I would love to know where I can get a replacement ballast!

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Hi Wayne

It is normal for the lamp's fan to start running , but should actually happen within 15 seconds of starting up. Try changing the lamp's fan and if the problem still persists then you will have to replace the Ballast ( lamp's powersupply )

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