I have a PPT tomorrow in the Church, i tried connecting the Laptop(Acer model) to Panasonic Projector. The scree is appearing Blue, but i am not able to run the PPT using the projector. No message apears on the screen. I even tried pressing the Function key with F4 together but nothing worked. Please help its urgent.
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In most cases this problem is cured by enabling the external VGA (or monitor) ouput on the laptop. The quickest way is to reboot the laptop with the projector turned on and connected. Usually the laptop will detect an external display is attached and enable the port.
It is also possible to manually enable the external display port. It varies from laptop to laptop but look for the "Fn" key at the bottom left of the keyboard, usually coloured green or blue. You should see a row of icons on the top row of "F" keys which is in the same colour. Look for the one which is either an icon which could be a monitor, or possibly says LCD or CRT.
Hold down the Fn key and press the key you located in the last step. There is usually a delay of a few seconds and then you'll find something may happen. Usually the external output will be turned on alongside the local (laptop) display. Repeatedly following the last step cycles through all available configuration options, including both on, local on, local off, external on, and external off.
This should fix it. Make sure that the correct input is selected on the projector whilst doing this. It will be labelled on the projector and it should display the same input message on screen.
Your problem is the optical block failing. This is very common with the AE700s. It actually happened to me once before and I had it fixed. After having it replaced, it was recommended I run my fan on high mode, run the lamp on low mode and change the back lit color to black from blue to help thwart the issue. The optical block fails due to heat stress from the projector. Doing the things above lower the heat and extend the life of the block. I have a perfeclty good optical block if you would be interested as buying them new are extrememly expensive.
Have never worked on a panasonic projector before I admit, but you get that effect when the 3 LCD panels inside a Sharp (and I assume all brands) LCD are misalligned. To get total black (LCD Projectors find this rather difficult due to the technology) the red , blue and green lcd pixels must be precisely allignend ( they are adjustable by technician and it's a fiddly job) I reckon the green panel is a touch out and it's peeking out between the red and blue squares.
Have you tried pressing Fn F5? On my system (HP), by computer monitor goes dark when I connect the projector. Pressing (Function) FN F5 toggles the video between Computer Monitor, Projector, or Both.
Check the function settings for your computer. On my Compaq laptop at home, the video function is F4, so there may be different settings for your computer.
Are you referring to the bulb? If so it depends on total hours used...a common bulb use is 3000 hrs. That is if it has not had rough usage....which was the case with our projector at The Salvation Army Citadel / church. If the projector is turned off before properly cooling is allowed...the life span of the bulb diminishes quickly......God bless, Capt. Hannu