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Projector keeps switching itself OFF

I bought my projector new, 8 years ago. It is only used for home viewing occasionally (For general programmes the normal TV is used).
When switched ON it comes on showing a good Picture for about 40 seconds then just shuts down. On switching it on again the same thing happens, and goes OFF again.The small window at the back displays (Error F8).
My supplier (Not a Runco Specialist) tell me that it needs to go to GIBRALTAR for repairs (I live in the UK) He also tells me that as it cant be upgraded to receive Hi Def Pictures (something I would have liked) because of its age. Therefore its not worth repairing.
It's dissapointing that Runco dont seem to have a sympathetic After Sales Service.I paid £20,000+ for something that technically is obsolete after 8 years of selective use
Robert Bentley.

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  • BOB 17T May 28, 2008

    Thanks for your reply.
    The model is a DTV 950 Super HDTV
    with 3 C.R.T Lenses.
    The fan sounds O.K as it can be heard winding itself up on initial switch on and
    picking up more speed as the unit gets started,which it always has done.There is no change in the fan's sound or motor speed (as if a belt had broken)

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What model # of Runco projector do you have?

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Check the fan its working properly...

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The projector is probably overheating you need to check fans and lamp inside

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    Ginko May 28, 2008

    Well depend on which parts are broken, Runco Projector Lamps, fans and other parts can still be found on the market.
    Runco website is not working, I do not know if they are still operative.
    You can try requesting any other replacement to:
    Runco International

    1195 NW Compton Drive

    Beaverton, OR 97006

    Phone: 1.800.237.8626
    I suggest giving them a call in US to know if there is anu authorized repair centre that can deal replacements in UK.

    Regards

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    Ginko May 28, 2008

    Here is service manual for 940/950
    Runco does not make public, the information related to error codes, therefore there is no way to find out what problem is from error code. This was probably the main problem your technician encountered, as parts are normally shipped worldwide.
    The fact that the fans are running and making usual noise does not necessarily means that it cannot be an overheating problem, the fan ball bearing may be defective and not pumping enough air, or the temperature sensor may be faulty.
    To find out if it is overheating the technician should leave it on with case opened, and eventually with an additional fan pointed toward the board, and see if this makes any difference in shutdown time.
    The only way the technician has to spot a problem ( possibly he already did this), is testing ICs, capacitors etc inside the projector.
    My suggestion is contacting Runco and finding out an authorized tech in your area. Or asking your technician to obtain a service manual from Runco, as they do not distribute service manuals to private users.

    Regards


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