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Optoma HD72 displays white circles when the picture is dark

I just recently had to replace the lamp in my projector. The problem I see is that any type of dark image results in clusters of white circles being projected. I noticed these white circles are scattered mostly on the left side of the screen. When the image brightens up the circles are almost unoticeable. These circles are not present when the projector is in blue screen mode looking for a source. I tried cleaning the lense and it didnt help. I cant seem to find anybody else on the net who has this problem with their projector.

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Have your projector professionally cleaned. It is dust in the inside optics. You should not attempt unless you are very skilled. if you are going to do this yourself have a lot of compressed air on hand.

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