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Optoma hd72 bulb turning off

My machine is 3 months old with 970 hours on the bulb. The bulb turns off after 30 seconds, no LEDS. Machine keeps running. I've tried repowering, removing bulb, same problem. Thanks, Mike

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  • bmshelley Jun 29, 2008

    After storing my Optoma HD72 in its original packaging for the past year (after moving), I carefully set it up today. It starts up fine with an excellent picture, but then to my disappointment the bulb turns off after about 30 seconds, with no other indications. The “ON” light indicator remains solid green and neither the “Lamp” nor the “Temp” LED’s illuminate. The lamp only has a few hundred hours on it and again the “Lamp” LED does not come on. I tried taking the lamp out and carefully reinstalling it, but the results are still exactly the same.

  • jeffreke Jul 01, 2008

    I have an optoma hd72 with 1190 hours on the bulb. On two previous occasions (and now this, the third), I have encountered a problem with the lamp turning off from 15 to 45 seconds after the startup screen has cycled thru and the initial DVD images begin to show.

    My lamp and temp lights are both off and I have "re-synched" the projector, re-set source. Neither of these maneuvers has corrected the problem.

    On the two previous occasions this happened. The projector went back to functioning normally after some 5 - 7 days?!!

    I am less optimistic this time (pun intentional).

  • Martinarks Oct 03, 2008

    Projector goes dark after 15 to 30 seconds regardless of video type and source. Bulb has 1100 hrs.

  • scottbrv123 Nov 17, 2008

    i had the same problem i send it in and they fix it but then the problem reoccurs about 3 to 6 months later....I hate this projector and my warranty has just run out. I have had it back to optoma 4 times...

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    Same thing: bulb turned off after 30 seconds. Tried vacuuming, blowing canned air, removing and replacing same bulb, which all involved removing power, which I thought would reset factory settings. After seeing the suggestion for resetting from the menu, I tried that, turning lamp brightness off, and now it works. Turning brightness back on, makes the fan come on, and bulb go out. Thanks!!!

  • tripacer19a May 20, 2009

    Same here, shuts down after 30 secounds. Have blown it out. still shuts down. doesn't stay on long enough to get the menu to the point for resetting. sounds like a design problem from here.
    mine has been running about 18 months.



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Just so everyone knows, This projector is notorious for the iris going bad. Which causes the projector to just shut off randomly. You will have to send it in for repair.


Posted on Jun 16, 2009



My Projector is 6 months old and now it does not power up. When I press power switch on remote, the projector fan starts and red Led Blinks, but after a while the Led Become Solid Red and fan is switched off. No Picture comes. What could be the problem?

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This is NOT a bulb problem unless your "lamp" LED is lit, which you say it is not. Many people have reported this problem with the Optoma 72. You can send it in for warranty service (it has a 2-year warranty) to get the lamp controller chip replaced, but the problem may recur. Optoma does not appear to have a permanent solution to this problem. My projector has broken exactly like yours TWICE in a year. I haven't even needed to replace the original bulb yet. :(

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Same problem for me 16 months old, 1100hrs on bulb still under warranty.
Unit shut off after approx 90 seconds.
It continued to do this for 6 days straight.
On the 7th day I wiped the projector lens clean and have not had a problem for past 2 weeks.
I am a smoker so I am guessing the smoke build up on lens caused heat build up that triggered the shut down.
I will continue to wipe the lens before each use.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008


This is what the bulb does at the end of it's life. After replacing my bulb i have had no more problems. You can try to get by until your replacement bulb arrives by restoring to factory default settings. This will put you back into economy mode. This got me about a weeks time.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007

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