My Vivitar slide projector is nearly new and worked great, and now suddenly no light will come on. We have replaced the bulb, and still no light. This projector does not have a "fan only" switch, so I know it isn't just that we haven't clicked the switch all the way on. The fan turns on, and the small backward-facing light for the auto-focus comes on, but no projector lamp.
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I can't comment on the projector, but I can tell you that paper-mounted slide will warp, due to the affects of temperature and humidity. Warped mounts will mess up the auto-focus in any projector. Good Luck !! Jim
Occasionally, the slide gets stuck while operating the mechanical hand to change the slide. Most of the time it works when I push the slide carrier by hand. Very very infrequently, the projector actually throws out the slide. I have ascertained that teh Kodak slides which are mounted on paper frames are much too thin for the mechanical hand pushing teh slide in and out. The solution is to remount teh slides on palstic frames or some how add to the thickness of the slide. I have not tried it yet , though.
First, check to see if the lamp lights at all (spill light coming out of the projector near the fan). If it does, then the problem could be just the "dark shutter" not opening. If the lamp does not light, it could be a couple of things: it could be the lamp thermal fuse has opened or it could be a bad lamp socket. Sounds like you need to seek out a factory-trained repair dealer for this one, to narrow down the possibilities!