Well, some unfortunate projector news for me.
Last night I was sitting down to a movie with the wife when my JVC RS-45 went black. I looked back and saw the lamp light blinking (two blinks, then pause). A push of a power button did nothing, so I was forced to unplug the unit. After 5 minutes I plugged the unit back in and fired it back up. Everything turned back on like normal. I went through the menu settings and found that I had 1700 hours on my bulb.
This had happened once before (about a month ago), and everything had worked fine after a restart...so I wasn't too particularly worried. I began finishing the movie preparation, which included switching the automatic lens from 16:9 to 2.35:1..........mid-way through the lens shift, it went black again. This time the picture went black, but the lens kept moving up. When all was said and done, I have a lens pointing at my ceiling with limited ability to move it back.
From what I have read, this double lamp blink is unfortunately somewhat common with these projectors, and means that the ballast board has gone bad. I need to do some more reading, but it sounds like this can be fixed. What I have not been able to find is anyone with the lens shift problem that I am encountering. I would be very interested to know if anyone else has heard of this issue.
I have a brand new JVC bulb still in the box ready for the day that my bulb dies, so I would really like to get this unit fixed (rather than replaced). I would appreciate any help/direction that anyone may have.