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I haven't followed this thread in a while but I've just read the last few pages.
I still have an RS40 but I had reserved it only for Blu-ray viewing while a second, cheaper projector has been my workhorse for TV watching, and thus gets a lot more use. Unfortunately, that second projector crapped out on me, leaving only the RS40. And now the RS40 has started flickering. If this goes, I'll have nothing.
The RS40 is on its third lamp (a V3) after the first two failed prematurely. I hadn't had any issues with this one until now. It only has just under 600 hours on it.
As soon as I see flickering, I power the projector off. I've noticed that in addition to the flickering, the projector becomes very unresponsive. It won't respond to the remote at all when this happens (even standing behind it - the front IR went out long ago). I have to push the power button on the body of the projector several times, and it usually has a delayed reaction before it shuts off. This leads me to assume it's not just the lamp at fault.
I see people talking about a ballast problem and a capacitor installed incorrectly, which some have fixed themselves. I am not particularly handy with that sort of thing. I'm wary of taking the projector apart only to find this wasn't the problem.
What are the realistic odds I can fix this myself without having to ship it off for repair?