Originally Posted by Kiding
My HW30ES projector has issue with the brightness, the picture is washed out! reducing brightness setting didn't help, the contrast is terrible and no black level at all, grey-scale test failed!
I have reset all settings to default, lamp hours is 680 hours, does anyone know how to fix it?
I have the exact same problem with my unit. Very washed out image (like a white veil) in bright scenes. Dark scenes aren't washed out but the contrast is very low.
The PJ environement hasn't changed since I got it (at around 700hrs, 2nd hand). Filter and lens are kept clean. Isn't temp. related as ambiant is low and the pj has unobstructed cooling vents & setting the fan on high doesn't do a thing.
Tried fiddling with contrast & brightness controls but couldn't get a satisfying solution. For ref, i'm in Cinema 1 stock mode with auto 1 / slow iris (tweaked to 250 - 500 by service menu, but reverting to stock values doesn't fix anything)
I suspect the lamp is failing.
It's the PJ first lamp, around the 1500 h mark.
Lamp started flickering badly in low mode at around 1200h which was resolved by going to high mode.
Now the lamp starts to (seldomly) flicker in high too.
I have bought on ebay an LMP-H202 bare bulb (from Disc****merc**, a supposedly Philips authorized-reseller) for $60 ex. shipping. No need to cash in high $$$ for the plastic bits the lamp is attached to...
I'll get back to you if this fix the problem.
TL;DR: i think lamp is bad. Replacement on the way. Will post results.