Just a small update to my lamp flicker. After I posted I decided to turn the unit off and see if it was overheating and when I went to turn it back on, I got the dreaded red flashing lights over and over. I have this sync issue with my Onkyo 809 to where if the receiver is on first, the projector won't start with this problem. I turned off the receiver and tried to power up the Sony but no go. After unplugging the Sony and letting it sit for an hour I tried again and same thing. This time I decided to unplug the Onkyo from the wall and sure enough, the Sony powered right up but the flickering returned. I noticed my PS3 was still on from my calibration attempt so I turned it off, unplugged the onkyo, turned off the projector and let it sit and about 30 minutes later the flickering was gone.
Half way into calibration attempt number 2 the flicker was there off and on in low lamp mode but eventually worked itself out. Hopefully this might help someone going through the same thing with the red flashing lights.
On another note, has anyone been able to use the Sony software to calibrate their unit since the CMS system isn't working properly or know of a trick to work around the artifacts issue? This is my first attempt at using an i1 to calibrate it so any help or tips would be appreciated.