Originally Posted by WDC
My unit serial number is Serial Number 2001192 falling between the S/N 2000001-2003986 meaning it requires the whole $707 kit.
I am amazed that after hours of searching the web, and finding a lot of owners with this problem there is little information is out there regarding solutions to this problem, primarily (and almost to the full extent of) what I have found is Sony VPL-VW100 Hard Start Mod Kit Mounting Instructions ? and Finally ready to replace my VW100(Ruby) -
My question to other readers and techies is:
can anyone reference any other informative links regarding information on this particular problem?
Are there any known workarounds
other than paying Sony $707 for the Hard Start Mod Kit (sorry link blocked by AV) i.e. replace or upgrade capacitors,larger or different igniter etc.
anyone providing an aftermarket parts start Kit for this projector at a fraction of the cost?
does anyone have photographs or a bill of material showing what the Kit contains? Does the Kit a change out particular electrical components or is it a proprietary printed circuit board change out?
Lastly does anyone have the electronic documentation that describes the installation of the art start Kit. I have seen it referenced in the it to the links above but have not been able to locate it after an extensive search.
, this forum is the best source of information and solutions for the VPL-VW100 hard start problem.
You already tried the cheap solution which worked for some, i.e. changing only the thermal paste.
You can download the Hard Start Mod Kit mounting instructions from the link I gave in this post
Those instructions show how many parts are impacted to achieve a 100% reliable start; since Sony upgraded for free many projectors during their 3 years warranty, I very much doubt they changed anything which did not need to be changed.
I installed this kit 2 years ago, it worked across 2 lamps, and I never had anymore the click-click-click problem.
This kit is expensive, but about the same price as a full LMP-H400 lamp assembly, and in my case I was able to recover a previously "faulty" lamp which started to work again thanks to it.
Beware that the replacement of all those parts is not complicated is you are used to electronic components assembly/disassembly, but you need to take your time and be methodical to avoid any mishap.
I bought my VPL-VW100 in December 2005 and still enjoy its colors more than other projectors without a Xenon lamp; sad Sony did not stick with this technology.