sorry if this is old, but I could really use some help/advice:
Last September, I replaced the bulb on our 8700+ but I bought a bare bulb. It was never really bright and eventually the picture developed 'symptoms'. The picture would flicker, and strobe, etc.
The usual start up sounds also changed. The sound that the color wheel made to start up was 'lagged'. it would click a few times, then spin up. But once it spun up, everything was fine. The picture would take a lot longer to come on and display the Benq splash screen.
Today, after sitting around for about 3 months without use, I turned on the projector and it ran for about 60 minutes, I saw what others described: a green light and a flashing red lamp light. The fans were running but the picture was gone.
Is it possible that a bad bulb is causing all of these symptoms or is this a systemic problem and I shouldnt even bother tryign to get a new bulb ($440).
I have no desire to upgrade, I'm quite happy with our setup, but I dont want to sink money into a sinking ship. I am confused on what i should do...