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post #2941 of 2949 Old 09-24-2016, 08:06 PM
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After not using your projector for a while (I only use it for big games and movies) do you need to readjust the focusing on it? I noticed that sometimes turning it on after leaving it alone for about 2 weeks, I'd have to refocus the lens a little. Is this normal?
It should not move. However, most likely the projector just moved on whatever platform you have it on. If the projector is bumped or moved in any way, then yes it will go out of focus. Because the only way to have a perfect focused image is to have the projector perfectly flat on the stand/platform and perpendicular to the screen wall. If not, ie. projector pointing a little down/up/left/right the image will be out of focus on the corners or middle no matter how much you try to completely focus the image. If the projector never moves and is perfectly flat to the screen but still can not be focused, then it could be bad LCD panels miss aligned. This can happen if the projector has been dropped or taken some sort of abuse. Unfortunately, if this is the case then their is not much that can be done but have Epson correct it. Because this model does not have panel alignment capability for users unlike the Epson 5010-5040s.

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and hope the projector had just maybe moved?
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Thanks for your reply. The projector is ceiling mounted. It's not that I can't get it to focus. It's once in a while it'll go out of focus and I'll have to readjust the lens ring. So let's say I used it last night and turned it on the next day or the next 3 or 4 days. It'll be fine. But after maybe several weeks when I go to use it again, it'll be out of focus and I have to fix it again. Now that I think about it. I do have three buttkicker underneath my couch and where the projector is hanging, it's about 2 feet behind the couch on the ceiling. Maybe that's causing it.
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Thanks for your reply. The projector is ceiling mounted. It's not that I can't get it to focus. It's once in a while it'll go out of focus and I'll have to readjust the lens ring. So let's say I used it last night and turned it on the next day or the next 3 or 4 days. It'll be fine. But after maybe several weeks when I go to use it again, it'll be out of focus and I have to fix it again. Now that I think about it. I do have three buttkicker underneath my couch and where the projector is hanging, it's about 2 feet behind the couch on the ceiling. Maybe that's causing it.
Oh okay I see, and I think you might be right. Yeah, those buttkicker might just be causing the focus ring to slightly move given all that shaking.

Back in the day, when I was using an ISCO III anamorphic lens and did not want the lens to move at ALL(given how long it took to calibrate just right) I taped the focus ring down. You should try that and see if it works.
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Oh okay I see, and I think you might be right. Yeah, those buttkicker might just be causing the focus ring to slightly move given all that shaking.

Back in the day, when I was using an ISCO III anamorphic lens and did not want the lens to move at ALL(given how long it took to calibrate just right) I taped the focus ring down. You should try that and see if it works.
Duh! I should've thought about using tape. Thanks for your suggestion!
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I just replaced my Epson 8700ub today with the Epson 3500 for $799 @ Best Buy, couldn't pass that kind of a deal up. It's way more light output than I need and the 5030ub would be a more applicable replacement, but I couldn't pass up that price. I installed it and it's an absolute light cannon, but ECO mode helps bring the intensity of the brightness down and will help the lamps last longer.

Anyway, my question to you other 8700 owners... any ideas on what to do with my 8700ub that I just unmounted? The bulb (3rd one) has 400hrs on it but one of the polarizer's is burned in and shows some pink areas on the screen. I'm wondering if it has any value at all for parts before I put it back in the box and store it? These things are so heavy it might not make sense to sell it online. Thoughts?

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I just replaced my Epson 8700ub today with the Epson 3500 for $799 @ Best Buy, couldn't pass that kind of a deal up. It's way more light output than I need and the 5030ub would be a more applicable replacement, but I couldn't pass up that price. I installed it and it's an absolute light cannon, but ECO mode helps bring the intensity of the brightness down and will help the lamps last longer.

Anyway, my question to you other 8700 owners... any ideas on what to do with my 8700ub that I just unmounted? The bulb (3rd one) has 400hrs on it but one of the polarizer's is burned in and shows some pink areas on the screen. I'm wondering if it has any value at all for parts before I put it back in the box and store it? These things are so heavy it might not make sense to sell it online. Thoughts?
How does the picture compare to the 8700UB? I have the 8700 and it is still running strong (on my second bulb). How is contrast?

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How does the picture compare to the 8700UB? I have the 8700 and it is still running strong (on my second bulb). How is contrast?
It's been such a long time since my 8700UB looked outstanding, so it's hard to compare. The change has been a substantial improvement compared to my broken down 8700UB, but if they were both new and out of the box I think the 8700 would obviously look better and have better blacks and contrast.

That said, for $800 it was a no brainer as my 8700 became unwatchable and is back in it's original box. The 3D is pretty cool to have, I didn't think I'd enjoy it but it's fun for something different.

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8700 UB rattles on power on, flashing red lights

Tonight I found my projector would not start up reliably:


The projector light never comes on, and the rattling/grinding noise heard in the video above is abnormal and new. I have tried rebooting it 20 times since this started - I got an image one of those times, but all the other attempts failed.

I purchased the projector new in 2011, and used it very lightly. I'm definitely out of warranty, and comfortable with taking it apart -- it's a loss if I can't fix it. But before I get all the screws out and have it dissected on the dining room table, does anyone have any ideas what I'm looking for? What assembly might be failing here, what mechanical part?
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Tonight I found my projector would not start up reliably:
Sorry to hear this. The manual definitely indicates internal failure although your eyes and ears already know that. I had a bad fan develop on mine out of warranty - sent it out for repair (Mendtronix), which came in close to $300 door-to-door. Plus the month+ downtime. You could try opening it up and seeing if there's an obviously broken part but I'm not sure how to get a replacement part. If you can get it fixed it's still worth keeping. Good luck!
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