Hi, I'm a vivitek H1080FD owner and I'm sort of shocked how little discussion there is with this model on AVS...Anyway, my unit seems to have a quirk that I can't find out if it's normal for this model or if it's a problem with my unit.
When I press the power button to turn it on, I get the two-tone beep to let me know it's powering on, and I hear something spin up, I think it's the color-wheel. But then it will sit like that with the light blinking for anywhere between 30 secs to 2 minutes before the rest of the fans spin up, at which point, about 3 seconds later, the lamp strikes, and it produces an image. I don't recall it ever *not* turning on eventually, in the five-months I've owned it, but it seems to just take awhile to wake from a cold start. On the few occasions I've turned it off, and then turned it back on within an hour or two (I try to avoid that, obviously) it turns right on and the lamp strikes immediately, like any other unit would. I use the projector fairly heavily, too, I've got it up to around 500 hours already.
I've owned tons of projectors before, Including both the Optoma HD65 and 66, and this smacks to me of abnormal behavior. I've checked Vivitek's website and don't see any FW updates or anything that might help solve this problem, but then I'm wondering if, just maybe, that's just how this unit operates. I bought it off amazon warehouse deals with 60 hours on the lamp back in june. I'm guessing this behavior was why it was returned int he first place, but it's been quite reliable, save for the long start-up time.
I'm moving from a house into a small apartment soon, it's going to be a temporary situation (six months) so I thought about putting this on eBay, but I'm not sure if this is normal behavior for this model, or if it's a problem that needs to be disclosed to the buyer, in which case I'm going to take a huge hit on the selling price, and I'd rather it just sit in the closet for half a year, and continue using it myself, when I move back into a bigger place permanently. I was planning to upgrade to a better model when I bought a new one in the middle of 2012.
Any information you can give would be greatly appreciated.
*eta*...thinking about it, I wonder if it's power related. The house I live in is 120 years old, and I've noticed that sometimes, if the lamp is in standard mode, the image will flicker a bit when the furnace turns on and off...sort of looks like the same flickering you'd see with an auto-iris or something. I think I'm going to get a UPS from work and hook to it this week, see if giving it good clean power will help things out a bit.
Also...anyone else had the front stand lose its gear-traction and not stay in one place anymore? it's stuck in a position where it just moves freely and won't hold the projector up. That happened about a week after I got it.