Well, like the rest of you, I have the same unit that exhibits the same behavior. Like some of you, thanks to your tips, I was able to get and 100 hours on a bulb that had 900 or so.
I can't speak for the rest of you on this, but I got hopeful man. I really hoped that reseting the lamp hours and reseting my customizations would allow me to get the rest of the expected life out of the bulb. But low and behold after an additional 100 hrs that was it. I get the same 1 to 2 minutes of great picture and then off. What the hell.
(Excuse me while I rant)
I tend to be cool, calm, and calculating. I will troubleshoot something to death until I can fix it. But as someone who works with electronics daily, I am noticing something that is disturbing.
It used to be that when you bought something, especially expensive, it not only worked out of the box, but it for worked, trouble free for years! Is it just me?
I assemble and install simulators that use off the shelf electronics; displays, computer parts, projectors, speakers, etc. There has been a disturbing trend, especially, the last 5 years or so. Now, instead of hardware, software, firmware issues being a rarity, it is now common place. Its way too common. Power supplies that fail on monitors, Bluetooth keyboards and mice that constantly lose connection, projectors that won't release initial settings, HDTVs that have main boards that blow, bulbs that last only half as long as they are supposed too. Burned in pixels. It is ok to ship and not warranty burned in pixels! You have to stare at that damn white or green pixel during dark scenes on tv, movies and games. Amps that blow fuses when there is hardly a load on them.
IS IT JUST ME?
It is bad enough that we have to go through this crap with computers. Microsoft started all this with having to wait until the next service pack. The component makers with their firmware upgrades.
I have had just about enough of this with every other piece of electronics. It seems to be the new standard. Release, ship, and sell components that only halfway work today, then we'll repair and make them right somewhere down the road. What the Hell?
I don't know if AVSForum will allow me to create a gripe posting thread, dedicated to venting, but I think I will try it.
This has to stop! I have had to have my HDTV repaired 3 times. I have had to have subwoofer amps repaired twice. LEDs on my AV receiver randomly flicker. My Pioneer Elite Dvd player drops out on its HDMI connection and the website doesn't even acknowledge the model #'s existence. They just put out another model number to cover its tracks. Some of the digits on my Monster Cable's Voltage regulator don't light up anymore. What the ???????? I used to love electronics. I can't stop surfing the web looking for the next big thing. Better yet I can't wait until the hardware goes up for sale so that I can have it! But I have had just about enough.