Originally Posted by scooterboy
But on the plus side, I just won an ebay auction for a non-working VP4001. Could be a simple thermal switch reset to get it going again, but at worst I get 3 of the VP4001 fans that are so hard to find these days.
Well my ebay projector arrived today. Non-original box, wasn't packed tightly so it might have taken a beating along the way. And no remote (tho none was promised).
It was described as "will not power on".
Surprise #1: I opened her up on the dining room table and making a small wish, I pushed the red thermal reset button. CLICK!
Surprise #2: I put the cover back on, plugged it in, and it started right up and projected a nice pure white image on the wall. Bulb works!
Surprise #3: I went into the menu, and there are a grand total of 34 hours
on the bulb, with 98% life left.
The auction description said it was used by a non-profit organization and when it failed to power up they decided to just buy a new PJ rather than take a chance that a new bulb would fix it.
So instead of having some backup fans and possibly a backup bulb, I have an entire VP4001 that's barely been used. Score!
Since this practically new unit is much quieter than mine (which has thousands of hours on it), I'm thinking I'll just swap this one onto my mount and put mine away for parts instead of the other way around.
Oh - did I mention I paid $20.50 for the PJ plus $20 for shipping?