Originally Posted by plplplpl
Any suggestions on cleaning this machine - frequency, techniques, best practices?
To answer this poor fellow's question,
My X10 has gotton a tad louder in recent weeks, and hot weather has meant open windows and the ensuing dust, so I figured it might be a good idea to see if there were any filters, etc. that could use a cleaning. I took it down to have a look.
There are a few vents on the bottom (which is the top for mine because it's upside down) that had a fair bit of dust on them. I cleaned that with a vacuum cleaner, first with the soft brush attachment, then with the long, narrow corner attachment.
There's also a metal grill visible along one of the sides, in behind the plastic ridging. I gave it the same treatment, though I couldn't make out if there was much dust there to begin with.
I took out the lamp casing by unscrewing the two clearly marked screws on the access panel on the bottom, then by unscrewing the two Phillips screws holding the lamp assembly in place. Note that all screws should not be removed, but simply unscrewed, since you don't want to lose one of those little screws into the bowels of the projector. Carefully remove the lamp casing by pulling up on the small fold-up metal handle. There's a small metal filter in the lamp casing which I also gave the soft brush vacuum treatment, but that was pretty clean to begin with as well.
I also carefully put the long corner attachment of the vacuum cleaner up near the fan inside, which is visible once the lamp casing has been removed, and turned the vacuum cleaner on which set the fan spinning. I was careful not to let the vacuum attachment catch in the fan. I did about a minute of that.
I reassembled everything and voilÃ*, it does seem to be quieter. Note that this should be done when the lamp is well cooled down, and that you should of course avoid touching the lamp with your fingers. I don't know which part of the procedure had the most effect - I would venture to guess the first - but the result is an X10 which not only is a bit quieter, but on which hopefully the lamp will last a little longer.