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Anyone use their HTPC to flip the image and run projector in non-ceiling mode? Any...

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Hi everyone,

Something I've recently discovered is that I can flip the image with my HTPC, and then set my ceiling-mounted Epson 8350 to non-ceiling mode. The advantage of this is that the projector runs much quieter this way.
Assuming many projectors run louder in ceiling mode due to heat rising and rooms being warmer near the top, just wondering if anyone else has run this setup successfully, or if you've had any overheating issues or premature bulb failures.

Thanks!
Edited by DL4567 - 4/26/13 at 8:09am
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Do you set it on the table?
post #3 of 6
huh, interesting. Never thought of that. Got to try it later tonight.
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Not on a table, my projector hangs upside from a typical ceiling mount. I noticed that when I first set it up and tuned it on, it ran really quiet until I selected the ceiling mode, and when it flipped the picture, the fan noise increased. As best as my research indicates, some (or maybe all?... I have no idea) projectors do this because the air is warmer at the top of a room and so the fan runs a little louder when ceiling mode is engaged. I guess regular mode assumes it sits lower on a table where the air is cooler. But surely the inversion itself has nothing to do with it, because there are no vents on top or bottom. Only front and back.

Since my HTPC video card has a mode to invert the picture upside down, I thought, why not use that and put the projector back to it's "normal" mode with the quieter fan. I found an old post on here from 2005 where someone talked about doing this. When I mentioned this in the Epson 8350 thread, there was some concern I shouldn't do it because the fan is meant to run stronger near a "warm" ceiling. But based on that old 2005 post, clearly this has been done before. Just wondering if anyone here might be doing it, and if I should be concerned or not about the projector and bulb cooling properly.

Of course time will tell, but I just tried this last time I was shutting everything down, so haven't let it run like this for any length of time. If the projector fan is smart enough to rev up when needed like a PC fan, then there should be nothing to worry about. So just want to put some feelers out there in case someone knows something.
Edited by DL4567 - 4/26/13 at 3:38pm
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I think you will be fine - at least until summer. When it starts hitting 90 in your room, flip it back to high fan.
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Originally Posted by lespurgeon View Post

I think you will be fine - at least until summer. When it starts hitting 90 in your room, flip it back to high fan.

Heyyyy!!! A response, awesome. Yeah, I'm thinking if the only reason is ambient temp around the projector and nothing going on within the workings itself requiring more cooling when upside down, I'll take my chances. The super-quietness is really nice and worth it if it works. I will turn on the A/C by the summer.
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