Talk about a newbie numbskull mistake! Trying to set up my first HT on a very tight budget, I bought a non-working Infocus 72 on Craigslist. Seller said it was 'good to go' after a lamp replacement.
Well, and I wish I could have seen this coming as soon as you doubtlessly are, after I shelled out more than $300 for a new lamp, the unit turns out to be 'good to go' ... to the county dump! I turned the projector on, and instead of lamp coming on, I smell a burning odor within a few seconds, and in a few more moments, smoke is billowing out of the box.
I write back to the guy, and he dismisses me with a curt, "It was my understanding that the lamp was burned out. All sales are final."
So do I just chalk this up to an object lesson in consumer awareness (and hope the vendor will take back the lamp), or is there some possibility this projector can be repaired?
I know smoke doesn't sound promising, but maybe some of you engineers out there might have an inkling as to possible diagnosis and prognosis. I can't afford to sink several hundred dollars into a repair, so unless it's something that might be easily fixed (even by a knowledgeable amateur, whom perhaps I can find locally), I guess this one is out in Thursday's trash pickup ...