I'll quickly recap the situation and the symptoms I had regardless:
- PJ 4-5 years old, only 250 hours on the first lamp.
- Unplugged the PJ before going on holiday for 3 weeks
- Plugged it back in when we came back, had it on standby for 2 hours and then fired it up
- Turned on fine (no lamp flicker, nothing out of the ordinary) but then all of a sudden cut out with the 2 amber light flashes.
- Unplugging and replugging to reset it and then firing up had the same outcome every time
- Had it just sit in standby for about a week without doing anything with it and decided to fire it up again: didn't cut out anymore, no amber lights! However, significant amount of flicker present.
- Putting it in high power lamp mode there was no flicker... for about an hour, then flicker started here as well.
- Got in touch with JVC support and an authorized repair center and they warned me that it may not be as straight forward as a mere lamp replacement which had me thinking twice about just going out to get a new lamp. The way they said it gave me the impression that they felt it was more likely not a lamp issue...
- After reading up on the symptoms of similar failures on AVS, I rolled the dice and started working under the assumption that it was more likely to be the ballast, especially given that my lamp has such low hours and it was only ever turned on to watch a movie and then turned off.. was never used as a turn on/turn off television type setup.
- Is there any other way that I can determine whether this is ballast and/or lamp failure?
- How likely is it that I have to replace the lamp anyway if there has been ballast failure?
- Anyone in Melbourne that has an X500 that I can take my lamp to to try out??