HD81 gives me the "bad lamp" indicator, even with a brand new lamp. Tried to send to Optoma, but they checked my serial number and said it was a "refurb". It was sold to me as new, but that's not Optoma's fault. (are the warranties not transferrable? At this point in time, it wasnt even possible for this HD81 to be out of warranty, it hadnt been out long enough!). Rather than paying for out of warranty repair on a unit that is clearly a lemon and typically isn't ever fixed "right", I decided to save the money.
So brilliant me, i go buy a HD806. That was in march, now its dead already. I assumed it was a bad lamp, so i tried a brand new one and another spare, no dice. I send to Optoma via RMA, and I hear back from Mike that it's a bad lamp, but they only warranty the lamps for 90 days now so i need to spend another $579 to replace it. I explain that i've already tried three lamps, one of which was brand new, but the tech insists it works fine with their test lamp. So i tell them to go ahead and send it back to me "unrepaired". I've purchased yet another brand new lamp, and needless to say if the projector comes back (tomorrow) and it isn't the lamp, i'm going to be very unhappy. Why didnt i just let them replace the lamp? Two reasons, one their pricing was awful. Two, i want to see for myself that replacing the lamp fixes the problem.... i have a hard time beleiving all 3 of my lamps were defective, and i'll never beleive that 4 of them are.
So there is my rant, my question is more about the HD81. For you guys that have seen this issue (LED's show bad lamp even with a brand new one), does it typically turn out to be the IO board? Does anyone have a clue what it would costs to get that fixed? I'd like to have it as a backup since my HD806 will probably be in and out of RMA...