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I was expecting it to have a composite input from what I've read, but it doesn't, or at least not the kind I expected after reading I could hook my DVD player into into the composite input.


It arived with some cracked off pieces thanks to UPS. I turned it on, but no light is coming from the guns. Does anyone here know how I can test to make sure the guns work, since I am unable to hook my DVD player up to it?


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First and foremost, don't worry about the tubes! You need to get a camera and DOCUMENT the condition in which it came. If it doesn't work, you need to have as much evidence as possible to pursue a claim against UPS.


Also, in a controlled fashion, try to roll it slowly so that it is upside down. Be careful, you are not trying to jar anything loose. You ARE trying to hear if anything came loose in transit. You will be surprised at what you might find. You may also be surprised if something loose hits a HV line and shorts your PJ beyond repair!


Go slowly - think about this like you just bought a 20 year old Porsche. You don't get it home and then immediately take it out to do a jaunt at 130mph. You want to get it checked out to make sure that it works...


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That's the first thing I did. I took pictures of the box and the projector. I already plugged it in and turned it on, so how long should I wait after turning it off to try that? Am I suppose to not see any light from the tubes when I turn it on?
 

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Don't you just need a bnc to rca adapter? It's been a while, but I think so.

A couple dollars at rat shack.


You can just about completely forget about a UPS claim. It will be denied for sure and all you would do is waste your time. They will not cover electronics in anything other than factory original boxes and packing.


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I'm a bit confused. Did you do both, take pictures and the roll-over trick, or just take pictures? If you just took pictures, and you are still pursuing firing it right on up, then you are taking a risk that some part may have come loose (or the guy who sold it to you left a driver head in it, or there's a dime in there, or...) that will cause a spark/short/rift in the space time continuum.


As far as should it light up, I am not familiar with the 1031q. However, the CRTs with which I am familiar require you to generate a test signal to light the tubes. If the 1031q has a test button, you may want to hit that. However, you will also want to listen closely to make sure the fans start up when you power it up. They should be pretty quiet, so you may have to get close. If you do not hear the fans, that is not a good sign.


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Originally posted by pcCinema
Don't you just need a bnc to rca adapter? It's been a while, but I think so.

A couple dollars at rat shack.
I thought it only had a proprietary DB-25 connector. Here's the site you want to check (and take a look at the service manual, too):

http://www.eboyztoyz.net/1031q/pages...figuration.htm


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The 1031 has a BNC connector for composite. If memory serves, it also has 2 RGB inputs, one 9 pin and one 25 pin. The 9 pin is TTL and the 25 pin is analog RGB.
 

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Hope its still in one piece - After checking out the potential damage, get one of these adapters for composite video:

http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=278%2D303


Plug it into the "Video In" BNC connector, and feed it a composite video signal. Press the "Line" input select button at the back of the projector. Make sure that the "normal - secam - test" switch is set to "normal", and you should get a picture. Moving this switch to "test" should show the internal test pattern.


If you get an image, get ready for a crash course in projector setup and tweaking.


Good luck!


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The guy told me that he was having a professional packing service pack it and if it arrived broken the company woud fight for the insurance money. He said if it arrived broken it'd cost him, not me. I hope that's right, because I really didn't want to flush $525 down the drain.


This thing is even bigger than I expected. I couldn't imagine if I had gotten one of those 9"ers.


Before I took it out I took pictures of the box. It wasn't in terrbile conditions, but it did have some damaged parts. The styrofoam inside was in pieces. I then took pictures of the projector where the plastic piece between the left and middle lens had broken off (I also discovered there's a large crack in the plastic between the middle and right lens that hid itself pretty well). I then fired it up to see if the guns lit up. I'm not sure if they're supposed to or not, so I was wanting to test it somehow to see if the guns were ok. I left it on for about 15 minutes and then turned it off and unplugged it.
 

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Can you only see the "internal test pattern" when you have a video source plugged in, because I tried it without a video source and I got nothing. The projector is on and running, but nothing is coming from the guns.
 

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You can see the internal test pattern without any video source connected.


Being unable to see the test pattern might warrant checking the brightness, contrast and G2 settings too - but given the state in which your projector arrived, I'd guess you have more problems than that.


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You should see test patterns. Check that the brightness/contrast on the back is set midpoint or atleast not off. I would still see what happens with the video connected.


I've received a few 1031q's in the same or worse shape and they did still work. Do the tubes flash when turning it on/off? I think they normally do, and that's a good sign.


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Hook a composite signal to the BNC video input as suggested. If the projector turns on, and the fans spin, then chances are it survived the trip. If a UPS store packaged the thing, then you have a chance in a claim, if a non UPS depot packaged it, good luck!


There is a video and RGB selector button(s) under the flip up lid. Those need to be in the video or line position. Then you should get a video signal. The test pattern should come up regardless when it is put in the 'test' mode.


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The tubes don't do anything when it's turned on. I've put it on test and got nothing. Basically, it turns on but the tubes don't ever light up.


I guess I'll get a BNC adapter and try my DVD player.
 

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There are two separate power switches, one below the lenses by the AC input, and another under the pod bay door, next to the brightness and contrast knobs. Both have to be on for it to fire up. I hope this is what is messing you up, good luck!


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Some sellers, even hobbyists like myself, use nothing but road cases or custom built wooden crates, cardboard and UPS do NOT cut it for crt shipment. If you got nothing(no test pattern or anything), you likely got nothing. Too bad about that. I've still got a 9PG if you ever get your money back.
 

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Yes, I've pushed both buttons. No test pattern and no light at all from the guns. It turns on, but I get no light.
 

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perhaps the G2s are just turned down too much. Check out the 1031 setup guide and get the instructions to turn them up a bit...just remember to be careful as there is a lot of 'juice' running through there....you and/or your projector might not make it
 

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Give the G2 controls a try but I doubt it.


You're another victim of UPS shipping. I think your only recourse is to file for damages if you have not already. I'll bet you have a cracked board.


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