And I was doing so well... I've had my faithful Panny AE100 for almost two years (two years in March) and I've never had any problems. I've been using it for watching movies and the occasional special TV events. Its been running in low lamp mode with fan set to high from the moment I got her and I've cleaned the filter regularly. And then last night I started her up and got a problem that some people seemed to have described in the forums but from searching I seem to have found varying diagnosis. The problem is this: On power up the projector seems fine, initially no picture, all lights normal and sounds are all normal. After a few seconds a dim picture is supposed to appear and the picture should get steadily brighter until it is clear. This does not happen. The picture is very very dim and initially can only be seen using a blank piece of paper about arms length from the lens. The picture can be seen to be pulsating like an irregular power supply. After a while the picture gains full strength, filling the entire projector screen as usual but still pulses. After another number of seconds the picture stops this, reverts back to its "arm's length" strength and flickers rapidly like a strobe light - at this point I power down so for fear of the bulb exploding. A few people have described this or simillar situation, some diagnosis has been bulb, some power supply. From the self check the hours are only 755 in low lamp mode and the fact that for a few seconds it has power to fill the screen I guessing that the bulb is NOT to blame but I suppose the wiring could be eroded. From taking the bulb out and exmaming it it appears fine. No obvious marking or dicolouration, it appears fine. Does anybody have experience with these exact symptoms and what solution worked? I'm going to leave her in to get looked at later in the week but if it is definitely a bulb problem I'll save my money and just buy one and fit it myself.