Panny AE!00 service manual anyone? Oh, and UK lamp stockists too

D

danzig66

Guest
Hi folks,
I've had a Panasonic AE100 for a few years. It's now got 3500+ hours on the lamp. I noticed a large yellowish spot on the centre of the screen the other day. I assumed it was just indicative of an aging lamp, but I did a search and it may be more serious. See this previous thread:
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321916&highlight=yellow+spot

Anyway, it looks like the blue polariser is faulty. I was going to attempt cleaning iit, so I was wondering if anyone has the AE100 service manual that I could use as a reference?

Also, if anyone knows of any lamp stockists, that would be great. Um, and where I could get a new blue polariser too. And an air filter!

I don't want to bin the projector if I can avoid it as I can't really afford an upgrade yet. Any help much appreciated.
Regards,
D.
 

cyberheater

Well-known Member
A lamp is gonna cost around 250 quid. The polariser is another 70 quid odd.

So your hitting 320 quid just for the repair and new lamp. A mt200 cost around 380 new and gives a much (much) better picture.
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
When was the last time you cleaned it and how often?

Looking up about that yellow spot sounds like insufficient cleaning and cooling causes it.
 
D

danzig66

Guest
Thanks for the quick replies! I'm embarrassed to say I have never cleaned it or changed the air filter. (Which is not a mistake I'll repeat with my next projector!).

I'll clean the filter this afternoon, but I don't think that will resolve the problem. As far as the last thread goes, it seems I would also need to try cleaning the blue polariser (if not replacing it), but I don't know how to access that, so I was wondering if someone could provide instruction.

Cyberheater, would you say the MT200 would offer a better picture even though I'm running with an htpc? And can you recommend a stockist that would sell a bulb or polariser?
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
Cleaning won't help now. You can't clean the polariser as it would probably be burnt out in the middle from excess heat. It is that burned bit that causes the yellow spot.

I wouldn't bother to repair it. The MT200 is a DLP so picture quality will already be better. Here are some screenshots of it in action.

http://www.avmagazine.it/forum/showpost.php?p=208353&postcount=8

http://www.avmagazine.it/forum/showpost.php?p=208990&postcount=17

http://www.avmagazine.it/forum/showpost.php?p=230133&postcount=102

It is supposed to do up to 3000 hours on low power/economy mode.
 

cyberheater

Well-known Member
Spooksta said:
so is DLP better than LCd ? :cool:
No. Their just different technologys. What I will say is that for standard definition DVD's, the 380 quid Tosh MT200 chucks out a much better picture then a 1200 quid Sanyo Z4, Hitachi TX100 etc...

I think you get the idea.
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
DLP is a better option as long as the Rainbow effect doesn't happen. Colours and contrast is a lot better. It also has much better blacks compared to a LCD. All that is nothing if the Rainbow Effect gives the person problems when/after watching a film.
 
D

danzig66

Guest
Well, after a lot of Google-ing, I downloaded the AE100 service manual and then took the thing to bits. The blue polariser is indeed burnt in the middle and cleaning it was ineffectual.

The pictures on the MT200 do look very good. More filmic than my Panny - I could never get rid of the screen door on it. Sigh. I'm just gutted that I have to dump something I spent £1400 on only 4 years ago. Although I have to say a projector is the best purchase I have ever made - couldn't go back to a small screen TV any more!

Judging by the comments on the other MT 200 thread, it seems like an excellent purchase, so I'll go for that until HD takes off.

Thanks for the help!

Oh, for anyone having colour uniformity problems on older LCD projectors, I found this article which shows that it may be worth giving the thing a clean:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=572889
 

Donnacha

Distinguished Member
I have a spare (i.e. faulty) AE100 that I was holding onto for parts!! I have no idea how to get at the polariser or if its damaged (don't think so) but could sell you the PJ for parts if you fancied it! No spare bulb though I'm afraid - used it!!
 
Top Bottom