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Topic:   Are projectors much better lately?

It is time to replace my old, much-used and much-loved Panny PTL500. I've had it and the original bulb for like 8 years or something. At the time I bought it, it was supposed to be an amazing machine for the money ($1500?). My question is, can I get a comparable or even better projector now days for the same or less money? I'm not a super-videophile. I play ps3 (too much) and watch DVD and BD some. I have dark room, ceiling mount and put about 100" straight onto the wall from 10'. I'm considering the w1070 and the Epson 8350, but I don't want to take a step back. Any advice? Are even the cheap projectors today better than my old Panny?
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Topic:   Good Price on PT-L500U?

I know someone selling a Panasonic PT-L500U projector, and I'm trying to decide on a good offer price. It is well used, and based on the age of the projector I would estimate that the lamp will probably burn out within the next few months of use. I'm working on my first home theater setup so I'm not too familiar with prices and what I should be offering for this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -ProjectorGadget
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Topic:   PTL500U has died. Need help in Oakville, Canada

Hi everyone. Last week my Panasonic PTL500u (ae500) stopped working. It would try to start up, and fail. The fan kicks into high speed for a few minutes and then the unit shuts down. The lamp never turns on, and the lamp led flashes red. For months the projector would occasionally struggle on start up, but as of last week it wouldn't start even after a dozen attempts. I was hoping to keep this projector for another year or two before upgrading but now it's up in the air. I removed the bulb, and it looks normal, so I'm not sure if the bulb went, or if it was something else. There was never any dimming and the bulb had less than 1000 hours on it. My main question is, how can I determine if the bulb is shot? I don't want to pay a shop $80 just to find out that the repair will be more than the projector is worth. Even the $350 for the bulb is pushing it, but probably acceptable. But i can't order one until I'm certain that will fix the unit. I live in Oakville, Ontario. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Mo
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Topic:   blue distortion

I am not sure if this is due to my projector or a new lamp. It started shortly after changing the lamp but not immediately after. There is a blue projection along the left side of my screen outside of the picture on the black background. The picture itself is also extra blue on the left side of the screen. I took the lamp out and it is discolored blue along the sides but I am unsure if this is normal, I never payed attention to the appearance of the lamp before. Thanks for any input.
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Topic:   PT-L500u Panasonic blank after multiple display use

Initially I had my PC hooked up to the RGB input of my projector. Everything always worked fine there. Just last night I hooked my laptop up using the same cable and I played with the multiple display feature (with much ignorance about it). Everything worked fine except for the widescreen didnt translate from my widescreen laptop. Here's the problem... when I was done goofing around with the multiple display feature and the resolution settings <--(hmmmmm?), reconnected the PC again it didnt show. The projector gives a blank screen. Tried the laptop again just to make sure and the laptop was displayed. My question? Does my projector need settings to be configured back to its original state to display my PC? Did my change of resolution via the laptop corrupt the signal or somethin? Hopefully my video card isnt dead out of coincidence.
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