Fix it yourself

I’ve been fascinated with projection technology since I was kid. A family friend had one of the  sweet looking front projection TV’s at their house. It baffled me how 3 color guns could create a picture, it wasn’t the best picture, but even still it worked.

When I had my first apartment all I dreamed of was playing Halo on a 90+ inch diagonal screen. Ugh, but projectors were thousands of dollars back in 2004. Well in 2010 they became significantly less and I could finally afford one. I went out and bought my setup (Optoma HD66). Called a few buddies and installed the greatest entertainment center that ever lived. Then I had to move:(

A year later I finally figured out how to install everything in a small spare bedroom. It’s 12′ x 11′ and it has my 100″ screen on one wall 😀 It took some planning and convincing of the little lady (Thanks pretty lady ;), but it’s in there.

I had it for 1 month and then I noticed a dead pixel. No big deal right? Just 1 dead pixel.

Until the next day, there was 2 and then day after 6 and then 15. WTF!? This thing isn’t that old. How? What? Why???!!! OH NO.

We don’t have a regular TV. The projector is our sole source of television so we found ourselves watching a not so pretty picture:

Dead DMD chip Optoma HD66

It was a sad sad day. I started to give up hope. I thought, “Well. I had my fun. Time to get an actual TV.” Then I said screw it. It’s already broken. I bet it can be fixed. I did some research and found out the DMD chip goes bad quite often on projectors. So, I went out and bought what I needed and went on my way. Watched this very very helpful YouTube video that helped me get past some parts and actually locate the part that I needed to replace. Now, it’s all good and I can go back to watching way too much Seinfeld. Here are some pics of the parts I had to take out. It was scary at first, but turned out to be pretty easy. Hopefully this helps somebody.

The results were great. It’s been about a week or so and no problems. Hopefully it doesn’t get jacked up again.

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DIY YouTube

The internet and all these new apps are cool, but by far my favorite thing about technology is the ability for people make instructional videos on how to do pretty much anything via sites like YouTube. It’s helped me at repairing major problems in multiple vehicles, it’s helped deter me from taking on certain repairs because it was out of my league, and most recently it helped me replace a chip deep inside my projector that saved me from purchasing a new TV. (

It’s awesome that people are sharing their knowledge in open forums and asking for nothing in return. So, a big thank you goes out to all the contributors that are helping out somebody. I’m hoping one of my next posts will be how-to on the repair I just did and which video’s helped me. If you have some knowledge, go share it. Someone’s is probably looking for it.