Why Does My Projector Keep Turning Off

Why Does My Projector Keep Turning Off

There you are, having your friends over to finally enjoy that movie together, and you get to see it on the projector nonetheless.

Then it happens, you set it all up right, and nothing; the screen is blacked out, not an image in sight. Many folks have been experiencing this issue with projectors from Kodak, Espon, Eiki, Benq, InFocus, Opotoma, Piki, Galaxy, Miroir, Nec, and Starlight.

You may have tried fiddling with the wires, or maybe you gave the projector a classic Fonz tap. However, this has not rendered any progress, so let us help you out with some clever fixes.

Why Does My Projector Keep Turning Off

1. Bug or Software Malfunction

These projector issues can be brought on by a number of reasons, one of the many possible problems you could run into is possibly having a bug in the system, while you can get a literal bug (insect) to fly into the projector or something; however, the bug we mean is a technical one.

A bug refers to an error, fault or flaw in any computer program or hardware system. A bug produces unexpected results or causes a system to behave unexpectedly. In short, it is any behavior or result that a program or system gets but was not designed to do.

With a software malfunction is essentially the same kind of problem, causing the projector to malfunction as well; resulting in the images not showing and or the system trying to function but essentially getting hit by a speed bump.

Fix – Unplug Projector and hold Power Button for 30 Seconds

One possible answer to this projector problem is to unplug the projector and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Exercise Caution: Do not turn the projector on immediately after turning it off.

Turning the projector on and off frequently may shorten the life of the lamp. To transport or store the projector, ensure the power light is orange (but not flashing), then unplug the power cord.

If you have done this fix correctly, this will essentially reboot the projector system. With any luck getting you back to watching that movie with your friends.

Fix 2 – Unplug and Plug Projector In After 60 Seconds

With the projector system it can be a good idea to unplug the equipment and let it sit, cool and then plug the projector in after 60 seconds. This will give adequate time for the projector lamp to cool down and to ensure it does not short out.

This also helps the projecting system reassess processes and ensures that you get a “fresh” start with the experience.

Remember problems could occur after installing a new lamp to the projector, be sure to also check this and make sure it is installed properly and securely fitted.

This will hopefully get the projector back up and running efficiently and properly; so you can get back to the show.

Fix 3 – Restart Projector with Remote

Most projectors come with at least two remotes for the projecting system, therefore, this can serve as a useful tool in trying to restart your projector as you can do it by the remote. This is how you can achieve this fix.

Step 1. Press the “Home” button on the remote control.

Step 2. Select the icon at the top right of the Android TV Home screen and press “Enter”.

Step 3. Select Device Preferences and press “Enter”.

Step 4. Select “Reset” and press “Enter”. A confirmation screen is displayed.

Step 5. Select Reset and press “Enter” to reset the projector.

This of course will reset your projector, giving the system as well time to reset and restore the capabilities of said projector. It is also handy that you can do this by the remote, keeping you from manually resetting the projector, which can be tedious and more time-consuming than this easy way.

Fix 4 – Wait For Problem to Go Away

Sometimes it can be best for the projector for you to simply wait it out. Patience can pay off, and you could be awarded for waiting, with the picture eventually coming through.

This can be an opportune time to go grab some snacks for the movie, as it is essential to give adequate time for the projector to get things going.

Also, if you have the problem of your projector continuously turning off, this can help; instead of flicking it on, connecting it up and starting the show, music video, and/or movie. Give it some time in between steps of the start up, as this can help the projector process fluently and efficiently.

Fix 5 – Plug Projector Into A Different Outlet

There are times when experiencing this issue of your projector turning off continuously; it could be a problem with the amount of power the projector is receiving.

Now, projectors vary quite wildly with how much power they require to run properly; the smaller ones being around 50 Watts for the smaller projectors and

150-800 Watts for the larger ones. So, depending on the size and make of your projector, it could use more power.

Try plugging the projector into a different outlet. Sometimes there can be a Master Outlet which is where the power is most concentrated, however, this is uncommon.

Even so, this fix is worth a try, so switch the outlet or power source you are using for the projector and you might be back on with the show.

Fix 6 – Reset Projector to Factory Default

As with most technological devices, it can definitely help to reset the device. In order to reset a Galaxy projector.

If it blinks purple slowly (once every 3 seconds), press and hold the power button on the Galaxy Projector for 6 seconds until the indicator light blinks rapidly.

This will reset the projector to factory settings. If you are working with an Epson projector, follow these steps to reset it.

Step 1. Press the “Home” button on the remote control.

Step 2. Select the icon at the top right of the Android TV Home screen and press “Enter”.

Step 3. Select Device Preferences and press “Enter”.

Step 4. Select Reset and press “Enter”. A confirmation screen will be displayed.

Step 5. Select “Reset” and press “Enter” to reset the projector.

This will reset your Epson projector, hopefully getting you back the show or movie. If you are working with a Kodak projector this is how you can reset it.

Step 1. From the home screen, select “Settings”.

Step 2. Scroll down to “Factory Reset”.

Step 3. If you want to back up your data, select the first option, and connect an associated account. This will reset your Kodak projector and get you back projecting what you want.

If you are working with a Miroir projector, you rest it this way. Important disclosure: Fully charge the battery before the first use (approximately 3-4 hours). Reset button – Press to reset the projector. This button is a small recessed button, so you will need something small, such as a paper clip, to press the button.

This will reset your Miroir projector and with some patience it could be the answer to your problem.

If you are attempting to project with a Infocus projector, it is quite simple to reset. To perform a factory reset go to main menu, select “settings”, highlight service, and choose “Factory Reset”.

This will reset your Infocus projector and get you back to sharing that projector experience with your friends.

If you are using a Starlight projector, you can easily reset it by turning it off and back on, or by holding down the button on the back of the projector labeled “BT off/on”. This will reset your Starlight projector and should resolve your problem with the projector.

If you are using a Benq projector, this is how you get to the factory service menu; in order to reset the projector.

Step 1. First turn off the monitor.

Step 2. Press the “POWER”, “SELECT” and “MENU” button at the same time.

Step 3. If the monitor is ON, press the “V” button to login to factory service mode.

This will get you to the “factory service mode” where you can reset your Benq projector and hopefully in turn restore your projector to do what it does best, project.

Resetting your projector can be the answer to many issues you may encounter with the projector and just might be the answer to this very problem. So, give it a go, and you could be back to showing that movie off on your projector.

2. Projector Out of Date

In a world of ever-evolving technologies, it can be hard to keep up with what is the best for your equipment. The same can be said for projector’s firmware. It can indeed go out of date and in turn, cause problems when attempting to use the projector.

This could be the problem with your projector turning off continuously, its firmware is out of date; therefore, functions of the equipment could become problematic, and or the projector could stop working at all. While we are on the subject of expiration, is it possible that your projector lamp bulb may have gone out?

It is definitely possible whereas most Halide bulbs will last around three thousand hours and if you can opt for the more efficient LED bulb; it could last up to 60,000 hours. Clearly, the LED bulb is the wiser option here, giving you a much longer bulb lifespan and more hours spent projecting.

Do note also; that using the projector for long periods of time is not a smart idea. Some of the components may not function properly, such as the fan sounding louder than normal which can interrupt your movie.

Other components such as the motor can be damaged. There’s also the projector bulb which comes with an average lifespan. You will exceed the bulb’s lifespan if the projector is always on.

So be sure to keep your projector up to date with what is required for the system to operate efficiently and do not overuse your projector as this can cause problems as well; also, have you checked the projector bulb recently?

Cause this could definitely be the stick in the spokes when you are trying to enjoy your favorite movie on the projector.

Fix – Update Firmware

Now, when updating the projector’s firmware, one of the best ways to go about it is to use a USB Memory Stick, such as with the Epson. What are you going to do is:

Step 1. Download the projector firmware file to your computer from the Epson website.

Step 2. Copy the downloaded firmware file to the root folder (highest folder in the hierarchy) of the USB Memory Stick.

Step 3. Connect USB Memory Stick to the projector to start the update.

Step 4. Check the results of said update.

This will update the projector’s firmware and could be the answer to your projecting problems. So, give it a go; there is much worse you could do than updating your projector’s firmware, as this is a very good practice to keep up on, with your projector.

3. TV Overheating

It is very possible that your projector is overheating when you have problems with it turning off continuously. This means that projector heat can build up and cause issues with overheating.

If you live in a climate with an abundance of dust, ensure your air filter is replaced regularly. This also applies to cleaning your air vents regularly, as well. You can have the best filter in the world, and it will not stop it from eventually getting dirty, resulting in overheating.

While on the subject of overheating, be sure you make sure that the cooling fan or fans are indeed working properly, as these fans serve an important part in ensuring your projector stays cool during long periods of use.

Be sure to keep your cooling fan(s) clean, and if you do not want to take the projector apart trying to get to the fan(s), you can clean the fan(s) by using some Air in a can; to help blow the dust off of the cooling fan(s).

So, be sure you keep your projector clean, inside and out, to avoid future problems with the device.

Fix – Wait For Projector to Cool Down

When encountering this overheating issue and cannot clean it all right there and now, let it cool down. If you are having a get-together, you can put on some music and chat until the projector has cooled down.

As always, patience is key. Waiting it out can be tedious and annoying; however, it is vital that you allow it to.

If you let your projector overheat too much or for too long, you could be considering buying a new one since this can wreak havoc on the panels and circuitry. Not to mention the bulb again, which can get too hot and can short out after long periods of use.

If the projector bulb does get too hot and or shorts out as a result; you will need to get a new one as this is essential to the projector’s primary functions.

Also if your projector has an air filter, this can cause problems as it is good to keep the air filter clean. You need to clean the projector’s air filter in the following situations;

  • The filter or vents get dusty.
  • The projector overheats and shuts down.
  • You see a message telling you to clean it.
  • The projector’s filter light flashes green.

If you believe the air filter is the problem, then this is how you can clean the air filter with a system setup, such as Epson.

Step 1. Turn off the projector and unplug the power cord.

Step 2. Slide the air filter cover latch, and open the air filter cover.

Step 3. Pull the air filter out of the projector.

Step 4. (Carefully) tap each side of the air filter 4-5 times to shake off any excess dust.

Step 5. Vacuum the front of the air filter (the side with the tabs) to remove any remaining dust.

Note: If dust is difficult to remove or the air filter is damaged, replace the air filter.

Step 6. Place the air filter back in the projector and push gently until it clicks back into place.

The air filter is an important piece to the projector as it does what it is called, it filters the air coming through the projector in order to cool components within the projector.

So, be patient and your projector and or projector bulb will cool down eventually and your projector’s air filter can be cleaned and or replaced, getting you back to finally seeing that movie or show on the big projection screen.

4. Loose Or Weak Cable Connections

How many times have you been trying to get a device to work, and you have tried everything to fix it, then someone asks, “have you tried unplugging it and plugging it back in?” Just to realize you have not plugged it in at all.

This can happen to anyone, and when dealing with multiple cables, this can be all too easy to do; resulting in your projector not working properly.

It is essential that all cables needed are indeed plugged into the device firmly and securely (especially the power cord) as this is essentially the life and blood of the projector.

Fix – Plug In Power Supply Firmly

As stated before, it is essential that all of the necessary cables are plugged in securely and firmly, especially the power cord, as this is what powers the projector, and without this, you not be able to do anything with the projector.

So, check your plugs (especially the power cord) and ensure they are all in the appropriate plug and are also plugged in firmly. This could be the simple fix to your complicated projection problem and get you back to watching that movie on the projector.

Fix 2 – Reinstall HDMI

It is also possible that the problem could be your HDMI cable as this serves to transfer the image data and audio to whatever content you may be watching.

So, what is a good fix to try is to reinstall the HDMI cord, which you easily do by unplugging the HDMI cord and then plugging it back in.

Make sure the connection is indeed working, and the cord is firmly inserted into its appropriate plug, as this means everything to the image and audio of what you are attempting to project.

Check that cord, and it could be the surprising answer to your problem. While it may be embarrassing, it is too easy to mess up with getting the cords right.

Fix 3 – Replace HDMI

If you believe your HDMI cord is not working properly and or is broken, then you should replace the HDMI cable (view on Amazon) with a reliable one 

With the prices for an HDMI cord maxing out usually for only $8.00 it is not going to break the bank to replace the cord with a brand new cord.

Consider this problem when having issues with your projector, especially when it is a problem with the video and or audio, as this cable connection is essential to using your projector and can be the difference between an okay night and a great night of watching a movie on the projector, out in the backyard; with the family.

5. Projector Damaged

If you maybe got a used projector or one from your buddy that has seen better days, this may be the issue with the projector. A projector is a great piece of technology. However, it is also a somewhat fragile piece of technology as well.

It is possible to also receive a damaged projector if you have ordered it, the damage can occur right from the start at the manufacturer, or it can also occur during the delivery process.

Whether it is a mistake in manufacturing or simply a package deliverer dropping the box a little too hard, this can and is likely to damage the projector.

So, when encountering these problems with your projector, be sure to check it over for any damage that may have occurred.

Fix – Contact Manufacturer

If you believe the projector is damaged and has been before you got it, a good thing to do is contact the manufacturer to get some answers or even a refund. You can easily find the manufacturer’s phone number on the guide book that should have come with your projector.

If you do not have the guide book, you can simply look at the manufacturer of the projector and then proceed to search their company name and this should provide you with ways to contact about their product.

With huge assembly lines, a projector could be damage or even be wrongly assembled, this is not only unfortunate but also likely. So, contact the manufacturer, and they should have some answers for your dilemma of projecting.

Fix 2 – Replace Projector

Now, we know this is the last thing you want to do; however, sometimes, this can be your only option if you are certain your projector is definitely broken and or malfunctioning beyond repair.

Sometimes you will not have to shell out for it, as occasionally the manufacturer might refund you by sending or giving you a new one to make up for the mistake or bad assembly.

So, when you are certain your projector is broken, be sure to contact the manufacturer as they could help you with the projector.

This is not a guarantee, but it is worth a shot as most companies care about their reputation and want to keep their customers satisfied with their products.

If you cannot get a new projector with a helpful refund, getting a new one could be a painful experience as there are projectors starting at $27.99 and rising to the $1,000.00 mark. 

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Sometimes this can be your best bet, just sucking it up and buying a whole new projector, as most of the time, the newer, the better.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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