DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert or licensed professional. I am simply an intelligent person with the ability to read and use the web. If this works for you, great. If not, I’m sorry. Keep reading and try to figure out your problem!
Issue at hand: Orange Power light and Green flashing power light. The machine turns out and as it is illuminating the Viewsonic logo, it immediately powers down and begins to flash an orange light.
With the casing removed, you can see only one fan is functional when it is powered
Solution: open it up and replace the broken fan(s).
Well, I read a post on Fixya.com where a user ever so cavalierly posted that he replaced the fan and it resolved his issue. I thought ‘thanks a–hole for not sharing how you did it’. Having read that, I decided it was time to put some elbow grease into this problem to resolve this issue. So here is what I did.
There are 4 screws underneath near the front bottom that need to be removed. The first two will allow you to pop off the front panel over the fans and lens (See Above image). The other two allow you to wedge the top panel upward to create enough space to open the device and remove either fan.
Carefully remove the fans
Once you pop off the front panel, a small plastic semi circle piece over the front of the lens may come loose. Simply keep tabs on it and put it back at the end.
Plug it back in with the casing removed so you can see if one or both fans need to be replaced. WARNING: You are doing this at your own risk. Don’t touch anything other than the power button. When it turns on, look at whether the fans both spin. If they don’t it doesn’t work. If it does, then it works. Then press the power button to turn it off.
- This is the 3 pin connector for the fan. Pull it out using Tweezers.
Once you turn it off, wait for everything to power off COMPLETELY before proceeding. Seriously, don’t be a idiot and use all safety precautions (and common sense) at all times.
Remove The Lightbulb
At this point, it is optional but I recommend that you remove the light bulb and keep it safely stashed during this process. You will do a bunch of manipulations on the device and you want to make certain to avoid damaging it.
The fans will not come out completely so do not tug rigorously on the rubber casing. You need to slide the rubber holder off of each fan. Even if you want to fix one, start with the left one and remove that first. Be careful when pulling the fans out. There is an LED light and small circuit board above the fans that you can easily damage. Just be careful pulling off the rubber and it shouldn’t be an issue. If you yank or try to pull aggressively, then you will have a problem.
- How to connect the cables
Once the rubber casing is off, use tweezers to remove the tape over the cable corresponding to the fan without destroying it so you can reuse the tape.
Once the tape is off, detach the respective 3 pin cable inserted into the board by giving a gentle tug on the cable using the tweezers. Once you remove the fan, replace it with the new one.
I went to my local store and purchased one for $10.95. It was 60 mm x 60 mm x 25 mm (depth) 3pin 5000 rpm model. Not sure what the necessary rpms for it is, but I suppose 5000 is bare minimum since it works for me. Anything less and it may or may not work. I chose 5000 rpm because it was the ONLY one they had. Obviously you can buy one online for $2, but shipping will get you. Unless you have all the time in the world, this is the simplest thing to do. Otherwise, you can always try to jack it from another source (ie computer, friend, etc).
One quick note, make sure to have black electrical tubing placed over the cable as was done on the original fan. You may want to try to get some tubing to place over the cable as was done for the fan you purchased. This black tubing is essential to ensuring it doesn’t heat up, burn a hole through the cable and cause a bigger problem (ie burn cables, start fire, etc). Place the original tape back over the cable to try to keep the cable firmly in place where the original fan cable was.
The new fan installed
After it is back in, place the rubber casing back on and place all the casings back. Screw all the screws back in and you should be done.
Here is a final pic of my device with the new fan in place and fully functional.
Feel free to send me comments.
The final product