I have an old Panasonic AE300U projector that I have been using for years. Today the "replace lamp" has finally showed up onscreen while I was watching a movie. After a few minutes it turned off automatically. I powered it on and same thing, auto shutdown in a few minutes. Now the lamp is not really "dead" yet so I just want to be able to use it until it "dies". To my surprise I checked the lamp life and apparently I've managed to rack up 4998 hours on the bulb! This is probably why it’s been shutting off by itself but how do I fix this so that it stops shutting off by itself. Do I have to reset the counter? Is there any danger to this? I have never seen a projector bulb die out but some have said they can damage your projector when they do. Is this true or do they just die out quietly like any other bulb?