Repairing Your Own Video Game Console

When sitting around trying what route to go with this article, I thought maybe go for a specific problem, or maybe a specific console, but as I was doing research, I didn’t see many general articles that cover basic functionality for all (or most) systems.


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This article also comes at an interesting time in, which my Blu-ray drive just died for my PS3. I want to fix it myself instead of buying a slim since I use the backwards compatibility quite often. Plus, I’m technically savvy. Furthermore, Sony wanted me to pay $150 I don’t have. Therefore I thought a self-repair would be a good idea.If not, I would have to pay Sony $150 + $35 shipping, and the thought of that made me bleed out my eyeballs; no thank you.

The first question: Should I or shouldn’t I?

If you are wondering on whether or not you should fix your own system, you need to ask your self a few questions:

Am I technically savvy?

Do I use this system often?

Is there an upgrade coming and will I be buying it?

How much money do I make an hour?

Now that last one may seem odd, but think about it – if you are going to spend 5 hours looking up the answer online, and then taking apart your console, and fixing the problem – is it worth it to just pay someone to do it for you?

When your system has some kind of a problem or an error, the first thing which you have to do is to find out whether the problem is hardware or not. This is crucial when it comes down to fixing your console.

To find out whether it’s a hardware problem, do the following:

Take out all cables, and plug them back in.

If possible, use different cables, and plug them into different slots on the back of your TV.

Restart your console.

If the error still exists after this, then it’s high likely that the problem on your console is hardware based. Keep in mind that this sounds more serious than it really is. Usually, in 90% of the problems there’s a small chip or screw loose which needs to be attached properly again. With the right help, this is fairly easy.

You have 2 more options left. The first option is that you send your console back to the manufacturer. Generally, this is not ideal. If you want to get back to playing games again, today, then this option is definitely not something that you would like to go for. If this is the case, then the only option that’s left is to actually perform a quick fix to your console by yourself, so that’s what I’m going to do. I personally give it three days before someone ends up in the emergency room.

Now, video game repair console sites help you with the disassembling of your game, cleaning of the laser lens adjusting the laser, replacing the laser, replacing the disk spindle, replacing the controller port, helping you with the maintenance of the voltage control, replacing the main board, replacing the laser control board, replacing the entire CD assembly, replacing the fan etc. The troubleshooting guidance of these sites gives you step by step instructions that help you throughout the entire procedure.

In 2012, Sony asked that you do not put your PS3 in the microwave. Now, while that’s fair, I don’t know why they wasted their time telling you that. On the other hand, some smart guys decided to put their Xbox consoles in the microwave, so who knows? Maybe you can fix your device better than I can.

Author Bio: Jason Phillips runs an online gaming website Sonic Games 365. His site is for all types of online Sonic Games and is really popular. He is also a well known writer and game publisher.

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