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PS2 damaged by lightning---please help.

Old 09-16-02, 02:48 AM
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PS2 damaged by lightning---please help.

My brother was just telling me that his Playstation 2 was
damaged by lightning and will no longer work. I don't have a lot of information , but I would like to be able to get him some good advice,

Does anyone have any ideas on where the damage is or could be
(educated guesses)?

If he opened the PS2 could he tell by looking at it?

Are there any places onliner (such as MCM Electronics) that would have
replacement parts that would work in a PS2?

Anyone else had their PS2 damaged by lightning?

Does anyone think this would be worth fixing? (i.e.
will this probably be too expensive to fix?)

Of course, he would like to get it working again, but if he knew that there
were salvagable working parts he might sell.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 09-16-02, 11:24 AM
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In my experience, lightning-damaged stuff is usually not repairable. If he had a lot of other stuff damaged and has a homeowner's insurance policy, he might be able to file a claim and get a replacement. The deductable is usually around $500 though, so it won't do him a whole lot of good.
I would first check the power adapter (the cord that plugs into the wall). Find somebody with one that works and try it on his machine. If it's bad, you can find generic replacements fairly cheap as long as the Voltage and Amps(very important) are the same as the factory one. If that's not the problem and it is out of warranty, it wouldn't hurt to open it up and see if there's a blown fuse inside. Otherwise, it would probably be too expensive to repair.
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PS2 Damaged by lightning

It's a sign from God to buy an Xbox.
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How did that happen? You had your PS2 outside your house and got struck by lightning?
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Old 09-16-02, 01:33 PM
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Re: PS2 Damaged by lightning

Originally posted by Decker
It's a sign from God to buy an Xbox.
LOL!!! ...indeed!
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Amazing that people still don't think their video game systems are worthy enough of a surge protector.
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Odds are the power supply is bad. I suggest he buy up a "damaged" PS2 off eBay (usually 50-100) and swap parts. The ones on eBay generally just have laser assembly issues (easily fixed in thier own right, but best to swap in a "good" laser if you can). You can also get PS2 power supplies from and (I think), but these would be likely Asian and 100v, but still might work.
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Old 09-16-02, 07:42 PM
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Chances are its beyond repair. Sorry.

From now on, a good rule to follow is "If it costs more than a surge protector, it probably needs to use a surge protector."
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Re: PS2 Damaged by lightning

Originally posted by Decker
It's a sign from God to buy an Xbox.
DITTO on the LOL!!!

Be careful, sammer will be emailing the mods because you mentioned something positive about the Xbox.
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Old 09-16-02, 08:44 PM
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My computer was struck by lightning about 2 weeks ago. After spending $100 to have fixed it's STILL not working right. I'd hate to say this but it looks like your PS2 may have to join my computer in the scrap heap.

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Old 09-17-02, 02:45 AM
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Hopefully, it's just the power supply that's bad (which I heard can be replaced). If I was going to buy a game
system I would buy an XBox, but my brother bought the PS2 (w/ games) used from a friend because he got a decent
deal. I just wanted to post here to try and get some advice and help him out.

My brother does know that there is the possibility that his PS2 could be toast.......BUT there is always

P.S. I'll have to tell him about adding a surge protector in the future.
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Old 09-17-02, 02:52 AM
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For powerful lightning strikes, surge protectors are often useless.
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