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Old 07-10-03, 08:35 AM
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Do you give your console the royal treatment?

I've heard a lot of horror stories about consoles breaking down and such. Since i've never had to deal with anything like that i feel somewhat lucky; but then again, i realized that most people really don't properly care for their systems. I clean all my systems about once a month, and i always make sure they're in a well ventilated area.
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Not really. I don't beat them up either. Just some common sense things. Like use a well padded carrying case when transporting, don't step on them, don't pour milk on them. Of course there are console specific precautions.

For the XBox: Lift with your legs not with your back

PS2: Even though it says you can, DO NOT play DVD's in the PS2

Cube: As much as it looks like it, it is not a purse/man bag. Stuffing keys in it will damage it.

GBASP: Do not flip open every five minutes and say "Kirk to Scotty..."


I've really only had one console break on me, the SNES after many many hours of play time. I just sent it to Nintendo and they repaired it. I think it was only $25.
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I play dvds in my PS2 all the time. In fact, it's running right now. What's the problem? i don't see how it's any different from dvd formatted games.
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I think he means that playing dvds is bad because you are not using the ps2 for gaming but still using the laser lens. it is a well known fact that the ps2 laser lens is crappy quality and needs to be cleaned every year or so otherwise it stops reading discs. so the more you use the ps2 for dvd playing, the more you need to open up the ps2 and clean the lens - or if you don't know about cleaning the lens to fix this problem, you end up with a broken ps2 so to speak.
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Originally posted by tanman

GBASP: Do not flip open every five minutes and say "Kirk to Scotty..."

Sorry, I can't help myself on that one.
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I pamper my consoles by sending them to a day spa for a facial and massage about once a month. But learn from my mistake: don't opt for the "mud bath"!
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My cat climbs on my xbox, does scratching motions (declawed) and sits on it....

That's about all the abuse it gets here.
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Originally posted by Joshic
I think he means that playing dvds is bad because you are not using the ps2 for gaming but still using the laser lens. it is a well known fact that the ps2 laser lens is crappy quality and needs to be cleaned every year or so otherwise it stops reading discs. so the more you use the ps2 for dvd playing, the more you need to open up the ps2 and clean the lens - or if you don't know about cleaning the lens to fix this problem, you end up with a broken ps2 so to speak.
I've had my PS2 for over a year, and have used it as my main DVD player for about 8 months. I have never cleaned it, and haven't had a single problem. Since I'm always watching movies(haven't really played any of my systems since mid-April), I leave it running 24/7, and it has never felt more than mildly warm.
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I don't get it. All it does is sit in the entertainment center and spin little discs. What is this "care" and "rough handling".

It's not like I use them to tenderize meat (Although the xbox would make some really flat filets)
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I just make sure the vents aren't blocked. I can't recall ever cleaning any of my systems, other than the NES which sucked in dust and required cleaning after a while to work, and I've never had a system break on me.
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That is one thing that I have always liked about the cartridge format is that there are no moving parts. Whenever I put games in I keep thinking about CD players crapping out on me in the past.
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Originally posted by tanman
That is one thing that I have always liked about the cartridge format is that there are no moving parts. Whenever I put games in I keep thinking about CD players crapping out on me in the past.
With every Nintendo console I've owned (which is just NES and SNES) the games were a pain to start up. I remember having to spend a minute or two switching the console on and off before the game would start up properly. I've had some minor problems with th PS2, mainly just Vice City, and the xbox has been problem free.

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