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Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Old 08-18-19, 04:00 PM
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Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

I have never attempted to repair any of my video game consoles. Have you ever personally repaired, or attempted to repair, any of your video game consoles or controllers?
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Yes, oven baked my and my brotherís PS3 motherboards to repair red light of death.
Old 08-18-19, 04:21 PM
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

I repaired one of my friendís kidís X-boxís. I canít remember what was wrong, but I was like if you donít mind if I break it Iíll take a look at it. They were happy.
Old 08-18-19, 05:28 PM
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

I tried to get my NES to work, great gamesbut man were the cartridge readers bad about failing
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

I replaced the pin connector on my NES. I hacked my PS1 to play copied games (only took a little bit of solder). I replaced some parts in a 360 and got it working again (just some fried components). I'm not really technically included but these aren't difficult things.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

If flipping my PS1 over on it's back counts, then yes!
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Been gaming since like 1990 on the original NES. I've owned consoles of every generation since... and I've had zero consoles die. Never needed to repair any.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Repaired the Atari 2600 joysticks many, many times.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Yes, I've had to repair my Gameboy (didn't store it properly when we moved, and the A button ended up busted at some point between here and there), and just last month I had to crack open my Virtual Boy to re-solder the left lens, which is a pretty notorious failure point or the system.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

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Been gaming since like 1990 on the original NES. I've owned consoles of every generation since... and I've had zero consoles die. Never needed to repair any.
Of all the consoles Iíve owned Iíve only had one die on me. My first Xbox 360 got the red ring of death. I didnít try and fix it though. Waited a while and eventually got the Elite model from my mom.

A friend gave me his broken PlayStation and I tried to tinker with it but couldnít get it to work. Pretty sure the disc reader was bad.
Old 08-19-19, 11:29 AM
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Nope. Every time one of my consoles has died, I just went out and got another one. Luckily this has only happened to me with PS1, X-Box and X-Box 360. Everything else has been solid.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Nothing high level. We've replaced buttons in controllers due to use. Just recently I replaced the battery in my kid's 2DS because it wouldn't hold a charge. Glad I checked it, when I unscrewed the back, the hatch popped up and I realized the battery was starting to swell and close to bursting. That would have ruined the system I suppose.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

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Repaired the Atari 2600 joysticks many, many times.
That was my first thought, when I saw the thread title. They were of such terrible quality. Of course, in their defense, they did get a LOT of use.

I also repaired a Sega Genesis that I actually found in a dumpster. I was throwing some trash out for my mother, at her apartment building, and I saw it just sitting there. Brought it home and a couple of solder joint repairs later, it was good. I think it only had Sonic 2 with it.

At one point I had to make a minor adjustment to the laser on my original Playstation, when it stopped reading discs.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

None of the newer ones. I repaired my Dreamcast back in the day. It was reading discs anymore. Was able to open it up and replace the laser assembly (found parts on eBay). Consoles now are more complex with more proprietary parts. Not sure I would try that on my PS4
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Also, my BIL once found a non-working PS3 and unloaded an entire can of air into it and it worked fine after that.
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

In 2012 my first PS3 stopped reading discs. So I ordered a new laser along with a new PS3. I fixed the laser and the old PS3 still works today. Second one is also fine.

Last year, the fan in my launch PS4 died. Thanks to the help of DVDTalk's resident Canadian Chase3001, I was able to get a replacement fan and do the repair. It works, but I later upgraded to a PS4 Pro, and the old one sits in its box.

Coming from PC building, modern console repair isn't all that difficult, though I've never had to do any soldering. My repairs were minor swaps.

Oh, I also disabled the 10NES lockout chip in my old NES while cleaning it. I later sold it, so no clue if it works still. (I'd assume it does).
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Originally Posted by miller_time22 View Post
Yes, oven baked my and my brotherís PS3 motherboards to repair red light of death.
Yep, I baked my PS3 also. My friends all thought I was nuts! I got about another year out of it that held me over to the release of the PS4.
Old 08-23-19, 02:32 PM
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

If "repaired" is another way of saying "modded my PSX and Dreamcast" then yes (I had an Asian dreamcast, pre-launch that needed a chip to use US games prior to the Boot Disc).

If "repaired" means repaired.. I've swapped out lasers before.
Old 08-23-19, 02:34 PM
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Re: Have you ever personally repaired any of your video game consoles?

Depends on if "repaired" also includes "adding internals to expand the features of the console". If so yes; I have "repaired" quite a few, going back to the PS1.

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