25-03-2012 08:22 AM - edited 25-03-2012 08:24 AM
Yeah mate, I doubt there's enough solder left in mine to reflow again. I did get one very solid year, but I took my time doing it and made sure I took every precaution. I looked around for quite a while here, and managed to find a guy who even lets you watch the whole procedure if you want (geek-gasm anyone? lol). It's reasonable - $85 to pull the old chip out and clean it all up. They check the chips and board for warping and see if it can be fixed. If that's a go, then it's another $65 to put good old fashioned leaded solder in using an infrared BGA machine. So $150 all up is pretty good.
*puts pipe in mouth* Bring back the good old days when if your machine stopped working you just pulled the cartridge out and blew all the dust out of there
Edit: Haven't got time to look for a link, but I remember reading Nintendo is going for an announcement this year, while they reckon M$ + $ony are waiting until E3 2013. Or later...
on 29-03-2012 09:17 PM
I was actually thinking about a PS2 now that my borrowed one is about to be returned to it's owner (after almost ten years)... my original fat launch PS2 was a bit iffy when I last used it... and with being on my 3rd PS3 now, I no longer have b/c...
Of course, my PS2 collection is that small (especially after my ex took her games) I could just about get the whole collection back as PS3 HD remasters.... ... if Rockstar HD re-release the GTA games, that won't be that far from the truth...
on 11-04-2012 05:39 PM
on 12-04-2012 03:11 AM
19-04-2012 09:18 AM - edited 19-04-2012 09:21 AM
I'll tempt fate and say my original phattys still going strong after some heating issuses i had not to long ago, took it to work, got a sparky to pull it apart and give it a good clean, still going so hopefully it'll hold out til the next "big" thing
on 19-04-2012 11:51 AM
DON'T DO THAT AGUNZI!!!!!
After I wrote that previous post, sure enough games stopped working altogether... I ended up getting another drive, and I'll be re-furbishing mine at some stage because it'll go straight back in when this one craps out. So far so good, I have updated all games and everything's backed up, only thing left to do is hammer Battlefield 3 and give it the real test!
on 25-05-2012 04:46 AM
Alas my 60 gb has finally passed on...
My 40 gb, after suffering a horrible drop on the road from a moving vehical 4 months ago, is however running better than ever!
Ok so it has a damaged outer casing but seriously who looks at the console when playing games?
Time to buy a new PS3 so the kids wont miss their 60 gb too much.
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