It's official. My PS3, the 40 Gigs FAT model is a steaming pile of crap. Really, it is. First, the laser lens dies on me after 2 and a half years of use. I replace that piece with a new one, and what happens like five months later? The damn thing breaks down again!! Is it the laser lens again, or maybe the blu-ray player this time? Not sure, so I order the whole piece from ebay, with a year warranty. Let's see how long it will last this time around...I just can't set my mind to buy a new PS3, despite the recent price cut. The newer model doesn't look as good imo, plus why should I give Sony more money for their crap work?!
After just 2 years and a half, my PS3 died. But it wasn't a sudden death, but rather a slow and rampant decay of the laser eye, which must have gone myopic or something. One of my Xbox 360 friends could hardly hide his chuckles and suggested I put a contact lens onto the laser eye...
I did get one of those cleaning DVD sets which come with a little embedded brush and a cleaning solution, but that didn't help. What to do? Get a new PS3? No way! After googling my problem, I found out it is very common especially among earlier models which have a very sensitive laser eye which is used to read both DVDs and BDs.
And this is what messes with my mind: BDs of any kind (movies or games) could not be read anymore but...DVD always could!!
Anyways, I eventually stumbled across a super useful youtube tutorial on how to replace the laser lens. After finding out which laser lens my model actually mounts, I ordered it on ebay and...voila now my PS3 is working again (for how long that's another matter).
My old laser lens was depressed when I took it out of the PS3. It then looked at me with tears in the one eye, and threatened to commit suicide by jumping down the stairs...what to do, the situation was critical!
After a lengthy negotiation, I was able to convince the Laser lens (named KES-400A) that I still had some use for it. Now it is happily on display with the X-Blades figurine and the Killzone 3 helmet.
A hopefully interesting update to start the year with one of the most elusive gaming machines in the west , the X68000! I finally managed to get one of these beasts up and running, and I must say that it is spectacular!
So here we go with a few selected games to start off...
X68000 XVI - 2 Mb Ram - Capcom CPS Joystick Adaptor - Midi board CZ-6BM1 + Roland SC-155 (not pictured)