By hamlaser 11 Comments
One day when visiting my brother I noticed that he had 2 Playstation 3 consoles. Apparently one was broken and he just bought a new one to replace the old one. He apparently wanted to play metal gear so bad that he did not want to wait to get the old one fixed. He let me have it for free. It was the 40gig model. What was wrong with it was that It stopped reading disks. All I had to do was get the drive fixed to make this thing working again.
From what I read online, the particular model of this PS3 had problems with LASER failure. I read up on the specifics and what I needed was a KES400A LASER. A quick search on EBAY landed me a LASER and deck for about 70 USD. Once it arrived in the mail I quickly installed it. The stupid stupid stupid mistake that I did was not remove the disk from the drive prior to taking it apart. The mechanics of the drive were now all crazy and getting them in the right place was too complex. I was at the point where I just wanted to get rid of the whole thing. Perhaps sell it on Craigs List for a little over a 100 USD. I didn't give up however and went back to ebay. I found a drive with a broken laser and missing the circuit board and drive sensor for 50 USD. This was all I needed.
A week passed and the drive finally arrived. Once I saw it sitting in my mailbox I smiled as I pulled it out of the tiny compartment. I had plans to get a haircut but that was pushed aside for more important matters: fixing the PS3. After putting the LASER, circuit board, and drive sensor into the new drive, I plugged it in and quickly tested to see if it took a DVD. It did. I was all giggly and had to test to see if it truly read disks. I finish putting the case back onto the PS3 and brought it over to my TV. It booted up and I went to the media section and there it was, the DVD recognized and ready to play. I danced around and said "I AM THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE". One thing left to do: test a Blu-ray disk. I went to go pick up my girlfriend and told her "were watching a Blu-ray movie tonight". We picked up Splinter from blockbuster and once it started playing I cheered "YAAAAAYYYY".
After all this, I don't know what I should use the PS3 for. The Blu-ray selection at the video rental stores aren't very large and I don't know too much about the games available for the PS3 as I have been a PC gamer for the last 16 years. BlazBlue looks pretty awesome since I was a big fan of Guilty Gear. Maybe I will try that.