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My PSTwo just died, and it wasn't even modded...
My PSTwo just died, and it wasn't even modded... –
Well, talk about the worst timing ever.
Last night i opened up my PSTwo in order to install the VanDrunen fix, however after i opened it, i realised VanDrunen is soon coming out with the second version of his fix, so deciding i'll wait until his new fix arrives, i put everything back together, gave the PSTwo a quick test and everything was fine. I went to bed.
So here we are 24 hours later, and i'm playing some GTA:SA for the past 20 minutes. Everything is going fine and then all of a sudden the game completely freezes on me. Knowing that this could be the dreaded MechaCon Crash I quickly jumped up and in a frenzy held down the power button aswell as going around the back to unplug the unit. The unit turned off via the power switch before i managed to unplug it, so i figured that this COULDN'T be a Mechacon crash as the power switch doesn't respond at all from what i remember.
So i go to turn on the unit, and it'll load up like nothing has happened, however it refuses to read any games i put in it. I'll put in a disc and the unit will make small clicking noises but it wont go any further and instead it'll just sit in the PS2 menu screen.
I opened up the unit again and decided to boot it up with the top off in order to see what happens (i held down the switches in order for the game to boot). What happens is the laser will move across to the middle of the disc to read it, whilst at the same time the spindle will spin on, and off, on, and off. The laser makes the clicking noises, in an attempt to read the data off the disc.
I took a look at the laser head, and because i have nothing to compare it to before it failed, i'm not really sure if it has burnt out or not. The head looks black, but not with the hazed over burnt effect you get when an electrical component flames up.
So i can only assume that the laser has burnt out, all by itself. When i opened up the console i didn't do a thing wrong, the entire procedure went without a hitch (excpet for the screw under the spindle which i finally managed to remove with a new screwdriver). Perhaps i did damage something when i opened up the unit, but i didn't even touch the laser mounting except for slightly moving it out of the way to access the screw under the spindle.
So tomorrow i'll take it back to Target and see if i can get a replacement. I removed the warranty sticker using a hairdryer, but because i peeled it back a little too far with a razor in order to get ahole of an edge, the sticker does look noticeably tampered with. Mainly the edges of it.
Hopefully the staff wont give me an interrogation, or check the warranty sticker and they'll send me on my way with a replacement.
Has anyone in Australia returned a PSTwo to Target for a replacement, and have they checked the warranty sticker in the process?
I dont know what i'll say if they discover my tampering, will i play the innocent role, or admit defeat??
hmmm.....they probably will not check.....bring your PARENTS because with your parents they will take you quite a bit more seriously Good luck and maybe you should get a different version of PS2.
Does the laser Smell? the ones i have seen smelled really bad as they had physically seen smoke coming out and one damaged disk.
If under 28 days old demand a replacement or full refund.
They will try and tell you that its sony's policy for PS2 to be returned for repair.
But under Australian consumer law you are entitled to a full refund or replacement at the customers discretion.
Kmart tried the same thing on one of our customers but were quickly reminded of there obligation under the law as well as the Store policy which also has a similar policy to the law on all electrical goods and appliances.
He said the girl at the Enquiry counter that handled the exchange did not even open the box to see if everything was still intact, she called the Sound and Vision Dept manager he gave her the Sony line but crumbled when the customer was adamant.
Another hint is to go after 6pm on a friday night or 15 minutes before closing time on a saturday or sunday reason being is that the sony store enquiry number is not manned after hrs or on weekends, Also just before closing on a saturday or sunday they are always in a rush to close the store specially around xmas time when its extra busy.
With the warranty label just get a black texta and color in the whole thing completely black then use very thin double sided gum.
If you do get a switched on sales assistant and they do find you out then just drop us an email as I will give you a good price as we would use it for spares or give you a tradein on a new slimline or V10.
Well i took it back to Target tonight (Saturday), right on closing time. I wish i read your post earlier oz_shadow, because the girl said i couldn't get it exchanged on the spot because it was over the exchange date. Instead she sent it off to Sony for repairs.
So yeah, next week i expect a phone call from Sony telling me that it's been tampered with and i can't get a replacement. So i'll be stuck with this dead v12.
I'd be very interested in giving it to you for spares oz_shadow, or a tradein on a different model. I have a D M S 4 chip just sitting here waiting to be installed, but now i have no PSTwo. And with the big issue over how touchy they are with chips installed (or in my case WITHOUT chips installed) i'm hesitant is getting a new PSTwo.
I'll let you know what happens when Sony call me. Thanks for the offers too.
It's a shame the PSTwo's are so damn fiddly when it comes to modding, or like i experienced, even opening the damn thing up. I love the slimline look, but the hassle of modding them at the moment is just a right pain in the arse.
I guess give it another 3 or so months and we'll see a fully working and tested fix, but i'm just a little impatient
Too bad slimlines are virtually the only NEW PS2's you can purchase. I have a local store that is selling the last batch of their platinum PS2's (last i checked anyway) but these are pretty much the only brand new original PS2's you can get in the city. I wish i bought one of those now.....
Also i forgot to mention that the laser didn't smell, or that i could detect anyway. But it was black.
Whether they are supposed to be black or not, i'm not sure, all i know is the thing refused to read games.
It might not have even been the laser, but i checked to make sure no cables or anything were blocking the laser from moving and reading the disc.
black = fried laaser....not good.....well you can always just replace it
Well Target just gave me a call, said that Sony told them to just replace it on the spot. So I went down and picked myself up a brand spanking new PSTwo.
Looks like this unit may be slightly different than my other one. Firstly there is a "Push" sticker on the lid, which my other one didn't have. There's also a Voltage warning label on the power supply which my previous one didn't have.
I'm wondering if any internals are different....
Atleast the benefit of this whole ordeal is that THIS time around, i know exactly what to do to open the thing up and preserve the warranty label.