Minkus: Don’t you hate it when Mom and Dad fight? Shawn: No. Into it. Cory: Well, we won’t be fighting for long. I’ve got something that’ll take the fight right out of Mom. Read it and weep, Little Big Hair. Topanga: [reading off Cory’s paper] “My model wife won’t care how dirty my room gets. She’ll always let me win at video games. She’ll play street hockey any time of the day or night.” Why don’t you just marry Shawn? [Cory and Shawn look at each other] Cory: Because our kids would look like horses. –Boy Meets World
Last weekend our Playstation 3 died. The thing is over 3 years old (you may remember I bought it on while on a date with Potential Guy) and sadly, that is old in electronics years. Don’t get me started on how nothing seems to last anymore. I had made the mistake of buying Match Call of Duty Black Ops for Christmas. Match is a dream come true when it comes to video games and sports. He has never been that guy that watches football all day on Sunday, or the guy who stays up all hours playing video games til his eyes dry out. No…the gamer/nerd in this relationship has always been me. I’m not a huge video game player, but I’ve been known to rock out on Guitar Hero or play the Wii from time to time or geek out on the computer. So when Match asked for Call of Duty Black Ops I thought cool, a way for him to blow off some steam. He’ll play it every once in awhile but not all of the time. When the PS3 kicked the bucket and stopped turning on, I thought, oh bummer, but not the end of the world. WRONG. Match got super depressed and has been mopey ever since. I’m a sucker for that puppy dog face and I’m also a cheapskate so I figured I would try my hand at fixing it.
Now you all know I’m a techy and that I deal with computers, but it is strictly on a software level. I have never been a person that took apart electronics and fixed them but I thought hell, why not at least try? I scored through countless websites and youtube tutorials to figure out what could be done about the PS3 that was well past its warranty. So this is what I ended up doing:
This my friends is what the inside of the Playstation 3 looks like, in case you care. 😉 I don’t either but now I can say I know more than any girl should ever know about the innards of this gaming system. I ended up taking a heat gun to the processing chip and following a few other youtube geek tips and then putting the thing back together. I really wish there were pictures of my mad scientist skills because it was rather funny. Mostly it was just me swearing a lot.
I wish I could report that I got the thing to work flawlessly but alas I did not. I did however to get it to turn back on, which was still a big success. I was able to reinstall the operating system, and put in a new and better hard drive. I could get it to go online, but it won’t read discs anymore, which of course is the whole point.
So the PS3 won this round, sort of. I was still able to make that little light turn green, on my first try at tinkering with electronics. I decided to keep the old PS3 and one of these days I may take another stab at it. I feel like I’m so close to fixing it that I can taste it. This isn’t over yet Playstation!
I took pity on Match today and ended up buying him the new PS3 as an early birthday present. I would have preferred to spend the money on a good couples gifts like couples massages or an overnight trip somewhere, but this face was worth it: