Mash, smash, bash… why do I have to press so hard to turn my Playstation 3 on?
We’ve repaired thousands of PS3s over the past 6 years but recently we’ve seen quite an increase in calls from folks who have trouble with their RESET and EJECT buttons. The calls sound just like those we get from frustrated remote control buyers who report having to press their old remote’s buttons excessively hard in order to get them to work. Both are caused by contact issues but the difference is in the type of contacts involved.
Remote controls have a circuit board and a springy rubber keypad that, when pressed, makes contact with the traces on the surface of the board. The Playstation 3 reset and eject buttons are actually motherboard-mounted spring contacts that touch the contacts embedded in the underside of the case top, when then PS3 is properly assembled.
These “buckboard seat spring” type contacts (Google buckboard you non-western movie watchers) can be crushed
when the PS3 is dropped or
when the PS3 is improperly handled during repair
As Playstation 3 consoles get older, we’re seeing more and more that were opened for cleaning purposes and the button springs were accidentally crushed. Fortunately, they are almost always totally repairable.
As we describe in the video above, all you need to do is to GENTLY grab the crushed spring with your fingernails and pull upward until it expands to match its partner spring. Use a magnifying glass if necessary to examine the other spring, so you have a better idea of how much the crushed spring needs to be pulled up. DO NOT OVER STRETCH the spring. If you break it, you’re done… but in 6 years, we’ve never broken one.
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Walmart is selling millions of Vizio flat panel tvs that come with this slide-out QWERTY keyboard and blutooth ready remotes. Although they’re not old, they break when you sit on them or the dog mistakes it for a chew toy.
Replacing a Playstation 3 Bluray laser is simple enough, but you’re doomed if you don’t know to look for 2 accessories that may not come with the new laser: the white plastic laser gear and the aluminum rail guide spring.
The following video shows exactly what to pay attention to.
Replacement lasers often do not have laser gears and rail guides attached, but they are critical to drive function. The white plastic gear is held on by 1 tiny screw and is easy to transfer to the new laser. The rail guide is simple enough if you study the old laser first, but remember that when installing the new laser in the drive THE RAIL GUIDE SPRING MUST REST BELOW THE LEFT LASER RAIL… not above it. It puts gentle pressure on the bottom of the rail, thereby keeping the laser steady as it slides back and forth in the drive.
“ANY SMOKERS IN THE HOUSE?”
That’s the number 1 question we ask when callers tell us that their PS3 isn’t reading Bluray movies or PS3 games any more. Bluray lasers HATE cigarette smoke and the grayish film it leaves on the external focusing lens(es). But cleaning the external lens is 1/2 the battle at best.
Take an extra 5 minutes to clean the INSIDE of the laser too!
Inside every PS3 laser is an array of lenses and prisms that refract the laser light 90 degrees out through the focusing lens and back down to the receiving pickup after it bounces off the disk. Those surfaces need to be cleaned as well. The video above shows how.
We recommend only using a dry cotton swab to clean the internals, as alcohol might damage associated circuitry.
We’ve seen dozens of avoidable tragedies occur when customers unknowingly break their PS3 Bluray drive motherboard interface clip. When removing the drive, they easily detach the ribbon cable from the motherboard. But when reassembling the unit, they inevitably and irreparably break the interface clip.
The problem occurs mostly in the first 4 models (CECHA01 – G01) which used a clip that opens simply enough but closes only with perfectly even pressure across the entire clip while pressing the clip inward toward the base. The video above shows the proper technique for closing the clip.
Until recently, if you broke that clip we could refer you to a repair service that replaced the entire interface… no there’s absolutely no way to replace it at home. But they got out of the PS3 repair business in March of 2012.
The best idea is to leave the motherboard interface alone entirely and instead detach the ribbon cable from the Bluray drive controller board. That board’s interface clip is so easy to operate you can do it without looking.
The vast majority of YLOD cases are caused by repeated overheating of the motherboard due to failure of the thermal compound between the heat sink blocks and GPU and CPU on the PS3′s motherboard. But a few cases can be attributed to defective power supplies (not that we’ve seen this since 2009, although it was common before overheating YLODs) and loose ribbon cables.
DEAD LASER - NOW YLOD? CHECK YOUR RIBBONS
If you recently disassembled your PS3 to replace a defective laser or remove 3 DVDs that your 4 yr old jammed into the Bluray drive and upon reassembly found your system to have developed the dreaded yellow light, calm down and check your cables. Ribbon cables to be specific.
Ribbon cables connect the Bluray drive, wifi/bluetooth board and memory card assembly (in 60gb and 80gb models) to to the motherboard and if improperly reattached can cause YLOD. YLOD is simply the PS3′s way of saying, “we’ve got come broken circuits”. We sometimes see ribbon cables which are not clipped in place or crookedly inserted in their drive, card or motherboard interfaces.
If you didn’t have YLOD to begin with, check those cables!
If there’s one remote that the Remote Control Warhouse staff associate with 2011 it’s the illustrious Vizio VUR10 with bluetooth and slide-out qwerty keyboard.
Walmart seemingly sold 4 billion net-ready flatpanels over the past 2 years and the VUR10 was at the helm for more than a few ( M470NV, M550NV, SV422XVT, SV472XVT, VF552XVT, XVT323SV, XVT373SV, XVT423SV, XVT473SV, XVT553SV).
In no time we were receiving calls and emails from heartbroken owners in need of a new remote. At first, most of them had broken the slide out keypad in one way or other… that’s to be expected. Soon after, though, everything from the bluetooth to IR to other keys started going bad. Guess that’s part of the price of producing such a complex and feature-packed device. http://www.remotecontrolwarehouse.com/Vizio/VUR10.html
Shhhh … Don’t tell the kids: Unlocking Panasonic TV Parental Controls
So you just purchased a used Panasonic TV on Craig’s List. It fits perfectly in the room you’ve claimed for your home office, and with a rainy weekend in the forecast, you sink into the comfy leather recliner, remote control in hand and are ready to watch a great action movie without interruption. It sounds like a great plan, but when you select a particular channel you discover the previous owner used their child protection code to prevent access. Guess what? You don’t have the code.
You may not realize that all televisions manufactured after 2000 that are 13 inches or larger are required by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to include a V-chip. Parents are able to set a secret code to lock certain channels or programs in an effort to control what their children see on TV. To unlock a channel or turn off the V-chip, you need to know the secret code.
Press and hold the “Action” and the “Power” buttons on the television at the same time.
Hold both buttons until the television turns off.
Release both buttons and turn the television back on.
All is not lost however! Follow these instructions and you will be able to unlock the channels.
No my TV remote control wasn’t broken, but a few weekends ago it might have seemed like it. While flipping channels I came across a show I’d never seen before, but looked interesting. As a long time fan of Antique Roadshow, American Pickers and other programs featuring antique and vintage items and the suprise that comes with exploring them and their value. I entered the show a few minutes after it started, and the main characters were bidding on storage units. It was pretty amusing to see them play the good cop bad cop roles in a new way to finnagle others to stop bidding on units they wanted.
Auction Hunters features Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff in their quest to win auctions, acquire treasure and sell it for profit. The banter between the two is entertaining and they really do find some unique pieces of Americana. One find in particular that caught my eye was a whalers harpoon gun, and yes these guys actually tested it to see if it worked. Another cool episode takes place at the Lucas Film Archives where they were allowed to pick through Star Wars memorabilia that hadn’t been seen by the public before.
The show airs on Spike TV channel, but just a warning for the unaware: Spike likes to air these episodes in marathon format, and you may find it difficult to get the channels on your remote control to move up or down. In my experience you may be stuck sharing the adventure of digging through storage units in search of buried treasure for a few hours.
Did you know there are actually Television Remote Controls that will interact with your TV to tell you who is calling your phone without even having to turn your head to check? That’s right. TV Remotes have delved yet one layer deeper in the quest for the perfect television viewing experience by insuring you will never again miss a key play during your favorite football game, or one Dancing with the Stars move by Chaz Bono, or even the between idol contestant banter of Steven Tyler and J. Lo because you felt the need to see who is on the line. When the phone rings a discreetly positioned box will appear in the corner of your screen displaying the name and number of the party calling.
By programming your television with one of these new remote control devices, you will be able to keep your eyes focused on the screen, your favorite beverage in hand and still have a hand free to pump in the air with glee as your favorite player clears the bases with a grand slam while still knowing that its just another one of those annoying pre-recorded political messages or your dear Aunt Mable on the line. These remote controls put real choice into your evening and help you decide what you will or will not allow to distract or take time away from your family’s entertaniment hours.
Aside from convenience, this is an excellent feature for the hearing impaired.