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Sony Customer Service (Sucks) and PS3 Hard Drive Issue

Posted by Alex on November 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (5)

I am really fed up with Sony Customer Service.

The first PS3 I bought, was when they were first released, and in short supply.  I was at a best buy at the right time, and someone returned it, and they put it back on the shelf.  I wound up paying $599 plus tax, ultimately to find that the returner did not include a sixaxis, and by the time I returned it, they had more. 


As you may know, I had my PS3 60gb backward compatile fail several months ago.  I, like many other people did not backup my data.  I know, this was dumb, foolish, and downright stupid. 


However, I have called Sony Support twice in regards to getting a repair.  I have had this PS3 for a while, since that crazy transaction where I traded my Toshiba Laptop for it. 


Anywho, apparently Sony decided that it would be a great idea to lock a hard drive to an individual machine.  This is kind of bizzare and does not really effect most PS3 users. 


So, anyone can take a PS3, and put a new hard drive in it (2.5) and then format the disk which will erase everything off of the hard disc, like a new installation.  However everything will be lost, all saved data, all downloaded stuff, messages, everything.


Apparently, they decided to lock hard drives to hardware to fight piracy, although I am not sure I understand the logic.


First time I called Sony Support, they were nice and friendly.  They told me that they would take a Phat PS3 with disc read errors, and for $99 replace it with a refurbished one.  I do not remember the warranty for the "refurb" maybe 30/60 days?  They also would take a BC backward compatible unit and fix it for $130 or replace it for a refurbed slim. 


I told them that I had years of data and I wanted to keep it, they didn't think it would be a problem, but they wouldn't confirm it... Ultimately, I did not want to take a chance that my data would all be lost, so I skipped it.


I then called yesterday to see if they would confirm it.  They made it seem like it would not be a problem. He was like, just send it in, and they will take care of you  I kept pressing them, and the guy had to check with his supervisors.  I made it very clear, that I was much more interested in my DATA, rather than the system.  Eventually, he caved.  He said that they would "not guarantee" that it would be the same system I get back.  I told him, I understand that it would take a while, but I would be willing to pay $129, and wait as long as need be, as they would eventually fix my ps3 and give it to someone else.  No dice, they told me there was nothing I could do, other than to take it to a computer store, to which I replied, I would, however, Sony encrypts the hard disk, and even if they could decrypt it, I am not sure it could be transfered back to the host PS3. 


It is my fault for not backing up, however, I have a broken YLOD PS3, with a seemingly perfect Playstation 3 Hard Disk that apparently I cannot do anything with, other than send to some person to reflow or whatever voiding my warranty, and questionable fix they will provide.  Not to mention, if it is ruined further, Sony will not work on it, and without a warranty sticker the value is lower as well.


Wii has an SD card that presumably can be switched to another system, Xbox 360 has a removeable hard disc that presumably can be switched to another system, your move Sony.


this may be some help?

PS3 Forensic Hard Disc Paper




Got My Midines! (finally)

Posted by Alex on June 12, 2010 at 3:14 PM Comments comments (9)

So, I found a midines on ebay that did not sell, and I emaile the bidder and he put it right back on and I bought it... I have been looking for the midi nes, or midines for some time now.


it is a specially designed cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it lets you control 5 different "styles" or channedl from the NES directly.


There are 2 pulse waves, a triangle, drum and noise channel.


It is really cool, but somewhat hard to use, as you have to set up midi for it.  I got it working with FL studio, with my PC, but I have not had any luck with my macbook.... I will have to try again.


I plugged my snes miracle (midi) piano directly into it and it works perfectly, but I cannot change any of the sounds from the piano, however I may be able to do so with the midines cart using the nintendo controller.


There is not much information on this page, but I will be making it better soon, I promise!


-A

Neo Geo Homebrew?

Posted by Alex on April 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM Comments comments (10)

Neo Geo Homebrew, Well kinda..


So, I always felt the AES was the big dog, the unattainable, the behemoth.  I did not know anyone who had one, never even saw one (in real life), and certainly only played the arcade MVS-1 (probably)... I played the king of the monsters all the time, it twas amazing... (review of the AES cart to come...)


Anyway, I thought you guys would enjoy the homebrew scene!


http://www.neogeoprotos.com/games/homebrews.htm


There is evidently quite some bit of homewbrew, as well as the converter...


http://www.arcadeshock.com/items/accessories-/super-mvs-convertor-ii-mvs-aes-blue-led-snmc-acc-detail.htm

This is the one to get (I don't have one, so I cannot offically comment!)


But, then you can run the inexpensiver MVS cartridges on your beloved AES machine.  The AES is truely a machine to be collected....

RetroUSB

Posted by Alex on April 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey, I thought you guys would like this site as well....


They have a bunch of cool homebrew stuff, as well as the USB to snes, nes and etc...



http://www.retrousb.com/index.php?cPath=23&osCsid=153132bdd4875c23a002be43fdc878b3

nes re-pro

Posted by Alex on April 9, 2010 at 2:52 AM Comments comments (2)

HMMMM


http://www.nesreproductions.com/


I think so!


$25 for their services, plus you need to supply a game...

Homebrew

Posted by Alex on April 9, 2010 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (1)

OK, so the testimonial is kind of lame, as I have had it for a while and then took it down... So, I kind of wanted to have a blog about homebrew and chiptunes (which are kind of like in the same catagory anyway).


So here it is, maybe I'll take it down, or not, we shall see! 

First think I am looking at is:

http://www.nesplayer.com/database/info/emulation/doc/romdoc.html


It seems that NES in programed in assembly language. 


Then I believe that you have to use hexadecimal numbers to express values..


I would suggest playing with lunar magic and editing levels of games you already know, so it  is not as hard... BUT, be careful, I just downloaded a LM and it has a trojan horse in it...


This site looks promising as well:


http://www.snakeyes.org/util/general.php


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