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January 2nd, 2017

malada: bass guitar (Default)
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 02:33 pm
- more geekery to start out the new year -

To be honest, I haven't done anything truly geeky yet - all it's been is Googling, checking tear down videos and such and a heck of a lot of cleaning.

I used the vacuum cleaner on the mother board and fans... then Clorox wipes... then came the canned air. Then we come to heart of the matter - the DVD drive. Be gentle with the connectors, 4 screws and we're in. Yep. Just like the rest of the Box - filthy dirty fuzz.

Clean clean clean. Now it doesn't smell as badly of cigarette smoke - just cigarette smoke and Clorox wipes. What can I say? It's a step up.

Let dry... reassemble. Without the plastic case the hard drive kinda hangs on but that can be dealt with later. You can transfer things to a USB stick which may be the way to go in the future.

Power up... and the console still boots! Hit the eject button and... nope. The DVD drive doesn't want to eject.

I can buy a replacement DVD drive but I'd have to swap the electronics. Er.... don't think so. It actually isn't that difficult if you have a steady hand and can solder well if the YouTube video is accurate. I can solder... but my hands are too shaky for delicate work. If it was just replacing the whole drive... hey, at 15 dollars, why not?

I could just cut the wires and solder the wires to the original wires - or create some kind of plug system.... hmmm.....

I suspect the little rubber band that drives the gears that eject the disc is too worn and stretched out. So I'm giving it a soak in warm soapy water to see if that helps. A package of 10 of them is like 4 bucks. Now that has possibilities.

Again, for the lack of a 40 cent part... to fix a console maybe worth 60 dollars to replace? What a crappy design. And of course it's something you need knowledge and patience and the right tools to fix. All to get you to buy the next newest console. And I'll bet most of the new games need the new console. Buy buy buy people... keep the wheels of capitalism moving!

I could also replace the broken plastic console housing too for around 20 bucks. Or not and build one out of wood because why not?

Still, it's interesting to see how designs are deliberately made to make it hard for the layman - or moderately knowledgeable geek - to fix their own stuff. I haven't given up yet.

-to be continued

malada: bass guitar (Default)
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 03:52 pm
- where I ask.... why so nosey? -

Heheheheh. The soapy hot water did the trick! It didn't work at first so I gently pried open the drive again, dropped in the game disk just to check if the disk drive still read the disk. Closed it manually and the game started up. Nope.

Restarted the console with disk still in it and the game loaded.

I pressed the eject button... and out it came!

So I opened and closed the DVD drive a couple of times and it now seems to work!

So I loaded up game again - still keeping it off the net - even though it always bugs me to reconnect - and created a character.

And it won't play the game.

It seems this is a game where even in off line mode you have to be connected to XBox Live to play it. Now why can that be? Is there some vital piece of the game missing or are they just being noisy pokers?

I swear, I'm tired of all the tracking and data mining. And if I'm going to use this thing in my living room I'm going to have to run another cable to the router. I don't mind running a little Cat 5 cable... it's just a pain to *need* to be online to play games.

-to be continued