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  1. jonesey added a post in a topic Import Memories   

    My first import was 1080 Snowboarding for the N64. I lived in the UK at the time and the release date was months later than the Japanese version. My roommates and I discovered that the Japanese one had full English text, and when we saw it on the shelf we took it and a cartridge converter (one of those things where a second cartridge hangs out the back to allow the import to play) and bought them instantly.

    We got it home and plugged it in... It didn't work. We plugged every cartridge had into the back of the converter but nothing happened.

    We then went back to the store and traded our UK N64 for a Japanese one. Took that home and plugged it in... It worked, but it was in black and white!

    My friend then got on his bike and rode to the outskirts of the city where there was a company that made RGB converters that would let the import console work on a PAL TV. He came back later (it was several miles away) and everything worked. Such a good game, along with Mario Kart battles and Goldeneye it was a multi-player standard in the house. The trick attack mode was particularly amazing, and the rivalry got pretty heated. I still have the game boxed as new today, though that N64 is long gone.

    Once we found out that US and Japanese games worked without a converter in the system we bought a lot of imports, which were actually much cheaper than the PAL versions in many cases.
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  2. jonesey added a post in a topic PS3 Graphics problem   

    I'm awaiting the console coffin from Sony, hopefully I just got unlucky with this refurb unit. I just couldn't face taking it to the local guy and it not working. Sure he guarantees his work, so it wouldn't cost me anything, but I'd then be stuck with a nice shiny doorstop that I might not be able to send back to Sony, or get anything in trade for a new system
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  3. jonesey added a post in a topic PS3 Graphics problem   

    Has anyone who has opened their PS3 to clean it ever sent it in to Sony for replacement/repair? I found a local guy who says he can repair it, (actually removing the gpu, cleaning off the bad solder and replacing it with good solder) but I'd like to have the option of sending it in if that fails eventually. It's already out of warranty so I think that means they would take it, I mean how can I void the warranty if there isn't one
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  4. jonesey added a post in a topic PS3 Graphics problem   


    My first PS3 got pretty loud about 3 months before it died with a YLOD. I paid special attention to the replacement, vacuuming the vents etc., but it has now died. This one didn't get noticeably louder before it went, it just died
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  5. jonesey added a post in a topic PS3 Graphics problem   


    Nope, 90 day warranty only on replacement units. I just got off the phone with them.

    I asked if they could send out a slim to replace this one and they said that they couldn't do that. They did drop the replacement/repair price to $99 but going on the quality of the replacement I got last time I'm not too excited about going through this again in six months.
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  6. jonesey added a topic in Video Games   

    PS3 Graphics problem
    Since the hosts of the podcast have been through their fair share (perhaps more than their fair share) of consoles I figured this would be a good place for opinions...

    My PS3 started glitching out, both in game and the XMB. Weird green and grey blocks appearing on screen and then it becomes unresponsive. The worst thing is that this is a refurb unit from Sony that replaced my Yellow-Light-Of-Death one late last year. I'm pretty sure it's out of whatever warranty they give you with those, and I'm not sure they'll replace it again or even if I'd want another one if this is what happens to them six months later.

    Has anyone had this problem and fixed it? I heard there might be a PS3 price drop announced next month, should I wait until then and pick up a slim? Any advice and suggestions would be fantastic!
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