Thread: Have you ever opened up one of your gaming hardware before?

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    • 3 years 11 months ago
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    I usually open game consoles to try to repair them or to mod them. I tried opening up my Game Boy Color since it broke to try to find the solution. I found what caused it to break but to fix it it would possibly take precise soldering and such. Later, I opened up a Logitech gamepad I bought from a dollar store to fix it and it was a success. I later opened my PS2 to enable it to play copies PS1 games. It works well but sometimes one of the sensors I need to block becomes unblocked and I need to reblock it. Also, I tried to fix my broken DS Lite, but it still looks like it needs heavy repairs. I'm doing it on the XBOX (original) to mod it but I need an older computer and a bit of practise before I can get it working. The same with my broken XBOX controller but it looks like soldering is needed.

    Have you ever opened game devices?
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      • 3 years 11 months ago
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      I opened my old NES (front loader) when I was having to constantly reinsert the games a dozen times, spit on them, hammer reset a thousand times, etc, just to get them to play. I found that I could take the connector piece out & theoretically replace it, but I had no idea where to get a new one & figured it'd probably cost more than just buying a new system (it very often works out that way).
      I had a broken c64 that someone had given me once, I opened it up to see if I could get it working, but couldn't find anything blatantly wrong.

      I've taken apart controllers countless times (often unintentionally, like when I threw my NES controller through a wall, and one of the red buttons somehow came out & got lost in the wall). I played my NES to death back in the day & frequently wore out buttons on the pads. I often cannibalized parts from one to fix the other (the rubber springpads inside in particular).
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        • 3 years 9 months ago
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        The only think I've really done is open my NES and SNES controllers so that I could clean them and make them work better. I might be operating on my NES soon, however, since I think it needs a new 72 pin connector....
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          • 3 years 9 months ago
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          I opened up my NES a couple times. Usually, it's either to clean it out, or if I'm trying to install a new pin connector.
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            • 1 year 3 months ago
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            installed a new 72-pin connector in my nes - very easy and cost me about $8 two years ago. also, i've taken apart a genesis to clean the shell... that's it i think.
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              • 1 year 2 months ago
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              I don't think I've opened up a console, but I replaced a screen cover on my Game Boy Pocket.
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