PS3 & YLoD ftw

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 6-Jan-2011 17:35

So I have been out of touch for quite some time, for personal reasons.  Which for those of you who know, its working out all good for now =)

Anyhoo,  rocked on around to a mates place on New Years eve, after work.  Had a good catch up, exchanged xmas gifts etc, sat down to have a cold beer while shooting the ... you know what.

I look down below his TV, and notice his PS3 is a little different. 
Me: "Hey, did you get a new PS3 slim mate?'
Mate: 'Yep, sure did.  Got the new Move controllers as well"

Me: "Whats up with your old one?"
Mate: "Well, it won't turn on any longer, light just flashes etc.  Not under warranty, and figured may as well get a new one, and there was a good deal on anyway."

Me: "Hmm, do you know whats wrong with it?"
Mate: "Yea, apparently its a Yellow Light of Death, or YLoD"

Me: "Never heard of it, mind if I steel your old PS3, see if I can get it going?"
Mate: "If ya think ya can, sure.  There are some videos online that show you how to fix it, was bit over my head"

Me: "Sweet, if I get stuck will ask my mate for help, lol"
Mate: "It's all yours, if you get it going, I will lend you some games =)"


So I take this big old PS3 beauty home, my mate supplied me with a power cable only.  Realised when I got home its just a standard jug cord haha. 

OK, lets see if we can get into this beast.....  many minutes later,,  nope,..  Man they make these well.
I had to look up a video, which shows me the 'hidden' screw that needs to be undone, before you can slide the top off revealing all the other screws.
After this, its fairly straight forward, pulling the PS3 apart into pieces.

I clean crap loads of dust out.  I mean, seriously, I have NEVER seen this amount of dust build up in my life in anything!  But it all goes..  yippie.

Put it back together, nope, still not working.
Find these VERY handy step-by-step videos.  Showing you absolutely EVERYTHING.
Already figured out to get the mainboard out, so skip ahead to the Reflow part.

Borrow a heat gun from a mate, and blast away, my mate is interested so he helps with a laser temp gun, to make sure we dont FRY the mainboard. 

1 Hour later, put the PS3 back together, and low an behold.  The beep and error light flash has gone, and now its solid green.  OMG.  I can hardly believe it.

OK, this is something.  I now have to hunt around for a HDMI cable, get it plugged in, it now wants to reformat the HDD.  Oh no, well my mate had already figured hed lost his old save games anyway.  This was not supposed to happen however.  But thats no biggie. 

Go back to my mates place, and borrow his old controller.  He loans me a game to try out as well.  Final Fantasy.

I head back home, plug everything in, and try and use the PS3, stupid controller wont work.  Had to get a blimmin usb cable.  $10 later & a trip to the pc store.  OK, up and running, wow.
All the user accounts still there, system updates, check, everything running sweet as.

Wicked.  Got me a PS3!!!!!  Best xmas pressie so far.  And it only cost me $10.
Cost my mate a bit more, he had to buy 2.  But perhaps this wont work forever, but for now, im enjoying my $10 PS3 (with borrowed games and controller)

Thanks guys.

Here is a link to the tutorial if anyone else runs into this issue.
The guys name who made the videos, is Gilsky.  Dont buy any manual or ebook that claims to hold the secrets.  The info is FREE everyone!

Peace. and Happy New Year.

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Acer Aspire One - While On Holiday

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 17-May-2009 20:44

Ahhhh, Thailand!
It is hot and people constantly harass you for Tuk Tuk, Taylor, Message.  They will literally try anything.
Good thing we can relax in our Hotel Resort.  Unfortunately this one does NOT have WiFi.  1 out of 3 so far.

So far I have figured that most Hotels, although have WiFi (but not everywhere) you usually have to pay.  If they do not service the room you are staying in, you should be able to use it in the lobby.  And thankx to a Thai law introduced in 2008, everyone must have a username and password to protect them against internet crime.


You can drop down to the local bar (Aussie Owned!) Which has FREE WiFi, just make sure you can get it working 1st, before comitting to drinks.  They don't mind.  Ahh the luxery continues.  Sipping on nice Cold Beer and Cocktails while using FREE INTERNET.

OK, so review time...  of the Acer Aspire One
After initially setting it up, and installing the Free 60 day trial of McAfee, the damn ting was VERY slow.  Always chacking everything you opened, and taking 3 times longer than you would hope.  Well, this just wouldnt do for my partner (who is very impatient) and so, after removing a few more key programs that were pre installed, the Acer Aspire was now much quicker. (maybe twice as fast).

Not as quick as a full blown laptop.
But still, not too bad.
Much more compact and easier to walk down 2 blocks to the free internet with drinks @ the bar

So far so good, and because it is your little computer, internet access feels a lot safer to do a few internet banking jobs while on the move. (if you can remeber the passwords)

So far so good, and im sure the hotel back in Bangkok will have WiFi at a cost.  But it is defiantly not as expensive as internetational phone calls frm your hotel room!

Expect the next update not from this bar in Phuket, but from the comfort of our room in Bangkok =)

Happy holidays continue.

My New Acer AspireOne

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 16:49

Oooo, has been a while since I got myself a new tech toy.

So my partner and me are going to Thailand soon, and she really wanted something to take long for the ride.  Not sure why, I think shes obsessed with Facebook.  Shock, horror.

So, we decided to get a netbook, or equivilent.  So we tested a few models out at a few different stores, and finally decided to get the cheapest option available.  Which in this case was the Acer AspireOne.

So it arrived yesturday, and I uninstalled the office trial, and a bunch of google tools and other things which were seemingly useless to me.

Now with only windows, and wonderful resolution of 1024 x 600, it is very nice to look at.  Nice shiny blue casing, and even came with a sexy (not) plether wallet.

Additional bonuses, came preloaded with XP Home, and an extra 8GB SD card.  So now it has 16GB!  Whoa.  Space overload.

3 USB ports, and ANOTHER SD slot.  Very nice.  D-Sub out, web cam, and mic in hood (like every laptop these days), wireless and net port.

All very standard, so how does it fair?

I like it, i was skeptical at 1st, VERY skeptical.  But I would quite hapily trundle this little flip lid around with me, and grab access to any free wireless connection I can find.  And we can even store camera photos onto it.  So it should be pretty neat.
If we lose it, I also will not be too worried, it was not very expensive.  Cheaper than a decent cell phone. 

And if I don't lose it, I can always use it to stream movies to my LCD TV when we get home.

Battery life is quite excellent, around 2-3 hours of life.  And the indicator is fairly reliable at this stage.

Microsofts Love-Hate Registry Relationship

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 17-Oct-2008 14:10

Laughed my way to the programmers with this little find!

I Thought We Weren’t Supposed to Change Settings in the Registry?
As you probably know, Microsoft has a sort of love-hate relationship with the registry. The registry is the configuration database for Windows and Windows applications, and many options can only be set by manually changing a value in the registry. For example, if you’ve ever read a Microsoft Knowledge Base article, you’ve likely seen a sentence similar to this:

To correct this problem, change the following value in the registry.

Now that’s fine, except that this sentence is invariably followed by a disclaimer similar to this one:

Don’t ever change a value in the registry. Ever. We know we just told you to do that, but would you jump off a cliff if we told you to? Don’t ever change a value in the registry. Don’t even say the word registry. We know a guy once who said the word registry, and three days later he was hit by a bus. True story. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t even have a registry on your computer. If you suspect that you do have a registry on your computer, call us and a trained professional will be dispatched to your office to remove the registry immediately. If you accidentally touch the registry, wash your hands with soap and water and call a doctor. Do not swallow the registry or get it in your eyes!

Samsung HD103UJ 1TB HDD - FAIL!

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 14-Oct-2008 18:21

OK, I wrote a really big blog here, and then when hunting for the page which fixed my problem I accidentally loaded over my blog page *smacks forehead with brick* Soooooooo..  Here is abbreviated version.

Got new 1TB HDD Samsung HD103UJ infact *surprise surprise*

Copied loads of crap onto it, was happy and removed old HDD's

After restarting, only 32MB was available,  Yes 32MB!!!

OK, after much contemplation & other techniques to try and get my data back (yes I deleted my old stuff, silly me)  I finally found this website which had all the answers!

I used the tool called HDD Capacity Restore Tool which actually DID solve all my problems.
Although im certain the drive themselves are hugely at fault after reading many a review from here.

Tuck this little beauty away for that rainy day when you experience what I have and what the author Dmitri categorises as Magic Involved HDD issues.

Yeap, shoulda gone with that Western Digital drive instead.  DOH!

Fedora 8 - Ooo new install

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 25-Jan-2008 11:10

Yes, another attempt at running linux on my computer.

This time I noticed the installer discovered my GFX and installed the driver for it, everything loaded up and seemed great.  One screen was working & the other switched off, hmm thats never happened before.  OK, so of course this is where I try and get the dual monitor situation going, yeap, the options are way more intuitive, and I select the additional screen, and resolution.
I also noticed that there is a proper resolution for my primary screen, 1680x1050.  Alrighty, so far so good.  Reboot for changes to take affect.
*fingers crossed*

NOPE, stupid computer.  haha, ahh well. 

(collects shot gun and unloads a few rounds into new install dvd)..  that feels better.

Why does it not just change the config file back to last working version and reload?!
OK, question, if you can supply easy answer, how do I change the config file back to just after clean install, so that my graphics works, without me having to reinstall the entire system again?

The Bain of my Existence - Just rambling

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 22-Dec-2007 11:06

Yes, computers.  Well mine in particular.  Just wants to cause me no end of trouble, replaced the Motherboard, HDD & CPU and i'm still experiencing problems.

Seems to just freeze (when ever it wants to).  Currently testing the RAM and Memory, but perhaps its the PSU or GPU thats the problem.

Just wish there was something more consistent I could test it with.  It is totally random lock ups however and took me 5 days to get it to fall over with the replacement mobo.

Vista Business seems to run the most stable on the Raid-0 hdd's.  But that was crashing last night.  After replacing the CPU it ran all night, had movies, games, music and internet browsing going simulataneously and I still couldn't get it to fault after changing the CPU.  Then today it crashed again!

Linux acts very odd, loses its network connections (without touching the settings) and then eventually the system falls over and locks up.

Just about ready to drop kick it out the window & get an old fashioned type writter.  Post letters to all my online friends telling them I am moving to New England and becomming Armish.

Can you post letters to email addresses?

Linux @ Home - battle of the video cards

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 21-Dec-2007 09:25

Well, after getting a new HDD and installing Suse 10.3 Gnome, I thought I was finally getting somewhere.  And then came along the ATI graphics drivers for my Radeon x1950 Pro.  I found a guide and thought, hmm easy enough.  4 days later (with no previous linux experience) I finally got it going.  Ohh and I really wanted the double desktop (dual monitors)

Yay!  Ok so far so good, now lets activate the flash desktop options.  Hmm, cannot shut down.  OK, not too happy, reboot the PC.  Okay, now Gnome is stuffed (again, had similar problem after playing with screen resolutions)

I am thinking my battle with Suse 10.3 Gnome is turning into an impossible battle.  Although I have a MUCH better idea what to do if I start from scratch (which is what will most likely happen).

Maybe I should just go buy an iBook *lol* for something different.

Linux @ Home - What a botch up

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 17-Dec-2007 11:38

OK, so after some positive use of Suse Gnome @ work on Virtual Machine, I decided to try it out at home.  Had my Vista do a complete backup not too long ago, and figured, hey it should be ok.

But NO, it was not.

Firstly, Linux started the install, and I noticed it was going to redo my partitions, & I could not change the partition configuration to suit myself.  Not happy, ok, not a problem, have not gone too far, restart computer.

Please insert Disk,?  What the!  Ohhh no, restart PC, noticed that my Raid system had FAILED.  Ohh no, what have I done.  Okay, so go and delete raid and recreate.  Hopefully it will be ok.

Restart PC, with Vista dvd in, boot from that and go to Complete PC Restore.  Hmm, seems to be OK.  I almost cannot beleice my eyes, it starts restoring Disk1.  Stoked with this endevour I start watching a movie while this continues, Disk2 has started, nearly the end of the movie.  Disk3 starts, looking great, need another movie.  Disk4, Whoo, this ones huge.  Well it does have all my crap on it.  2nd movie finishes, hmm, is it still going, looks about 80% done.  Cannot move mouse, NOOOOOOOoooooo.  Damn computer crashed.  I was almost home free.

Restart PC, some motherboard thing loads, damn left CD in drive.  Take it out, restart again, Raid Failed!  OMG, there are two raid setups.  What in the heck is going on?  Let it continue, please let Vista start.  Nope.

Okay, so I decide to cut my losses.  Try and install Suse, get about half way through the install, this crashes also.  OK, im not entirely sure whats going on, but im pretty certain its hardware.  My head goes into over drive (nuclear meltdown of computer).  Calm down.  There must be a way out of this situation.

I try installing Vista again, get a bright idea, recreate all the partitions.  Ok, this is kinda working, try restoring just system drive from PC backup.  Success!  Restart computer, OMG it booted vista, okay still missing my other drives.  Small loss for now.  Not entirely sure what to do without my data.  Restart and try and finish my restore.  Raid Failed!

OK, take off Raid-0.  Install Linux onto 1 drive.  Crashed twice, but got there in the end.  Okay, looking good.  No internet.  No fair, this worked perfectly when I tested it.  Then it crashed. 
Not Happy.

OK, install Vista onto other drive, try and restore system backup, nope, does not like this.  Not sure why.  Okay, just install Vista, starts to copy files onto partition.  Crashed.

Yes, this is my worst nightmare.  Better to find out now instead of later.  Now have a forward replacement motherboard (figured I'd start here) and another HDD, will see if I can get a stable system for 1 week.


First Blog - Try this Linux Thing

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 13-Dec-2007 14:44

Okay, so not much of a computer expert, been using MS products for ever (since DOS days) and help a few people out and currently working on a help desk supporting custom made software. And with the xmas period plunged upon us, I have decided to have a bit of a play. Having loads of spare time and all.

So downloaded a copy of Linux (which used to make me wonder why anyone would use it), and installed it onto my MS Virtual machine, which i was not sure would work. But surprisingly, it happily installed (and ran out of space because I under estimated how much a complete Linux isntall would use.

So now im writting this blog on Linux Suse Gnome. Firefox come pre-installed, whcih can only be a good thing. And there is a music player, and pircture viewer. Most pleased with the almost windows style. Quickly found the desktop configuration and downloaded a few Themes & replaced the background image.

SO where do I go from here? I would not have a clue. Should I move this system onto my actual computer and use it?
Not yet, happy using it inbetween my windows tasks. Besides my technitian would probably kill me when he tried to update outlook or access and found Linux was installed on my machine.

It all looks good enough, kinda flashy ( almost like Vista) and I can see there are many different GUI inteface options, which makes the computer to be customised far more in depth than windows default options allow. Easier to mind you. =)

Maybe I should let the members of Geekzone vote on my behalf, install this nifty Linux OS onto my machine at home for a month and see how well I adjust. Or steer clear?

Have your say in my fate, im all ears =)

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What do I do?
I work for a Software Development company teaching people how to use our amazingly simple & yet complex software.  I also test the software for bugs, and help come up with ideas for improving our software for our customers.

What do I do when i'm not working?
Usually at home enjoying my wife's company or enjoying time with friends, & playing games or watching tv/movies. I love most kinds of movies.

I love computer games and music. I have taught myself Piano, and created my own style and sorta tinker from there. Compose my own music & currently working on some Electronica projects. You can download and listen to some of my works for free from here.  Or check out my soundcloud here.

Yes, they are terrible inventions, sent to make peoples lives supposedly easier. So far I get enjoyment out of the ease of communication (I hate hand writing letters) & how close it has made the world. Constantly called upon by friends to help with somewhat simple tasks (removing viruses, installing applications, hiding the material they want hidden from their partners).

Web design & Hosting:
I dabble in web design, getting the occasional contract via friends or through word of mouth.  Here are some of my projects. 

Trott's Garden - Internationally recognised garden design, Alan & Catherine Trott are my first customers

Container Waste - Recent project presented to me by their graphic designer

The Cheshire Cats Grin - My wife was diagnosed with cancer & she REALLY needed an outlet.  So I setup this wordpress blog to express herself.  We also decided to trial those Penguin Cold Caps to help prevent her from losing hair during the Chemo.

Darjon Vineyard - A venue for weddings or events.