The Myth of the DRE

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After badgering my boss (Greg - I’ll name him by name this time because he’s been bitching about how I refer to him here like he’s two different people) to try Time Crisis 3 out on his PS2 for a couple of days, he finally did and called me up last night to tell me that…

It worked.

So it’s not a problem with the game at all, but, rather, a problem with my Playstation 2, which I had a feeling was the case.

The thing is, I’m not at all comfortable with cracking that thing open to fix it, clean it, or what have you. I found all sorts of guides telling me how to fix it, ranging from a simple cleaning to adjusting gears to messing with the laser voltage, but none of them really made me keen on dealing with this thing.

Then I found that there’s a class action lawsuit against Sony for exactly this reason (official site here). Turns out, you can get a free repair from Sony if you call them and complain about it. I think I’m going to try that out before I commit to cracking it open or doing anything rash.

The more I read about it, the more irritated I get. This seems like a vastly common issue. Makes me wonder if Sony engineered them poorly specifically to get consumers to buy more units.