One of my friends on Facebook posted a video of the old boot up sound to the Playstation, and we all reveled and basked in it’s glory for a little while chatting about the old times. In that discussion, we hit a very hysterical segue into the types of ways we kept our systems working when they were broke as shit.
It really got me thinking about how much has changed. Back then, wiggling a wire, or cleaning terminals were all we needed to get our console back up and running. Now, we wrap them in blankets and put them in the oven, and even that is only a temporary fix, with the real result often having us ship our console off and pay for almost a brand new console. So my question is this: what kind of unique tricks did you have when your consoles were in rough shape to keep them running?
For me, I can think of my SNES, where the power connector in the back of the system was loose, so I often had to wrap it around the console to keep the tension touching the terminals.
There was also my Gamecube which was a hysterical story: mom tripped over the controller wire once, and it fell, creating this weird buzzing sound in the fan. However, when the console was lifted up at a 45 degree angle, it stopped, so I kept it propped like that for months. Enter mom again, who trips and makes it fall again… and it magically fixed the buzzing. I always laughed because I never knew what the handle was for on the back of the GCN. Here it was to throw your console if it ever was broken.