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Power/eject buttons on PS3 no longer work

06 September 2014 - 04:01 PM

This was an odd surprise.  I noticed yesterday that the buttons on my PS3 to turn it on and eject a disc no longer work at all.


Frankly, this isn't generally a problem, because I have a PS3 remote, and you can do it with the controller and menus as well.


However, there have been times when I've needed to "hold down" the power button and such to get to the system recovery menu and all that stuff.  I think my PS3 hard drive is about dead, frankly, so this may become an issue in the future.


So how the heck can I do that with a dead power button?  I'm not really interested in repairing it or anything.  But I still have an absolutely enormous PS3 backlog (a few disc games, lots of PSN PS3 games, PSN games, PS2 classics, etc etc), so I can't just say heck with it and upgrade to a PS4 or anything.  If anything, I'd be more inclined to buy a new PS3 eventually.


I guess I'm hoping for a quick fix or workaround to get to the system menus and such if/when I need them?


sorry, wordy...

Back up games/saves that I have on external HDD?

29 August 2014 - 08:14 PM

Okay, so imagine I run all my games from an external HDD.  Is there some way to backup my save data in case the hard drive dies or crashes?  


This would be so much easier if I could just keep all my save data on my Wii U and all the game data on the external HDD, but it seems for digital download games, everything is lumped together.



Transferring Wii U data from USB drive to external HDD

29 August 2014 - 05:15 PM

I've been using my on-board Wii U storage, but it hasn't been enough, so I've been swapping stuff back and forth off a USB thumb drive (hopefully haven't ruined the poor thing).


I now, finally, have an old USB 2.0 external HDD I can use, 2TB.


How do I get my stuff from the USB stick onto the drive?  Apparently the Wii U can only recognize one external storage solution at a time?  There is not enough room to put everything onto the on-board Wii U memory and then on to the external HDD.  The only way this would work is if I can empty the on-board storage onto the HDD, disconnect it, empty the stick onto the on-board memory, then empty that again onto the external HDD.  Will this work?


Hopefully someone understands this process and can educate me before I have to learn via trial/error.

My TV has a delay :(

17 July 2014 - 11:11 PM

So I noticed with my Wii U that my TV has a delay. I noticed this with my Wii as well, but it became totally apparently with the Wii U. For instance in Super Mario World, jumping on the gamepad is instantaneous, but on the TV, the jump is maybe a tenth of a second "late." Meanwhile, all doubts were settled by the audio on the gamepad versus the TV. If I have volume on my gamepad at all, there is an echo, because the TV is just ever so slightly (again, about a tenth of a second) behind.

Is there some option buried in the Wii U settings to adjust for this? Surely I'm not the only person on Earth with this issue on an HDTV. It's even a Sony TV for gosh sakes. Sony makes video games, yet it has no "game" settings on it.

It doesn't seem to be a big deal with "modern" games, but for retro games, it does matter. I can't play the old Mario games on the TV, just the gamepad, because of this, and NES Remix is impossible on the TV. And meanwhile, the sound echo is annoying and means I can never have audio on my gamepad and TV at the same time.