Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fixing a Found PlayStation 3: Part Two

In Part One, I fixed a found PS3 using a hairdryer and some luck. This fix only worked for about two weeks (as expected), good for getting files from a PS3, bad for using it. I had to do something serious to create a fix that would last longer.

The typical methods for long-term repair are heat gunoven, or infrared rework station. After asking around my university to see if we had a rework station and looking at the cons to the heat gun method, I decided to go with the oven.

First, I had to tear the PS3 down, further than I did before. The PS3 is designed incredibly well (except for the part where it breaks) so this was no problem.

Mainboard and heatsink of the PS3

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

US-sized scale model solar system

Scale Model Solar Systems are pretty cool. Currently the largest one is in Sweden with a bigger one under construction in England.
What if there was a model that spanned the United States?