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Posts Tagged ‘Samsung’

PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade on Slim

In Gaming, Tech on December 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

The Ps3 is one of those comsumer electronics products that DO allow for end user hard drive upgrades. That is one of the advantages it has over some of the other competing products to say the least. The upgrading of the hard drive is documented in your PS3 manual if you have ever had the time to read it. It will obviously not void your warranty or anything like that as long as you do it correctly. If you chew up the screws with an incorrectly sized screw driver than perhaps Sony may sell you some replacements, so be careful with that.

First things first, the hardest part of the upgrade is actually backing up all your data. The PS3 will take any FAT32 formated drive. You won’t be able to use Windows to format a drive larger than 32gb. You may use Mac or Linux or perhaps one of the alternate formating software available for Windows. I’ll presume most people like me want to keep their game saves and also any demos etc they have downloaded and better still have everything back the way it was. PS3 does have a utility built in to do the job and it backs up everything except for a few things which i wouldn’t worry about but you can find out from the manual. If you were wondering whether protected save files do work once restored, then yes they most certainly do work. In fact, it will be like its the same PS3 including all the users, settings even login details for networks and PSN. The utility is found under system settings as backup utility. Please also remember that the backup should only be restored to the original PS3 it was made on. Use the transfer utility if you want to move data to a new PS3. You should also manually save any media files just in case.

Once backed up you can turn off everything and unhook the PS3, place it upside down on a table possibly with a cloth underneath. You will see the little tab you can lift and swivel, under which is a blue screw you need to unscrew. The front faceplate slides off. You then pull out the HDD caddy. There are four screws to take out the HDD. Do in reverse to put it back together. It’s that simple.

Turn on the PS3, it will recognise the HDD is new and the OS is missing. You need to download the latest firmware from the Playstation website and put it into the correct directory structure and plug it into the PS3 and follow the on screen instructions to install it in.

The last step is to restore your backup which will take a while. This is again found under the backup utility.

I have used a Seagate 500GB 5400rpm drive. Of course it is 2.5″ sata II. Although some say that you may use a 7200rpm drive, I thought it would be safe just to use the 5400rpm it came with. If you were wondering which brand was in there, it was Toshiba; however I would think most people prefer Seagate and Western Digital because they sell alot of drives to end users in the form of external and portable drives and they have excellent service compared to the other 3 (Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung) which sell mainly to other manufacturers. That is not saying that if you got a drive from them you would be at any disadvantage. Sony is known to have used possibly all the brands so far in the various models, so brand is not an issue. On hindsight i think I could have gone with a 640gb drive instead because after installing the OS I remember only having close to 412gb/465gb. Also good to note is the fact that the PS3 will not take any of those 12.5mm drives that WD has made. I guess the largest size at the moment would therefore be 750gb.

As a last note, you should keep the old drive until your warranty expires on the console in case you have to send back the PS3 in which case you need to put back the original drive. Also, that drive if popped back in will work just fine on that PS3 so it will serve as a backup till then as well in case your old drive fails.

All in all, great easy upgrade for my new PlayTV.

The Spray Can

Cell Phones- Cheap like chips; Cheap on quality

In Life on April 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Having moved back over to New Zealand I had to buy my self a new phone. The one that I had from Fiji was obviously locked and wouldn’t work here. I got one of the starter packs for prepay from Vodafone like most folks do; it cost me $35! I then slowly looked for a handset.

There were many models, but my observation was that the market mostly liked phones from over $200 to about $1000. I just wanted something that texts and calls and none of the fancy stuff, but I suppose it was hard but I finally managed to buy the cheapest at the time. I got myself an LG flip phone that cost my $99 and also included a starter pack. The starter pack was basically put aside. I liked the phone, it wasn’t bad though it wasn’t like my old (more like my other) Nokia 1680c.

There is just one problem. After about a week or two, the sound quality deteriorated and finally I would not be able to hear the phone ring or hear the other person over the phone if I called someone. So naturally, I went over to have it sent away to be fixed. I had to use Vodafone so that I would have a loan phone in between, since the store I bought it from wouldn’t give me one. The phone came back after about two weeks.

Here’s the bad news, the same problem occurs again after it is fixed. This time I’m furious. If it happens once, it is ok just a faulty part. When it happens a second time, that just means that the phone is just no good and it is likely to occur over and over again. I took it back to vodafone and thought that I wold have to accept that they would send it over to the repairing folk again, but I was so furious at the time that I took it over to Dick Smith and had a great big fuss with the manager. He finally agreed that if he had one in stock, he would swap the handset only. He apparently had none. He checked if I had everything from the box and lucky for me I had not used up the starter pack. I inevitably, ended up choosing to go with a Samsung slide phone which was $109. It is dearer by more than $10 since I lose out on that additional starter pack, but at least I have a working phone now with two more years of warranty.

At the end of the day, the moral of the story is that everything is cheap these days but it is also cheap quality. Though, even the best of them are just as bad (or as good). You just have to be assertive about standards.

The Spray Can

Samsung LCDs are a No GO!

In Tech on September 21, 2008 at 8:36 am

Here’s the deal. Samsung is a well known producer of LCD T.V. They are even cheaper than most other brands out there; however, their quality is lacking. Samsung producers many of the same things as most other brands like LG and Philips and Panasonic for example. They even produce some computer parts too. In the computing realm, Samsung might earn itself to be a premium display; its screens are dearer than other brands and often preferred; needless to say, there are other good brands too. The problem though is with T.Vs only.

Having said all that, the problem isn’t with their build quality; but with their picture quality. Basically, the processors that convert all those standard definition images to fit the native resolution on the screen are not very good at all. The image is highly jaggered around the edges and text as well. This is extremely annoying when watching a DVD from a short distance away. The sharpness has to be toned down drastically to attain any good viewing condition. This is really poor quality, you would expect these sought of problems on an unbranded television set, not on a name brand like Samsung.

I suppose it may not be on every model in their range, especially since the one I have is a series 4 model. The picture quality from any High Definition source is very good and the problem does not exist with that. It’s just noticable in DVDs and especially when there are many moving items in the frame; the picture begins to distort badly there. All in all, much can’t be said, the set is still a good deal for its price.