Console repair manuals – will gamers want to go under the hood?

Ok, it may not help Xbox 360 owners who have already suffered the red ring of death but the attempt to create community based console repair manualshas to be applauded. iFixit, who originally published repair guides for Apple hardware, have now gone for the consoles. Or as they say on the site:

The game console industry is hostile to consumers: goliath manufacturers have shipped hundreds of millions of units to consumers with no information on how to maintain or repair them. Console owners are left with few options when their warranty expires, causing many to throw away broken units. That changes now. We are releasing a free, open source, community-authored repair manual for every major game console.

A noble aim then and you can’t knock the detail here. If you have ever wanted to install a new Playstation 3 heat sink then this site is for you. There are also in-depth repair guides for consoles from the Dreamcast to the PSP.

Perhaps more interesting for the casual reader is the “teardown” of some retro consoles. The garish Magnavox Odyssey for example.

The question remains though. Are you interested – and skilled – enough to want to take your faulty console to bits? Or is that brand new replacement just too tempting?

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