So, I bought a PSX a long, long, long time ago.
I bought it right after I got home from a failed Boot Camp attempt way back in late-1998.
It has worked for me for a long time before the CD Drive started going bad (it required me to tilt the system up on its side, otherwise FMVs would play choppy and the games would take a long time to load otherwise).
Then, a year plus ago, I got an LCD TV in my gaming room, which forced me to unhook everything except the Wii, and 360 because older game machines look like crap on an LCD TV.
Fast-forward to July 4th of this year, I moved my TV into my bedroom after re-arranging a bunch of furniture.
I fire up my PSX to play some good ole Grandia (I tried it on a PS2 once, it is prone to lockups for some dumb reason) because I suddenly remembered I've got Grandia 2 sitting in my folder that I never even played. My cousin gave it to me for free because he had another version of it for another gaming system or some-such.
So anyways, I fire it up, and it won't load any games whatsoever. Nada.
I do some experimentation and I find out that the lens isn't moving back-and-forth at all, no matter if I have it sitting normally, tilted 90 degrees on its side, or even upside down.
So at this point, I go "meh, its shot" and then I go to Amazon, and order a used PSOne, figuring that surely Sony would have wised up by now and put better CD drives in their systems.
It comes a few days later, and I hook it up, press the ON button and suddenly I hear a LOUD buzzing noise, constant. I'm like "what the..." well I open it up take the game out, turn it on with the CD cover open, no buzzing. Close the cover, buzzing.
Then I unhook it to see if maybe something's stuck inside of it, that's when I notice there's something inside of it loose and yet again, the mechanism that moves the lens back and forth appears to be broken -- the lens moves back and forth freely just by tipping the machine side to side.
I'm going to open the thing up with a screwdriver, but most likely this one's shot too. That is, if I could FIND a screwdriver that would actually fit those ridiculously small screws. The only one in the house, I can't find...
Is there a way to fix these things, will any of the parts from my old PSX fit in the PSOne? It sounds like maybe a piece of plastic or something broke free, if it is, say a gear or something, would the old PSX have a gear?
Is this a common problem with PSOnes or did I just end up with a lemon? Grandia isn't the only game my PS2 won't handle -- Xenogears is also famous for lockups, and Legend of Legaia (all 3 of these games I happen to like) doesn't even play properly at all (sound effects are way off time with the animations in battle, that would drive me absolutely crazy).
Anyone got any suggestions?
If only Sony would learn some friggin Backwards-Compatibility that Microsoft and Nintendo does... I wouldn't be having this problem. Arrgh.