This is not the post I wanted to be writing today. There's just too much stress piling up.

So, to recap, I ordered a "like new" PS3 from Amazon Warehouse deals on Thursday night. It was expected to arrive today, which is amazingly fast considering I went for free shipping. I was extremely excited. So yeah, "was." It came today and. Looks perfect. Has all the parts, wrapped up nice in the original packaging.


For one thing, it takes a whole minute or longer to turn on. This concerned me. For another, the sound doesn't work. Not on the menu. Not on a game. Not on a Blu-ray. Not when I unplugged and replugged. Not when I messed with the settings. Not when I moved to another TV. In short, the sound does not work /at all./

These are problems, obviously. It's possible that there are fixes for these problems (yes, everything was fully plugged in; tried this multiple times), but you know what? I don't want to deal with it, especially not when the console was supposed to be "like new."

Oh, I can hear you people who "never buy anything used," and nope, don't want to hear it. It wasn't supposed to be this way -- I've heard soooo many success stories -- but yeah, I had those same worries because I never buy consoles used either and this time they just happened to come true.

And then we were trying to figure out the return process, which should be easy, but there was a snag when choosing between pick-up and drop-off and my mom (inadvertently, I guess) yelled at me and I hate yelling so much and I was in just such a fragile mental state that I had to walk away so I could burst into tears because I certainly could not talk at that point or keep myself collected. We figured things out (had to talk to an Amazon rep) and my mom apologized for making me upset, but I still can't keep myself collected. I'm such a crybaby. I am a basketcase. It's not just this Playstation 3 situation. Work has been busy -- busier and busier, and thus more and more stressful -- and my tooth (yet *another* tooth) has been aching today but just thinking about going to the dentist puts me in a state of extreme anxiety, and I'm still tired from the time change and, moreso, from my Granpa's birthday party yesterday (where I ran around helping all day and then felt exhausted because even when I'm doing nothing parties and noisy children running around exhaust me) and DAMMIT Tales of Graces is coming out tomorrow and this was supposed to be my escape from all of that crap.

*deep breath*

It's certainly not the end of the world, it's just the straw that broke the camel's back, you know? Or maybe the anvil, in this case ...

I have a headache now. All this hullabaloo meant it took me until 8 p.m. to eat dinner -- and being hungry didn't help things either.

I keep crying. I'll be OK and then it'll just start again. It's like somehow in the last few years I lost the mechanism to regulate it.

Breathe deeply, breathe deeply.

For the matter at hand: I don't know if I want to take the chance again or just go for a new one. Now we know how things work, and since it's defective, I don't even have to pay for shipping or anything, so all I lose is my time (and in this case, my mind). So it really should not be a big deal. My state of mind is just too fragile, and it's just all so frustrating. (It's a wonder I haven't broken down in tears at work yet.)

From: [identity profile]

If you haven't already sent it back, you should make sure it's not stuck on HDMI instead of standard AV. That would affect both the sound and video of the system. You can reset the settings:

+ turn the system off
+ turn it back on and hold down the power button until you hear a second beep.
+ it should then reload with the standard AV settings.

It's very possible the last person who used it used the HDMI settings, and if you're trying to use standard AV settings it doesn't work well. So try the reset thing and let me know how it goes!

(I had the same problem...though in my case nothing would load at all! No sound, no menu, nothing! Just a generic PS3 input problem screen. But after doing some research I found this out and it works fine now. I'm kind of disappointed that the instruction manual doesn't really make this obvious.)

Should you decide to get a new PS3, it should come with settings for standard AV, so it should work fine out of the box. But if you get a like new or used system and it has this problem again, then you know how to fix it. It's not a problem with the system or anything, just a settings thing.
Edited Date: 2012-03-13 05:00 (UTC)

From: [identity profile]

I did mess with the settings from the menu. I turned it on and off (getting a second beep too) several times. The video worked fine the whole time. Part of me wonders if I I could've done more (I've already packed it away in the box), but at this point, I'm done with it.

From: [identity profile]

Welp, two days late. /shootsselfintheface

This was an unfortunate and horrible set of circumstances, and I hope to goodness you feel better now... (hugs tight) That really sucks. Ugh. And sorry things are shit at work.

From: [identity profile]

Aww, I remember how frustrating it was when I first got my desktop and the sound wouldn't work. It's an expensive purchase so it's freaky when it isn't working right....

Hope you are feeling better.

From: [identity profile]

listen, it's ok to get emotional about stuff, specially like, annoying or upsetting situations and the like. so don't feel bad about it!! you obviously have a lot on your plate and you're stressing out. it can be hard to handle. just try to get a grip of things if you can, and realize that you will get this stuff worked out :)

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