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The First Ring Is The Deepest (But The Second And Third Sort Of Suck, Too)

It's been a good run, Xbox 360 Elite, but away to repairsville you go.

This is my red-ringed Xbox! There are many others like it, but this one is mine!
While all around me has been chaos, I've had a pretty good run with my Xbox 360 hardware. While everyone was running around like maniacs, investigating the Xbox 360's supposedly shoddy hardware, I was sort of quietly hanging out at home, getting achievement points and wondering what the big deal was.

Well, today's the day I join the rest of the world. My 360 Elite decided that the multiplayer mode of Quantum of Solace was too much for it to handle, so it locked up, filling the screen with a checkerboard pattern of static. I got it to come back up after that, but it locked up while I was looking at my avatar. After that, it refused to acknowledge that I had the Bond game installed to the hard drive of my 360 and tried to run it off the disc. So I deleted the installed game and went to reinstall it. At around 25 percent, the 360 essentially said "dude, what did I tell you about this James Bond nonsense? He's a spy! Shouldn't he be doing spy stuff instead of running around in a first-person shooter? Going third-person when you take cover doesn't count, either! That's just so they can show off their Daniel Craig model! I swear, this is all GoldenEye's fault!" Then the screen went black.

Red rings, baby. Three of 'em.

I... might be putting words into my 360's now-silent mouth. I can't remember for sure, everything happened so fast.

The awesome part about having it break tonight is that the Microsoft customer support center is currently working on upgrades. So you can't register consoles or file new repairs until tomorrow. When it rains, it rains, brothers and sisters. When it rains, it rains.

Oh, pours? Well, whatever. You get what I'm saying.

This is the first 360 that I've owned that's given up on me, but I guess it's technically my second or third Xbox. Weirdly enough, the console I got a week or two before the system's official launch is still totally trucking, despite it now being used as a mobile loaner to friends whenever someone else's stops working. Speaking of which, Ryan, I need my Xbox back. My Japanese 360 is still going strong, I think. I don't know, I never really use it. Though I did buy Raiden IV when we were in Tokyo... guess I could finally bust that out and give it a try. Whatever, I'm going to bust out my launch-era PlayStation 1 and swap trick it to play some Tobal 2. Now that's a game, damn it.

To add injury to annoyance, that now-broken console is whitelisted for the NXE preview. So if I slap that hard drive onto any other system, it'll take the NXE update and be unable to get online for the next two weeks. That means I need to figure out where my old 20GB drive is and find a memory card, since memory cards apparently won't transmit the NXE updates to other consoles.

Whatever, I won't cry and moan about it, since everyone's been hearing people bitch about the 360 hardware issues for years now. I think that's one part of all this that worked out in Microsoft's favor--the problem went on so long and got so bad that everyone got fed up with all the people complaining about it more than they got fed up with the actual hardware issues.

Still... pretty bad timing. Oh well, I didn't really want to spend the rest of the night playing Quantum of Solace, anyway. Seems kind of dry.
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Posted by Jeff
This is my red-ringed Xbox! There are many others like it, but this one is mine!
While all around me has been chaos, I've had a pretty good run with my Xbox 360 hardware. While everyone was running around like maniacs, investigating the Xbox 360's supposedly shoddy hardware, I was sort of quietly hanging out at home, getting achievement points and wondering what the big deal was.

Well, today's the day I join the rest of the world. My 360 Elite decided that the multiplayer mode of Quantum of Solace was too much for it to handle, so it locked up, filling the screen with a checkerboard pattern of static. I got it to come back up after that, but it locked up while I was looking at my avatar. After that, it refused to acknowledge that I had the Bond game installed to the hard drive of my 360 and tried to run it off the disc. So I deleted the installed game and went to reinstall it. At around 25 percent, the 360 essentially said "dude, what did I tell you about this James Bond nonsense? He's a spy! Shouldn't he be doing spy stuff instead of running around in a first-person shooter? Going third-person when you take cover doesn't count, either! That's just so they can show off their Daniel Craig model! I swear, this is all GoldenEye's fault!" Then the screen went black.

Red rings, baby. Three of 'em.

I... might be putting words into my 360's now-silent mouth. I can't remember for sure, everything happened so fast.

The awesome part about having it break tonight is that the Microsoft customer support center is currently working on upgrades. So you can't register consoles or file new repairs until tomorrow. When it rains, it rains, brothers and sisters. When it rains, it rains.

Oh, pours? Well, whatever. You get what I'm saying.

This is the first 360 that I've owned that's given up on me, but I guess it's technically my second or third Xbox. Weirdly enough, the console I got a week or two before the system's official launch is still totally trucking, despite it now being used as a mobile loaner to friends whenever someone else's stops working. Speaking of which, Ryan, I need my Xbox back. My Japanese 360 is still going strong, I think. I don't know, I never really use it. Though I did buy Raiden IV when we were in Tokyo... guess I could finally bust that out and give it a try. Whatever, I'm going to bust out my launch-era PlayStation 1 and swap trick it to play some Tobal 2. Now that's a game, damn it.

To add injury to annoyance, that now-broken console is whitelisted for the NXE preview. So if I slap that hard drive onto any other system, it'll take the NXE update and be unable to get online for the next two weeks. That means I need to figure out where my old 20GB drive is and find a memory card, since memory cards apparently won't transmit the NXE updates to other consoles.

Whatever, I won't cry and moan about it, since everyone's been hearing people bitch about the 360 hardware issues for years now. I think that's one part of all this that worked out in Microsoft's favor--the problem went on so long and got so bad that everyone got fed up with all the people complaining about it more than they got fed up with the actual hardware issues.

Still... pretty bad timing. Oh well, I didn't really want to spend the rest of the night playing Quantum of Solace, anyway. Seems kind of dry.
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Edited by MJames70

That is a downer. But it has to be said still - the hardware is garbage. Despite all the great games and the stuff it can do, 360 reliability has been terrible. I am on my 3rd. I only keep coming back because of warranties and free repairs. Despite some games I want to play, if I had another breakdown that wasn't covered, and I had to pay for a repair or new console myself,  I would probably ditch the 360 altogether....better luck on the next 360, Jeff.....

Posted by mikemosha90

That sucks.

Edited by Discorsi

sucks like a duck

Edited by MasterSplinter

Yeah, Microsoft messed up terribly with the hardware this generation. I'm surprised you were able to make it this long without a red ring. I've got Quantum of Solace on the way from Gamefly. I hope I don't find it as dry as you do.  =(

Posted by Jezzasaurus

Bummer. Pretty horrible timing too, although I guess the only 360 exclusives left for the year are Banjo-Kazooie and Left 4 Dead

Posted by Andre

Always sucks... I'm on #5 myself, and now own two just so I've always got one to play.

Posted by TomboDemon

yeh that happened to me on saturday,
guess im missing gears 2 till monday
*tear*

Posted by selfdestroyer

I'm on my 3rd .. POS ..

Posted by Ryan

Dude, your other Xbox is in the office. Get it your damn self!

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Posted by BawlZINmotion

The only reason I have yet to be a buy 360. November is a perfect time for this, ain't it. *rolles eyes*

Posted by dezvous

Wow, number 5? Andre I feel so fucking bad for you. I just wouldn't want to deal with that at all.

Posted by Noxat

Welcome to the club.  I finally got my rings in July.  The unit they sent me started having E74 errors right from the start.  Now its back and doing fine, so far.  It'll probably last just long enough for the warranty to expire...

Posted by WholeFunShow

Love the "This is my X! There are many like/this one/mine", I say it all the time. Still haven't got an X360, Dead Rising makes me come close to wanting one, but GTA IV is less than 2 weeks away, so fuck it, maybe when the next generation arrives. Seriously, it is all kind of weak that people actually accept that a console they buy is entirely likely to die on them.

Edited by drifter13x

I had to return mine for the DVD drive crap out problem. but I'm looking at getting one of those Japanese value bundles with Ace Combat and Katamari packed in. I'm hoping the combination of NXE and Jasper motherboard will protect that one from future F'ups, Also I need a 360 with HDMI.

Look on the bright side, at least Jeff finished Gears 2 TWICE before he lost his box. I'd like to play it once.

Posted by Rio

I still have my original launch console running.  It may have gotten the red rings about 5 times, but there are ways to keep it alive.   Even though its a hassle I never really have a good time to have it sent off for repair, so I guess ill just keep working my magic till the damn thing stops turning on.

Posted by zyn

Sorry to hear about the RRoD Jeff.  The hardware sucks ass but the games and free repairs just about evens it up.

My brother's on his 3rd Xbox 360, whereas I'm still on my first.

Posted by Nick8708

The only problems I've had with the 360 just started cropping up.  The DVD laser lens seems to be nearing the end of its life and will occasionally give me DDEs for no reason.  The NXE update is a welcome addition that may extend the life of my console til the next generation drops.  My roommate has had two RRoD on the other hand.  So...electronics karma, perhaps?

Posted by Two

My launch 360 red ringed months ago, so I Walmart switcharoo'd it for the Falcon board one. It's still working fine, have yet to have any real issues at all... Still, once this holiday season is up, I'm gonna switcharoo it again. Jasper board all the way! Maybe that'll make sure it actually lasts...

Posted by MackGyver

One reason why I'm holding out and saving up for a PS3 until Microsoft stops screwing around and brings the xbox 360 up to today's quality standards.

Posted by Brackynews

@WholeFnShow: People buy pets too.  They definitely die, and some of them cost more than a console.  It's the joy you have with them that makes the experience, and heartache, worth repeating.

/sprinkles food flakes in disc tray

Posted by skunk

MJames70: Took the words right out of my mouf. The hardware is garbage, the games are great. Plus the build quality itself sucks. I can't stand the shitty alignment in the DVD drive/case and no, it's not just me, I'm on my 4th box and they're all like that. Don't get me wrong though, the games are make up for it.

LOL @ PS1 swap trick. What did everyone else use to hold up the lid? I used a pencil that I sharpened down to a golf-scorecard-size nub to jam in there.

Posted by dQuarters

I remember when things and other stuff worked. Those were good times ... for sho.

Posted by sofakingcool

I have had my 360 since april 2006. I think it has locked up twice and checkerboarded a while back on the force unleashed demo (for which I am greatful). Now that I have jinxed it expect a pissed of blog entry soon.

Posted by MaddProdigy

I'm still on my first. I get the red rings all the time, but all i have to do is turn it off and on two or three times, then it works fine, good luck with yours

Posted by Goku

Sorry to hear it Jeff. Mine is currently in repair and I think I will be getting it back tomorrow. Is this problem really fixable? I mean, once you get the E74 erro, or the 3 rings, or whatever, is it really permanently fixable??? Or does this mean that eventually you will get screwed again?

Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497

Just shipped mine out today. My second one. My launch model actually lasted longer than my newer arcade unit. At least I have my PS3 and LittleBigPlanet to keep me occupied

Posted by mrsmiley

I've had 8 console + accessory repairs... i believe 5 of them were for the console itself.

Posted by Will

Bad luck and bad timing just before Gears 2 multiplayer goes huge!

Posted by mythus

I've been the lucky guy who has had his xbox 360 since launch ( stood in a 17hr overnight line ), tilt and fall from a 6 feet drop and play games better then before.  My unit used to freeze twice a week prior to that accident.   This occurred a year ago, and I have yet to freeze since.  My friend, not so lucky.  He is on his 3rd unit.

Posted by Ironhide

My Elite just did the exact same thing that yours did. Except mine went the way of the Dodo right after downloading Vader. How strange. The Dark Lord of the Sith has decided that he is the only black, mechanical device that is allowed to work.

Posted by Captain_Fookup

I feel you Jeff (NH) I purchased a 360 a few months after launch and played the shit out of it till it died 3 months ago, still haven't even bothered sending it off to be "fixed" and went out and purchased a new Elite.

Posted by Gamblor

My machine RROD'ed two weeks ago, right before the launch of Saints Row II, Fable II, Dead Space and Fallout 3...

Posted by Muffin_Hunter

Easy come, easy go, I guess... wait, did I use that right?  =/

Posted by Xander51

Man, that sucks. I had a premium red ring on me while I was playing Hour of Victory.

I think it was trying to do me a favor.

Posted by TonicBH

I am pretending Jeff is saying precisely what he thought his 360 was saying. I laughed.

Posted by MachoFantastico

My original launch Xbox 360 is still going strong. Thank god!

*Touch wood* 

Posted by oobs

mmm..remember the simple days..your SNES N64 would truck on for years..still going in fact...games didn't need patching on release...ahhh the simple days

Posted by Kraznor

Dang, I thought the Elites were more or less immune. Now I have cause for concern again, I upgraded when my old when died on me and thought I was in the clear.

Posted by Atlas

Ouch, that hurts.

Posted by Snipes424

Sorry to hear about your RROD Jeff.  Hopefully the next one will not crap out on you.

Posted by Rotnac

My launch 360 still is alive and kicking, although the Nyko intercooler completely fried the end of 360s my powerbrick. My buddy is letting me use his brick since his 360 has been long dead.

But yeah, for those who are using the Nyko intercooler, stop. It doesnt necessarily kill your 360, but more or less the power source itself.

Posted by Kintaro

Bummer with the NXE thing too.

Posted by diz

I'm on my 6th console. I eventually got a full refund from Microsoft because of the issues they had in repairing my 360 faults.
 
I bought an Elite with the money received and it is still going strong. XBox hardware is so cheap these days and the reliability is much better than the early boxes. There's also the three year ROD guarantee too.

Unlucky, Jeff!

Posted by StaticFalconar

Well, this is how MS keeps the sales numbers up.

It probably would be easier to just say no if we all wasn't so addicted to gaming though.

Posted by pedantics

I think I have the red ring record - my 360 (the diptheria baby shit green halo 3 special edition with a falcon board, meant to be immune I thought) rang out the FIRST TIME I TURNED IT ON.

improved heat sink red ring proof falcon board my fucking CORN HOLE. don't believe the hype.

p.s. I'd rather have a gay son than a down syndrome eunic, and I'd still rather have a console that melts than a ps3. WAR.

Posted by BatmanBatman

yeah I got the checkerboard pattern too and then the rings but my power box decided too explode on the day before so don't know if it was overheating or the "even the screws melted how the hell did you do that asked me the repair guy thingy " !!! 

Edited by Tebbit

ps3' doesn't die!!!!!!

But you must dust it, every day.
THE FINGERPRINTS, PEOPLE, ITS A GODDAMN NIGHTMARE
Posted by nickystixx

That's terrible. RROD has happened to two of my friends last month. Microsoft need to get the act together. This is the main reason i will not buy an Xbox 360. RROD!

Posted by TheGamerFix

:( That sucks, hope you get it fixed soon.

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