Do you remember the RROD?

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#1 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (1222 posts) -

By RROD I mean the Red Ring of Death. It was an infamous early XBOX 360 dilemma that caused many consoles to break. I only suffered through one RROD ,but have known people who have suffered from far more. I'm curious as to how many RROD's you have had if at any and whether the RROD incident will come into your purchasing decision for the Next-Generation of consoles.

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#2 Posted by Feanor (1440 posts) -

I do not but I suffer from a condition. However I do have a tattoo that says REMEMBER RRODS. Thank you for helping me solve that mystery.

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#3 Posted by SpartanHoplite (429 posts) -

i have to see what each companies have to offer next gen before i make any decisions, but im surely not going to buy day one anymore, i wait and see, take my time.

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#4 Posted by JTB123 (1180 posts) -

I have had 6, I think my 4th 360 only lasted about 3 months. Really hope this isn't the case next time around.

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#5 Posted by TruthTellah (9805 posts) -

I have never had a RROD, but I have heard of friends getting them. I certainly remember it, as people do see them sometimes nowadays on older 360s. I hope the console builds for the next generation will be better, but to keep costs down, I'm sure they'll have their own issues.

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#6 Posted by SomeJerk (4077 posts) -

I'm going to invest in a launch console as the next generation comes. Normally I would not advise this, but I live in Europe, where by EU law electronics manufacturers are required to ship goods with two year warranties, and not only that, I live in Sweden where if it can be proved that a dead item, say a 360 RROD, was not my fault, it would get replaced or reimbursed fully by the manufacturer, thanks to a government agency that looks into these kind of things. Not many people know of its existence, even less use it.

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#7 Posted by andrew2696 (586 posts) -

@SomeJerk: That's a pretty great law. I wonder if Canada has anything like that. (Probably not.)

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#8 Posted by SomeJerk (4077 posts) -
@andrew2696 said:

@SomeJerk: That's a pretty great law. I wonder if Canada has anything like that. (Probably not.)

Probably too close to the corporate lawmaking of the US for it to happen :(
 
I feel sorry for all you guys who suffered RROD, YLOD and WiiConnect24 burn and could do nothing but throw it away or pay for repairs. Save your receipts! I should learn that some day.
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#9 Posted by Bell_End (1234 posts) -

do you remember space hoppers...

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#10 Posted by ReyGitano (2491 posts) -

I had my Xbox break 3 or 4 times. Once by RROD, once by disc-tray, and once because of Vinny Caravella.

System failures won't effect my buying decision since it won't be something we'll know about right away. As for this gen I always had my consoles replaced for free, and when Vinny broke my 360 I even got a Giant Bomb shirt out of it, so in a way, it turned out for the best.

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#11 Posted by Mijati (1068 posts) -

RROD, man that was years ago! How do people still remember something that happened in the last 5 years! Crazy man!
 
I had one RROD, I swapped my console with the store I bought it from as within 1 year. My second console broke as well but not RROD, the two after that have both been fine and work great.
 
My Wii died within a month of me getting it with corrupt system data causing the console to fail to launch.

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#12 Posted by Jaytow (792 posts) -

I... REMEMBER....

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#13 Posted by Revan_NL (394 posts) -

Ah, the RROD, along with the disc scratching issue helped kill the 360 in Europe. Had two myself, but as mentioned there is a two year warranty, and I believe MS extended it to three. I really think that the 360 would be more succesfull on the European mainland if it didn't have the RROD.

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#14 Edited by L44 (637 posts) -

This is the first time I've seen it referred to as the RROD, and unless you are 5, how could you not remember?

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#15 Posted by TobbRobb (5912 posts) -

Launch 360, 6 years and running without and RROD. :D

That said, it hasn't really been overused for those 6 years.

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#16 Posted by amardilo (163 posts) -

My launch console lasted about 3 years before it got the Red Ring of Death. The refurbished/replacement console they sent me lasted just over a year before that also got the Red Ring of Death, I sent that one back and got another replacement from Mircosoft but I've since replaced that console with a Xbox 360 S.

My old console is connected to a TV in another room (not my main setup), it works but I don't play it much.

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#17 Posted by Keavy_Rain (135 posts) -

My RROD's were tied to two things: Me wanting a game and me playing FFXI.

First RROD occured the day after I beat Maat in FFXI.

Second RROD occured the Sunday before Mass Effect came out.

Third RROD occured after I received Lost Odyssey as a Valentine's day gift. Disc one in hand, open the tray, RROD.

Fourth (and final) occurred the day after I bought a PS3.

My fourth RROD replacement was traded in for a Slim 360, no issues since.

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#18 Posted by Trav (243 posts) -

@Jaytow said:

I... REMEMBER....

I DO...TOO...UOH!

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#19 Posted by Devil240Z (5708 posts) -

Ive never had an RROD. and I continue to never have one cause my 360 isn't even hooked up and hasn't been for the last several months. GOD THERE ARE NO GAMES FOR THIS THING. I'm dying for a reason to plug my 360 in.

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#20 Posted by Devil240Z (5708 posts) -

@Keavy_Rain said:

My RROD's were tied to two things: Me wanting a game and me playing FFXI.

First RROD occured the day after I beat Maat in FFXI.

Second RROD occured the Sunday before Mass Effect came out.

Third RROD occured after I received Lost Odyssey as a Valentine's day gift. Disc one in hand, open the tray, RROD.

Fourth (and final) occurred the day after I bought a PS3.

My fourth RROD replacement was traded in for a Slim 360, no issues since.

My best 360 memories are from FF11. I remember running around in the woods fighting stuff. and then I was in a desert fighting stuff with some dudes I met in the woods. My best FF11 memory is being able to replace the music with music from my Ipod. Having a well integrated podcast listening experience while playing a game was great, I havent had once since.

mostly cause I never play 360 anymore and when I play games while listening to podcast I have to account for story beats and pause the podcast so I dont get distracted from the story of the game.

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#21 Posted by buft (3410 posts) -

@JTB123 said:

I have had 6, I think my 4th 360 only lasted about 3 months. Really hope this isn't the case next time around.

im in exactly the same situation, except now that RROD seems to be going away all of my freaking disk drives keep breaking.

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#22 Posted by DukesT3 (2094 posts) -

Mine crapped out in 09 I think or something. Actually paid a dude 40$ or something to try and fix it... then it only lasted for like three days so that was cool.

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#23 Posted by Stete (782 posts) -

Of course I do, that's why I never bought an original 360. Every single person I know who had an original 360 had a RROD, which is the most ridiculous hardware failure rate I have ever seen. The slim version works damn fine for me although I barely use it and I have it sitting on top of a fan.

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#24 Posted by mrpandaman (948 posts) -

@L44 said:

This is the first time I've seen it referred to as the RROD, and unless you are 5, how could you not remember?

Really? You've never seen it referred as RROD? That's crazy.

Anyways I went through 5 360s and the longest lasting one was 9 months and that one wasn't RROD, the laser on the disc reader became really messed up and made perfect rings around my GeOW and Oblivion discs; made them unplayable. So i went to Best Buy used my warranty, got a new 360 and was able to get new copies of GeOW and Oblivion through persuasion while giving them my dinged up copies.

3 months later got my first RROD, went to Best Buy, was able to get another 360 using my "warranty" which should've been used up. And then repeat that part of the story 3 more times.

Finally on the 5th time (it was mid 2008), I said fuck it, I'm not dealing with it anymore I'm getting an 80GB PS3 (no ps2 compatibility model). My PS3 has already lasted 4 times longer than all my 360s combined.

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Ive never had an RROD. and I continue to never have one cause my 360 isn't even hooked up and hasn't been for the last several months. GOD THERE ARE NO GAMES FOR THIS THING. I'm dying for a reason to plug my 360 in.

You know what's going to happen when you turn it on? Bam! RROD. That's what happened to one of mine. I didn't turn it on for 2 months and it immediately RROD.

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#25 Posted by Canteu (2968 posts) -

I am on my 6th xbox, but 2 of the faults were the disc drives failing.

Those disk drives suck balls.

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#26 Posted by Hizang (9359 posts) -

Never forget.

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#27 Posted by DeeGee (2192 posts) -

My launch 360 is still chugging along perfectly fine. Always thought it was crazy that people have to buy the console more then once.

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#28 Posted by cutyoface (580 posts) -

I indeed remember because I went through 7 Xbox's

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#29 Edited by AndrewB (7814 posts) -

Of course, because it happened to me twice and so many other people that every time I hear someone boast about their console working perfectly fine, I wonder just how lucky they realize they are. The original model has a known, though easily fixed, defect in the heatsink design. It's one of the reasons they rushed a quick fix and then a manufacturing process shrink (then ultimately, a new model altogether).

Will it affect my future purchase? No. Because I kind of have faith that a second failure on the magnitude of the original Xbox 360 will result in much graver consequences than this round. It still baffles me that Microsoft got away with what they did, even with the significant losses they took doing everything *but* recalling the system. I think Microsoft has learned their lesson.

Edit: indeed, the original disc drives were also faulty. Though it's not the only console to suffer from this; the PS2 was notorious.

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#30 Posted by Amducious (404 posts) -

Never, but then again I only bought a 360 when they bought out the shiny revised edition in 2010.

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#31 Edited by PenguinDust (12985 posts) -

...Pepperidge Farms remembers.

I red-ringed twice on my launch model 360 but it was in the 3-year warranty for Microsoft fixed it for free each time. I haven't had any trouble since, but my game time on the box has substantially dropped since then. My PS3 yellow-lighted last Christmas. I replaced that one with a Slim.

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#32 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

Since they offered the option to install games I havent had a single problem with my 360 plus games load and perform better aswell.

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#33 Posted by SuperSambo (3093 posts) -

I suffered one on an Xbox Elite.

The week after I sold my Xbox launch it got the RROD though, which was still (by about 2 days) in warranty, which was lucky for my mate.

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#34 Posted by ShaggE (8210 posts) -

Of course I do. 6 years isn't that long, and RROD didn't really stop until 2010 (I say "stop" even though it can still happen, if only because there are no rings on the Slim).

As for myself, I never got it. I did get E74, though, which is just as bad. The refurb they sent me has been going strong for 4 years, thankfully. *knocks wood* Dunno if I'm lucky or if they just did an exceptional fix job, but for a refurb from the launch era, it's a hardy little box. I still want a Slim just to put my mind at ease during long sessions, though.

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#35 Posted by JasonR86 (10158 posts) -

I've had two. I think I'm on my way for a third because my xbox sounds like a jet engine and the disc drive won't open unless a disc is already in the system. What a piece of shit design the xbox was and still is.

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#36 Posted by MideonNViscera (2269 posts) -

I had one, but I came in somewhat late this gen so by the time I got my replacement everything was pretty much good to go. I can only imagine if I'd bought a 360 in 2005 or whenever it came out.

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#37 Posted by zudthespud (3337 posts) -

I never had RROD, but my xbox died once. I think after the way Microsoft handled it last time, I wouldn't have any hesitation buying a new one. Microsoft customer service was actually pretty good.

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#38 Posted by Devil240Z (5708 posts) -

@mrpandaman: Oh also mine is a jasper model so I think its fairly RROD resistant.

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#39 Posted by Cube (4385 posts) -

Uh, yeah it wasn't like it was that long ago, lol.

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#40 Posted by Gantrathor (275 posts) -

I have gone through 7 RROD cycles. I've only had to pay for the repair once, though, and it wasn't Microsoft who repaired it. But now my disc tray has broken, and I don't think I'll repair it again. I'll Probably switch over to Playstation, because Adbox LIVE is getting pretty annoying. What a colossal piece of shit.

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#41 Posted by FengShuiGod (1517 posts) -

My 360 rrod'd back in '07. Went PC and never looked back.

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#42 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

I don't remember RROD. I mean, it didn't happen this generation, so it's hard to remember.

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#43 Posted by Irvandus (3170 posts) -

I've had two xbox 360s my entire life. The first I got shortly after launch and it lasted until last year when the disc drive gave out. Somehow I avoided the Red Ring of Death, I guess I'm like one of those people that never get's chicken pox.

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#44 Posted by Justin258 (14121 posts) -

I've only had one and my 360 was shipped to and from MS in a week. No big deal for me.

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#45 Posted by NTM (9560 posts) -

No, it doesn't really have any affect on the purchase, 'cause I'll want to play them as soon as I can, but I do fear that the next gen, as with almost all technology, certainly consoles, that something will go wrong, even if you take the best care you can with them. I've had two 360's die before, but luckily the one I have now is doing fine, and has been for years now. Also, I hope you're joking with the "do you remember?" part.

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#46 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2235 posts) -

Yeah, and I am currently super leery about buying anything straight away next-gen upon launch. I mean I know I have backlogs that span all the way to the late 80's and early 90's anyways... so its not a lack of games I have to play. Maybe I will just stick with PC for the first few years of the next generation.

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#47 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2079 posts) -

I got a '360 around release and experienced the RROD right about the time it became a big deal. It was extremely devastating for me because I was so into playing Gears of War with friends back then that I went so far as to buy a second Xbox 360 as I sent the first one for repairs with the intention of returning the second '360 once my old one came back. Never did actually return the second '360.

I would never go so far as buy a second system anymore, however! I'm not as naive as I was during my teen years!

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#48 Posted by Ben_H (3894 posts) -

The RROD is still a very real possibility for me. I've had my Xbox since 2007 (It's an Arcade with a 20GB harddrive I bought from Microsoft used) so it will likely happen to it at some point. My brother's Xbox from 2006 got one a few years back so I'm shocked mine hasn't yet. I kinda want it to so I can get a new one with a proper sized HDD but I can't justify buying a new one when my old one works just fine.

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#49 Posted by GoofyGoober (941 posts) -

I never got the RROD. I got disc drive failure and the E74 error. That Error was the AV chip malfunctioning or some shit. The screen went all crazy and then when you cut it back on you got black error screen. Does anybody remember the infamous "Towel trick"? were you wrapped a RROD'd 360 in a towel, turned it on and let it run while it heated itself up and fixed itself for a short period.

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#50 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1789 posts) -

Hell yea I do. I went through like 5 consoles. Probably the biggest reason I wont get next xbox.

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