Here's a fun thing.
Yesterday, I turned on my Xbox Slim and started up a game. Less than two minutes in, the touch panel makes its bleep noise and the system shuts off. Thinking I might have accidentally bumped something, I turn the system back on and it works just fine for an hour or so, after which I turn it off. A few hours later, I turn on my Xbox again to watch a movie and the same thing happens: it turns itself off. I go on the internet and see a few vague suggestions about switching out the component cable for HDMI and plugging the Xbox directly into a wall outlet instead of a surge protector. I try those things and everything seems to work. I watch my movie, turn it off, go to bed.
Today, I turn it back on and within a minute, it shuts off. Happens every time I turn it on from then on. The timing varies, but generally within a few minutes of starting the console it shuts itself off.
A few notes:
- The Xbox is in a well ventilated area, lying horizontally on a tile floor. Overheating is not the problem.
- I have cleaned off the touchplate with a microfiber cloth and cleaning spray. Doesn't do anything.
- The power brick light does not flash or go red or anything that would indicate it's faulty when the console shuts off. It's probably not related to the problem.
- The Xbox is out of warranty and was refurbished to begin with, so Microsoft isn't going to be helpful.
- Prior to this problem starting, I had played for about six hours straight the day before (I was sick) and two days earlier I had taken the Xbox with me on a lengthy car trip.
So, before I rip apart my Xbox and spray everything down with compressed air and start poking around with small screwdrivers, has anyone on here had a similar problem in the past that had an easy fix? I'd rather not dismantle the poor thing if it isn't absolutely necessary.
Thanks in advance, duders!
For all internet trawlers who come across this thread in the future with the same issue, the problem was apparently with the touchplate's connection to the motherboard. Whether by dust or some other form of irritation, the ribbon connector leading from the touchplate was sending false signals. After removing the faceplate, detaching and reattaching the connector and cleaning out the interior, I haven't had any problems.