"Another 360 to be laid to rest?" or "Desram's Bad Day" or "1080"

It's 3:02 AM. My 360 is gibbered.

About 30 minutes ago I popped Fight Night in for a late night session. The game started up and then immediately crashed to a black screen. A brief moment of familiar frustration came upon me. I groaned. Then, light in the darkness of my bedroom.

3 red lights.

Restart. Still broken.
Unplug everything, reconnect. Still broken.
Curse. Still broken.

Warranty? No, no.

Panic sets in.

Oh crap :-s

Just wondering, was it a launch 360, or did you buy it more recently?

I was in futureshop yesterday and overheard the salesman telling a guy it was from the christmas shipment and I bought it there in like April so...

UPDATE:

360 will not post. And now..

My car will not post.

I bought my 360 off of a guy and i was wondering if i can warranty it myself, maybe with some other kind of plan. It was a launch box but i didn't get any of the papers with it.

I'm not having problems outside of Dead Rising but it still makes me nervous.

Desram wrote:
UPDATE:

360 will not post. And now..

My car will not post.

On the plus side, you will meet the love of your life today. If you're already married, you get nothing and you are screwed.

Desram wrote:
UPDATE:

360 will not post. And now..

My car will not post.

Any thermal nuclear weapons go off in your area?

I've seen the blinking red lights of death on 2 different times and it made my butthole pucker! Luckily neither time was anything serious, just the power going off and on and confusing the box.

I feel for you, if my box broke it would be a while before I could fix it. I didn't go for a warranty either.....

Have you tried taking the harddrive off and restarting?

Yes. The only suggestion I've seen for my situation is to crack the bastard open and fix it myself. That or send it in to microsoft for 130 US.

Oo that sounds scary, but I'm no good with electronics. I suppose $130 isn't all that bad, but MS needs to make their system more rugged. When I was younger it wasn't uncommon for me to lug around whatever console I had at the time to friend's houses in a macintosh carrying case. With my 360 I'm just worried it'll get bumped or something.

Hanta's system just gave up the ghost as well. I'm glad the guy I bought my 360 from put the 3 year PSP warranty on it, although it'll be gone for at least a month if I return it.

I've been weighing my options. It would seem crazy to me to send the thing to microsoft at this point. I'd end up paying over a quarter of the value of the machine again just to get it repaired. What I would get back, probably in a month, would be a refurb with no warranty. It's horrible, but I might just end up buying a new machine. The up side of that is that I could douse the current one in lighter fluid and make some good pictures.

This is an ironic thread considering the thread where GuruGamer is talking about what a great value the 360 is because it's being sold at a loss.

Sorry for your loss. You and your 360 are in my prayers. Or they would be if I were a Christian. I could make a sacrifice to Cernunnos for you, though. Haven't done that in a while, ol' Cerny's probably a bit hard up for some good goat blood.

Desram wrote:
The up side of that is that I could douse the current one in lighter fluid and make some good pictures.

Pictures of flaming consoles are always a welcome sight in my book.

I checked my mf date Oct 19. Also I noticed the thing makes a slight rattling noise. Also the fans are all dusty.

My anger grows deeper and richer.

Also I'm having my car towed off my driveway.

Don't you guys have like local repair shops where engineers check whatever electronic device you got?

All X360s make a rattling noise, like a tiny ball bearing in a plastic shell. That's because they all contain a tiny ball bearing in a plastic shell. It tells the XBox whether it's lying flat or standing vertical so it can display the ring of light properly.

Mex wrote:
Don't you guys have like local repair shops where engineers check whatever electronic device you got?

No. All those guys get driven out of business by the big box stores since they can't make ends meet on repairs alone.

Not to sound gloaty... but my 360 bricked a month or so ago. I boxed it up. Walked into Best Buy. Presented my receipt for the unit and warranty. Walked out with a new box, under warranty. Warranty is great!

On the other hand, I broke my PS2 today. I did something dumb. I put down the controller, walked over to the bookshelf and snagged the cord. The PS2 fell, while on, and not only killed itself but also scratched my Disgaea 2 disk.

Disgaea 2 was still within the 30 day replace time so I walked into Best Buy, and walked out with a new disk(this time with the $3 coverage plan).

The PS2 was 40 days out of my 2 year warranty with EBGames. 40 Friggin days. So I bundled up my PS2, a bunch of games that have been gathering dust since I got my 360, and traded them in towards a new, slimmer, almost scary small PS2. With all the bonuses and stuff I scored $138 in trade-ins. The price of the replacement, plus a chunk of my new warranty plan.

Moral of the story: Get a warranty and get it with a place you can walk into. Yes, they may be evil. Yes, you may not be able to get one Day One without standing in line with humans. But when the poopy hits the fan it shouldn't take more than a trip to the service counter to make things right.

Condolences Desram, and I really hope the thing with the car isn't serious! What kind is it? (too lazy to check the "what do you drive" thread)

LobsterMobster wrote:
All X360s make a rattling noise, like a tiny ball bearing in a plastic shell. That's because they all contain a tiny ball bearing in a plastic shell. It tells the XBox whether it's lying flat or standing vertical so it can display the ring of light properly.

Ahhh. Nifty. I'm going to go with "it was a heat thing" for now. Who has an intercooler around here? Recommended or not?

Rezzy wrote:
Condolences Desram, and I really hope the thing with the car isn't serious! What kind is it? (too lazy to check the "what do you drive" thread)

92 Grand Am. There's pictures and everything in that thread
The car thing is my big headache at the moment as I have resigned myself to dropping 400 (I just saved 200 on texts so it doesn't hurt too too bad) on a core system.

I have an intercooler. My system died with an intercooler attached. My new system is not 'wearing' the intercooler because it is quite noisy and didn't save my previous system from death.
It gets a +Peace of Mind -Questionable Functionality from me.

You guys are the worst X360 salesmen ever. For every thread about something cool, we get one of these.

Staats killed my 360.

Desram wrote:
Who has an intercooler around here? Recommended or not?

I stopped using mine because its fans are so wimpy. Also, Gameguru said that 3 of his friends' 360s died because the fan on their intercoolers died and blocked the exhaust port. You can have mine if you want

Have people generally been having better luck with later runs? Mine seems to be from the first but the one I'll be getting from EB tomorrow is February at the earliest.

I'd send it for the repair. Even if it is a refurbished one, you can send it back 3 times before it equals the cost of a new one and chances are the one you get won't break. There is no guarantee the new one won't break either.

Whatever you do, that really stinks.

This is the kind of thing that makes me want to trash all my post-N64 consoles, slap on the war paint and fig leaf and run screaming back to PC-only land.

SocialChameleon wrote:
This is the kind of thing that makes me want to trash all my post-N64 consoles, slap on the war paint and fig leaf and run screaming back to PC-only land.

Yeah, it does kind of kill the biggest advantages consoles had, which was that they always generally worked as long as you didn't throw them down stairs or throw them for your dog to fetch or something.

Without the reliability, isn't it just a PC that I can't fix myself?

Ah well. I enjoy some of the games way too much.

peacensunshine wrote:
I'd send it for the repair. Even if it is a refurbished one, you can send it back 3 times before it equals the cost of a new one and chances are the one you get won't break. There is no guarantee the new one won't break either.

Whatever you do, that really stinks.

While there's certainly no guarantee that the new one won't break, I think it would be worth it to be under an extended warranty for a year. If I get it repaired it could still break too, and then I'd just be in the same position all over again. I just don't like the feel of it. I've heard of people going through 5 360s that way. Also this way I get to play with fire.