Not fixing the Xbox 360?

I broke down and bought a new Xbox 360 Arcade unit to replace my variously failing boxes.  If you remember back just a bit in time, I tried a couple of strategies to fix my machine.  They all worked -- for a time.  The time the fix worked, however, was variable, ranging from 5-30 hours for a good fix, and as short as 30 minutes for a bad fix. I've spent a lot of time on the boxes, and unfortunately, the time I spent fixing seems to have eclipsed the time I spent playing. The thing I've found most fascinating about the process is that, while buggy, the 360 hardware is quite resilient.  With enough twiddling of screws, I can get a box up and running quite consistently.

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Fixing the XBox 360

I thought I was in the clear as far as the 3 red lights goes for the XBox 360... it happened, I was under warranty, Microsoft send a cardboard coffin, and I sent it back.  End of story. Oops, it happened again.  There's no free lunch this time.  Even if I paid the $100 to MS to repair it, they would only give a 90 day warranty on their work.  So, either buy a new one (with a massive extended warranty, of course) or try to fix it myself.  After attempting to buy a new Arcade unit for $200 at K-Mart twice, but failing both times because they were out of stock, I went the fix route. Read the rest of this entry »

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