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Posted 2007-10-25 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A good friend of mine has had two Xbox 360s die in the classic "red ring of death" fashion. The second one was refurbished (not refurbished enough, apparently). Hope the third one's a charm.

Anecdotally, about half of my friends who own a 360 have gotten a dud. Even one of the colleges at which I teach got a red-ringed Xbox. Every time my own console grumbles during DVD playback a shiver crawls up my spine.

Certainly there are far more important things in life to complain about, but Holy Helen of the Hand Grenade, what a wobbly piece of crap the Xbox 360 hardware is. I swear the only reason I bought one was for professional reasons.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Tenshi Vielle
October 25, 2007 @ 1:12 pm
     
 
My Xbox quit putting out video without the usual red ringed warning. We tried to take it back to Best Buy (we had purchased their warranty agreement) and it took us an hour and a half of arguing before they swapped it, value for value, for another Xbox.

I hate best buy.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Orneryboy
October 25, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
     
 
So far we've been lucky with ours, but I wonder if that's only because we don't really play it as heavily as I imagine other people do. We'll probably get the red ring of death right after the warranty has expired.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Scott McMillin
October 26, 2007 @ 2:24 pm
     
 
Yeah, I think ours has been fine because we rarely play it (and even then it's mostly retro Live Arcade games). I'll probably pick up Mass Effect next week and it'll die right in the middle of playing it...
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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