My Xbox 360 gave up the ghost...

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Bill Loguidice
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I got a 20GB launch Xbox 360 back in 2005, the one without the HDMI (which wasn't offered back then). It was pretty much shot on delivery (wonky graphics), so I sent it back and got a replacement unit. It's been my main unit ever since and I eventually upgraded to a 120GB drive (it outputs 1080p to my HDTV via a VGA cable). Well, after three years, it just flat out died last night, giving me the three red rings of death (RROD). Unfortunately, since it's now out of warranty, it will cost me $99 to send it back to Microsoft for repair. Naturally that's not an option, as I can get a newer model for roughly that same $99 on the used/refurb market (and in fact I already have the spare hard drive, power supply and cables, etc., so I might be able to get away even cheaper).

Luckily I had bought a second 360 unit for use in our bedroom that does output HDMI for that same roughly $99 price I forget how many months back that I've been using my spare 20GB hard drive with (I believe this unit was built in July of 2008 - it was an Arcade configuration), so I was able to immediately swap it out for the damaged unit. Interestingly, on my older upstairs 720p Toshiba LCD HDTV the HDMI input did not work with that unit and I just assumed it was bad on the 360. Not so, as it works perfectly on HDMI on my newer downstairs 1080p HDTV. Go figure. I was actually using component input on the Toshiba LCD TV (and only bothering to do the TV's more natural rate of 720p versus 1080i) since the VGA input did not support a reasonable resolution.

Anyway, I guess with my birthday coming up I can use some of that money that I'll probably be gifted to get a sub-$100 replacement unit, but boy, these older 360's are sure susceptible to failure!

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Woo hoo! $65 plus S/H.

Woo hoo! $65 plus S/H. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200387851609&autorefr... . It doesn't come with any accessories except audio/video cables, but I already have all of that stuff.

So now I'll have two HDMI-equipped 360's. So I'm out $65, but at least it's not $99 and getting the same non-HDMI 360 back.

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Matt Barton wrote:

You can get a 360 for only $100? Where?

eBay. Shop around. Generally speaking though, that's for a refurb or used "Arcade" model with no hard drive, just a memory card. You'd still need to acquire a hard drive to truly enjoy the thing as far as I'm concerned.

I'm targeting a used or refurb Arcade model for well under $100 because I already have the spare 20GB hard drive. It's only going to be a secondary 360. I just essentially have to plop it in place of the other empty space of the other one, just like I moved the spare in place of the broken one. I won't even bother with the power supply or cables it comes with because all that stuff is already hooked up.

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Matt Barton
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You can get a 360 for only

You can get a 360 for only $100? Where?

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I for awhile bought um on

I for awhile bought um on E-bay (RROD) and fixed um. I was 5 for 7 on fixing, if you like to tinker I would suggest trying it as broken prices are in the celler (reason i quit fixing um, even fixed they where ... worth nothing really). You can make a tool to open them with a old blank CD stack top (the clear cup looking top), just use google to see how. After you get it open its pretty easy. 2 of the ones i got had very simple fixes, once open the heatsinks (and metal case around the system) was plugged with dust/hair/ick and cleaning it all up fixed it all. otherwise its pretty easy to make a fix (again google is your friend) for a few bucks. 1 i opened had no heatsink grease on it, so applied some and got a working 360.

I hate to say it, but of about 7 friends who all got one on release, I am the sole owner of one that still works. In fact some are on 2nd and one i believe is on his 3rd, Scarry, glad the price is so low now a replacement should be easy.

And I morn your loss :) lucky you can adopt a new one!

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