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Definitely a crappy night here. My 360 dying lead to me having to completely redo my living room setup to disconnect cords. Hours and hours of...fun! With that said, I'm sure there are others out there with MUCH worse situations. I'll take all this in stride, and be thankful that this is my biggest gripe. I hope you guys and gals are doing better than my 360! See you in a few, short hours.



Nicky Hill is working like crazy these days. If you listen to the podcast, you know he's been out and about working on various TV shows. That's why he hasn't been on the podcast too often. That also means his friends don't get to see him that often either. That all changed today, as Nicky Hill had a chance to stop by and spend the night.

We had plans of playing Gears of War 3. We play the GoW series together, and we always have a blast. We sat down to finally get the third game going...but were met with the fun picture above. After having a long run of things going quite well, my 7th 360 finally died on me. Yes, 7 360 deaths under my belt.

I talked about my 360 dying many years ago on the site, but it seems the issue still plagues me. I take very good care of all my consoles, and in all my life of gaming, I've only ever had the 360 fail on me. From NES to Wii U and every other portable/console from Nintendo and others inbetween, only the 360 has crapped out on me. Now we get to do this song and dance again.

This had me thinking. How many of you have experienced hardware failure with your gaming platforms? What consoles/portables have you had punk out on you? How many times have you had to send in a platform for repairs? Leave a comment and let us know how rough you've had it.

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13 Feb 2013 10:35

This is probably more software related than hardware, as I imagine it will be corrected in the Spring and Summer updates, but my Wii U has already locked up on me 10+ times since November. My original Wii (both of them combined) locked up a total of 3 times.
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13 Feb 2013 10:37

My Wii got screwed up on update 4. Apparently it was a fairly common problem too. I could start a game fine but anytime I went to the home menu and tried to start a new game, or go into the Wii settings or anything like that the system would lock up. It was annoying having to reboot anytime I wanted to change games but update 4.1 fixed everything.

My launch 3DS also has scratches on its screen from the bottom touchscreen. I started putting a clothe in the system when I close it and that stopped it from getting worse but it is an annoyance on games with white/sky blue backgrounds.

Thats about it, but I have avoided 360 like the plauge. Between RROD and the $60 a year tax for xbox live I wouldnt even take a free system. Maybe you should just sell off your 360 collection and be done with it.
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13 Feb 2013 10:50

Sgt Scyther wrote:

My old 360 (I now have the newer slim model) gave me the "half" red ring of death once when I was playing Beautiful Katamari. To get it repaired by Microsoft they wanted me to pay $100. So I lied and said it was the red ring of death and they fixed it for free because there was no way I was spending $100 for them to fix their shoddy hardware.


What? There are different levels of rings of death? It's pretty troubling that they put so much thought into special lights for when the thing breaks. It's almost as if they knew it was a shoddy product when they were making it.
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13 Feb 2013 11:26

The only system I had thar got damaged was the gamecube. It fell from like 5 feet and lost the ability to play 3+ multiplayer
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13 Feb 2013 11:29

My launch Wii broke. The GPU crapped out. I got a replacement from Nintendo with a new warranty. My 3ds had a broken hinge and about 5 dead pixels on the top screen. Sent that to Nintendo, they replaced it for free.
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Anonymous
13 Feb 2013 12:13

My wii disc drive stopped working a few years ago but I sent it to Nintendo and got it fixed. And no more problems with that. I avoided the first ps3 and 360, and got the slims. And they are going strong. This also reminds me to not buy either of the first next gens Sony and microft are making. I trust nintendo so that may be why I have their systems first.
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13 Feb 2013 12:33

BlueRangerVegeta wrote:My Wii got screwed up on update 4. Apparently it was a fairly common problem too. I could start a game fine but anytime I went to the home menu and tried to start a new game, or go into the Wii settings or anything like that the system would lock up. It was annoying having to reboot anytime I wanted to change games but update 4.1 fixed everything.

My launch 3DS also has scratches on its screen from the bottom touchscreen. I started putting a clothe in the system when I close it and that stopped it from getting worse but it is an annoyance on games with white/sky blue backgrounds.

Thats about it, but I have avoided 360 like the plauge. Between RROD and the $60 a year tax for xbox live I wouldnt even take a free system. Maybe you should just sell off your 360 collection and be done with it.

Oh I forgot my SNES broke about 7 years ago. I dont know what happened I took care of it but it just died and it will not turn on.
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13 Feb 2013 12:35

The only game device that screwed up on me, is the DS lite. The one with the weak hinge. No other game system is broke. And all work fine till this day. @BlueRangerVegeta Could of blown the fuse inside. I did that with a wrong AC adapter.
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13 Feb 2013 12:41

I've had to send in my Wii for repair once. It was due to the gpu overheating and creating weird red/green pixellated lines across my screen. It was especially noticeable in games like RE4. In the end, I sent my Wii in and I received a completely different used/refurbished system. I could tell it was a different system because the outer case of the Wii was scratched to hell compared to my pristine condition Wii that I had sent in. That was annoying but I guess I couldn't do anything about it.

As for my 360, I have the 360 Elite and I have never had any issues ever *knocks on wood*.

There's also the case of my DS Lite's hinge being broken/cracked but the system still works and the hinge still snaps and holds in place. I think a majority of DS Lites had this issue...
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13 Feb 2013 12:47

How to not get a RROD for 360:

-Get a Jasper model (with the extra heatsink infront of the of CPU from the Falcon model).

-Lay your 360 DOWN, horizontal always.

-Prop up the console with bottle caps or rubber feet at least half inch high.
Do the same to anything you want to put on top of it.

-Allow a space of approx. 4-6 inches to the left and right of the console to breath in air. Don't obstruct the back air exhaust-exit to less than the same distance.

-Install All of your games to the harddrive before playing them.
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13 Feb 2013 13:03

@Koopzilla

The levels don't all mean it's broken in the same way. They are different things. One or two is like "The graphics died" or something. 3 is "general failure". There's also an error for if you plug it in wrong and stuff.

@sonic7877

Yeah, they found it somewhere, even though I went out of my way to scrub the hell out of the Wii's memory and make it go back to factory settings and stuff.

I mean, they repaired it anyway, but I was like Really? I used it mostly to play things we weren't getting here. Couldn't be bothered with downloading ISOs myself and I felt dirty pirating other things. Also used it for getting DLC from other countries for Animal Crossing.

Koopzilla wrote:First of all, I've got to say there aint no way in hell I would buy an eighth 360, but that's just me I guess. I have to wonder how many of the 360's sold are from replacement systems, I would guess half.


To be fair, it sounds more like RMC had the same 360 repaired 5 or 6 times or got it replaced by them, rather than actually buying 6 previous 360s. Looks more like he only bought 2.

Hilariously, if you order a repair over the phone, instead of online, they charge you an EXTRA $20 for the fact the person on the phone has to put the order through.

This is why when I *did* repair mine, I just went to a store. I was going to just get a Slim after it broke a 2nd time, but seemed I didn't need to... YET.

scikoolaid wrote:How to not get a RROD for 360:

-Get a Jasper model (with the extra heatsink infront of the of CPU from the Falcon model).

-Lay your 360 DOWN, horizontal always.

-Prop up the console with bottle caps or rubber feet at least half inch high.
Do the same to anything you want to put on top of it.

-Allow a space of approx. 4-6 inches to the left and right of the console to breath in air. Don't obstruct the back air exhaust-exit to less than the same distance.

-Install All of your games to the harddrive before playing them.


No idea what kind of 360 I have right now (was handed down to me by a friend who went out and got the R2-D2 model) but that whole bottle cap thing just blew my mind. I may have to do that. Or find rubber feet.
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13 Feb 2013 13:05

I own systems dating back to the Atari2600-Intellivision-Colecovision-Odyssey2 era and all those systems are still functioning without problems.

Of current systems, I'm on my 6th Xbox360 (5 RROD) and 2nd PS3 (YLOD). No problems at all with my 3DS, Wii, PSP, or Wii U.
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13 Feb 2013 14:21

@MoldyClay You definitely should. I used arizona ice tea plastic bottle caps initially, the console's tiny rubber feet almost cling to the top of the caps to not slide off them.

I don't think most people realize even now, the Xbox360 has one of the worst designs for a console ever, the board expends so much heat at the bottom side of the board having a small layer of air below it helps suck the airflow to sweep the heat away constantly instead of bubble it under the DVD drive and hope the fan pulls enough through the heatsinks inside.

And laying it down is just as important for this. If you have an old model, standing it up is almost a surefire way to get a RROD because first you are putting gravity pull on the lead-free solder to move out of place if it gets hot enough, and second you have more off-balance stress on the X-clamps on the chips. Nevermind the airflow, nevermind the danger of disc scratching or knocking it over; the idea is bad and it should never be done.
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13 Feb 2013 14:54

List of hardware failures:

4 NVidia Graphics cards
2 Sega Dreamcasts
1 Wii disc read error
1 PS3 Yellow Light
1 360 RROD

In 2010, my Wii got the disc read error, my PS3 got the yellow light, my 360 got RROD, my DSi's R button broke, and my 2 NVidia cards stopped working. 2010 was a bad year for me.
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13 Feb 2013 15:53

I've had my launch Wii's disc drive die on me while playing Xenoblade Chronicles, but I've since had the disc drive replaced.

Other hardware failures include a PS1 with disc reading problems (replaced with a PS2), and the DS Lite hinge crack (I've had the system for over 3 years at that poin), and a worn D-pad on my Game Boy Advance after years of use.
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13 Feb 2013 16:49

Just repair it yourself. If you follow the guides online, it will actually be much more reliable when it is done.
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13 Feb 2013 16:55

I got my black Wii U for xmas 2012. On Dec 28th 2012, it bricked with a little red light flashing on the console, i wouldn't turn on or eject the disc.

I have yet to get it repaired.
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13 Feb 2013 20:09

Never had an issue with consoles unless you wish to count the hinges on the ds phat. Once those snapped the wiring slowly got messed with till the top screen started giving issues.
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Anonymous
13 Feb 2013 21:39

Only had 2 systems die on me, my 1st PS1 & a PS2, all of my other systems (GameBoy, Snes, N64, Cube, Dreamcast, DS, Wii,PS3, WiiU) work just fine
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14 Feb 2013 00:01

scikoolaid wrote:How to not get a RROD for 360:

-Get a Jasper model (with the extra heatsink infront of the of CPU from the Falcon model).

-Lay your 360 DOWN, horizontal always.

-Prop up the console with bottle caps or rubber feet at least half inch high.
Do the same to anything you want to put on top of it.

-Allow a space of approx. 4-6 inches to the left and right of the console to breath in air. Don't obstruct the back air exhaust-exit to less than the same distance.

-Install All of your games to the harddrive before playing them.


I got my 360 when the first Jaspers where in stores, it was December 2008, and I still have the same Xbox, never had any problems with it, I still have my 4 years old PS3, my launch day Wii, Vita, 3DS, and now a Wii U, I never had a console die on me...
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14 Feb 2013 00:03

My 360 is doing fine :S

I always have some sort of issue with Nintendo hardware starting from the DS lite onward. Save the Wii U.
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14 Feb 2013 00:17

I've had two Gamecube's stop working due to a power surge. I just had to buy new power bricks for those. I was too young to know about surge protectors.

I have also had my Wii disk drive stop working before I replaced it.

I think that's it.
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14 Feb 2013 07:24

Have had 2 gaming consoles fail on me. I got the BSOD on my N64 whilst playing Wrestlemania 2000 with my big brother about 4 years ago. We were both heartbroken, that was a big part of our growing up together and it felt like the end of an era.

About 3 weeks after that our Megadrive gave up whilst playing Streets of rage 2, it had been having problems for a few years - If you even breathed near it it would freeze up, forcing you to power it off and on again. But it finally gave up, and within 1 month of the N64 as well, felt like a gaming holocaust.
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21 Feb 2013 01:26

Ive never had a Nintendo or Sega console that died on me, on the other hand, 4 ps1, 2 p2 2 ps3 and 3 xbox 360s.
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21 Feb 2013 02:39

Had a used PS2 that needed sent in, so that is understandable. Also only used system ever purchased.

Sadly, my launch Wii crapped out on me after 5 years and probably close to 4000 hours of gaming. Still made me mad, lost a lot of data from games you couldn't save to a SD card.

Only one so far. Never owned a 360, and my PS3 is less than 2 years old. Everything else Nintendo related works great. Well NES still works anyway.

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