Xbox 360 problems
My Xbox 360 had been working fine for over two years, but then
suddenly died at the end of September. The screen took on a green
tint and then produced no video signal at all.
It was one of the original "Premium" or "Pro"
units that shipped with a 20GB hard drive and no HDMI port. I bought
it at Best Buy on 09-Aug-2006 with a 2-year product replacement
plan. Unfortunately, my 360 died seven weeks after the Best Buy
warranty expired. Ugh.
Microsoft originally offered a 1-year warranty but extended it to
3 years for units that displayed "three red flashing
lights" (aka the Red Ring of Death). I never got any red
lights so my unit wasn't covered. My options were to either pay $99
to have Microsoft service/replace it, fix it myself using a $20 kit
and instructions available online or buy a new unit (at a minimum
cost of $200). I ended going with the first option and got a
refurbished 360 back today. It's working fine, but it still produces
a tremendous amount of heat. I was hoping the refurb would run
cooler. If the replacement dies after the warranty period, I'll try
the DIY route. At that point I'll have less to lose.