My XBox has gone to that great game graveyard in the sky...

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So, yesterday I asked about the new XBox 360. My old XBox must have heard that, and in a fit of jealousy committed suicide. Last night I went to play X-Men Legends (which, by the way, rocks, especially if you are a Diablo fan), and the game kept freezing. I thought at first it was a bad disk, but noticed the machine was acting weird without any disc in it. Whenever I tried to browse the HD, the machine would stutter and generally move slowly. I was able to copy some games off (except for the games where the bastard creators refused to let you back them up), but eventually the machine just stopped responding. I got various errors at various times, but as of this morning, the machine is running so slow I can't even browse the menu. It definitely feels like a bad hard drive, although I don't hear any kind of clicking or other abnormal behaviour. Of course, the XBox is below my Cox DVR which also has a drive, so it is a bit hard to tell.

So yes - I know I can open it up, hook it up to my PC and check disk it, but I'm really a hardware noob. Also - my current PC only has SATA drives, with no IDE controller. I have an external drive bay for my media drive, which I could extract, but again, being a hardware chicken, I try not to touch that stuff when I don't have to.


I guess I'll have to pick up a new one. If I do, then I will try to crack open the old one. It would be sad if all it needs is a simple checkdisk operation to fix it.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Rob Brooks-Bilson posted on 11/23/2005 at 9:10 PM

Good luck trying to pick up one of the new 360's (at least at the MSRP).

Comment 2 by Adrian J. Moreno posted on 11/23/2005 at 9:16 PM

Hmmmm . . . if we start hearing that more XBoxes are dying the day after the XBox360 lauches, well let's just hope they don't go all "I, Robot" on us. :)

Instead of hooking the XBox HD up to your motherboard, you can pickup external USB/FW HD enclosures for around $15 at Fry's or CompUSA. Just pop in the IDE drive, plug it into the USB or Firewire port and Windows should recognize it.

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/23/2005 at 9:51 PM

So - this is interesting. I called XBox customer support. The guy I spoke to said today was -crazy- because of the XBox 360, and that no one at his place had gotten any training yet for the 360.

Anyway - I was able to finally browse to the HD, and it said it had 0 blocks. Definitely a HD crash. It's 80 bucks plus shipping to fix it. If shipping is < 20 bucks, it is still cheaper than a used machine.

Comment 4 by johnb posted on 11/23/2005 at 10:07 PM

i'd wait a while yet on the 360 -

Comment 5 by Seth Petry-Johnson posted on 11/23/2005 at 10:08 PM

You might want to wait a few days and see if used Xboxes start hitting eBay after their owners buy a 360. I'm sure there are a ton of people like me that bought the Xbox for only a handful of games in the first place, all of which are playable on the 360 in emulation mode.

Comment 6 by Carlos Muniz posted on 11/23/2005 at 10:19 PM

I hope I'm not being to straight forward but, can I have it?

I'll pay the shipping. I guess it never hurts to ask.

I love to tinker with stuff.

Oh, FYI I went to the local GameStop here in San Antonio, TX and they told me they had 75 preorders and only received 11. Thanks to Bill's change from North America to the a world wide release. needless to say many people are quoting COSTANZA, "George is getting upset!"...

Comment 7 by Derek P posted on 11/24/2005 at 2:00 AM

yeah, get a xbox 360 with Xbox Live! I'll play with ya! :)

Comment 8 by David G posted on 11/24/2005 at 5:53 AM

I had the exact same problem a month or so back. It was a secondhand machine I bought off eBay (cheapcheap!) so I had no warranty options.

I ended up replacing the HD myself through various not-so-legit means (which were surprisingly easy) and haven't had a problem since.

As Seth mentioned tho, you will probably be able to pick them up off eBay by the truckload over the next few months.

Comment 9 by Nick Tong posted on 11/25/2005 at 6:51 PM

I'd wait a while on the 360 as well.

Comment 10 by Joshua posted on 11/27/2005 at 4:11 AM

I ran across this site today. Web hosting on xbox machines. (php / mysql, no cf) There is an idea for you Ray.