Xbox 360 Issues

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  1. Guitarmiester

    Guitarmiester Awesome-O

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    I was about to play some COD MW3 until my 360 decided to give me an E74 message, which seems to be pretty common. Is this worth getting repaired or should I buy another 360?

    I found an electronics shop in my area that would repair the unit for about $40, but that makes me wonder if they're going to try some of the sketchy repairs I've come across on youtube that are probably short term and cause more problems down the road.

    Any insight or ideas?
     
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    AK DRAGON Guitar Popcicle

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    I've never personally encountered it, but my nephew fixed his by doing something similar to what AK DRAGON posted, but he didn't use pennies.

    He had some copper heatsinks laying around (him and his father both work in the computer industry, and do a lot of side work). He chopped them up to fit, and hasn't had a problem since.

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    I'm not sure how the video fix would work, since the 'heatsinks' (taped together pennies), are completely covered with tape. You want metal-metal contact to draw away any heat created by the chip. The electrical tape is going to act as an insulator, and not let enough heat pass to the 'heatsink'.

    Strange. But, in the world of 'hey-ill-fix-your-xbox-with-a-fucking-towel", it might work :lol:
     
  4. Guitarmiester

    Guitarmiester Awesome-O

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    I saw that video earlier, but didn't make it past the borefest of Mr. Awkward talking directly into the camera for who knows how long. Like all of the other DIY fixes, seems a little odd but could work.

    I'm still debating whether I take it to someone for repair or buy a new Xbox.
     
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    AK DRAGON Guitar Popcicle

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    I didn't catch that the first time round.. goober.. I'd say solder those pennies together or as he calls them 'nickels'.
    definately use some thermal grease to assist in heat transfer

    Try fixing it yourself first. if that doesn't work then you can say you at least tried fixing it instead of spending retail for a new one
     
  6. Guitarmiester

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    It does look like a really easy fix. I'll be sure to scrounge up some "nickels" that look strangely like pennies. I'll have to rewatch the video.

    Has anyone opened up their Xbox before? I think I saw a bunch of videos on just being able to open up your 360 lol.
     
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    Guitarmiester Awesome-O

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    Do any of you guys use a cooling fan?

    The guy I took my 360 to is still working on it. It seems to be an issue with the GPU and there are also random spots on the circuit board that show signs of overheating. If he gets the thing running again, which he's confident he can do, I'd like to get a cooling unit.

    A lot of the fans I've come across seem odd. Why would you attach a fan to the back of the unit when there's a fan blowing the hot air out in the same place? Seems counter-productive. The cooling fan stands look ideal, but I'd prefer to get one that has its own power supply, rather than running off the Xbox power or a USB slot.
     
  8. FireInside

    FireInside THE. DEAD. SEASON.

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    The fan that I use has its own power supply and is supposed to draw the warm air out of the console.
     
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    Which are you using?
     
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    FireInside THE. DEAD. SEASON.

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    I'll check it out when I get home in a couple hours. I was trying to find it on Amazon.com but I have no idea what it is. I'll let you know though.

    Edit: I spoke too soon. This is the one that I have:

    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Intercooler-TS/dp/B001COVHMS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1324152746&sr=8-6

    "The Intercooler TS provides increased air flow away from the 360 which allows the console to perform in a cooler, better ventilated environment ideal for cramped entrainment centers. "Nyko's TempSmart technology automatically powers on the Intercooler's fans when needed, and continue to cool the console even after the system has been powered down till a proper ambient temperature has been reached. "

    Basically, it senses the air temp and automatically turns it self on. The last 6 months or so it has gotten loud as fuck but still seems to be working.

    My last xbox (about 2 years ago) suffered from the "open tray error." After I got a new drive and fixed that I got the Red Ring o Death a couple weeks later. With my current Xbox I have used this fan since day 1 and have always kept my Xbox in a well ventilated area to keep it cool. I have not had any problems so far. Its a shame the Xbox has such a high failure rate...Good luck.
     
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    GazPots Is A Complete Idiot.

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    Anyone else have their (white) xboxes take AGES to shutdown?

    I hit the power button and it goes to a black screen but still stays powered on for a good 40 seconds or more.

    Someone said it was the cloud storage syncing with the server but here's the kicker, mine's switched off because i don't want that shit.


    So what the fuck did they change in the last update that's now pissing me off big time?
     
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    Got my 360 back this afternoon and it's working perfectly. That saves me a little chunk of change since I don't have to buy another.

    FireInside I came across that same unit, I'll have to look a little more into it. Mine definitely gets plenty of air flow but these things heat up like no other, so a fan is a must. I'll see what I can find and hopefully it'll breath even more life into my current console before I eventually replace it.
     

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