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The official "Broken Xbox 360' thread
« on: November 23, 2005, 12:25:24 pm »
I'm starting this thread for people who got defective 360s in to rant.  Really it's just my morbid curiosity.

For those who don't know, apparently there's a bunch of bad 360s out there.  I;ve already seen some firsthand complaints at

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Re: The official "Broken Xbox 360' thread
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2005, 07:50:01 pm »
(DOA stands for Dead On Arrival)


actually just picked mine up from best buy brought it home put in some need for speed played it for i dont know about 10 minutes and in the middle of a race it just hung and the screeen scrambled. so i shut the system off and ejected the disc and seen that now my brand new game is completely scratched with like 6-7 rings all the way around. so yeah i am pissed. anyone else have this problem?


I am getting "E 74" error code on my 360 and the top right light on the circle is flashing red, cannot get through to tech support as they are overloaded right now.


I got to play PDZ for under five minutes before my 360 froze. When/if I turn it back on with or without game inserted I get red lights in sectors 1,3, and 4. I called MS and was told this indicated a hardware failure. After the brilliant tech support told me I should just restart it and call back if it happened again, I was afraid we would get nowhere fast. I then explained that my 360 would not turn back on and was now only a $400 piece of plastic that blinked red lights at me. After some more miscommunication, he said he would schedule a repair man to come out and take a look when I called back with my serial number! Wow, MS does house calls. Before commiting to that though, I called the store where I purchased it and was told that fortunately, someone cancelled their preorder and they had an extra one they had not put out yet. So now for round two, hopefully just one in a million. I did have fun for the five minutes it worked!


Yeah, I got a core at EBGames, thing was flashign red in all but one of the lights on front the first time I plugged it in, so I unplugged it and let it sit, plugged it back in, worked fine all night; now it's doing it 3/4 of the times I turn it on, and if I get it to start, it freezes up with vertical lines on the screen shortly afterwards.

On hold with MS support for 3 hours now. EBGames didn't have any spares to swap out and said it'd be awhile before they had another shipment. Damnit. Any ideas?


I live in the middle of Missouri, but from what I gathered from talking to the support at 1 800 4MY XBOX and reading other forums, sending a repair man is the standard operating procedure. I even asked if it would be faster if I sent/took it somewhere, but since it was brand new he said they were doing house calls. Just tell them you have hardware failure and sectors 1,3, and 4 are flashing red. I don't know how far in the future the appointment will be. Fortunately, my store has a replacement so I am just going to get a new one.


I called 1-800-4-my-xbox, they said they would have to send a box out and I'd send it back to them, 2-4 weeks total turnaround, and they said they absolutely don't do housecalls, anywhere, so I don't know about that. EBGames says at least a week before they get another shipment and they won't refund this one. I'm outta luck and out of $800 worth of **** for a week or four. Damnit.


ugh 3 hours in playing COD2 and Amped3 and I go the black screen of death and now it won't recover.

I turned off the game with the contoller and now it won't start up (it goes straight to the black Error 74 screen)

Anyone have an Idea?

I have tried the following:
1. Restarting
2. Unplugging and replugging in everything
3. Removing the hard drive and starting without it
4. Restarting with and without a game in the console

I am going to call MS but I am not hopeful this wil get it fixed


im sure its only a small % of machines that fail, but FFS, this is not good!!

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Re: The official "Broken Xbox 360' thread
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2005, 10:15:25 pm »
That is hilarious! I hope some of those people waited for 30+ hours to get their Xbox 360.