…or that it freezes at the worst possible times!
Frustrating, annoying, and a total pain in the arse, my Xbox 360 has always been prone to errors. I clearly remember errors first surfacing back when I was playing Gears of War 1. I would constantly get that annoying ‘disc unreadable’ error whenever I tried to continue from a certain checkpoint online. My 360 just loves to eat discs, and it doesn’t matter what way the system is positioned either, it still happens. But I couldn’t part with my 360 then and it’s really hard for me to part with it now…
Why? Well, you see, with some extra time on my hands for gaming, it would really suck if I didn’t have a console to play. Sure, I’d still have my Wii (but when was the last time I’ve played that) and my DS, but I need my Xbox 360 around so I can reach my goals of beating all those games on my list (Well, except for the DS game Phantom Hourglass, of course).
Recently, my 360 has managed to annoy me enough that I may just have to part with it. The other night, while I was playing Dead Space (because Dead Space is really meant to be played at night so the screams of the creatures when they jump out at you also make you jump out of your skin), my 360 froze and displayed a bunch of blue vertical lines on screen.
There wasn’t a red ring problem at all. I just remember hearing the disc stop spinning and not even the controller was responding. So I decided to just try it again in the morning.
The next day, I was savoring the feeling of satisfaction of killing an enemy by test firing the shuttle engines at the precise moment, before he was able to regenerate. It was so great to finally see him burn up in the flames hehe..until I hear the disc stop spinning and see the blue vertical lines again. OMG! I wanted to throw the controller right at the screen. My 360 definitely hates me. Or, from what I’ve read online, the blue lines are the result of overheating. I’ve made sure that my 360 has adequate ventilation to prevent it from overheating but the error persists.
I just want to keep the system long enough to beat Dead Space (2 more chapters left) and then I will send it in for repair. I checked online and someone posted that for this same error, he paid $139 USD for his repair. I’m hoping it will be the same price for me. Considering that it has the disc problem as well as the hardware issue..it may cost a little more. A new Xbox 360 is around $300..and I, unfortunately, can’t afford it right now.
Besides the cost for the repair, another concern I have is how long I’d be without the system. I’ve heard the stories of long lost consoles, 360s taking months to be returned, and it’s not something I’m looking forward to. For those of you who have had to send your 360s in, do you remember how long it took to be returned?