Xbox 360 Elite: Same Old Problems?

Reports emerge of 'ring of death'

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Reports have already emerged that the some Xbox 360 Elites are showing the red ring of death. This comes just a day after the model's release in the US.

Apparently disc-scratching issues are also emerging, with the video below demonstrating that one unit (in the owner's words) "always sounds like a screaming banshee on crack". At this stage, however, SPOnG's treating the reports as rumour only until we see more evidence.

That's not to say, however, that the reports are implausible. The 360, in both its core and premium configurations, is notorious for dying for no apparent reason. Most recently the issue arose thanks to a patch released by Red Octane to fitch the Whammy Bar on Guitar Hero II.

Given that the 360 has been on sale for over a year now Microsoft ought to have been able to sort its hardware issues out. If the rumours prove to be true and the problem widespread could it be that consumers might have fallen victim to a rush job for the sake of PS3 spoiler antics? The Elite was announced just a few days after the PS3 launch and only a month before it hit retailers, after all. SPOnG, of course, would never suggest such a thing, but we know some people who might.

SPOnG has the footage of an Elite allegedly failing to read a disc, but remains sceptical. We tried filming our 360 and making 'grrrrr' noises next to it and achieved a similar effect...

Needless to say, we'll monitor the situation and keep you informed of any updates.



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knotu 19 May 2007 13:36
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red ring of death hit my elite last night. woke up this morning and it's fine...for now - maybe it was the red ring of fire
matt 22 May 2007 09:55
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the elite in that vid looks like xbox 360 with a black knight mod case trust me ive got one (a black knight case) my xbox 360 has never had any problems until a wire in the power cord came lose and im still useing it (not recomeded to anyone else its a fire hazerd i should get it fixed) my xbox 360 has had a lot done to it it fell off a table i fell on it and it rolled down a hill in the xbox 360 bag
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Junglingo 16 Sep 2007 12:25
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sending my elite back today after the red ring of death. i've had it 3 days!!!!!!!
matt 8 May 2008 09:53
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I got the Elite and it keeps freezing on GTA IV. I hope it aint gonna ring of death me!
schnide 8 May 2008 13:39
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PreciousRoi wrote:
On the topic of the original article, the Elite shares the same DVD drive as all other 360's so any issues there are bound to be found across the line.

Main gripe for me is Rainbow Six freezing up infrequently, but I understand this is a universal complaint.


Phew! That's alright then.
chelsea 1 Sep 2008 13:56
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Mines showing the red ring thing ... just came back off holiday and it wouldnt work and my mates has done it too ..
SuperSaiyan4 2 Sep 2008 13:05
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schnide wrote:
PreciousRoi wrote:
On the topic of the original article, the Elite shares the same DVD drive as all other 360's so any issues there are bound to be found across the line.

Main gripe for me is Rainbow Six freezing up infrequently, but I understand this is a universal complaint.


Phew! That's alright then.


Actually no, there are different DVD drives many know this already.

I have never had any issues with my Elite and I have the Falcon edition.

schnide 2 Sep 2008 13:31
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SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
schnide wrote:
PreciousRoi wrote:
On the topic of the original article, the Elite shares the same DVD drive as all other 360's so any issues there are bound to be found across the line.

Main gripe for me is Rainbow Six freezing up infrequently, but I understand this is a universal complaint.


Phew! That's alright then.


Actually no, there are different DVD drives many know this already.

I have never had any issues with my Elite and I have the Falcon edition.



Once again, you are wrong.

http://www.gwn.com/news/story.php/id/12467/Xbox_360_Elite_DVD_Drive.html

The Elite can have the same drive that are found in the other, multiple, RROD'ing machines.
LUPOS 3 Sep 2008 15:47
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"Can have" and "does have" are very different statements. You can have sex with a goat, but I don't go around assuming that means you do.
schnide 3 Sep 2008 16:56
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LUPOS wrote:
"Can have" and "does have" are very different statements. You can have sex with a goat, but I don't go around assuming that means you do.


Do have, then.

And I mean about the DVD drive, not having sex with a goat - although I do that too, but only if she's willing to talk dirty.
dido 13 May 2009 19:41
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how can i get my xbox360's password
Fridge 27 May 2009 18:00
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Does anyone else have this problem, 360 elite nearly a year old,, and only one quarter of the ring of death (2nd quarter). Did the usual checks leads out blah blah blah and error 74 came up do I need to send the bloody thing off again ??Never had a PS 1,2 or 3 but thinking of switching, getting a bit miffed off doing this every year.
your mum 13 Jun 2009 07:54
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xbox 360 rules especially the elites jasper model not falcon model
Lyric 23 Jun 2009 19:39
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Ok.. I have the xbox premium and havent had a problem with it for the 6 months I've owned it now. I barrowed my friends Elite, had it for ten minutes, its froze on me then I got the red ring!! All I did was hook it up and pushed power at this point and now he wants me to pay for it!
Honestly I have no problem with paying for it if only I knew what I did to it! But only having it for literally 10mins! I know it couldnt have been anything I did!
Somebody help me Please!!! I'm stressing my brain out right now.
Jason 15 Jul 2009 12:04
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I mod and fix xbox 360's. There are drives from 4 manufacturers. Toshiba-Samsung, Lite-On, BenQ and Hitachi. Microsofts answer to illegal modding was the Phillips Lite-On DG-16D2s which doesn't give out its DVD drive key over SATA, and needs a TSL-RS232 converter. Anyway, the a red ring of death can have a number of causes; the thermal paste on the CPU and GPU heatsink has burnt away enough to not properly conduct heat to the heatsinks, resulting in the chips getting too hot to function correctly. Also the clamps which pin the heatsinks to the motherboard can some times warp the motherboard and cause the cpu an gpu to lose contact with the bus. This can also happen with the RAM chips, Team Xecutors Rrod repair kit will sort most of these errors. The E7 error is related to a problem with video output, this could be cabling or a problem with the GPU. The red ring of death has mostly been solved in the latest version of the motherboards by changing the cpu and gpu to a 65nm process from a 90nm, resulting in a lower thermal output from the chips. In most cases this has worked. It should be noted that when hardware gets a red ring you can fix it numerous times but generally eventually it will get to a point where it won't come back on. And the elite hardware is exactly the same as any other released recently with a bigger hard drive an better looking case.
simon 5 Dec 2009 17:42
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@Jason now thats a good reply;)
Mr.T 12 Dec 2009 18:59
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Im having problems with my disc tray when I insert a game disc it doesn't play it just says open tray over and over.
MR. STRIPES 1 Mar 2010 00:59
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xbox 360's always seem to fail and with microsoft saying they fixed the RRoD on the elite system and people still report problems with it im wondering if i should get a elite any suggestions???? please reply
Tbone 29 Mar 2010 20:32
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I am also in the same boat. I bought a NEW xbox 360, had it for 2 months and it died, so I sent it to microsoft to fix(?) and instead they send me a refurb xbox 360-someone else's problem given to me thanks microsoft. After another year, the horrid red ring of death. Get this, they want me to spend another $100 to fix or more like send me another refurb-NO THANKS! I throw it into the garbage and got a PS3. Oh thank you Sony, you never let me down. True story.
Aslan 5 Dec 2011 14:47
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i have an xbox elite and it works fine ive got it for about a year now and im worried about the red ring of death will it happen :(
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