It was a nice cool spring morning and as I had been busy all week, I decided to take a couple of days off work, being self-employed does have its benefits! So I thought I would have a couple of hours on PGR3 on my Xbox360 as I was desperate to beat one of my records. So, as on any other day, I switched on my Xbox, got comfy on my nice sofa and just waited for things to boot up. I sat there quite patiently, just glancing out the window to see what was going on outside.
I must have got sidetracked a bit, as a few minutes had passed by and I am still waiting for PGR3 to load, however, the TV screen was black! I wondered if I had switched it on, so I double checked, and sure enough it was on and on the right channel. I then glanced down at my Xbox, and I wondered why the flashing red lights had not caught my eye earlier, but there they were in all their glory!
Now this was a few years ago, and back then I did not know anything about the red ring of death as it has come to be known, so after making some very weird noises, which got my wife real curious, I decided to see what I could do to fix the problem as I figured the flashing lights must mean that something is wrong.
Now as a I am a qualified computer technician, I thought this would be a piece of cake! How wrong I was. In fact, my knowledge of computers really didn’t come in to play here, although I did try and look for obvious tell-tale signs. My first step was to switch the console off, then check every cable to make sure nothing had came loose. After switching it back on, I quickly realized that this wasn’t a connection problem.
Now because I had just switched the console on which had been off all week, I knew this could not be a overheating problem, but I thought that maybe something had came loose inside. So I wondered whether or not I should open it up and risk voiding the warranty. I decide at that point to just leave it for a while figuring it would go away, doh!
It turned out that I never went back to it that day, but the very next day when I switched it on, exactly the same thing happened. I then came to the realization that it may be a while until I get back to playing PGR3. So, I decided to phone Microsoft and see what it was going to cost me. It turned out that my Xbox 360 was still under warranty which covered the RROD. Great I thought. However, it was going to cost me in time as I had to send it to their German branch for repair.
About a week later, I finally got my Xbox back, although it was in fact a refurbished model. However, I could now get back to PGR3 and break some records. This whole experience did get me wondering though. What if my warranty had expired? How much would I have had to pay to get it fixed? Is there no way I could have fixed it myself?
They say hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if I knew then what I know now, I could have got my Xbox up and running within a couple of hours! The reason for that is that there are some amazing step-by-step guides available these days which also include video so you can see exactly how it is possible to fix the red ring of death, and you don’t need any technical knowledge to do it! If only I had one of those guides back then!
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