They have avoided the RROD. What is the RROD you ask? RROD is an acronym for Red Ring Of Death (or Red Ring of Doom)
For you non-video-game types out there (who I can only assume do not have boys in the house between the ages of 2 and 120) – the RROD is Microsoft’s fault code for “General Hardware Error” within an XBOX 360. On the front panel of the XBOX 360 is the power button (with green light lit “power” symbol) and four lights that make up a circle that either light up green (meaning all is good) or red (meaning something bad is happening). The XBOX 360 communicates to it’s owners / operators what type of fault is happening by lighting up a different combination (and location) of the ring of lights depending on what is wrong with the unit.
If I am to believe what I have read on the net thus far, it would appear that our boy’s “best friend” just took the big “dirt nap”.
Just doing a quick cursory search of the world wide web, it seems that somewhere between 3% and 25% of the XBOX 360’s out there (depending on who’s facts you choose to believe) succumb to this “General Hardware Failure” RROD at one point or another. The XBOX 360 is notoriously known for it’s tendency to overheat. It was constructed with two poor heatsink straps, very poor ventilation, and lead free solder (which is brittle and can get cracks and breaks from repeated heat / cool down cycles).
I am currently researching and weighing my options on what comes next. I could try one of the many obscure “homebrew” repairs that can be found on the web. I could buy a new (bwa-ha-ha-ha!!! Yeah, right!) or a used replacement unit. I could buy (another) refurbished unit (this one was refurbished). I could send this unit back to Microsoft for an “official” repair, or find a “unofficial” repair specialist who can (or at least claim they can) bring
the boy’s best friend the XBOX 360 back from the great beyond.
Anyone have any experience or suggestions with regard to the above listed options??
Until such time that the XBOX has been raised from the dead, I am hoping my boys will reacquaint themselves with a few items from their past… Something like reading books, cleaning their room, chores, or even visiting with their parents!