The saga of my broken Xbox 360 Elite has concluded...or has it?!? When I last wrote about my poor, damaged Elite, it was in the Microsoft-provided coffin and ready for repair. Shipping out my system and getting it back was a straightforward process. Since I was busy playing another game (which may or may not come out on February 27!!!) and had two weeks on the road, I'll give you the rundown on the effortless repair process...and my current Xbox 360 maladies (oy).
On January 22, I schlepped to UPS to drop off my Xbox 360. The clerk made this helpful remark, "Damn. We sure get a lot of these things." Not only does UPS ship your goods at a rate that's substantially lower than the competition, its clerks also provide you with insightful commentary. What a deal!
On January 29, I received an email notifying me that the repair was complete. On February 4, my new Xbox 360 had arrived. Considering that UPS Ground was the method of shipping both ways, I was surprised that the whole thing took less than two weeks.
After snapping my hard drive into the new system, it was time to reacquire the rights to all my downloaded content. This was a pain in the ass. You basically have to click on all your DLC to download the usage rights to all your content. If you have a lot of games, add-ons, and the like, this can take way longer than it ought to.
Just to be sure, I recreated the moment that bricked my Xbox 360. Sure enough, my friend made it through Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees" on Lips without destroying my console. All appeared well with my Elite. Aside from some Street Fighter II Uno, I really didn't use my Xbox 360 for much. As I said before, I was playing the game that must not be named (February 27!!!) and spent two weeks on the road.
While I was attending DICE 2009, my retail copy of Street Fighter IV arrived. The first thing I did after some light unpacking was install it on my Xbox 360. I played a total of two matches before these funny vertical bars started showing up. I reset the machine and the bars appeared again, only this time, it cost me an online match. After repeating the process a handful of times, I was just frustrated and went to sleep.
The next day, I chatted with some industry friends. The first suggestion was to try another cable. Since that didn't work, everyone said that the GPU must be bad. I'm still looking for a workaround or some kind of solution, because I really don't want to go through the repair process again.
Anyone have any guesses as to what's plaguing my Xbox 360 Elite? Any solutions? Or do I have to contact customer service, yet again, to repair thisfrickin' thing? In the immortal words of The Beatles, "Help!"