If you’ve read the, My XBOX360 is cooler than your XBOX360, then you know how about a year ago, i bought an XBOX 360 at a charity auction which was signed by Steve Ballmer.
I’ve had some “This disc cannot be read” errors, requiring a restart, but they only happend in 2 games (PGR3 and Oblivion), and after restarting, the system generally worked fine.
That all changed today when i was going to continue co-op Gears of War with a friend. The dreaded “Ring of Light” appeared….
I then spent time talking to the computer voice to walk me through trying workarounds to make it work, but “max” (or whatever the robot’s name was) couldn’t help me, so i went onto hold. While on hold i took pictures of all of the serial numbers on the console (Manufacture date: 2005-12-07!), hard drive, and power supply. The apologetic tech asked standard questions, then asked for the serial #, and told me it would be replaced free of charge, free shipping.
So now begins my drama of having the xbox repaired/replaced. The tech on the phone said that it was going to probably be replaced, so my “signed” xbox might be no more. I’m not going to take the top cover off, because that would void my warranty and i’d have no xbox at all!
We’ll see how well the return process goes, as a friend has had 3 defective ones now, so the one he just got back from service is going up on ebay and he’s getting a Wii instead….