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Old 12-16-02, 10:30 AM
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What's the First Sign that your XBOX is about to die?

I recently have been playing MADDEN 2003, and i've played the heck outta the game, but last night i got a Disc Dirty message. So i took it out, looked at it, and it looked fine. Then i started another game in my franchise, and i was almost finished, then the game gave me the same message. My XBOX is not that old, and i was just wondering if this is my laser crapping out on me, or just a fluke with the game. I didn't try anything else yet, since i was fed up after that.

Just curious of others stories of XBOX deaths
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Old 12-16-02, 10:42 AM
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When it starts singing the "Daisy" song.
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Old 12-16-02, 10:55 AM
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When the fat lady next door starts to sing... well that could mean alot of things are dying tho.
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Old 12-16-02, 11:20 AM
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I get the same dirty disc errors with enclave and sometimes with the XBOX LIVE. It's especially frustrating with ENCLAVE due to the lack of in-level save.

This seems to be a not-uncommon problem for XBOX systems. I don't know if it signals the death of you machine, but if it keeps up it may require a DVD drive replacement. Something that MS "generously" offers for $100. Unless you're still under warranty, then it's free.
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When you boot up Halo and see this:

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or when you boot up Splinter Cell and it looks like this:

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Old 12-16-02, 11:32 AM
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seriously, I would not worry about your xbox dieing just yet.... I would try boiling your disc though. It certainly will not hurt anything and in most cases, it solves the problem. Boil 2~3 minutes label side up. Gonna have to rig up some way to hold it in the water though.... I used a spoon with the handle through the hole. Done it with 2 demo discs and the problems never came back. Sounds silly but it works
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I thought you were only supposed to do it for 20 seconds? Has anyone tried it one a actual game (as opposed to a demo disc)?
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Old 12-16-02, 01:27 PM
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I was having the same problems with mine for the few months. I finally got tired of it so I called Xbox support. They said this is a common problem. I gave them my serial number and they said it was still under warrenty. They sent me a box in the mail with airborne shipping pre-paid. I am waiting to get my box back after the tune-up soon.
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Old 12-16-02, 02:00 PM
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Originally posted by edstein
I was having the same problems with mine for the few months. I finally got tired of it so I called Xbox support. They said this is a common problem. I gave them my serial number and they said it was still under warrenty. They sent me a box in the mail with airborne shipping pre-paid. I am waiting to get my box back after the tune-up soon.
The Three month warrenty?
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No no, nurse! I said to prick his boil, not boil his...
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Old 12-16-02, 04:00 PM
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Originally posted by Groucho
No no, nurse! I said to prick his boil, not boil his...
...lol...nah u aint dirty...
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Old 12-16-02, 05:23 PM
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Originally posted by goLUCKY
The Three month warrenty?
I did not mention to the rep when I purchased my system. I had mine on launch day last year. YMMV
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Sorry but boiling your disc does nothing but get it wet. I tried this with Ghost Recon and it didn't fix anything. Whoever thought of that must have been smoking crack.
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I would return my xbox right away if I were you.
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Boiling discs work!
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Old 12-17-02, 01:19 AM
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Boiling discs work!
worked twice for me too
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Old 12-17-02, 08:32 AM
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Well, it works fine again. I played 2 or 3 games of Madden last night.....must have been a fluke.
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Old 12-17-02, 12:23 PM
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If you go to the XBOX forums on XBOX.com you'll find that there seem to be a fairly significant number of people experiencing problems like this. Supposedly they've had problems with the DVD drive in the initial run of XBOXs (rumor or fact I don't know).

The standard fix seems to be send it in to MS for a $100 DVD replacement, but there is also a large number of people who claim to get free fixes well after the warranty has run out. They also claim they didn't have the extended warranty. It is a web forum so who knows how much is real or made up (no offense to the fine folks here).
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Boiling works great but if its your console boiling that wont help.
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Originally posted by DVDHO
Boiling works great but if its your console boiling that wont help.
Now you tell me. I new there shouldn't have been sparks flying out.
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Boiling the discs do help especially the OXM demo discs, but it's just a temporary fix. I sent mine off several weeks ago and MS gave me a refurb unit that has the new Philips DVDdrive in it, replacing the P.O.S. RCA DVDdrive.

I've been playing all the demo discs that wouldn't load before and I haven't got one dirty disc error even on LIVE since I got the new unit.

Take it from me it's only gonna get worse, so you need to get it fixed asap. You'll save yourself a world of headache.

P.S. Don't let them (MS) give you any crap about having to pay $100 for the repairs. I raised enough hell at them that the CS supervisor agreed to repair/replace it for $50.

My stupidity for not getting the extended warrantee.
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Originally posted by DVDHO
Boiling works great but if its your console boiling that wont help.
Plus it would take a hell of a big pot to boil an X-box.
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