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[News] [Rival] Big XBox 360 Disasters Resume as Microsoft Loses Over $5,000,000,000

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Big XBox 360 Disasters Resume as Microsoft Loses Over $5,000,000,000
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 02:17:52 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Are Xbox 360's E74 Failure's The New RRoD?

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| According to polls conducted by Joystiq and Engagdet, E74 failures on Xbox 
| 360's is on the rise. Joystiq asked readers to send in emails with reports of 
| the failure, and recieved an overwhelming number of responses to their call. 
| For those that aren't acquainted with the dreaded E74 failure, it's a problem 
| that occurs when there is an AV cable error. On the surface anyway, because 
| if the cable is still in working order (which it usually is) then it's a 
| scaler chip problem, directly involving the ANA/HANA chip which is connected 
| to the AV cable; or in some cases it's the GPU.       



Increase In Xbox 360 E74 Problems 


New Xbox 360 Hardware Failures Being Reported in Significant Numbers

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| Xbox 360 failures are on the rise since the launch of the New Xbox Experience
| A known Xbox 360 hardware issue is beginning to surface in significant 
| numbers recently based on research conducted by video game site Joystiq. 
| Tentatively called the Xbox 360 E74 error, one of the lights on the “Ring of 
| Lights” on the front of your Xbox 360 console flashes red and you receive the 
| error code and message: "E74. System Error. Contact Xbox Customer Support". 
| The symptoms involve the bottom right portion of the indicator ring 
| repeatedly flashing on and off and lines or snow will become visible across
the screen.       


Microsoft Wants You to Pay for E74 Repairs on Xbox 360s over a year old

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| I had a misunderstanding in my pervious article on the Xbox 360 E74 error. It 
| ends up that Microsoft is saying that it will repair an E74 error stricken 
| Xbox 360 for free only in the first year since purchase since it is still 
| covered under the basic one year warranty so the E74 is ONLY covered by the 
| normal warranty. After that you have to pay to get it fixed. They will pay 
| for shipping but E74 error victims will have to pay to get it fixed if their 
| Xbox 360 is over a year old.      
| [...]
| I am sure that the Xbox Red Ring of Death debacle has devalued the perception 
| of Microsoft as a brand outside of videogames. The RROD and E74 runs the risk 
| of turning an entire generation of future consumers away from seeing 
| Microsoft favorably.   
| I am not even going to mention how much the Jerry Seinfeld Windows Vista ads 
| sucked. 


Xbox Live Cancels Year-Long Prepaid Account, Demands Another Year's
Subscription To Reactivate

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| Xbox Live has struck again, this time by screwing up the auto-renewal on a 
| customer's account and ruining the prepaid annual membership he activated 
| just three months ago.  



Microsoft Needs Its Mojo Back

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| Somewhere in the Silicon Valley, there's a Doctor Evil holding a test tube
| full of Microsoft Mojo. Unlike the golden age of the 1990s, Microsoft isn't
| generating excitement anymore. Sure, people still care what Microsoft does,
| but lately it's more like the industry knows the company is headed for a fall
| and is just rubbernecking to see the inevitable result.
| Problems are arriving on all fronts. Vista uptake in the enterprise just
| isn't happening; it's likely that many Vista licenses sold there are being
| downgraded to XP. Microsoft's plan to combine search forces with Yahoo hardly
| matters; at this point the both of them are plummeting against Google, which
| has nearly 70% share. The Zune music player is a minor nuisance to Apple's
| iPod. Sony just announced price cuts that are likely to push Microsoft into
| another round of XBox cuts, just as they were starting to eke out a profit.
| (Microsoft has lost about $7 billion on XBox since 2002.)
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