The XBOX 360 FAQ

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Due to Request from MyBB members here is the MYBB Xbox 360 FAQ

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1. Who is the company that makes the Xbox 360?

Microsoft Corporation is the developer of the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system.

2. Who designed the Xbox 360?

The Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system was designed by Microsoft, in conjunction with two of the most innovative design firms in the world: San Francisco-based Astro Studios and Osaka, Japan-based Hers Experimental Design Laboratory Inc; which worked together to craft a sleek, stylish system that conveys the very essence of the Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft chose IBM, ATI and SiS at its technology partners for the design of the Xbox 360 hardware.

3. What does the “360” stand for?

Microsoft’s main objective when designing the Xbox 360 was to “create a living entertainment experience powered by human energy.” The idea is to create a gaming platform that offers players unique experiences that will differ based upon an individual’s playing style and their decisions rather than the game itself, thus making the gamer the center of the entire experience and letting everything associated to revolve around them.

4. What is the capacity of the hard drive?

The Xbox 360 HDD is 20, 60 & 120 GB.

5. Is the Xbox 360 HDD internal?

No, the X360 HDD is detachable and upgradeable.

6. What disc formats does the DVD drive support?

The DVD drive supports for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD.

7. What about HD-DVD and Blu-Ray?

The Xbox 360 has a standard 12X DVD-9 (dual layer) drive and it had a HD-DVD drive addon. Speculation is that the Xbox 360 may incorporate in the future the Blu-Ray DVD format developed by Sony.

8. What is the The Guide?

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The Guide is an entertainment gateway that instantly connects players to the Xbox 360 experience: your games, your friends, your music. It is a brand new interface designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 that can overlay on top of any content that is being played on the Xbox 360; whether that is a game, a DVD movie, a picture or a music visualization. There is no need for the user to leave a game or any other content being played on the Xbox 360 to access The Guide. You can receive game invites from friends while playing games, watching movies, or listening to music.

9. What is The Ring of Light?

Divided into four quadrants, the glowing Ring of Light is a system that combines hardware and software features into one entity, that together with the Xbox Guide Button on the controller, connect you to your games, digital media, and Xbox Live. The Ring of Light will also indicate such items as player specific notifications and is fully programmable by developers for possible use in games.

10. What is Xbox Live Marketplace? The Xbox Live Marketplace is a one-stop shop to download new game trailers, demos, and episodic content, plus new game levels, maps, weapons, vehicles, skins, and more. Accessible to everyone who establishes a broadband connection with their Xbox 360, Xbox Live Marketplace lets you personalize and extend your experience, on demand.

11. What OS does the Xbox 360 use?

The Xbox 360 uses a custom operating system. It resides on a 16 MB file system and has access to a maximum of 32 MB of the system's memory. Updates are mandatory if the user signs into Xbox Live.

Original Blade System (Nov 2005 - Nov 2008)
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NXE (Nov 2008)
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12. Why was the Xbox called a “videogame system” and now the Xbox 360 is being referred to as a “videogame and entertainment system”?

The Xbox videogame system was Microsoft’s first foray into the videogame industry. Microsoft had to avoid its PCish look and prove it was serious about his home console. Now that Xbox is an established player in the industry, Microsoft is extending the entertainment capabilities of the Xbox platform by incorporating a vast array of new features related to digital entertainment.

The X360 is an integrated music, picture, games, and movie center. You can use the Xbox Live Camera to video chat or send video messages to friends across the globe via Xbox Live. You can also connect to a Windows XP Media Center PC and stream recorded television, videos, movies, music, and photos from the MCPC straight to the Xbox 360.

You can connect your portable music device to enjoy your favorite music while playing a game or chatting with friends online.

You can enjoy and share your digital photos with friends and family.

You can keep in touch with instant messaging via Windows Messenger and Xbox Live.

13. Is the Xbox 360 a computer?

The 360 it is not a PC in the sense of PC as a productivity tool. However, its hardware capabilities and technical specifications make the 360 as powerful as most current desktop PC's available on the market currently.

14. Is the Xbox 360 a Media Center PC?

No, however it can connect to a Windows XP or vista Ultimate MC PC to stream content, but it is more of a Media Center PC amplifier/extender than a Media Center PC substitute.

15. What are the physical dimensions of the Xbox 360?

The Xbоx 360 weights 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg) and is: 12.15 in (309 mm) wide x 3.27 in (83 mm) high x 10.15 in (258 mm) deep.

16. If the Xbox 360 System doesn’t come with a hard drive, nor a memory unit, how would I save games?

To save games you need the Xbox 360 hard drive or a 360 memory unit.The arcade SKU comes with a 256 mb memory card as standard.


17. I have seen a black Xbox 360, what is that ?

That black Xbox 360 is the Elite (the top model of all the 360's) the X360 dev kit is also black but only developers have access to dev kits.

18. Why does the Xbox 360 HDD costs 10 times more than a PC HDD of the same size?

The 360 HDD is a 2.5” HDD, similar to those found in notebooks. The HDD that you buy for your PC are 3.5”. Considering that notebook parts are always more expensive than desktop PC components, it is reasonable that the 360 HDD costs more than a desktop PC HDD of the same size.

19. Will the Xbox 360 work on any TV ?

Yes, the 360 will work on any TV. Even if the 360 has been designed to play games in HDTV 720p (1280x720) mode with 5.1 surround sound, the 360 will also work with regular TV that has NTSC or PAL and stereo audio capabilities.

20. Xbox 360 is supposed to be a digital media hub, Can it play Divx or Xvid content? My current DVD player can but what about 360?

yes. Xbox 360 consoles connected to Xbox live are able to download the 7mb media update.

21. How many Xbox 360 variations are there ?
There are currently 3 360 SKU's in circulation, the budget model called the arcade which replaced the original core model, the arcade has no HDD but comes with a 256mb memory card, the middle model is the Premium aka the pro model, which is the standard model so to speak, the premium used to come with a 20 GB HDD (until mid 2008) all recent premiums are fitted with a 60 GB HDD as standard. The top model is the Elite which is black and has a 120 GB HDD. Initially the elite was the only variation which came with HDMI but since the discontinuation of the Xenon xbox 360's all models come with HDMI 1.2 as standard (the elite comes with an HDMI cable)

22. What is Xenon, Zephyr, Falcon, Opus, Jasper & Valhalla ?
Xenon is the original xbox 360 design (xenon was also the code name of the xbox 360 during development) the xenon models had 90 nm GPU and CPU processors and did not come with an HDMI port (xenon's were discontinued due to their large amounts of heat produced which resulted in high failure rates of consoles), the xenon model was fitted with an HDMI port and Bigger heatsinks which resulted in the Zephyr xbox 360's, initially only the elite models were zephyr xbox's but the final iteration of the core and early premiums also had zephyr mainboards. The Zephyr models was replaced with Falcon 360's in late 2007, all falcon 360 have hdmi 1.2 ports, 65 nm CPU's and 90 nm GPU's, improved cooling and the falcon models are also able to upscale dvd's from internally, Falcons can be identified from earlier versions by a re-designed power connector and a power supply that runs at 175w. The motherboard layout is also different. The replacement for the falcon models are the Jasper design which come's with a 65 nm CPU and GPU, The Opus 360's are refurbed Xenon models but fitted with the 65 nm CPU from the Falcon models (Opus models have been nicknamed the zombie 360's). The final design of the xbox 360 due next year is the valhalla design which will use less power than current models and it will be fitted with a combined GPU/CPU which will reduce production cost and which will run more quieter and cooler than even the Jasper models. Valhalla 360's will have a 45 nm processor.

23.What's the easiest way for South Africans to buy MS points to use on the Xbox Live Marketplace?

Register on www.gamepointsnow.com wait a week for a confirmation letter and receive point codes delivered to your email when purchased. Payment are made via Paypal or Google Checkout.

24.What connection do I need to play on Xbox Live?

384k or 512k for joining in other people's games but to be able to host, a 4Mb line is needed. 3G and HSDPA are also fine for Live but have inferior latency to ADSL.
 
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25.Can I stream media to my 360?

Yes. The 2 most popular pieces of software (if you dont have media center edition of xp or vista ultimate) that are used to stream audio and video to the 360 are WMP11 and TVersity. Both work great and there are guides all over the net on how to set up streaming to the 360. Links will be provided soon.

26. What is RROD?
RROD is the term referred to when the xbox 360 displays 3 flashing lights in the ring of light on the console, RROD usually indicates a "general hardware failure" (often referred to as a "red ring of death" or "Red ring of Doom) many sources claim that the RROD occurs due to the warping of the 360 mainboard as a result of high heat. many people have fixed their rrod consoles through replacing the Xclamps and overheating the GPU or wrapping a towel around the console and overheating it. Doing any of these is not recommended as it will void the warranty on your console and most are just temporary fixes.

An Xbox 360 that's RROD
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27. Are there any special Edition 360's ?
Yes.On a few occasions, Microsoft has produced special editions of the console, usually to coincide with the release of a major product. These special editions are typically custom-colored Xbox 360 models, and are produced in limited numbers. There was the Halo 3 Special Edition of the console, released September 16, 2007. It sports a Halo 3 theme on the console, wired headset, and wireless controller, and play and charge kit. Other than the unique "Spartan green and gold" color scheme, exclusive dashboard theme and downloads, its features are identical to that of the Premium system. To promote The Simpsons Movie, Microsoft also created a specially-designed, yellow Xbox 360 console. This configuration was also based on the Xbox 360 Premium, with the only difference being the color scheme of the Xbox 360 console and wireless controller. Microsoft also produced a limited edition Dark knight 360 also based on the Premium model and was only available in certain Asian countries.

The limited edition Dark knight 360
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28. What CPU does the Xbox 360 use ? is it a PC CPU like the Original Xbox ?
NO. The Xbox 360 CPU, internally codenamed "Waternoose" by IBM and "XCPU" by Microsoft is based on IBM's PowerPC technology, consisting of 3 independent cores on a single chip. Each of the cores has two symmetric hardware threads (SMT), for a total of six hardware threads available to games.

The processors are labelled "XCPU" on the packaging and are manufactured by Chartered. Chartered reduced the fabrication process in 2007 to 65 nm, thus reducing manufacturing costs for Microsoft.

The name "Xenon" was repurposed from the code name for the Xbox 360 in early development.

29. Can I run Homebrew applications on my Xbox 360 ?
No. The xbox 360 cannot run homebrew applications due to the implications of piracy, if people we're able to create homebrew applications then they might create programs to emulate other consoles such as those from rival competitor's or they would create HDD loaders for games etc. Microsoft learned from this during it's original xbox thus with the xbox 360 they have created a hardware level DRM system which restricts the console from running unsigned code, the only xbox 360's that can run unsigned code are the dev kits which the developer's have.

30. When is the xbox 360 being replaced ?
No one knows exactly but rumours circulating the internet are that Microsoft have already started provisional development of the successor to the 360. Current speculation from the industry is that microsoft will replace the xbox 360 during 2011-2012 which will effectively give it a 6-7 year lifespan.

Microsoft also recently redesigned the software of the 360 dubbing it NXE (New Xbox Experience)
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which according to industry analysts indicate that Microsoft is still willing to support the 360 as it's primary console for the next possible 3-4 years.
 
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Can we have a detailed explanation of RROD of what it is and how it has been fixed, for those people (read: PS3 fanboys) that does not quite understand it.:rolleyes:

RROD chances have been lessened but not completely eradicated. The x-clamp is still being used to "support" the CPU and GPU.

Microsoft has upgraded the heat sink to dissipate heat better and added epoxy to fix the mounts to the motherboard better. I hope that an industry standard lead-free solder will be used in future revisions of the Xbox 360.

That will be a long lasting solution :rolleyes:
 
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How to get onto Xbox Live! (From SA)

Thanks for kicking this off DOHC.

How to get onto Xbox Live! (From SA)

This can be a 5-10 minute job if you get your ducks is a row early. Without an official SA Live! region there are two things you will need.

1. A foreign postal code
Pretty easy, just google for one in the country you want (eg NW1 5LR is Madame Tussauds in the UK)

2. A Windows Live ID for the same country
(hotmail/passport/MSN Messenger account)
Either set the country and locale of an existing account to your country of choice, or even easier just create a new one during your Xbox Live account creation (but write it down!!!)

The important difference here though is that the 360 integrates with MSN messenger, so if you want to access your existing contacts list you need to make the necessary adjustments.

which country/locale?
Personal preference here really, US accounts get a bit more content and points are cheaper, but UK content seems more relevant to SA as they're in the same "release zone" as us (ie we get games at the same time). Also SA is occasionally eligible for EU competitions.

Okay then what?
Eezy peezy, hit join xbox live and fill in all the info as required when required, the last little twist is only create a Live Silver Account. It should give you a free months Live gold anyway (can anyone confirm for the Arcade SKU? /*confirmed - thx Nduimiso*/). Trying to go gold from here requests Credit Card details which will fail to verify because it'll use the postal code you just entered against your actual address which will obviously fail.

The next step to getting Live gold is to head over to one of the following:
http://www.gamepointsnow.com/
http://www.definiteplay.co.uk/
http://www.microsoftpointsxbox.com/
(I have used all 3 successfully)

to purchase a subscription and of your choice and some Microsoft points (The Live! currency).
Note: Live! subscriptions are region free (ie just buy the cheapest), but Microsoft points are region locked so make sure to buy ones for the locale you selected earlier.

From there, jump in and enjoy. Buy Castle Crashers. Don't ask just do it ;)
 
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you do get 1 month free on an arcade, my friend got the month free with his arcade.
 

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31. My xbox wont work and why is the ring of light flashing on my xbox ?

If there is a problem with the Xbox360 The LEDs in the ring of light will flash in a particular pattern. The pattern itself leads some insight to the problem. Certain patterns will lead to numbered error codes which will provide further insight to the problem. The numbered error codes are described below their corresponding LED code.

Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 are flashing red
- The AV cable cannot be detected
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\ /


Make sure that the AV cable is correctly connected to the Xbox 360 console.

Sections 1, 3, and 4 are flashing red
- General Hardware Failure
/ \
\ /


Check the secondary Error Code per the instructions in the section below

Sections 1, and 3 are flashing red
- Overheating
/ \
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Overheating can be cause by the console locking up or "freezing" after a set amount of time. Lockups that occur at a specific point in a game are generally problems with the game itself and not caused by overheating.


Section 4 is flashing red
- Hardware Failure
/ \
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This Specific Type of hardware failure can be determined by the error code displayed on the screen.
If the screen is blank or you would like additional information follow the instructions for determining the secondary error code in the section below
E45: Unknown (possibly dashboard update related)

E64: DVD Drive Error.... DVD Timeout, Wrong firmware, dvd is without f/w chip, etc.

E65: DVD Drive Error.... DVD Timeout, Wrong firmware, dvd is without f/w chip, etc. This can also be caused by the tray not being fully closed on boot.

E66: DVD Drive Error: DVD model, or version does not match that of the version expected by the dashboard. OR the firmware version on the drive is older then the firmware version expected by the dashboard. Make sure the DVD drive is of the same version originally included with the console and that it is using either the original firmware included with the console or newer.

E67: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it

E68: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it, This can also be caused by a Hard Drive Eprom Error. Some also believe this might be caused by a problem with the fans.

E69: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it

E71: possibly a dashboard update error, Check below in the "Console Reset Codes" for instructions. If that does not work there is no other solution and the console must be sent back to MS for repair.

E72: (not yet known)

E73: General Hardware Error: Ethernet port... this error is caused by a problem with the Ethernet port.

E74: AV cable error... There is a problem with the AV cable, try using a different AV cable. If the cable is known to be working then there is a 90% chance it's a scaler chip problem (the "ANA" or "HANA" chip connected directly to the AV cable) in rare cases it is the GPU.

E76: (not yet known)

E79: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it

Console Reset Codes
Clear All Installed Game Updates and Console Cache
Go to the "system" blade
Select "memory"
Press Y on the HD symbol
Press X,X, Left Bumper, Right Bumper, X,X

A message will appear saying: "Do you want to perform maintenance on your Xbox 360 storage devices?" Select Yes. Clear Any Failed system updates that cause the console to error. With the console off, press and hold the sync up button (the small white one) While holding the sync button press the power button to turn on the console, Continue to hold the sync button until the Console has booted up completely. During the boot process the console should clear any failed updates, allowing you to use it normally.

32. Can I use a USB drive with my Xbox 360

Adding some storage capacity to your Xbox 360 is really easy to do. The best part about using a USB hard drive with your 360 is that YOU have control of what content you have on it. With the factory Xbox hard drive you cannot load any content to it unless its acquired from Live or ripped form CD's.

It should be noted that USB storage devices cannot be used for Xbox live marketplace content and it must be formatted in Fat 32 Format.

33. What IR remotes will work my xbox 360 ?
the official 360 remote on the right and the universal one on the left !

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most 3rd party remotes should also work. more info @ http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/sy...es.htm?tag=txt

34. What is the Gamertag, Gamercard and Gamerscore ?

A Gamertag is the universal name for a player's username on Microsoft's Xbox Live. A Gamertag must be unique and can be up to 15 characters in length and may include numbers and letters. Using a Gamertag, any player can be located and messaged from within Live.

A Sample Xbox 360 Gamercard

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The Gamercard is an information panel used to summarize one's user profile on Microsoft's Xbox Live. The pieces of information on a Gamercard include:

* Gamertag
* Gamerscore
* Reputation
* Gamer Zone
* Recent games played

A player's Gamercard can be viewed via the Xbox 360 Dashboard, or online through Xbox.com. Third party sites allow users to post rendered versions of their Gamercard as small Flash applets or JPEG images on any website or Internet forum.

There are four Gamer Zones; Recreation is for casual gamers, Family is for family-friendly gamers (without profanity, etc.), Pro is for competitive gamers who enjoy a challenge, and Underground is for no-holds-barred gaming where anything goes (as long as it does not violate the Xbox Live Terms of Use).

The Gamerscore (G) is a measure that corresponds to the number of Achievement points accumulated by a user with an Xbox Live profile. These Achievement points are awarded for the completion of game-specific challenges, such as beating a level or amassing a specified number of wins against other players in Xbox Live matches. Initially, retail Xbox 360 games offered up to 1,000G spread over a variable number of Achievements, while each Xbox Live Arcade title contained 12 achievements totaling 200G. These possible totals per game have been raised to 1250G with the one exception being Halo 3 which has 1750G and the Arcade games have been raised to to 250G,

35. How do I use a LCD Display my xbox 360 ?

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A VGA Kit from Microsoft and MadCatz for the Xbox 360 are readily available at retail and online for around R300 - R500. When connected via VGA, the Xbox 360 has wider array of resolution options than when it is connected with Component wires. The resolutions are selectable though the Xbox 360's dashboard, and include:

* 640x480
* 848x480
* 1024x768
* 1280x720
* 1280x768
* 1280x1024
* 1360x768

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When using an LCD monitor with your Xbox 360, it's important to check that the LCD has one of these resolutions as either a native or supported resolution. Most modern LCDs in the 20'' range will have native resolutions higher than 1360x768, but that doesn't necessarily solve the problem. Trying to send a non-supported resolution into most LCDs will lead to a muggy, badly scaled, and possibly out-of-frame-image.

Sound is a concern. Because few PC monitors have integrated speakers these days, you'll need some kind of external speaker solution. The VGA wires for the 360 have optical (Toslink) outputs, so if you've got a nice soundcard for your computer with optical-in, you can take that digital signal straight into whatever speakers you're using with the PC. If you don't have optical support, you'll have to use the stereo-RCA wires that are integrated into the VGA cable. That's a hassle, because most 2.0 or 2.1 PC speaker kits only have mini-jack auxiliary inputs. You'll need to grab a little RCA-to-mini-jack dongle to allow for the connection.

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Xbox 360 Error Codes: (Updated)

--==ERROR Codes==--


After reading this guide if you'd like to discuss the problems you're experiencing with an experienced repairer ... e-mail info@quickflowit.co.za.


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Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 are flashing red
- The AV cable cannot be detected
/ \
\ /

If you past the 1 year warranty, send it to Quick Flow IT for a prompt service

Sections 1, 3, and 4 are flashing red (Check secondary codes)
- General Hardware Failure
/ \
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Sections 1, and 3 are flashing red
- Overheating
/ \
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Alternatively Overheating can be cause by the console locking up or "freezing" after a set amount of time. Lockups that occur at a specific point in a game are generally problems with the game itself and not caused by overheating.


PREVENTION SUGGESTIONS
To try to prevent this problem, use the following precautions:

* Do not block any ventilation openings on the Xbox 360 console.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well-ventilated.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier.

DO NOT EVER PUT YOUR CONSOLE IN THE FREEZER OR OUT IN COLD WEATHER
Some people think that doing this might help "fix" an overheating console, in fact doing so could cause even bigger problems. Electronic devices like your console are made to function at and around room temperature, extreme cold temperatures can often cause just as many problems as extreme warm temperatures (such as overheating). Also if the console is located in a dramatically cold area while running, the difference in temperature between the hot console and cold air can create condensation which in turn will short out your console making the situation far worse. Condensation will happen more quickly if your console is overheating due to the greater difference in temperature. In short... DON'T DO IT.

Section 4 is flashing red
- Hardware Failure
/ \
\ /

The Specific Type of hardware failure can be determined by the error code displayed on the screen.
If the screen is blank or you would like additional information follow the instructions for determining the secondary error code in the section below
E45: Unknown (possibly dashboard update related)

E64: DVD Drive Error.... DVD Timeout, Wrong firmware, dvd is without f/w chip, etc.

E65: DVD Drive Error.... DVD Timeout, Wrong firmware, dvd is without f/w chip, etc. This can also be caused by the tray not being fully closed on boot.

E66: DVD Drive Error: DVD model, or version does not match that of the version expected by the dashboard. OR the firmware version on the drive is older then the firmware version expected by the dashboard. Make sure the DVD drive is of the same version originally included with the console and that it is using either the original firmware included with the console or newer.

E67: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it

E68: Voltage Error... This error means that the Xbox 360 has insufficent power to function properly. This can be caused by an error in the hard drive or the fans that make them suck up too much power, it can also be caused if you have unnecessary accessories attached to the console like an external fan unit. Attempt to remove unnecessary accessories first, and then necessary components such as the hard drive and USB devices. If you have any case mods you may want to investigate those as well.

E69: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it

E71: possibly a dashboard update error, Check below in the "Console Reset Codes" for instructions. If that does not work there is no other solution and the console must be sent back to MS for repair.

E72: (not yet known)

E73: General Hardware Error: Ethernet port... this error is caused by a problem with the Ethernet port.

E74: There is a 90% chance it's a scaler chip problem (the "ANA" or "HANA" chip near the AV cable connection) it can also be caused by a faulty AV cable so check that first. In rare cases it is a problem with the GPU.

E76: This error deals with the Ethernet port's controller chip, a dead chip may not cause the error but removing the Ethernet controller chip does, it may also be caused by other Ethernet related problems.

E79: Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it.
According to tmbinc: E79 is the error code if xam.xex could not be started, i.e. probably a file system corruption.


--==SECONDARY ERROR CODES==-
The specific type of hardware failure can be determined by a "hidden" error code

* Turn the xbox 360 on, and wait till the 3 red lights are flashing.
* Press and hold the sync up button (the small white one), while holding that button press the eject button.
* The LEDs will now blink the first number in the code (as described below).
* Release the eject button and press it again.
* The LEDs will now blink the second number of the code.
* Release the eject button and press it again.
* The LEDs will now blink the third number of the code.
* Release the eject button and press it again.
* The LEDs will now blink the forth number of the code.
* Release the eject button and press it again.
* The LEDs will go back to the 3 red flashing lights.

You should be able to determine the difference between the 3 flashing lights and the error code lights by the rate in which they flash.

Here is how you interpret the LEDs to get the code number:

* All four lights flashing - 0
* One light flashing - 1
* Two Lights flashing - 2
* Three lights flashing - 3


0001 power supply problem
0002 Network Interface problem
0003 Power problem could be the PSU could be the GPU/CPU, somehow the console isn't getting clean power from the power supply.
0010 There is a problem with the Southbridge Chip usually dealing with how it connects to the mainboard (cold solder joint/bridged solder joints)
0011 over heating - If you are receiving this error after disassembling your console make sure to all 8 of the heatsinc screws are tightened securely to the board/heatsink holes.
0012 over heating
0013 over heating
0020 (Not yet known, possibly overheating)
0021 This can be caused by two completely different things either:
A. DVD Drive Time out - Can be caused by problems with a firmware flash. This is also speculated to sometime be caused by a problem with the southbridge chipset on the motherboard based on how it connects to the DVD drive.
B. GPU error, generally caused by a poor connection to the mainboard (cold solder joints/bridged solder joints) See error 102 for more information
0022 CPU error, generally caused by a poor connection to the mainboard (cold solder joints/bridged solder joints)
0023 (not yet known)
...
0101 (not yet known)
0102 GPU Error, this is usually caused by a cold solder joint between the GPU and the mainboard.
There are two theories to fixing this one deals with the "X" clamps that hold down the chips. The other involves re-Heating the chips. DO NOT attempt either of these if your console is still under warranty. If your console is still under warranty return it to the store where it was purchased or call MS to have it replaced.
0103 GPU Error this is usually caused by bridged solder points where the GPU connects to the mainboard. see error 0102 for more detailed information
0110 GPU Error this is usually caused by cold solder joints where the GPU connects to the mainboard. see error 0102 for more detailed information
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0200 (not yet known)
...
1000 (not yet known)
1001 (not yet known)
1002 (not yet known)
1003 Hard Drive Error... It could be a problem with the Hard Drive itself or a problem with the internal connection to the hard drive, Try removing the hard drive and playing without it
1010 Hard Drive Error, Can be caused buy a corrupt or missing eProm. See also E68 above
1011 (not yet known)
1012 (not yet known)
1013 (not yet known) possibly a dashboard update error
1020 (not yet known)
1021 (not yet known)
1022 There is a 90% chance it's a scaler chip problem (the "ANA" or "HANA" chip near the AV cable connection) it can also be caused by a faulty AV cable so check that first. In rare cases it is a problem with the GPU.
1023 DVD drive not connected, connect DVD drive to boot
1030 (not yet known)
1031 (not yet known)
1032 (not yet known)
1033 (not yet known)
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1444 and up There is no "4" in the error codes four lights is a "0" go back and check your code again.
 
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36. My Xbox Has RROD what should I do now ?

If you are sure that your xbox is displaying the rrod
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then follow these steps to have it swopped out ! (all 360's are covered by a 3 year RROD swapout warranty)

You have to call the Microsoft Xbox 360 Technical support on 0800 991 550 They will ask you a few troubleshooting questions and if they are sure that it's RROD you will recieve a reference number from them. You will have to supply your console's serial number to them.

Once you have your reference number take it with your Proof of Purchase, and the Xbox 360 Console (Only the console and nothing else) to the store where you purchased it. Ask them to replace your console.

If you dont have a proof of Purchase you will have to call MI Digital (the official SA Xbox distributor) @ 011 723 1800 to handle your swapout procedure.

NB* If MI Digital does your swopout then you will have to pay a swopout fee of +-R680 to them even if your console is still under the 3 year RROD warranty.

Third party RROD repairs are also offered by Maestro_za
E-mail info@quickflowit.co.za for more info

35. Where can I get free Xbox 360 Gaming Magazines ?

Visit http://www.gamerzines.com/360zine/ for their monthly Free Electronic Gaming Mag.

37. What type of Divx/Xvid videos can the xbox 360 play ?
Here are some limitations on DivX/XviD playback:
· File Extensions: .avi, .divx
· Containers: AVI
· Video Profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple & Advanced Simple Profile
· Video Bitrate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30fps.
· Audio Profiles: Dolby® Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3
· Audio Max Bitrate: No restrictions.
· The maximum file size for an AVI, MPEG-4 Part 2, and H.264 file that can be played is 4 GB
DivX files must be encoded with version 5.0 or higher

While there are many ways to install the dashboard update on a banned console, there is currently no way to add DivX support in any way other than directly installing it from LIVE. U can't just download it from Xbox.com or transfer it from another hard drive because the DivX codec is not free for commercial use, therefore Microsoft has to pay a licensing fee for each unique device that uses it. The only way to keep track of how many consoles require this codec is to tie it to the individual machine. It make sense from a business standpoint to not embed the codec in the dash update, which is why it prompts you to download the first time you you play a Divx file. If only 40% of consoles use this feature, why would MS want to pay the royalty for every machine out there.

38. How do I know what type of DVD drive my 360's got ?

The Xbox 360 DVD drives are distinguisable by the difference in shape of their disc trays
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38. Everyone's Talking about NXE ! What is it ?

NXE = New Xbox Experience (It is the New User Interface for the Xbox 360)

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User Interface changes

* Completely redesiged GUI (Similar to Windows Media Center).
o New pop-up/in-game Live Guide, using a redesigned version of the blades interface
o New sound effects
o Ability to preview your own themes before setting them.
* Support for 1440x900 and 1680x1050 16:10 resolutions (displays with black bars) over VGA and HDMI (when using DVI)

Xbox Live changes

* Xbox Live Party allowing for 8 person chat and image sharing.
* Fully customizable Avatars for use in upcoming games and on Xbox Live. (Some current games will also receive an update on November 19th to support the new Avatars).

* Access Xbox Live Marketplace on a PC via Xbox.com with the ability to queue downloads to the xbox.
* Ability to watch Netflix movies on your Xbox 360. (You must be in the US, a Gold Xbox Live member, and a Netflix Subscriber)

Game changes

* Option to install games to hard drive in order to decrease load times and to make the hardware quieter. The disc must still be present for the game to load.
* Information from Xbox Live regarding the game in your disc tray.
* Quick Launch for launching games on your console
* Ability to remove games with 0 gamerscore from your profiles played games list
* Auto Start - Option to set whether you want the disc to run/or stay idle when the disc tray closes with a game or media disc inside, by default its set to run

NOTE: Update requires 128MB of free memory

* Microsoft is offering either a 512 MB memory unit or 20GB refurbished hard drive for US $19.99 to users owning a Core system and a refurbished 20GB hard drive and 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for US $29.99 to users owning an Arcade system to allow them to download the update at XboxStorageUpgrade.com
 
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How to connect your Xbox 360 to the Internet through a PC

Using internet connection sharing
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/connecttolive/xbox360/connectionmethods/windowsics.htm

Xbox.com said:
Microsoft® Windows® Internet Connection Sharing (Windows ICS) uses your PC to share one Internet connection with multiple devices, including your Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system.

You need to use a Windows ICS connection to access Xbox LIVE if you're using either a USB or an internal (PCI) connection for high-speed Internet access rather than a traditional Ethernet connection through a stand-alone router, gateway, or modem.

To set up a Windows ICS connection through an internal modem, see Windows ICS Connection: Internal Modem.
Required Hardware for a Windows ICS Connection Through a USB Modem
One USB cable (sold separately).
One Ethernet cable (supplied with the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system; not included with the Xbox 360 Core system). Unlike the original Xbox® system, Xbox 360 does not require a crossover Ethernet cable.
A PC with an NIC (network interface card). If your PC has an Ethernet port (also referred to as Cat5 or RJ-45), it has an NIC. An Ethernet port looks like a standard telephone jack, only bigger.


To connect to Xbox LIVE using Windows ICS through your USB modem:

1. Before connecting any cables, turn off your cable or DSL modem, PC, and Xbox 360 console. (If you have an external modem, unplug it from its power source to turn it off.)
2. Connect one end of your USB cable to the modem's USB port. Connect the other end to a USB port on your PC.
3. Connect one end of your Ethernet cable to your PC's Ethernet port. Connect the other end to the Ethernet port on the back of your Xbox 360 console.
4. Turn on your modem and your PC.
5. From your PC, configure Windows ICS to share your Internet connection. To enable Windows ICS on your PC, follow the instructions for your operating system:
* Windows Vista
* Windows XP Professional
* Windows 2000 Professional
* Windows Me
* Windows 98SE
6. Once you've configured ICS, make sure your PC can access the Internet. (If it can't connect to the Internet, refer to the help documentation for your operating system or visit Microsoft Help and Support.)
7. Turn on your Xbox 360 console with no disc in the disc tray.
8. If you've already used your Xbox 360 system for offline play, the Xbox Dashboard will open to the Xbox LIVE area. Select the Xbox LIVE banner. When you see the Xbox LIVE Marketplace you'll know you're connected to Xbox LIVE.

If this is the first time you've turned on your Xbox 360 console, see Create Your Gamer Profile to get started with both the Xbox 360 system and Xbox LIVE play.

If you're unable to connect to Xbox LIVE, the Xbox Dashboard provides an automatic network troubleshooter in the System area (under Network Settings) to help you connect.

Note

Windows Media Connect users: In the rare event that your PC and your Xbox 360 console are connected to a router and your PC is using a Windows ICS connection to a third device, Windows Media Connect (WMC) may not function.

WMC depends on the Xbox 360 console's UPnP traffic. This traffic may be blocked by a PC in this configuration. If this occurs, either turn off ICS to unblock UPnP traffic or rearrange your network.
 

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I'm thinking of buying an xbox360 arcade, after being a long time ps fan. What are the chances that this console will rrod? I love my games and there are times that I'd spend alot of time playing. Will it fail on me during these long sessions?

Good question.

The brand new 2008 manufactured mobo's are the best revision so far. Chances of RROD, there's always a chance but by a smaller percentage due to the aforementioned manufacturing revision.

So it's up to you. Of course, you do have the excellent repair service that I offer as a backup :D
 

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Good question.

The brand new 2008 manufactured mobo's are the best revision so far. Chances of RROD, there's always a chance but by a smaller percentage due to the aforementioned manufacturing revision.

So it's up to you. Of course, you do have the excellent repair service that I offer as a backup :D

Cool... Another question, how can I tell which models were manufactured in 2008:confused:
 

maestro_za

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Cool... Another question, how can I tell which models were manufactured in 2008:confused:

The batch number on the box, and when you purchase it, have them open it to check the MFR date. That's the date of manufacture.

I'll have a search on the Net for the batch numbers that ID the new batch later.

The majority of retailers stock the new models, so you shouldn't have a problem.
 

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My mate wants to know what software he can use to back up his Xbox 360 games he says hes had the roms swapped ;) i think we all know hes got another agenda though !
 

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Is there a optical output on the vga cables so that i can use the xbox with a pc monitor but still use the optical for true surround sound?

Its complicated. I had the same query when I bought the VGA cable. Sure I can play on my 22" LCD, but the to AV cables (Red+White) plug into 1 'pc speaker male jack'. I found a female to female jack. Still need to test it. Alternatively use a sub woofer with the same speaker female jack that your PC has (green jack on most mobos) and plug it in there. Et Voila ;)
 
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