So, in an earlier post I stated my Xbox 360 had a “Red Ring of Death.” As I posted and worried in many forums, Destructoid, hell, even the official Xbox forums. Choices were coming down to ending up selling it off used @ $150 and using the money to get a new Core system, then mention of the towel trick came up. I remember a while ago reading about someone thinking about using the Towel Trick, a great user on DToid named Grim. At this point, I was willing to try anything (it had only been a day without my 360, and already I was getting the shakes)
I get home from work (5:20am or so, I instantly grab some towels, as per the good “FAQ” I read on the subject of the towel trick [source] I did the directions perfectly, so here I shall share with you all. Before starting, take out your hard drive, and controllers, have a nice surface where you can put your 360 down on.
1- Put one towel down, put the 360 on top, add another towel on top, cover all sides/backs/etc. This is key, you have to have that Xbox covered. When you can’t see it, finger around to find the power button and turn it on. Wait 10-15 minutes. I started at 5:22am, and then started to do crap on the computer to kill time.
2- Then I got so into other stuff, I ended up turning the system off at 5:37am, so I did the full 15 minutes, no biggie. Now it was..
3- Cool down time. I waited 15 minutes before turning back on the system as recommended.
Turned back on, I got a chubby when all I seen was green lights. I turned off the system to put back in the hard drive and throw in a game.
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Aftermath to this story, I ended up being so happy I thought Id play a Team Skirmish or two in Halo 2. No such luck, they f’n make have to buy new maps to play in matchmaking. It will be free one day though, no? And I still got the Beta.
*sigh* What a stressful night.
((Update: Friday June 1st marked the day I got the coffin from Microsoft for my deadbox 360. I missed out on most of the Halo 3 beta. At the least, everything they are doing is costing me nothing, and I do have a launch unit. If you still have a red ring and have either a modded 360 and/or a unit out of warranty, maybe its time to back up your investment in your 360 by learning more about its insides. Click here and here for help! C’mon, are you doing anything else with your paperweight?))