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Reply #3: Mal-use as you defined it should NOT be a problem. [View All]

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chknltl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 07:57 PM
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3. Mal-use as you defined it should NOT be a problem.
I do have a tendency to play nonstop for up to 6 hours at a stretch so your suggestion has merit, but I hardly think that leaving an electronic component on for that, (or any), length of time qualifies as mal-use. (Would leaving your computer or any stereo component on for that length of time be "mal-use"?) I have a PS2 and a regular X-BOX, both have suffered that sort of mal-use for a lot longer than the 360 over the years with no breakdowns.

As to the merit of your suggestion: From what I am seeing in my research, I have yet to discern a single cause. The overheating phenomenon is one of the first places the tech support focuses on when called and is one possibility often discussed by unhappy malfunctioning 360 owners. (I saw one suggestion by someone who claims that the aftermarket inter-cooler is a waste of electricity as it really doesn't do anything but that was just the one person's opinion.) I have read quite a few testimonials from folks who claimed their 360s worked fine until they downloaded specific upgrades and/or games online into their 360 AND THEN the problems started happening. It just may be that some of the 360s deteriorate and malfunction because of time of being left on, this I have yet to see discussed, but I can not rule it out. (I am honestly leaning toward thinking that you may be on to something here.)

I understand that only a percentage of 360s have developed problems, I do not know what that percentage is but I do know that it is significantly high enough that it IS being discussed online. I would not have become aware of any of this had mine, like yours functioned normally for a year. The fact that you bought the inter-cooler lets me know that you are aware of the potential for problems with your 360 too. I hope you can understand that we are all enthusiastic gamers who wish to use our next gen consoles without all this hassle. I hope you can see where an average gamer who IS going through this hassle is feeling ripped off by Microsoft.

I am not looking to be a crusader against the 360, I just want to see this problem resolved without the consumer being forced to foot the bill for faulty equipment. Until then I feel it necessary to warn folks of the problem and continue my own research. Until then I have no confidence that spending $140 to fix my 360 or spending over $400 for a new 360 will end up being money well spent for a product that should work resonably well. This is a gamble that we gamers should NOT be subject to.
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