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  • BrainwreckedTech 3:04 pm on January 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dvd drive, , , , , video game consoles,   

    Why Original Xbox 360 DVD Drives Fail 

    Xbox 360 Logo

    By now, everyone knows that the original Xbox 360 fails due to over-heating issues. Those that have ventured inside (or seen pictures or videos of those that have) know that criminally small GPU heat sink also played a role. And the introduction of the Xbox 360 Slim revealed another piece of the puzzle — the original Xbox 360s won’t shut themselves down if they get too hot.

    But have you ever wondered why the DVD drives fail? (More …)

  • BrainwreckedTech 8:08 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , rrod, video game consoles,   

    Just In Case You Think Xbox 360 Elite Systems Are Immune 

    Xbox 360 Elite RRoD

    This nasty little surprise hit me 5 days ago.

  • BrainwreckedTech 10:32 pm on April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Xbox 360 Goes Boom A Third Time 

    Xbox 360 Logo An Xbox 360 asplodes — I know, stop the presses.

    This one was a bit of a surprise. Unlike 360 Pro #2, 360 Pro #3’s DVD drive just gave up the ghost with a snap of its fingers. I was playing Rock Band 2 on the Pro one night and falling back on my backup Elite console the next.

    The greatest thing is that the console is one month removed from its one-year hardware warranty.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 2:39 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , harmonix, , , , video game consoles, , ,   

    Guitar Hero World Tour Vs. Rock Band 2 

    ghwt-vs-rb2 This holiday season brings us two band-based rhythm games: Guitar Hero World Tour, featuring the name that started this crazy thing, and Rock Band 2, from the people that actually did the coding behind what started this crazy thing. With the economy in a hole, where should you splurge your hard earned cash?

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    • Nigel Tufnagel 10:31 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Can I hook up a Guitar Hero 1 guitar to a Rock Band? What do I need to buy to accomplish?



      • brainwreckedtech 5:18 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        I think so, but compatibility has never been officially stated. As far as what both companies promise, backwards compatibility only exists within franchises. Harmonix attempted compatibility with 3rd party controllers, but there were some problems with the GH3 Les Paul Gibson guitar that Activision attempted to block (and made themselves look like a bunch of pricks in the process). There was never any directly-stated attempt for GH1 or GH2 instrument compatibility, though I don’t know why it couldn’t be done as I don’t think the controllers changed all that much from GH1 to GH3, and only the Les Paul gets mention of initial incompatibility with Rock Band 1.

        In this case, a rental is your best bet. If you don’t have a local outlet for game rental you could always sign up for a trial period at GameFly.

    • Matt 3:14 am on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know if the RB2 guitars are the same as the GH:WT guitars when it comes to solos, meaning can you just tap the top notes without strumming or do you have to go up the neck like in RB1?

      • brainwreckedtech 8:39 pm on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t image Rock Band 1 forcing you to use the solo buttons near the base of the neck as compatibility with Guitar Hero guitars was a goal and Guitar Hero had no equivalent at the time. I know Rock Band 2 doesn’t force you to — Rock Band guitar or third party. Although there’s an achievement you won’t be able to get unless you have a Rock Band guitar — Flawless Guitar Solo (100% a guitar solo on Expert, using only the solo buttons) for 25G.

  • BrainwreckedTech 4:57 am on April 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: video editing, video game consoles   

    HOWTO: Capture Game Console Footage 

    What you’ll need:
    • S-Video or composite cable for your home video came console
    • DVR equipment, such as a set-top DVR, a multimedia center computer, or an external DVR computer device
    • MPlayer, Avidemux, MediaInfo

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    • Postman 10:46 am on April 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Great article covering very hard to find information for the replay-craving gamers, in a way the less tech friendly can understand.

      I still swear by my Gamebridge, it’s so simple to use. And the $100 price range is very high, you can get them cheap on E-Bay.

    • brainwreckedtech 1:54 am on April 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Actually it is and I’ve corrected that. I saw the $50 price tags and thought those were used prices.

    • Doug 4:54 pm on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the hint on the hiQ format. I took the DV output from my Sony HD camcorder and converted to the flv format mentioned and sure enough, YouTube took it in nice and fast and looking good too. So thanks for putting this HowTo online.

  • BrainwreckedTech 9:47 am on September 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, FU 360! FU! Update #4 

    Xbox 360 LogoSorry for the lack of updates as of late. Nine days is a lot to go, but I’ve been working the wonkiest schedule EVER (mornings, evenings, and midnights, all in the same work week) and it’s really screwed up any sleeping schedule I might have had. That, and the Halo 3 release didn’t help any.

    So, needless to say, my original XBox is back. Or rather, a replacement thereof. (More …)

  • BrainwreckedTech 4:39 am on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    More Thoughts On Modding The 360. 

    Xbox 360 LogoI’ve already muttered elsewhere that I’ve been thinking about modding one of my 360s now that I have two.

    Well, here’s further evidence that sooner might be better. Poor Tuck went through all that trouble to revive his console only to have it continually throw itself back into death’s grip.

    After reading up on the X-Clamp Replacement Methods, the 12v Fan Mod, and the PC Power Supply Hack, I’ve got some pretty good ideas. The plan thus far is to adapt a regular slimline desktop computer case for use with the 360 motherboard, complete with standard air-based chipset cooling.

    I don’t mind the thing being bigger if it means the 360 gets proper cooling. Trying to make the 360’s case so small is what started the over-heating problems to begin with. And I’m not going with water cooling, because I don’t want to be bothered checking up on the thing every year. I want to be able to let this console sit for years and collect dust without intervention, just like, well, EVERY OTHER FRIGGIN’ CONSOLE.

    Do I have the balls to do this before the warranty runs out? No. As long as my 360 is running fine under warranty, I absolutely will not be attempting this. If it starts to show signs of going downhill, I’ll probably still give it to Microsoft for repair even out of warranty, as chances are that things are being damaged beyond repair. But give me a perfectly fine console out of warranty and I’m gettin’ jiggy with it. Did I just say “gettin’ jiggy with it?”

  • BrainwreckedTech 3:48 am on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, FU 360! FU! Update #3 

    Xbox 360 LogoHOLY SHIT!

    I logged on to http://service.xbox.com just a few minutes ago and my repair status was “No repairs pending”!

    I searched the internet for more information and I see that people got the same thing, usually accompanied by a change in the serial number.

    I go back to the page. Hey, I don’t remember there being such a long string of 9’s in my serial number! And it started with a 3 not a 0! (FWIY, I remembered the 3 because my Elite’s SN starts with a 4.)

    I check my mail in Thunderbird. Yep! New serial number!

    Uh-oh. Does this now mean I have a launch console? Or are serials starting in 0 reserved for re-manufactured consoles? Will I be able to play my XBLA games offline?

    To tell the truth, the GPU probably did get fucked up pretty bad. Long story short, the “Big Lobby Incident” had my screen regress rapidly from “sparklies” to color bleeding to ghosting, then big white vertical bars after a hardware reboot. After another hardware reboot, I didn’t see any indicators for about a month until the big freeze.

    • bs angel 5:54 pm on September 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I finally got my 360 back yesterday. Well, I shouldn’t say MY 360. A 360. I got a replacement instead of my particular console. The manufacturing date is late August. I still need to check to see if that date is late enough to have the new heats sinks and hdmi port.

    • brainwreckedtech 12:35 pm on October 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      WTsrsF? We die together, we respawn together? Stop that — I’m married and I can get into trouble all by myself thank you!

      BTW, did you check the warranty on you replacement console at https://service.xbox.com ? See https://brainwreckedtech.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/oh-fu-360-fu-update-4/ as to why.

    • bs angel 2:36 pm on October 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      LOL … Dork!

      I checked out that article. The warranty on the new console was actually something I hadn’t even thought of. Very interesting. I actually can’t remember when that particular console was purchased. I’ve gone through entirely too many.

  • BrainwreckedTech 5:30 pm on September 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, FU 360! FU! Update #2 

    The XBox 360 Coffin™ is here and gone. (Thanks, bs_angel, now you got me calling the shipper a coffin. Satisfied? Thought so.)

    XBox 360 Coffin

    It was almost three weeks. Thank God it’s outta here. My middle finger was getting tired! (More …)

    • bs angel 6:55 pm on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      My 360 went on its way down to Texas today in its COFFIN. *laughs

      They quoted 2-4 days for me to receive my box. I got it in 7. Freakin’ bastards.

    • brainwreckedtech 3:12 pm on September 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Naughty words! bs_angel is mad! Lol — you need a Blame Game Bar Graph! Maybe even an organizational blame chart blaming me for all the bad 360’s since August 17th, 2007.

  • BrainwreckedTech 6:07 pm on August 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, FU 360! FU! Update #1 

    Last time I wrote, my XBox 360 was like this:

    My 360 and the dreded 3 quads of death

    That was August 17th. It’s actually taken me 10 days to call it in to Microsoft. My work schedule is mostly to blame, but Microsoft’s Xbox Service site is as much. I tried to register my console online, but I kept getting an error. (More …)

    • bs angel 4:31 pm on August 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. That sounds like a whole lot of fun. /sarcasm

      Mine was called in on Monday. We were supposed to receive our coffin within “2-4 days”. It is now Friday with no box in sight. Off to a wonderful start.

    • brainwreckedtech 5:59 am on September 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Well, mine was supposed to show up Friday as well. It’s now early Saturday morning — no box. But I have to give UPS some slack as there’s a “1/2” in my address. Companies’ UPS label printers seem to choke on it. (Newegg’s will print out “nnn 1 2” instead of “nnn 1/2”, hence I have to spell it out “nnn HALF”.) If the address is right, sometimes I get a good laugh when I find out about the trip my package made.

      Also, updated article slightly to point out a goof the tech rep made in my email address. Typical Microsoft. 🙂

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