MS admits Halo 3 'disc unreadable' errors

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| Microsoft has refused to reveal the cause behind a fresh wave of disc
| problems affecting Halo 3. The company told Register Hardware that it's aware
| of a problem which stops the game from loading correctly, but refused to give
| any further explanation.
| Exact descriptions of the disc error differ between gamers, but all of them
| who've encountered the issue report being presented with a message that says
| the disc is unreadable and can't be loaded.

Not the first time.


Halo 3 is a short affair, it has game save bugs and the console breaks

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| Prior to playing the game, we'd noted several reviews of increasingly high
| score - and as these have proliferated around the Internet, we were expecting
| a treat. *
| Which is why we're disappointed.

Microsoft admits scratch problem with Xbox 360

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| There hasn't been much discussion on the fact that the problem exists
| by consumers, but untill now Microsoft has always somewhat denied the
| problem and never proposed a solution.
| The Dutch television show Kassa, which deals with customer complaints,
| has been nagging Microsoft about this problem for several weeks, they
| did tests with Xbox360 setups and filmed (and proofed) that the Xbox360
| is indeed responsible for scratching game discs, when not moved, placed
| on a stable table and under the best possible conditions.
| [...]
| The television show also reported that while this issue is now an issue
| in the Netherlands (it is also widely covered in regular news), it
| could become a global problem for Microsoft in the future. Therefore
| I would recommend anyone who is facing the same problem to contact
| their local Microsoft office and point them to this article.

Gears of War disc errors - why the hell is no one covering this?

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| So, we're all just 'unlucky' Mark? Thanks for that. I'm happy for you
| and your console, but what about us? Where are we supposed to turn to
| for help and support? Microsoft wasn't very helpful (ref #102-379-2964)
| any of the times I've called them (I think it's up to three now for the
| same issue - perhaps I'll call again today and check on an update).
| All I know is that if I see that dreaded error message again on my new
| 360 I am going to go absolutely ballistic!!!

European commission investigates XBOX 360 failures

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| It seems that Microsoft can't catch a break these days what with
| Vista still failing miserably and apparently so are XBOX 360's.
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| There are upwards of 1,000 complaints from the Netherlands alone
| which is going up every day. The commissioner not only wants
| answers from Microsoft Europe but from other markets as well
| and a bulleted list of all issues and problems known in
| those markets.

What is the real failure rate of the Xbox 360?

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| We asked Game, one of the largest console retailers in the UK.
| "That's not information we're able to give out. It's commercially
| sensitive," it said. As for Microsoft, in the early days after the
| console's 2005 launch it claimed that failure rates were no higher
| than an industry average of between 3% and 5%. That now seems
| wildly optimistic.
| Last month, its vice-president of entertainment, Peter Moore,
| refused to answer the question, telling the Mercury News: "I
| can't comment on failure rates." According to Moore, if someone
| has a faulty console they should worry about the customer service.

360 failure rates at 61%?

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| Over at XBox 360 Gamer they have refused to buy Microsoft?s claimed
| 4-5% failure rates and instead opted to create their own poll which
| yielded shocking results. At the time of writing there have been
| 3780 submissions and 2355 comments resulting in claimed failure
| rates of 61%.
| There is no avoiding the fact that there is likely to be a negative
| skew to the poll, angry gamers are more likely to vent than satisfied
| gamers. That said 61% is a huge number and even if its half that 30%
| is a far cry from the 4-5% Microsoft would like us to believe.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against MS For Bricked 360s

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| According to Gamespot, the suit seeks a minimum of $10 million in
| damages, depending on how MS decides to defend itself.

Numerous Reports, November 30 Xbox 360 Update Is Bricking Consoles

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| Some consoles are being bricked by Thursday's dashboard update.
| Issues range from freezing, red ring of death and VGA adapterm
| alfunction. Microsoft isn't acknowledging the issue and billing
| $140 for repairs.

Update brick your 360? Speak up

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| Since yesterday's update, there are numerous reports about 360s
| being bricked. Some people suspect that this is being done by
| Microsoft intentionally to stop modders and hackers. Xbox Scene
| thinks it has more to do with certain combinations of hardware
| and firmware.

Autoupdate killed my 360!

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| I was fine yesterday gaming with the VGA cable but after getting
| the autoupdate today, I get a black screen. Does Microsoft test
| these things? My connection to the TV didn't change yet its
| screwed. Thanks for nothing Microsoft.