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 Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Xbox Gaming Woes

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Xbox/Xbox Games is offering a possible reason why some Xboxes, after a few years, have died with dirty-disc errors: apparently it's the result of faulty DVD-Rom drives put in in a Mexican assembly plant.

Meanwhile, Slashdot's got a story by users who think a class-action lawsuit is going too far, and think a petition may be enough to get Microsoft to offer a fix for affected users.

I've already killed one Xbox and wound up buying another. But that was my fault - they offered to fix it under warranty before learning I'd opened the thing up to take pictures of the inside, thus voiding the warranty. And it's not like I hadn't had good use of the device either. Indeed, while I was in the dorms (the first 9 months of the Xbox's life) it was on pretty much 24/7 running Halo.

Say what you will, the Xbox is damn sturdy. I've had more problems with Gamecubes dying (faulty drive motor) and Playstation2's dying (DVD-Rom drives not built to withstand the constant spin of playing movies) than with the Xbox.

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