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Softmod = £78 repair bill from m$!!!!

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by MarkusThatch, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. MarkusThatch

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    Did the softmod using splinter cell/linux - played a few games of pro evo no problems. Fired up star wars lego and after a few minutes it crashed. I did actually switch on all three resolution settings from the dashboard and I have the xbox hooked up to an infocus 4805 using the m$ hidef pack. I hit the reset button when the xbox crashed (ti's crashed a few times during lego star wars) and then I got the dreaded orange and green flashing reset button!

    Tried plugging the xbox back into the old tv via scart lead but still no joy - got the same orange and red flashing light. Left it overnight, fired up the xbox this morning and no flashing light but still no signal to projector or tv. But!!! When I hit reset the orange and green light starts off again. What the hell have I done??? I thought my projector could cope with 1080i?

    Called m$ and they quoted me £78 for repair etc - surprise surprise my xbox is out of warantee. This bites.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! :lease:
     
  2. MarkusThatch

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    Tried booting the xbox again tonight - it gave impression of starting up but no signal - pressed reset button and hey presto the orange and green light started blinking again. Now all I seem to have is an xbox disco/paperweight.

    Help? Please?
     
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    No luck with my key presses then? Can you hear the sound when you press the keypad? If not, it would appear it's not getting to the dash at all, and an error is being displayed. I'd try the xbox on a tv which you know can handle 1080i.

    If you get the hard drive out and put it in a chipped box, you should then be able to boot and turn off 1080i and any other settings you aren't sure of. If you don't know anyone with a chipped box and a 1080i capable screen, send your drive to me, and I'll look at it for you.

    If you don't fancy that, trawl through the forums on xbox-scene, see if you can find an answer. I had a look, but nothing came up from a quick search.

    Good luck!
     
  4. MarkusThatch

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    Cheers Rob - thanks for the offer, I may take you up on that. I'll do a bit of searching but it does seem m$ are keen to milk every last penny out of xbox by encouraging the likes of me to buy a new replacement xbox with a further 1 year waranty. I won't give in just yet!
     
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    Second hand xbox and a few games can be picked up for 80 quid!
     
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    Here in France I have just bought a brand new Xbox for 104 Euros from http://www.internity.fr/ that includes free shipping & 5 Euros off as a new customer. That's under 72 pounds or rather less than Micro$oft wanted to doa repair. Talk about 'Rip-off Britain'!
     
  7. MarkusThatch

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    Sorry to repeat this from the idiots guide... thread but this was reply from my IT friend:

    Did spend 3 hours with it on fri (with my mate) but neither of us had any luck, and eventually came to the conclusion that it is more likely to be a power issue (turing on/off - hence orange/green/red flashing). When I get a chance, I'll dig out the website that I found the power unit for (around £20). I think its a power mounting that sits on motherboard, as apposed to a straight forward power supply - if you buy one though, you should have no probs fitting it yourself.

    I'm considering taking a hammer to the xbox. Might work?
     
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    Why spend £78 for a repair when they can be picked up second hand for £50.

    Thats just seems silly.
     
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    I got this from a few places on the web - may give you an idea:

    Flashing LED Error Codes.
    Flashing RED & GREEN (FRAG): Probably a bad chip or bad
    installation, FRAG indicates that your d0 wire is installed correctly.
    SOLID GREEN/No EJECT/No AUDIO/No VIDEO: Probably a bad
    solder point or overheated console.
    · Check all your solder points again.
    · It could also be a heat problem, make sure your fan is
    connected and don't put your xbox near heat sources. You
    can also try to open the top of the xbox and check if it goes
    better.
    SOLID GREEN/No AUDIO/No VIDEO: This is probably a problem
    with your audio settings. Try to boot your XBox with a standard A/V
    pack instead of a HD pack.
    ORANGE/GREEN Flashing: No AUDIO/VIDEO (A/V) pack.
    This may be caused by solder splash on the motherboard or a damaged
    track.
    ORANGE Flashing: This may also be down to a solder splash on the
    board or a damaged track. May also be due overheating.
    SOLID RED: System overheated, hardware failure!
    RED and ORANGE Flashing : Video display problem, check cord. Also try switching to another video mode by changing the cable. I currently have an Xbox that displays this error when connected to the standard composite video cable but boots fine when connected to a RF adapter cord.
    GREEN Flashing : Bad EPROM image
     
  10. MarkusThatch

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    Cheers Scumball (seems weird calling you that!) - I've got a friend who does computer repairs and dabbles with consoles so will pass this on. The second hand 50 quid xbox is looking more likely now though!
     
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    I really think you should just try it on a hi def capable tv and see if you can switch the video back, or try the RF adapter on your tv. Gotta be worth a shot.

    If you end up buying the second hand box, you might be able to get some money back selling the good parts of your console! ;)
     
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    Cheers Rob - really appreciate your help - have passed this on to my IT "saviour".
     
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    MarkusThatch, good afternoon .. going by the sounds of things .. I don't think you have to purchase another xbox .. If you want to cover return postage, I am willing to take a look at your box and hopefully fix it ... at no cost ... as both myself and my brother-in-law chip and repair boxes...

    We are based in Devon, all I ask is that you send by registered post, and also include cheque for same registered post return, and we'll see what we can do ...

    Offer is there my friend if you want, only other thing I ask is that if we do manage to fix it - that you post good rating back on this site ....

    Regards
    Drogo...
     
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    Yeah, Drogo's offer sounds a lot better. My feeling is that if worst comes to worst, you should easily be able to open it up (with the right tools), take the hard drive out, erase it and using the hard drive of a working Xbox, clone it onto the drive from the broken machine.
     
  16. MarkusThatch

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    Lyris - agreed, it so happens a friend is trying just that so here's hoping I can get this fixed before pro evo 5 comes out!
     
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    When I softmodded mine, I caused a number of errors to occur and the led went orange and red. I was mortified when I saw the message "There is a problem with your Xbox please contact Microsoft"

    Luckily the Splinter Cell game would still boot, so I went through the exploit into Linux and restored the OS from the backup that the softmod creates when it first installs.

    Any Joy? Marc
     
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    My xbox is in the capable hands of a friend who is copying his hard drive for me. If he fixes it then I'll uninstall all the splinter cell stuff. Fingers crossed!
     

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