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http://gamepolitics.com/2007/07/08/s...-failures-huh/

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Could your surge protector be causing your Xbox 360 to go red rings?

Doesn’t make sense to GP, either. But as Mark Methenitis points out at Law of the Game:

My Xbox 360 died. And so, I called 1-800-4-MY-XBOX today… While I was on the phone, the rep… informed me that my surge protector had probably caused both of my 360 deaths…

The explanation… The Xbox 360 is highly sensitive to reductions in power, and even the slightest cut in power can cause things like the fans and even the DVD laser to malfunction. Surge protectors can cause this, and probably 90% of the consoles they see have all failed in 6-12 months of being plugged into a surge protector.

Well, my two systems did die in that window, and they were both plugged into a surge protector. But does this explanation even make sense? …Or is this just another misdirection?

GP: An MS rep told me the same thing when my 360 died a month or so back (still hasn’t returned yet, BTW). But frankly, even if this is true - maybe especially if it is true - it’s a disgrace. How many people don’t use surge protectors these days? In my office, I have one outlet with two sockets and several powers strips feeding four consoles, a PC, printer, fax, two routers, TV, Tivo, set-top box, iPod speakers, an HDTV, a cell phone charger, two cordless phones, PC speakers and a lamp.

So which device failed? The Xbox 360. If MS didn’t design the 360 to be able to deal with a ubiquitous item like a surge protector, shame on ‘em. And I can’t afford to devote one entire socket to a single console with poorly-designed electronics.

That's pretty sad if true. Protectors are basically guaranteed these days...Stick to software Micosoft your hardware skills suck.
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Stick to software Micosoft your hardware skills suck.
Ohhhh boy....

Generally speaking, if you post news, you really should make comments like that because it's only going to result in a flame war.
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Well if that guy plugged in all those things listed into 2 wall outlets (1 circuit) he is a complete idiot and anything he writes should be disregarded.

I think that the Xbox and the Xbox360 has been quite successful machines. Apparently there is something wrong with the 360, but Microsoft is backing its product and will fix all that break. So what is the big concern?
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I have 6 things in my surge protector and have had them in for over a year with my 360, and have had no problems.
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Surge protectors can cause this, and probably 90% of the consoles they see have all failed in 6-12 months of being plugged into a surge protector.
Well first off that statistic is almost worthless. Every single one of us plug just about anything that cost us over $100 into a surge protector. And nearly EVERYONE would plug their $400 xbox 360 in a surge protector.

But i see the point of how a surge protector could be causing problems...
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Im going to buy Oldboy and Mike a 'I love my 360' T-Shirt
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I have mine directly plugged into the wall and mine is still my first one I bought a year ago.
    
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The two first posters loooooooooove 360's
Really? I sold my because I didn't like it.
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i would never buy a microsoft console(only reason i had the first one was as collateral because my friend borrowed my guitar, it was modded so i did use it alot ), but their software i definetly would,LOVE Forza, though GT is still my fav series.
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I have mine plugged into surge protector and its been working without problems for a year.
Very nice!
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