I have an Xbox 360 Elite, purchased in 2009, and it has been lightly used over the years. Recently I've encountered an issue with my console totally freezing, and it seems to happen at random times and for random, undefinable reasons. It either happens right
when I get to the dashboard, or when I begin to play a game (verified with 7 different games) on disc or a game on my HDD (verified with 4 HDD games). It will sometimes happen in the middle of a game, either disc or HDD, and sometimes it won't happen at all
in a 2-4 hour game session. This random nature of the problem is what has me so confused.
I have searched long and hard for a solution to the problem, but nothing seems to work. Here is a list of things I have tried:
Clearing the HDD's cache (twice, once before formatting and once after)
Formatting the HDD (once)
Unplugging and then plugging back in all cords, making sure connections are solid (many times)
Using a different HDD (I own two, a 120gb which is my primary and an older 20gb)
I am fairly certain the issue is not related to overheating. When running, the back of my console is cool to the touch with a minimal amount of warm air being vented. I have shown no red rings of any sort during my experience with the freezing.
When I use my console WITHOUT AN HDD, it runs absolutely fine. I am willing to believe both my HDDs are faulty, but something is telling me this isn't the case. What are the odds of that?
So, I need to figure out what might be the problem here. If anyone can answer these few questions:
-Would a short in my A/V cable cause the freezing with an HDD plugged in but NOT when an HDD isn't plugged in?
-Could an issue with my power supply be causing my Xbox to freeze WITH an HDD plugged in but not the other way around?
-Could my Xbox itself be faulty and not able to properly read ANY HDD? And if so, does anyone have any information on how this could have happened?
I would appreciate some honest answers, and not just the typical "have you tried this?" nonsense. I have quite literally tried EVERY. SINGLE. THING this website provides in terms of troubleshooting. None of it has made a bit of difference, so I'm hoping
someone can help. I've had such a mixed experience with the Xbox 360 over the years, this is my 4th console since 2008 and it is quite depressing that I keep running into issues, let alone issues nobody seems to have answers readily available for. Any help
would be appreciated.
Oh, and if you're just going to tell me to get $100 ready to send my console along for repairs, then you can stick that idea you-know-where. I've spent well over $1,000 in the past 4 years on Microsoft's consoles, controllers and Xbox Live service. I am not going to shell out another penny until I get some actual, constructive, fact-based details on my problems. I think, from a consumer to a marketer of consumables, that this is a fair practice that you should consistently offer. Don't you?