Ok so heres what I got going on. I havent used my Xbox live account for about 9 months as I have been in Afghanistan. However, 2 days ago I finally bought a prepaid card and activated my account again. That night I played for about 4 hours with absolutely no problems whatsoever. Yesterday I get home from work, turn on my Xbox and join a party my buddy was in. Immediately, I realized he could not hear my voice through the headset, even though I could tell the Xbox was picking it up by the little sound wave popping up next to the speaker when I was viewing the party. Anyways while this is going on I'm also trying to join a lobby, I finally get into a game and my connection shows it is at 1 bar. And I lag out so hard my Xbox froze. After restarting my Xbox, I can no longer join a game at all. When I bring up the guide with the center button, it shows that I am signed into my live account, however on the dashboard, the big space on the right side of the screen where there are usually ads, says I am not connected to live. BUT, when I sign OUT of my account and go back to the dashboard, all the ads are there and it acts as though I am connected, which I am. Also, I have been getting very random error codes not pertinent to my issues at all, for instance 80072ee2 is a code for issues with downloading something -- I'm not downloading anything -- 800705b4 is a code for issues with connecting to Windows Media Center -- I don't even own a PC. Obviously something crazy is going on with my live account. My connection is excellent, so don't tell my to restart my router/modem. I have already tried opening NAT, port forwarding/triggering, and dedicated IP address, NOTHING is working. Called tech support for 3 hours yesterday, they're no help whatsoever. Any ideas? Thanks.