Alright so here's the situation:
I bought an original Xbox waaaaaaay back in 2005, back in the day when it had to either be connected to the router directly or you had to buy the wireless attachable device.
Back then I had absolutely no need for XBL so I just played my games and went on my merry way. However, I did make an account for XBL online for reasons I don't remember. And then I forgot the password to that account, and at the time there was no visible "forgot password" area so I ended up having to make another. And then another. And now I have like, JFC, 3 or 5 LIVE accounts? The one I'm writing on right now is one of them.
So now, I have downloadable content I'd like to get for Sonic Generations, so XBL is kinda crucial. Yesterday I went and exchanged my old system for a new Slim. Awesome, I have wi-fi now! Having a connected XBL account is no longer a chore! Except it kind of is.
I was under the assumption that a gamertag you had on a console was separate from your LIVE account and that the two accounts merely shared information like games played and gamerscore and such. So I thought I could link up this account to the profile I've used f the last six years and have all my game data and gamerscore and stuff like that transferred to this one so I can have access to LIVE.
Except it doesn't work like that apparently and now I'm frustrated and confused. Because of the past mishaps with passwords, I'm having difficulties making an XBL account for the profile I've had since 2005, because trying to use my AOL e-mail will either get me a "This combination is associated with another gamertag" or "This e-mail is not valid".
Some of the accounts are linked to my Hotmail address (like this one), so if I try to use that I get the same "already associated with a gamertag" message. What's more, I'd redeemed several of the pre-order codes for Sonic Generations on this name because I thought it wasn't going to be this much of a headache to get something set up. And while trying to figure it out myself, they downloaded when I got this profile onto my console. I deleted it and items from my console but now I'm like "***, is it not going to work anymore if I try to redeem them again!??!?!"
I JUST WANT TO SYNC UP MY ALREADY USED PROFILE WITH XBOX *** LIVE SO THAT I CAN GET THE NICE DLC CONTENT AND MAYBE GET BANJO-KAZOOIE/TOOIE WHILE I'M AT IT! THAT'S ALL I WANT TO DO! WHY IS THIS BEING SO DIFFICULT!?!?!?!?