I posted earlier about some XBox problems I was having, and had a bit of feedback, so I thought I would update you on whats happened so far.
I had some suggestions, from boiling some discs, to running a DVD type cleaner through it. The DVD cleaner seemed the less intrusive of the solutions so I went and bought a cleaner for $20. Its a CD-ROM with about 6 miniature little brushes on it. Track 1 is an instruction intro, tracks 2 - 4 are the actual cleaning tracks. It took my Xbox about 20 minutes of ejecting, re-inserting, turning the Xbox off and on, before the cleaning disc was recognised, but finally the tracks came up. I listened to the 1st track, run it through tracks 2-4 to clean it, then did the same another 2 times to make sure it really was cleaned.
Beauty I thought, this should hopefully make it better, at the worst I will now have a clean leaser reading head to read my discs. However, almost no disc is recognised at all now. I recently bought Hunter: The Reckoning - redeemer for Xmas, but this disc is not recognised either like the 13 other titles I have.
I can't begin to tell you the frsutration I was feeling and if it wasn't for my kids in the same room, I would have let loose with a series of vulgarities, and picked up the XBox and drop kicked it out the backyard.
So now I can either a) pay $180 o get the XBox repaired, b) pay $250? dollars for a new Xbox, or c) ditch the black brick I currently own, sell my existing game collection (or trade them in) and buy a PS2.
Which do I feel like doing? Well currently the PS2 is looking pretty good. I know very well how technologically advanced the XBox is compared to the PS2, but I also know for a fact the state of a PS2 disc can be pretty shoddy and it will still work. I still have some PS1 discs that look like they have been cleaned with sandpaper, yet the next door neighbours PS2 system (and my old PS1) reads them, seemingly without issue. I hate to ditch my entire collection and start again, but I fear that if I pay $180 to get it repaired, they will either (by luck), test out some brand new games on it and it may work, thus I get it returned with a completely non working collection of games and $180 down the tubes.
Not sure what I'll do yet, I'll calm down, sleep on it, and see. Logically I'll probably get it repaired, but I have yet to convince my wife about spending almost $200 on the Xbox. A lot of my friends have PS2's so maybe they'll convince me otherwise....(the thought of drop kicking it into the backyard is still very tempting though...)