It’s dead, Jim

We finally decided to replace our aging/failing Xbox. I bought it about a month after it was released, in December 2001. It’s widely known that early Xbox models have disc-reading problems (mainly attributed to the Thompson DVD-ROM drive), and newer models have slightly different components (Samsung DVD drives, etc.) that are supposed to make them more reliable. Mine has had a failing power supply fan for a while now, which is noisy and annoying, and has been having an increasing amount of disc read errors (DRE’s). It’s gotten to the point where we can’t play a game, watch a DVD, or listen to a CD for more than 15 minutes or so with gettting a DRE, or having it simply lock up.

So this weekend, my wife finally got exasperated to the point where she gave me permission to go out and get a new one. I’m going to try to snag one of the translucent green Halo Limited Edition units, if they’re still around anywhere. It all depends on what’s available when I hit up Besy Buy tonight.

Now, all I’ll have to do is migrate all of my game saves and Live account over to the new unit with a memory card (I have an orange one that I got as part of the Xbox Live beta). I’m toying with the idea of using the old unit for modding – installing a mod chip that lets you run unsigned code and applications. XMP (Xbox Media Player) looks pretty sweet, and it would be cool to be able to play music/video content from my PC over the network. If I do crack open the case, and whip out the soldering iron, you can be sure I’ll post about it here.