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This is what happens when you die.

Everyone suffers from this affliction. It happens to everyone, eventually, and someday it'll happen to you.

No one wants to die, but it can happen and you need to be prepared, to know what to expect, and how to cope with your sudden loss.

Honestly, this is the third time I've RROD'd. I've seen it many times before and am well acquainted with the process, as are a good deal of you.

I wanted to shed some light on the tragedy of a RROD with some details on what happens, along with some pictures.

1. You RROD.

This was my scene early last week. I'd gotten the system to come back briefly with a toweling, but it died again the next day.

The towel trick is extremely YMMV I've found, since some people haven't had it work at all, others have had their systems work for months afterwards.

2. You call MS. You're going to speak to MAX. He can help. After he "helps" he gets all stern and wants to make sure you're legit and wants way more personal info than I'd trust to a guy named Max.

I spoke with a person of indiscriminate origin about my dead system.

Do yourself a favor. Check the light on your power supply. If you're RROD, it should be green. Do this now so you can save yourself a lot of headache in trying to "troubleshoot and repair" your system over the phone.

RROD means death. You're dead. Plain and simple. There is no fix, they're just stalling for some fucking stupid reason, because their support book makes them stall. Eventually they send you a cardboard box, affectionately called "The Coffin".

3. Wait for the coffin to arrive.

They ship from McAllen, TX. Call them up the day after you get the repair order started and they should have a UPS tracking number for you to use.

Track mine here. It's shipping out today.

I'll kill anyone that intercepts this, btw.

Fill out the form they include, make sure to note on there your serial number and your reason for repair.

Remove your HDD and your faceplate. Make sure you took your copy of Avatar: The Airbender out of the console.

Wrap your console in the provided plastic bag and put the foam blocks on the side of the console to prop it up in the box.

4. Send the coffin in.

Make other plans. You're going to have to wait. 2-3 weeks. No Xbox at all. Sell a baby, sell your body (only 1 or 2 tricks a night makes a lot of cash...), something.
Find a way to carry on. Me? I'm just incurring some temporary CC debt.

What's this thing?

This looks different. Hmm...

5. When you come back...

That's when you can party. I suggest you gather all your cousins and do a breakdance around a shitty mono jukebox.

I'll fill you all in on the progress as progress gets made.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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