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.