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mattgriffin

Be very careful if you own an older XBOX. I had an XBOX 360 Arcade (with an added HD) that was fried by the Kinect software update.

MSFT support says it must have been a "coincidence" but judging by the news online, that seems highly unlikely.

related: www.bbc.co.uk­/news­/technology­-12121999

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GB330033

It is very easy to find links between two independent events. Kinect and the associated dashboard update is a red herring as far as RROD events go. The RROD is caused by heating problems and neither the Kinect device nor the recent dashboard update cause the Xbox to generate more heat.

My money says that most people reporting "Kinect killed my Xbox!" just hadn't used their Xbox for a while before getting Kinect. For all we know, the same Xbox might have died the day before.

I'd hesitate before concluding that Kinect is the culprit.
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mattgriffin

I don't have a RROD, I use my xbox almost daily and I had been playing not an hour before the Kinect arrived via UPS. Yes, improbable things can happen, but I feel shafted right now.

As for heat, it's on a wire shelf with lots of air flow and clearance on all sides.
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mattgriffin

Here's a video: t.co­/RCPWMiK
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qyiet

Hrmm freezing with video corruption on during the startup splash screen.

I'd double check the all the cables, and make sure that both the xbox and the power supply are well ventilated (and not clogged by dust) but I think odds are that machine is now a brick :(
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qyiet

I'm confused, the description the BBC link was clearly of a RROD, if this is not what you are experiencing then you have a different problem, and the BBC article is not relevent. (although I think it's an example of bad journalism nontheless)
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qyiet

I also have an arcade with added HDD, and I was in the beta program for the new dash. I applied it many times to my xbox without any issues at all. (I replaced my launch 360 with an arcade when the version with the HDMI was released)

Given that you were swayed by an article that relied on a single point of evidence I would think that the fact I managed to install it somewhere between 5 and 10 times on the same setup should set your mind at ease.

It's no surprise given that MS sold 8 million kinects that a few 360s would die with a RROD shortly after having the kinect plugged in. It's the law of big numbers, so sorry mattgriffin I think you have just been unlucky.

The other key facts you should look at is the date of the BBC article, and the type of reporting the author does. If there was any sort of wide failure with the kinect it would have been reported WIDELY by the gaming press shortly after the kinects release in early November. The fact that a BBC Reporter who seems to cover general news picked this up miles after the launch of the kinect doesn’t fit with the sort of sudden failure you are describing.

TL:DR It’s confirmation bias combined with lazy reporting from the BBC
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mattgriffin

Ok, the BBC article is bad. I was pissed. XBOX Slim will be here tomorrow. (but I'm still hanging onto the old one, just in case...)
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