New Xbox 360 update causing consoles to hang

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I knew this story was going to be hitting the Internet I just didn’t expect me to be the one who posted it first.

Early this morning the update arrived on my local console and I was prompted to install it as required. The installation went smoothly and was completed really quickly so I was pretty impressed so far.

Then I decided to check out the new Avatar gear that is available and that is where it all started to go wrong, as I was browsing the blades I noticed a distinct lag when switching between some of the blades, I presumed it was because the data hadn’t loaded yet and was simply disappointed that this problem still existed.

However as time went on it got worse, every single Avatar screen lagged to death and eventually started causing the entire console to freeze. I would then wait about 5 seconds and things would come back to life. Not Good.

Next I wandered over to the arcade game listings and started checking out the new ratings system, first up was Battlefield 1943 which I just had to give a 5 star rating to. I opened the title, clicked A 5 times and only 3 stars appeared. A few seconds later the other stars appeared… Then I clicked submit and nothing happened. I clicked it a few more times and eventually my rating was saved and I was sent back to the main screen where  it stayed, I pushed every single button on the remote including the guide button and nothing.

I eventually went over and pushed the power button on the front of the console and still nothing. I held the button down for 15 seconds and nada… the things was dead.

I pulled the power cable out the back and inserted it again and the console came back up without any issues. I then played about an hour of Battlefield without any issue then decided it was time for some more Splosion man and once again my dashboard hung on me. Thankfully this time the guide button seemed to wake it up and I could haltingly coax it over to Splosion man, which then ran perfectly.

In short the games are running perfectly fine but my Dashboard is a dog and the console is incredibly unstable, I personally am expecting it to RROD or E74 any day now.

Last Updated: August 12, 2009

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