Hi, I’m baaack!
And like before, I am not alone. Just like I wasn’t alone last time.
I’m fairly convinced that the disk read error is a misnomer. The 360 has locked up / crashed. It happens instantly, right in the middle of a gunfight, and there’s no hint that it’s loading a damn thing from the DVD drive. I think it’s just a bogus error message.
But why does it happen to a few, but not to most? What’s different about my Xbox360? Dead Rising and GoW are the only two games it’s done it to me on, but I don’t have a ton of games. I have several Xbox games, and it’s never done it to them.
The only other 360 games I have are Kameo, and DOA4. Never had a problem with them. But they’re old. Not cutting edge. Did they not push the system hard enough? Are these newer games using the 3rd core and it’s a little flaky on my 360? Older firmware that can’t handle the load? I don’t know. But in my second link, one person claims they got their 360 a week ago and they’re having the problem.
I’ve confirmed that since the problem began with Dead Rising, I can go back to these older games and the 360 runs fine.
My 360 is very well ventilated. I’m convinced it’s not heat related.
I’m trying to remember when I purchased my 360. I think it was February 2006 – or was it March?. It was brand new, I had been calling the retailers for weeks waiting for them to have it in stock.
I’m convinced my 360 isn’t “broke.” However, that doesn’t mean that MS may have changed something, be it hardware of firmware, that prevents the Disk Read Error on the newer systems. Oh, and that kid who said he got his 360 last week was, um, full of it. I don’t know.
It’s frustrating to me that it’s happening to so many people, but MS refuses to say anything.
Fortunately, with the GoW checkpoint system the Disk Read Error isn’t too bad. It was absolute murder in Dead Rising.