I broke down and bought a new Xbox 360 Arcade unit to replace my variously failing boxes. If you remember back just a bit in time, I tried a couple of strategies to fix my machine. They all worked — for a time. The time the fix worked, however, was variable, ranging from 5-30 hours for a good fix, and as short as 30 minutes for a bad fix.
I’ve spent a lot of time on the boxes, and unfortunately, the time I spent fixing seems to have eclipsed the time I spent playing.
The thing I’ve found most fascinating about the process is that, while buggy, the 360 hardware is quite resilient. With enough twiddling of screws, I can get a box up and running quite consistently.