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8y, 10m agoFound 8 years, 10 months ago
Hope i've got this right! I think this was posted a while ago but i can't find the post.

Game are still doing the offer of an original Xbox (preowned) for £19.99
I just picked one up this afternoon and in the box was 3 games, all the bits for it and the dvd module and control! As a console it's a bit outdated but still makes a superb media player with a soft mod.
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For this money you cannot go wrong but bear in mind that it might not last too long. First generation (and second for that matter) suffered overheating issues and some rumours put returns at over 60% - that's more than half of all XBox consoles returned for repair in their lifetime - not a good stat.

The biggest factor is abuse from kids (obviously) but it's also the notion of it being a toy in most peoples minds rather than a rather delicate computer in a fancy box. So they get chucked about like a DVD case. Main problem is overheating - the processor and graphics cause a lot of heat in a game with lots of frames and if you are in a warm bedroom to start with it can easily over heat and fry (just look at the forums).

You can avoid a lot of this by treating it with a bit of respect and putting it on a flat, hard surface with plenty of air - never carpet as the fluff gets drawn into the box and kills it. Some people add extra fans but I think that's a bit useless myself.... just turn the radiator down or open a window.

Don't buy too many generation one games - a good deal of them wont play on an XBox 2. Its a different system and graphics chip. Some popular games have emulation software you can add to a 360 to keep them alive but don't count on it.

Incidentily, MSoft started shipping updated (internally) versions of the XBox 360 to the UK in September last. These have a new, much improved chip and graphics set-up plus copper cooling pipes starting with the Halo special edition and Elite variations. I've compared one of these to a 2007 360 on the same TV and the difference is noticeable plus it runs a lot cooler so should avoid the overheating problems in future.

Needless to say - if you do go for a new one steer clear of the core system (old chip and cooling) and get a 3 year warranty just in case.

::

P
#2
I didnt think there were many issues with overheating on the original xbox - mine has been fine for years. I think it is more reliable than the 360
#3
never had overheating on my orig xbox and its still going strong. mg180zs you do realise this is an old original xbox not a 360
#4
How hard did you look for the old thread, it was in the 1st page of results when I looked for xbox in 'Game'?

Spammed.
#5
Xbox 1 rocks with XBMC with the MC360 skin
#6
Oops really sorry about that saint, i am not really too familiar with the site to be honest but typed in preowned xbox into the search box and couldn't find anything. feel free to remove the post.
#7
Can't beat it £19 for a original xbox is brilliant and the original xbox is solid as a rock. My xbox has been going strong for years, not one little problem. Even the dvd drive will read discs that my xbox 360, ps2 or dvd player can't.
#8
MG180ZS
For this money you cannot go wrong but bear in mind that it might not last too long. First generation (and second for that matter) suffered overheating issues and some rumours put returns at over 60% - that's more than half of all XBox consoles returned for repair in their lifetime - not a good stat.

The biggest factor is abuse from kids (obviously) but it's also the notion of it being a toy in most peoples minds rather than a rather delicate computer in a fancy box. So they get chucked about like a DVD case. Main problem is overheating - the processor and graphics cause a lot of heat in a game with lots of frames and if you are in a warm bedroom to start with it can easily over heat and fry (just look at the forums).

You can avoid a lot of this by treating it with a bit of respect and putting it on a flat, hard surface with plenty of air - never carpet as the fluff gets drawn into the box and kills it. Some people add extra fans but I think that's a bit useless myself.... just turn the radiator down or open a window.

Don't buy too many generation one games - a good deal of them wont play on an XBox 2. Its a different system and graphics chip. Some popular games have emulation software you can add to a 360 to keep them alive but don't count on it.

Incidentily, MSoft started shipping updated (internally) versions of the XBox 360 to the UK in September last. These have a new, much improved chip and graphics set-up plus copper cooling pipes starting with the Halo special edition and Elite variations. I've compared one of these to a 2007 360 on the same TV and the difference is noticeable plus it runs a lot cooler so should avoid the overheating problems in future.

Needless to say - if you do go for a new one steer clear of the core system (old chip and cooling) and get a 3 year warranty just in case.

::

P

Jesus, nearly everything in that post was wrong!
I have a 1.0 and a 1.1 xbox, so the very first 2 models and both are still going strong.
One of them in particular has had A LOT of abuse, had all sorts of modifications added and removed and even then the only problem with it is a dodgy DVD drive (which I rarely use)

I have not known of a single xbox that died from overheating and as a whole I've found them to be extremely reliable. So where did you get this 60% failure rate from?

Re: 360's
All of them should now contain the updated board so there's no reason to avoid any particular model, plus they already come with a 3yr RRoD warranty as standard.
#9
MG180ZS
For this money you cannot go wrong but bear in mind that it might not last too long. First generation (and second for that matter) suffered overheating issues and some rumours put returns at over 60% - that's more than half of all XBox consoles returned for repair in their lifetime - not a good stat.

The biggest factor is abuse from kids (obviously) but it's also the notion of it being a toy in most peoples minds rather than a rather delicate computer in a fancy box. So they get chucked about like a DVD case. Main problem is overheating - the processor and graphics cause a lot of heat in a game with lots of frames and if you are in a warm bedroom to start with it can easily over heat and fry (just look at the forums).

You can avoid a lot of this by treating it with a bit of respect and putting it on a flat, hard surface with plenty of air - never carpet as the fluff gets drawn into the box and kills it. Some people add extra fans but I think that's a bit useless myself.... just turn the radiator down or open a window.

Don't buy too many generation one games - a good deal of them wont play on an XBox 2. Its a different system and graphics chip. Some popular games have emulation software you can add to a 360 to keep them alive but don't count on it.

Incidentily, MSoft started shipping updated (internally) versions of the XBox 360 to the UK in September last. These have a new, much improved chip and graphics set-up plus copper cooling pipes starting with the Halo special edition and Elite variations. I've compared one of these to a 2007 360 on the same TV and the difference is noticeable plus it runs a lot cooler so should avoid the overheating problems in future.

Needless to say - if you do go for a new one steer clear of the core system (old chip and cooling) and get a 3 year warranty just in case.

::

P


Mate it's £19!
#10
thesaint
How hard did you look for the old thread, it was in the 1st page of results when I looked for xbox in 'Game'?

Spammed.


You really have too much time on your hands. And why spam this? Whats the point what do you get out of it. I'll bet like me a lot of other people will value this post and consider buying one after perhaps missing the original.

Voted hot and rep added.
#11
Agreed XB1's are solid as a rock (not a northern one obviously). My 1.6 has been on 24/7 for a year running XBMC and i've also got a 1.1 that's never given me problems (and a mint boxed crystal, probably another 1.6?). The only thing that dies on them are the DVD drives (mine got jammed on the 1.6 but was easy to fix).
#12
MG180ZS
For this money you cannot go wrong but bear in mind that it might not last too long. First generation (and second for that matter) suffered overheating issues and some rumours put returns at over 60% - that's more than half of all XBox consoles returned for repair in their lifetime - not a good stat.

The biggest factor is abuse from kids (obviously) but it's also the notion of it being a toy in most peoples minds rather than a rather delicate computer in a fancy box. So they get chucked about like a DVD case. Main problem is overheating - the processor and graphics cause a lot of heat in a game with lots of frames and if you are in a warm bedroom to start with it can easily over heat and fry (just look at the forums).

You can avoid a lot of this by treating it with a bit of respect and putting it on a flat, hard surface with plenty of air - never carpet as the fluff gets drawn into the box and kills it. Some people add extra fans but I think that's a bit useless myself.... just turn the radiator down or open a window.

Don't buy too many generation one games - a good deal of them wont play on an XBox 2. Its a different system and graphics chip. Some popular games have emulation software you can add to a 360 to keep them alive but don't count on it.

Incidentily, MSoft started shipping updated (internally) versions of the XBox 360 to the UK in September last. These have a new, much improved chip and graphics set-up plus copper cooling pipes starting with the Halo special edition and Elite variations. I've compared one of these to a 2007 360 on the same TV and the difference is noticeable plus it runs a lot cooler so should avoid the overheating problems in future.

Needless to say - if you do go for a new one steer clear of the core system (old chip and cooling) and get a 3 year warranty just in case.

::

P


he must be talking about the 360, original xbox never had problems with it was a true warrior and still going strong! just wish i knew how to mod it into a media player like alot of people have :(
#13
MG180ZS
For this money you cannot go wrong but bear in mind that it might not last too long. First generation (and second for that matter) suffered overheating issues and some rumours put returns at over 60% - that's more than half of all XBox consoles returned for repair in their lifetime - not a good stat.

The biggest factor is abuse from kids (obviously) but it's also the notion of it being a toy in most peoples minds rather than a rather delicate computer in a fancy box. So they get chucked about like a DVD case. Main problem is overheating - the processor and graphics cause a lot of heat in a game with lots of frames and if you are in a warm bedroom to start with it can easily over heat and fry (just look at the forums).

You can avoid a lot of this by treating it with a bit of respect and putting it on a flat, hard surface with plenty of air - never carpet as the fluff gets drawn into the box and kills it. Some people add extra fans but I think that's a bit useless myself.... just turn the radiator down or open a window.

Don't buy too many generation one games - a good deal of them wont play on an XBox 2. Its a different system and graphics chip. Some popular games have emulation software you can add to a 360 to keep them alive but don't count on it.

Incidentily, MSoft started shipping updated (internally) versions of the XBox 360 to the UK in September last. These have a new, much improved chip and graphics set-up plus copper cooling pipes starting with the Halo special edition and Elite variations. I've compared one of these to a 2007 360 on the same TV and the difference is noticeable plus it runs a lot cooler so should avoid the overheating problems in future.

Needless to say - if you do go for a new one steer clear of the core system (old chip and cooling) and get a 3 year warranty just in case.

::

P


Guy obviously didn't read the first word of the title - 'Original'! :roll:

If Game were selling the Xbox 360 for £20 I'd buy one - even if it only lasted a few weeks!

The 'biggest factor' is not kids playing football with their 360s, it's the overheating problem. Microsoft obviously didn't test the 360 thoroughly enough before putting it on the market. Changes in newer generation models will reduce the chances of the 360 overheating slightly but may still happen! I've fixed a few over-heating 3RLOD 360s - it really is a stupid fault! Shame on you Bill!

The difference in graphics is more due to the inclusion of an HDMI port, rather than the mentioned 'improved GPU'.

3 year warranty now comes as standard too (as mentioned previously).
#14
daveleebond - Couldn't agree more, exactly wot I have on mine, very nice skin as well.

I can't believe how many people run there xbox's with XBMC, everytime theres a thread about the xbox you find out there are loads.

IMO the cheapest and most user friendly media PC you can buy and all for £20. Might pick another up at this price for my daughters room.

Any good apps that anyone knows about for XBMC would be nice.

Good post.
#15
Yep...never heard of the overheating problem with the original Xbox. As far as I can see, the overheating is just with the 360. My Crystal Xbox is still going strong, and lucky for me, my 360 has had no problems (touch wood)...and it was amongst the first batch sold in the UK.
#16
Some kids must think the Xbox 360 was the original Xbox...............I must be getting old

Never had any problem with my Orginal Xbox v1.1 and still going strong although the spring loaded clockwork winder is getting a little weak.
#17
freddysmith
Some kids must think the Xbox 360 was the original Xbox...............I must be getting old

Never had any problem with my Orginal Xbox v1.1 and still going strong although the spring loaded clockwork winder is getting a little weak.


No you're wrong the spring loaded clockwork winder was only on v1.2 and on, and they are not prone to failing at all! ;-)
banned#18
Still got my original xbox and still going strong after 6-7yrs, I paid £250 for it from Argos not had a single problem with it, Microsoft even sent me a new adapter for it for free 3-4yrs into it's 1 year warranty :)
#19
chris197
No you're wrong the spring loaded clockwork winder was only on v1.2 and on, and they are not prone to failing at all! ;-)


I had to Mod my v1.1 to get the technically advanced winder to improve performance.
Also upgraded the Hardwood mouse drive to a larger one (mouse that is) ;-)
#20
Cheers for the vote of support Philby.

there are several walkthroughs on how to soft mod the original xbox if you type soft mod into google.

Just one other question though, does anybody know if there is a way to tell whether the box has already been soft modded???
#21
:)

Got 2 of these, never had any overheating issues and plays any file under the sun, hook it up to a 50" plasma and your laughing
#22
MG180ZS
For this money you cannot go wrong but bear in mind that it might not last too long. First generation (and second for that matter) suffered overheating issues and some rumours put returns at over 60% - that's more than half of all XBox consoles returned for repair in their lifetime - not a good stat.

The biggest factor is abuse from kids (obviously) but it's also the notion of it being a toy in most peoples minds rather than a rather delicate computer in a fancy box. So they get chucked about like a DVD case. Main problem is overheating - the processor and graphics cause a lot of heat in a game with lots of frames and if you are in a warm bedroom to start with it can easily over heat and fry (just look at the forums).

You can avoid a lot of this by treating it with a bit of respect and putting it on a flat, hard surface with plenty of air - never carpet as the fluff gets drawn into the box and kills it. Some people add extra fans but I think that's a bit useless myself.... just turn the radiator down or open a window.

Don't buy too many generation one games - a good deal of them wont play on an XBox 2. Its a different system and graphics chip. Some popular games have emulation software you can add to a 360 to keep them alive but don't count on it.

Incidentily, MSoft started shipping updated (internally) versions of the XBox 360 to the UK in September last. These have a new, much improved chip and graphics set-up plus copper cooling pipes starting with the Halo special edition and Elite variations. I've compared one of these to a 2007 360 on the same TV and the difference is noticeable plus it runs a lot cooler so should avoid the overheating problems in future.

Needless to say - if you do go for a new one steer clear of the core system (old chip and cooling) and get a 3 year warranty just in case.

::

P


just about all of that is wrong :whistling:
#23
@ Papa Lazarou
Hello Dave!!!!!!!!
#24
loads of these in my local game, an utter bargain, - some of them are the 2 controller crystal ones

best place to look for games is blockbuster/gamestation where they do 4 for £10

game also sell the original rainbow 6 and splinter cell for 99p!
#25
Its not an offer, thats just the price now.
#26
As far as I'm concerned, a good deal is a good deal, regardless of price or any reduction...
#27
Thanks OP! I have a 360 and really miss the first one. I dont have a hard drive for my 360 so getting this would be cheaper than getting the 360 hard drive and enable me to play more old games. Not to mention £20 for a media centre machine (once chipped). Im going to go tomorrow and hope they have some left. :thumbsup:
#28
BaSe
Its not an offer, thats just the price now.


You're right BaSe I shouldn't have posted anything, i will flagellate myself with a strip of barbed wire for being so impudent!:?
banned#29
:thumbsup:
#30
derrycityboy
just about all of that is wrong :whistling:


I just had a look at this guys other posts and it's all more of the same ****.
Spouting (incorrect) information as if he's an expert on subject.
#31
I take it this is a 'shop' deal only...offer does not seem to be online?

Anyhow, I have 2 Xboxes, both soft modded, and they are the best thing since sliced bread! The wife uses them to view photos while listening to music while I use them for games and divx movies.
#32
Papa Lazarou
You're right BaSe I shouldn't have posted anything, i will flagellate myself with a strip of barbed wire for being so impudent!:?


Just making a point, no need to be an **** about it.
#33
Still £29.99 each in my local Game (Buxton) :(
#34
Visit http://wiki.hellowafflezone.com/

Yeah, £20 would be a good deal. Especially with the soft mod. See link.
#35
Sorry absolute **** the original xbox was extremely reliable. I have 3 of them for streaming and one of them was an original release console so its going on 6 years old now never had a problem with it and its had a huge amount of use.

At £20 its just unbelievable value I havent been able to find them at this price but would get a few more if I could.
#36
I'd have one at that price too Barney! try going in and mentioning that other stores are doing them for £20
#37
I have an original crystal Xbox and the disc drive has packed up, which apparently is a fairly common problem, especially on those fiited with Thomson units. Mine has the better (supposedly 'best') Samsung one, but it's still kicked the bucket so I'll be off down Game tomorrow to check this out as a new drive on Ebay is twice as much.
#38
Samsungs were considered the best (of a bad lot) for media compatibility when there was just philips, samsug and thomson, but the samsung tend to get stuck a lot - I have one (in a 1.6b xbox, the one with the cheap/hynix ram too) and it can take hours to get the drive to spit out, pressing the button constantly. luckily I barely use the dvd drive.

There are also different versions of the samsung drive - pre-2003 (good) and 2004+ which is far worse. I also have two xbox with Hitachi drives in which they started using at the end of the xbox's life, and they are by far my favourite, both in 1.6 xbox (with the good/samsung ram).
#39
nadnerb
Jesus, nearly everything in that post was wrong!


Jesus didn't write the post
#40
Deleted User Name 3;1550545
Samsungs were considered the best (of a bad lot) for media compatibility when there was just philips, samsug and thomson, but the samsung tend to get stuck a lot - I have one (in a 1.6b xbox, the one with the cheap/hynix ram too) and it can take hours to get the drive to spit out, pressing the button constantly. luckily I barely use the dvd drive.

There are also different versions of the samsung drive - pre-2003 (good) and 2004+ which is far worse. I also have two xbox with Hitachi drives in which they started using at the end of the xbox's life, and they are by far my favourite, both in 1.6 xbox (with the good/samsung ram).

Mine doesn't read the disc; started sporadically and a light tap would sort it out, but now it doesn't read at all. I was going to go for another Crystal as I presume that will be a later model, but is that really the best choice (bearing in mind it will probably be a quick visual choice of black, crystal and maybe green, i guess)?
Also I know how to identify the drives by the tray style, but how do you check the other stuff like RAM or do you have to open it up or hack it?

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