Shipley wrote:Oh I remember, I just want to re-enforce to Mad Mind that unless you have a modded system, theres no need to go to a 3rd party.
Why would you make such a pronouncement?
Seriously Ship, you act like you are somehow an authority on this kind of thing when you're clearly not. You're just another guy with an opinion and quite frankly your position on modifying hardware or even using a 3rd party to repair a 360 is naive.
Think about it...
Why would anyone take 360 repair advice from you when you've never opened a console, never tried to repair or mod one, and who's solution reads like the same script the M$ customer service rep regurgitates to you over the phone from Bangalore when you call in about your RRoD?
Would you listen to someone claiming to be a car mechanic who had never actually lifted up the hood and worked on the engine?(If you answered "yes" then you are a bigger sucker than I thought.)
The bottom line is that Madmind, and anyone else is free to get their 360 repaired where they want, when they want, whether it is modded or not.
Once they buy the hardware it is there to do with as they wish.(don't even start it being a violation of the DMCA, because it's not and if you think it is I challenge you to prove it by finding a case where the prosecution was successful)
There clearly *is* a need for people with non-modded consoles or these businesses wouldn't be thriving like they are.
The reason is well documented:
Microsoft's warranty/exchange/return policy is
lousy and adds insult to injury to 360 owners.
What's the point of a warranty when it takes a month to exchange your console?
Furthermore, how good is that warranty if all you get back is a
refurbished console that's prone to suffering the same failure as your original console?
That's not a warranty. That's a replacement plan and a poor one at that.
Madmind...do what you want but do some research before you do, but don't rely on this forum for any sort of quality advice on the matter because you're not going to find it.
Ship...I'd spend less time at coin-op cons and get your hands dirty doing some real reporting on some real tech issues.
Every clown has a camera and a website these days, including myself, and that's not enough of a reason for anyone to give a shit about what you say.
Do some real reporting, offer some real solutions and resist the temptation to do fluff pieces if you want anyone's respect.
Start with setting up an interview with Ben Heck. After all he's in Fitchburg and he's respected worldwide on modding/repurposing 360s.
Just don't open by lecturing him on how he's violating the 360 warranty every time he mods one or it will be the shortest interview you'll ever do.