I was in the store here the other day to buy a new game, and the clerk asked me if I would buy 1 year insurance for $2 dollars. I told her that I don’t need one as I’m always careful handling my games, then she told me one thing I didn’t know and that was that the xbox itself can destroy the disc/game.
I came home, looked it up on the Internet and there it was… a lot of people have actually come across this issue, so the more I read about this, the more I came to realise what usually make this happened.
How to notice if this has happened: First of all, the game won’t work when the disc reader come to a certain point on the disc, as it has burned a perfect circle in it (Usually in the middle).
How this happened:
There are at least 3 known ways that this will happen.
- Your xbox are standing vertical.
- You move the xbox with a disc inside.
- The xbox are standing on a shaky ground (like a carpet or something like that).
If this happens to a game that is less than 1 year old, Microsoft will most likely give you a refund for it. But don’t worry if it’s older than that, you can always try to use some fine car polish if you’re confident enough on you polishing skills, as you have to be very careful doing so. Or you can take it to your game shop for repair, the cost for this is about $2 bucks and up.
Some players have met this issue “The Ring of Death” with the 360.
But what should you do when this issue occurs?
Should you throw it and get you a new 360? or just leave it be and try another console system?
The answer is NO, as long as you haven’t done any modifications inside the xbox and “killed” the varranty you should contact the xbox support in your contry for maintenance. They will send you a box where you can put the xbox and you will also be told to whom you must deliver it too. As the ring of death are a hardware issue the maintenance and shipping will be free of charge, just remember to detach everything that can be detached before you send it as you probably will get another one.
I have encountered this issue my self so I know how this works, and it works fine. Just remember they need some time to take a look at it, but it usually don’t take longer that about one week.