I'm gonna rant just now that my GTAC site ain't working again! Just as I spent a solid 24 hours away from the computer, I figured I'd be cleaning it up for at least 30 minutes, but it ain't there. Well, to let our helpers know, it's nothing I can fix, just have to wait till it loads again.
On the GTA topic, sort of. My last Xbox360 loaded GTA V into Multiplayer the other day, the screen went from fine to millions of vertical white lines, with the only thing being readable, the text popping up above the HUD, and even then, marred by the white lines. I tested my HDMI cable, I tested resetting the TV input, going to Xbox component cable and it reset the video to an E74 display, that I could read, but basically what it tells you is your video chip is cooked! At least one component internally is in serious trouble. I figure, time to shop a new, used system!
Well, just a few blocks from me is a pawn shop now, near my new digs, so it was easier then could be expected.
I was planning at least an hour or so shopping across town, they thought they had nothing older gen, but as it happens, another 20GB model with HDMI, this one is refurbished by Gamestop with new heatsink mounts, and a different heatsink design for the CPU as well. It has wired in male and female attaching wiring from the power to DVD ROM connector, SATA remains the same. The added wire harness goes to the fan, I believe this causes the fans to get a signal to run full bore all the time, it also makes the system rather noisy, which is due to the same fans being used I'm sure.
Could probably retrograde the actual fans and add the aftermarket variety. Either way, because it's main issue was a DVD ROM stuck in closed door mode, I removed the plastic shell again, determined it had already been opened, somewhat obvious to do the mods by Gamestop, with new stickers added. Well, the drive is dated manufactured in 2009, so you know, it's still the sore spot. I played GTA V for a few hours and everything on screen suddenly froze. Rebooted with changed drive (the one it came with) again it prompted to download and install updates (every old drive seems to need this, which makes sense)
Then I ran RDR which besides Madden, had been the only two games saved on the single profile. That and some Rap music was all that's on the former drive, so I customized that to a new generic gamertag to try gaming some RDR on it, luckily I'm a major fan of Rockstar in this case, having PS3 and Xbox versions of their AAA titles! hahaha
PS2 as well, but that's another story.
The system did read, but initially had trouble loading the discs, ejecting and retracting the disc tray, and engaging the disc, I believe during my MP session, the disc drive probably stopped reading, it gave me an error that the disc was unreadable, but I think it's entirely mechanical, the disc still looks the same, no scratches, but as you can imagine, there's risk involved playing any discs in suspect ROM or general CD/DVD drives, if they're in real bad shape, you wind up with scratches on a formerly good disc! AND then you're out $50 or $60 bucks!! OUCH!
Well, it looks like I may still have to swap DVD ROM parts, but I scored this Xbox for a markdown to $35 dollars, after some negotiation, I expected to pay $100 or more!! They also told me they just marked down the earlier/earliest systems in the pawn shops because the XBox One released, likely true of PS3 as well, now that PS4 is available to consumers. I'm passing that along to anyone thinking of getting into either, you can do so for a nice price if you're savvy, and the seller is anxious to liquidate. There's an As Is final sale involved, but it could have cost me over $50 too! (initially they said they'd throw in a 6 month return if anything failed, but even they couldn't get the drive door open, so it required the case be opened up entirely just to get the thing useable