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The General 360 Owners/Buyers FAQ Thread (Updated 1/15/10)


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#7621 SadPanda99

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:33 PM

Bottom line is always download the content on the shared xbox so the DRM is associated to the box and not a person. I've seen some exceptions to this, but they are rare, Rockstar and EA have on occasion connected DLC to the person and not the XBOX, which is why I don't buy rockstar DLC anymore.
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#7622 J7.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:36 PM

It's on girlfriend mode. Ba da ching! :booty:

sorry couldn't help it. Try using the controller wired, same thing then get a replacement.


You can't use the controller wired. It still runs wireless even when you have it plugged into charge.

#7623 Spybreak9

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:47 PM

You can't use the controller wired. It still runs wireless even when you have it plugged into charge.


Wha?

You have it plugged in via usb, how can it be wireless?
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#7624 Crunchewy

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:00 PM

Wha?

You have it plugged in via usb, how can it be wireless?


The USB is only for power. The controller still communicates wirelessly with the console for actually being a controller.

#7625 Spybreak9

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:20 PM

The USB is only for power. The controller still communicates wirelessly with the console for actually being a controller.


Wow can't believe I've had my system for this long and didn't know that. Thx Spoiler to save space.
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#7626 J7.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:18 PM

It's stopped vibrating recently. I'm puzzled as to why it occurred in the first place. I was playing Carcassone when it happened, and I've been playing that for many years without it ever happening before. I'm thinking it must be a software error and not the hardware of the controller itself.

#7627 SaraAB

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:19 AM

My controller will often vibrate non-stop until I remove the batteries, about 1-2 times every half hour. What the hell is wrong?


Stick 1 piece of duct tape or electrical tape on each side of the battery pack to hold it in better.

Also your batteries are probably dying, I have had this happen even when the battery meter says full or down one bar. Sometimes the controller just shuts off during gameplay randomly, when I check the batteries with an external tester they are dead or close to dead, or if I put my rechargeable batteries on the tester they need charging. The battery meter on the Xbox 360 is VERY inaccurate.

#7628 J7.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:12 AM

Thanks. I just hope it stops because the controller vibration doesn't feel as strong as it used to before it say vibrating non-stop for so long.

#7629 anotherpoorgamer

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:17 AM

Yeah my 360 shuts off when the rechargeable batteries are dying. Have to press the 360 button to turn it back on. Gets annoying when you're in the middle of game play and there's no spare batteries around.

I might one day get the play and charge kit. If the battery pack goes bad, I won't mind having the thing constantly tethered to my console, so long as it still works that way.

Is the transforming D-pad worth it to buy another controller?

I kind of wish Microsoft would release a wired 360 controller with the transforming D-pad. I'd buy a silver one.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:21 AM

Well this got extremely annoying fast, my controller has ghost movement. Instead of moving forward it will randomly move backwards or act like I'm pressing back on the left analog stick. I bypassed this in Borderlands by pressing the left analog stick in to run but in Mass Effect 3 over the weeknend it was almost impossible to run away from baddies or towards allies. I couldn't even mine in Minecraft as my character would constantly move and that messes up your mining animation on the block. It got to the point where I had to use my silver controller's d-pad to select anything. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem, I'm pretty sure this controller is only 4 to 6 months old. Pre-ordered, since it comes out tomorrow and I just happen to be trying out the Prime trial this month :), the Halo 4 controller, seems like a good fit/time.
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#7631 podiddly

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:11 PM

My xbox has been acting very strangely over the past month or so. It will frequently freeze while playing various games (most often w/ FIFA 13). Most of these games are scratch free and I have installed on my hard drive so it cant be the discs themselves.

Furthermore, and perhaps more annoying, I am experiencing terrible lag whenever I play online. I am confident it is not my network as I have tested its quality multiple times and have tried forwarding ports and/or dmzing it.

Is this a known issue?

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:31 PM

Got disconnected from Live while playing Mass Effect 3 online and then lost all audio on my system.
Checked the hdmi connections and reset audio/video settings, but the problem persisted.

Just as I was going online to look for solutions, I hear a low "whir" sound, like Sam Fisher's night vision goggles, and the audio returns.



Dunno now if my 360 is crapping out, or a Third/Fourth Echelon person is hiding nearby and planted a decoy bomb.

#7633 Only One Haze

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:25 PM

Question...I dont have the extra $100 to buy the 250GB model right now. Could I just buy the 4GB and then later buy the MS 250/320GB hard drive and be like I bought he 250 to begin with, or will it not be the same? Thanks!

#7634 Only One Haze

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:03 PM

Awesome, thanks! I was just gonna get the 4gb today and then later (next month probably) get the Microsoft 320gb on amazon for 100, so Ill still pay the 300 but have a 320gb instead of 250gb. Plus the little bit from the 4gb. I know I will be pretty limited until I get the larger hard drive but that is ok. Thanks again!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:23 PM

The only real difference, unless they changed it, is you won't get the glossy black finish of the 250GB model, but the matte black. I actually prefer the matte, since I have kids; less fingerprints to deal with.

Also, as crunchewy said, you can use the "fat" 360 hard drives with the slim. They can usually be found far cheaper than the slim specific drives. You just need to open up the casing to remove the drive, and get a slim enclosure like this.


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#7636 Crunchewy

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:31 PM

Yep, that's exactly what I did. The drive is easy to remove from the old style case and the snap-together knock off cases for the new slim work well and do the trick. I also prefer the matte finish. Looks better IMHO.

#7637 Only One Haze

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:35 PM

Thanks for that tip about the hard drive! I picked up the 4gb on my lunch break and yes, it is the matte finish, which is fine with me. I have a 2 year old so that gloss look wouldve been ruined quickly haha. Thanks again everyone!

One more question....do some games still come with a free month of Xbox Live Gold?

#7638 Crunchewy

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

I don't know about a month, but some have 48 hour trials. I got one in Halo CE.

#7639 Only One Haze

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:56 PM

Maybe thats what I remember...that'll work. Thanks again!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

So a friend of mine was in need of a 120 GB HDD for the old system and I offered $50 for mine because I thought that was reasonable. He said he could find em for $25 on craigslist and thinks I'm asking an arm and a leg for it. Like what? What's the resale of a like new 120GD HDD? Gamestop has a refurbished one for $50 but I see them on ebay for average $60.
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#7641 Crunchewy

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

I don't sell nor buy things of any significance from friends or family any more. One or the other person almost always ends up feeling screwed. Either you because you sold for lower than you really wanted, or them because they think the price should have been lower but they accepted, because you're friends.

#7642 Only One Haze

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:26 PM

What are your thoughts on the Play and Charge kit vs Quick Charge Kit? AAs will start to add up. Only have 1 controller at the moment but will be getting at least 2 more.

#7643 J7.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:13 AM

What are your thoughts on the Play and Charge kit vs Quick Charge Kit? AAs will start to add up. Only have 1 controller at the moment but will be getting at least 2 more.


Totally a matter of money vs convenience. If you're going to have 3 controllers then you'd probably find the quick charge kit best. Although the 360 can charge controllers in standby mode and then shut itself off. However, since MS's rechargeable batteries are the worst I've ever encountered (they'll die and hold no charge anywhere from a couple days after purchase to maybe 1 year at most) I would not buy MS rechargeables. Get some Eneloop batteries and use those instead or even a pack of non-rechargeable AA's from a wholesale store.

#7644 Crunchewy

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 02:39 PM

I highly recommend going with Eneloop AA batteries and a charger. They are the way to go. Get an extra set of batteries so you can have some charged and ready to go when the ones in your controller run out. Or four extra batteries if you have more than one controller. You don't really need more than that as it's unlikely you'd run out of power on more than 2 controllers at once.

Eneloop batteries are much better than standard NiMH batteries. They hold their charge for a long time even when not in use and not being charged.

#7645 Only One Haze

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:36 PM

Sweet, thank guys. I will check those out, never heard of them.

Okay, so just a 4pack with charger and then a 4pack should be good for 2 controllers? The third is going to be the Silver controller with Play and Charge, so the eneloops will just be for the 2 regular black controllers. That should be good?

Edited by Only One Haze, 22 October 2012 - 04:08 PM.


#7646 Crunchewy

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 04:16 PM

That would do the trick, yep.

#7647 J7.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:01 AM

Sweet, thank guys. I will check those out, never heard of them.

Okay, so just a 4pack with charger and then a 4pack should be good for 2 controllers? The third is going to be the Silver controller with Play and Charge, so the eneloops will just be for the 2 regular black controllers. That should be good?


Amazon has good prices, I just picked up a 4 pack from there. Saw Eneloop at Costco for a good price and I think it included the charger, probably more batteries than you'll need though.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:11 PM

Ohh ohh, my Halo 4 controller shipped yesterday! I'm so excite! Luckily I found a regular black wireless controller in my 360 box lol so I could wait till this thing ships. No more phantom movement though, god that was so annoying.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:34 AM

Question
My subscription does not end until JAN of 2013
If I were to redeem a 1 month XBL sub, what would happen?

#7650 Renegade Moose

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:35 AM

Question
My subscription does not end until JAN of 2013
If I were to redeem a 1 month XBL sub, what would happen?


It will just add it onto the end.
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