I broke down and got an Arcade yesterday, so I'm good to go. Sorry George :(
The Arcade is much quieter and cooler running than my old 360, and it has the HDMI port. I just popped on my old hard drive, plugged in the headset, and BAM - I was back online. I also got a new controller with it (which I needed) and a new 3 year warranty, so I am pretty happy.
I might try to fix my old xbox to use as a spare bedroom unit for those late night gaming sessions when the GF wants to go to sleep and I want to game it up.
The March season = FAIL
We cannot catch a break this season and have restarted it like 10 times.....
I doubt we are getting the gold this season, but there is always April :llama:
It's a fair trade-off to a system that breaks every few months. I guess I made a smart decision in waiting for the PS3, but I definately would've got a 360 too, if they hadn't been so problematic. I really feel for you guys, Microsoft should be giving you much more than a new system every time they break. They should throw in some $200 gift cards for all the data you lost or something.
You don't actually lose any data, as it's stored on the detachable hard drive that is not affected.
A better plan would have been to just offer free repairs for life on this abortion of engineering