When the Red Ring of Death at the start appeared I did what probably most gamers do.
I screamed and I stomped about the house.
Gaming consoles usually don't break subsequent to you having gained the level, otherwise done the tough sequence, or Lord forbid, beaten the game.
No, gaming units usually stop working in the middle of the hardest sequence, right when you are just about to conquer it.
This frustration is enough to cause you to throw your broken Xbox 360 out the nearest window.
Consequently came the call to Microsoft.
After patiently answering all of the tech's questions (though I wanted to absolutely shout, I didn't) he informed me that the Red Ring of Death is a very ordinary fault, and the refurbish would be doable.
All I had to do was wait for them to forward me a mailing package, pack up my broken console and ship it to the service center.
They would restore it and mail it back to me within no more than a few weeks.
As soon as I asked for clarification of the word 'few' he stated that it meant 4 to 6 weeks to be exact or at the most.
In 4 to 6 weeks I, in no doubt will have forgotten the trick I had just mastered in conquering the Level 10 sequence that had been beating my tail for many days now.
I knew there had to be a better, easier solution, one that made more sense for repairing my Xbox 360.
So I decided to comb the Internet, which meant I went searching throughout the gaming forums.
I was amazed at what I found.
Many of my fellow gamers had already fixed their systems at home using just some very basic tools that they had at home.
There were a few unusual suggestions, together with the much talked about 'towel fix'.
I wondered as most gamers probably did, upon reading about the "towel fix".
If the Red Ring is an overheating problem how would a towel actually repair it? So ignoring such half-crazy advice I found a really awesome repair instruction manual with step by step information for fixing the fault that would get me back to playing games in hours not weeks.
Well, in my book, it was a no brainer - 4 to 6 weeks or 2 to 3 hours.
I chose to resolve the fault myself and I am really happy that I did.
I saved a lot of money, not to mention all that time I would have had to wait for Microsoft to repair my system and return it to me.
Repairing my Xbox 360 took me no less than 2 hours.
Why wait 4 to 6 weeks for your Xbox if you don't have to? Why don't you consider doing what I did, repair your Xbox yourself? Now you know anyone with a GOOD Repair Manual and common household tools can perform Xbox 360 Repair inexpensively, even you.