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Tech problems

Here are some common technical problems with the major systems.


Xbox 360*       -Red Ring of Death (This error code is usually caused by failure of one or more hardware components)

-Scratched Disc (in February 2007, a private website concluded that some Xbox 360 drives lack a mechanism to secure the disc solidly in place.)

-E74 error (The error is caused when there's a video problem, because the Xbox 360's hardware scaler chip is damaged.)

-"Open Tray" Error (The issue is linked to a dirty laser in the DVD drive or a magnetic problem that prevents the drive from spinning.) 

PS3*            -Yellow Light of Death (which affects about 0.5% of PlayStation 3s. The yellow light indicates a non-specific hardware failure.)


Wii             -Power Supply Issues. There have been reports of some Wiis shipping with faulty power supplies**

-At first release there was problem with the Wii Remote’s wrist strap that was not strong enough and the Wii Remote was flying out of people’s hands and damaging their TVs

PSP             -Fragile Screens (There have been reports of easily damaged screens on the PSP)

-Scan Line (scan lines may appear on scenes where brightness changes drastically, due to the hardware features of the new LCD device on PSP-3000.)*

DS              -Fragile Screens (There have been reports of easily scratched, cracked screens, also reports of lines appearing on the screens)

Most of these problems appear with in the first couple years of the new models being released, but simply waiting until the second release of a system will lower your odds of having technical problems later

* Source -Wikipedia

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