Dead Xbox 360 USB ports…ARGH!
UPDATE: Yeah, I just spoke too soon. I always do this… 🙂 I kept going through the search results for “xbox 360 repair”, hoping to find a 3rd-party repair shop, and found a link to a Joystiq article describing a similar situation, where a USB peripheral was in use, and in this guy’s case, the power strip had accidentally gotten kicked out of the wall socket. After that happened, his USB ports seemed broken, and he couldn’t even pair up his wireless controllers.
The author described going through the initial setup process again, which ultimately fixed his problem. I was excited to try the same thing after I got home. I disconnected my 360 hard drive so that no information would be lost, then went through the initial setup. I didn’t really change any settings; I just clicked through the screens and then finished out of the process. I was under the impression that the 360 would then reset itself following the setup procedure, but it didn’t. It didn’t seem to have had any effect on recognizing the HD-DVD drive that was still plugged into the box. So at this point, I decided to completely unplug the 360. For whatever reason, I hadn’t thought to unplug the box the night the power outage occurred. After I plugged the box back in, I could tell that the HD-DVD drive was being recognized again! Woohoo!
Never underestimate the power of unplugging a machine and powering it back up again. *sheepish grin*
=====Below follows my whiny sob story=====
Pfff… Last weekend the hubby and I were watching one of the extras on The Manchurian Candidate HD-DVD (an okay movie) when our power flickered for a second. After we got the TV and 360 reset, the 360 wouldn’t recognize the HD-DVD drive anymore! I thought perhaps the HD-DVD drive got fried somehow, but after trying to connect it to the Mac mini (I’d read online that OS X would recognize the 360’s HD-DVD drive as an optical drive), confirmed that there was nothing wrong with the HD-DVD drive. I then tried to hook up my Gigabeat S to the 360, since I was able to stream music from it before, and it was not recognized as a portable player. I tried all 3 USB ports and it seems that they get power, but are not otherwise functional.
I don’t understand how this could happen! I even tried to reinstall the HD-DVD driver software, thinking that perhaps the driver had been deleted or something, but the install would not recognize the HD-DVD plugged into any of the 3 ports.
Waaaaaaaaahhhhh… Now we don’t have a way to watch our HD-DVD rentals from Netflix (or the three HD-DVD movies we own). *hanging head down* My brother said he was willing to lend us his 360, but I don’t know if I’ll take him up on that offer. Man, what a PITA! Yeah, I could send it in to Microsoft and have it repaired, but I don’t know if I want to deal with the hassle/expense, since it’s probably not covered under warranty.
There’s a way to hook up the 360 HD-DVD drive to a PC and use it there, but I don’t think we have a PC in the house that has enough processing power to play true HD content. We also don’t have the necessary version of DVD player software that handles HD-DVDs/Blu-Ray. Even if Leopard’s version of the DVD Player app can handle HD discs, I don’t think our current Mac mini’s processor would be able to handle it.
Pfff, what a waste! Just whining about my latest tech loss. HMPH. >:P