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The X-Clamps on the Xbox 360 motherboard (Source: AnandTech)
Console service company Micromart will no longer repair Xbox 360 due to alleged design flaw

UK-based game console repair company Micromart has been fixing video game systems for over a decade. On its website it advertises that it will repair PlayStation 2, original Xbox, PSP and replace screens for other handheld systems.

Micromart, which used to repair the Xbox 360, recently posted a notice on its website that it “has now withdrawn from offering a repair service for the dreaded 3 Red Lights fault.”

The company states that, “This problem is endemic on the Xbox 360 console and the volume has made this repair non-viable.” Micromart will also no longer fix Xbox 360 consoles that display screen freezing problems. The company, however, will continue to support all other repairs to the consoles.

“We were seeing about 30 a week before we pulled the plug on the service,” said Micromart’s Jeff Croft to GamesIndustry. “We saw it over a period of several months and it was just getting worse. It began towards the end of last year. Once the twelve month warranty finished then we started to see more and more machines being sent in to be looked at.”

“The work we had done to the console lead us to believe that basically it was a fault with the motherboard and not something that could be resolved easily. And it wasn't going to go away,” continued Croft.

 “We're not taking that thing on board; we won't repair them. We originally did some work with it but it's labour intensive and it isn't really a feasible repair for us to undertake. We would probably end up charging GBP 100 [$202] for a repair and we still wouldn't be happy with the end result,” he added.

A recent investigation by DailyTech on Xbox 360 warranty returns revealed that up to a third of Microsoft’s latest console fail.



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RE: Rip-off Britain (not)
By otispunkmeyer on 7/4/2007 6:51:46 AM , Rating: 2
yeah Roush were responsible for looking after the 26 or so GT's that came to britain in the first place...they put the fancy alarm systems on the cars.

i think jeremy's just kept playing up, really they just needed to get rid of the alarm system...maybes install something less complex.

also, i dont think he found living with the tiny range of the car very helpful. something like 75 miles on a tank? and it was way to wide for alot of london roads.

yes a supercar is supposed to be impractical...thats part of the joy, but i just dont think he thought it would be that impractical, especially when there isnt a petrol station on every corner in the cotswolds.

afterall ferrari proved you can have a practical, reliable super car. just look at the F430.


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