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Elite: sells out; same old problems

The Elite promised a lot. The next step in HD gaming with the HDMI port, the next step in storage space with the 120 GB HDD, and hopefully the next step in fixing hardware issues. Americans snapped them up, with Sold Out signs everywhere. But hardware problems are reportedly still cropping up.

The above video is one of apparently many Elite systems that are having problems. Disc scratching and the “Disc unreadable” error are problems that plagued the original Core and Premium systems. It was hoped that the problems would be fixed, but reports are suggesting otherwise. The three red lights have been arising as well. Not good news.

Good news for Microsoft though is that the system has been a sell out on day one. Amazon.com, offering pre-orders, sold out as did high street stores apparently.

Have you picked up an Elite system yet? Did it crash out on you as soon as you plugged it in?

Thanks to SneakySnake for submitting.

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Comment by Arian on 2007-04-30 15:07:44 | Reply

I brought the elite already. I was in line since 4 in the morning with a friend. We were the first in line of about 30 people.

So far all I did was connect it and set it up. I haven’t had a chance to play any games yet and for some reason I can’t connect to XBL but that’s cause of my connection at home. But I haven’t had any problems yet.

Comment by Jean on 2007-04-30 15:09:48 | Reply

I had no problem to buy, no line, nothing.

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 15:09:49 | Reply

I didn’t pick one up. I may need to though. I just bought a new 42 inch Toshiba Regza and when I plug it in it says “no signal”. I am thinking if I get the elite with the HDMI Cable I will be fine.
Any suggestions????

Are you sure that you:

a) have it on the right channel input?

b) fully plugged in the connectors?

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 15:30:45 | Reply

Yes on both.
I tested on both Component inputs.
I checked the channel inputs.
I can hear sound but no picture.
Works through regular video input just no HD.
This would totally suck.
I bought this tv because of the great deal on it. But if I cant play my xbox on it, it might not be worth it to me.

Are you sure you’re definitely using the component leads (not red, yellow, white, the blue, green and red (?))

Comment by H1tchman on 2007-04-30 15:41:00 | Reply

I had this problem with my regza, you need to make sure that the yellow cable is unplugged from the side before it will work. The two inputs screw up the picture. Give it a try.

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 15:52:13 | Reply

I triple checked :)

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 15:53:40 | Reply

Hitchman, what did you do exactly? And are your cables plugged in on the side or the back.
I thought the side was just for regular video not HD/component.

Comment by miserablePuke on 2007-04-30 15:54:39 | Reply

also, it may be trying to display is a resolution your new tv doesn’t support (like 720p) make sure of what your tv will display, then use the yellow only (no rgb) and set your resolution accordingly.

Comment by Phocas on 2007-04-30 16:01:43 | Reply

Also, Make sure the switch on the cable is set to HD.

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 16:03:03 | Reply

checked that

Comment by miserablePuke on 2007-04-30 16:03:23 | Reply

oh yeah, and the little flippy switch on the side of the cable where it plugs into the 360….

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 16:19:47 | Reply

I think that is what Phocas was talking about

Comment by H1tchman on 2007-04-30 16:42:15 | Reply

Basically I have my 360 plugged in using the RGB cables as usual. I also had a yellow video cable plugged in the side of the tv which was coming from a different console (PS2 *Cough*) The two sets of cables interferred with each other and interupted the signal. Once the yellow cables is unplugged then it worked. This may solve your problem if you have a secondary video cable plugged in. You need to use Ext 3 to display the picture. The channel should show 3C instead of 3 once its correctly wired. Try the elite on a different TV then I’d contact Toshiba if you can’t sort it.

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-04-30 17:13:39 | Reply

I am going to try again when I get home then if all works I will keep you all posted. Thanks guys.

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-05-01 14:27:55 | Reply

Same problem. I even took it to circuit city where it was purchased to see if it was my xbox. It was not. same problem on their tv. I guess its not compatible which sucks because its a great tv.

Comment by H1tchman on 2007-05-01 16:17:11 | Reply

Thats really strange, are you in the US? I’m from the UK so may be different. I’ve got the Toshiba 32″ Regza so it really should work fine. It really is a great TV.

Comment by Nickfury187 on 2007-05-01 16:25:44 | Reply

US. They had elite’s in stock I was five seconds from buying one.

Comment by Worms on 2007-04-30 18:43:07 | Reply

Make sure your Xbox 360 is not set for 480i. My HDTV won’t display 480i at all.

Comment by coojo on 2007-04-30 20:54:33 | Reply

got but its still loud as fuck

Fucking pathetic if I’m honest.

Comment by UKJAY on 2007-04-30 16:35:13 | Reply

agreed…

Comment by Josh on 2007-04-30 15:25:31 | Reply

im just going to buy the black controller since my box is out of sight :lol: i dont think its worth it for hdmi and some extra space. they (microsoft) acts like everyone is made of money and has the money to buy movies, games etc. to fill up 120 gigs.

Comment by Number13 on 2007-04-30 16:07:20 | Reply

I’ve got shiny black vinyl stickers on mine, so it looks BETTER than the dull black of the Elite anyway. All I need is a black controller and a bigger HD :D

Comment by Moocow on 2007-04-30 15:31:01 | Reply

once my 360 breaks i’ll buy an elite but i will get an elite for halo 3 and its 1080 p

Comment by Sean on 2007-04-30 17:55:08 | Reply

the thing is - the current 360 will run Halo 3 in 1080p just as well as the Elite. Both consoles feature scaling chips. The only difference is the Elite has HDMI. No performance differences whatsoever.

Comment by dirty duck on 2007-04-30 19:02:03 | Reply

Your wrong mate, i have a 1080p set (LC-42XD1E) and it will not display 1080p.

The reason for this is that the VGA at 1080p doesnt work and should be fixed in the next update.

1080p can not be sent over a component signal.

The only way at present until hopefully the VGA fix is to use HDMI

Comment by SomeGuy on 2007-04-30 20:09:44 | Reply

“1080p can not be sent over a component signal.”

Wrong.

1080p can be sent over Component (as well as VGA for that matter). Now, if your TV just doesn’t support 1080p over those inputs, that’s a different story.

Don’t say that 1080p cannot be sent over Component in general, that is incorrect.

Comment by Sean on 2007-04-30 20:21:07 | Reply

Yep, he is right. 1080p can be sent over component. Component and VGA are both analogue connections, so the only difference in support would be whether your TV supports it.

HDMI is only required for 1080p that has HDCP (specifically the image-constraint token) enabled.

Comment by Phocas on 2007-04-30 21:56:56 | Reply

Indeed.. My set allows for 1080p over component.. It is beautiful.

Comment by Yoshima31ite on 2007-05-01 01:46:44 | Reply

LOL dirty duck just got OWNED!!!

Comment by Thryon on 2007-04-30 15:39:24 | Reply

I already paid for mine, but did not get it, as it is not coming to Canada till May 4th.

Comment by kevgallacher on 2007-04-30 16:38:39 | Reply

OK looks like I wont be bothering witht this when it is released here (UK). I’ll just buy the HDD and controller. I have full 1080p through VGA anyway.

Comment by dirty duck on 2007-04-30 19:04:20 | Reply

Kev what TV do you have to get 1080p over VGA??

If its a samsung then its upscaling to 1080p and isnt a true 1080p source signal.

I have a 42xd1e and it doesnt display 1080p over VGA, only over HDMI will it give the 1080p signal.

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-30 17:17:38 | Reply

microsoft *cough* sony *cough* are screwing everyone over… what happened to you microsoft?!?

Comment by HellLion II on 2007-04-30 22:06:42 | Reply

let my c the disc hhhhhhoooooommmmm.Definetely fake.

Comment by ilker yasin on 2007-04-30 17:29:37 | Reply

Dont believe some people,
I’m sure they are buying elite to make the console break down and show it up in the forums.

Comment by bob on 2007-04-30 17:42:20 | Reply

ring of death “the second coming”

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-30 17:50:32 | Reply

There’s no such thing as an electronic device without flaws, but Microsoft should have checked the quality of the elite’s components more after 360’s had been reported doing such things

Comment by steve on 2007-05-01 18:08:20 | Reply

“There’s no such thing as an electronic device without flaws”

flaws are fine, defects are not! i had the 360 since launch and when it died i went with the ps3 because there are no reported defects in the hardware. if you don’t believe me then try to find one and show me!
i love the 360 and i do miss it but i will not buy another one untill ms changes the hardware in that thing!

Comment by Miguel on 2007-04-30 18:05:44 | Reply

man that video wasnt even worth mentioning it sounded like someone was scratching a wooden chair against the floor they didnt even show the disk before or after they put it in

Comment by HellLion II on 2007-04-30 22:08:24 | Reply

you are the men

Comment by s2h on 2007-04-30 18:15:38 | Reply

Def a rich sony fanboy that could afford to buy an elite just to make this video. Notice the game was Sneak King because they didnt want to destroy an actual good game. Prob rubbed the disc with a sheet of sandpaper before putting it in.

Hardly an ‘elite’ console in the first place tbh.

Comment by vandenbond on 2007-04-30 19:51:21 | Reply

Funny you mentioned Toshiba. I got the elite yesterday, plugged the HDMI cable into my Toshiba 42LZ196 and selected 1080p as the output….worked right away and it looks amazing. Also hooked up the HD-DVD player and watched my first movie in actual 1080p…was incredible.

Comment by ilker yasin on 2007-04-30 19:52:22 | Reply

Definetely fake ,
Sony fanboys buying elite and show elites as they broke down (fakely by smart hints)

Comment by vandenbond on 2007-04-30 20:12:59 | Reply

1080p over component? Do you have any example TV’s that advertise that? never seen it before.

They’re very rare, but they do exist though ;)

Comment by vandenbond on 2007-04-30 20:33:48 | Reply

lies….need proof…model numbers?

Comment by Shiverzz on 2007-04-30 21:20:10 | Reply

Samsung F series , LE40F71 / LE46X71; 1080p over component, VGA and HDMI. Convinced?

Comment by SilentAssassn87 on 2007-04-30 20:34:31 | Reply

I got an Elite yesterday. No problems so far. I played R6 Vegas for about 3 hours and I played gears just as long. Its still working.

Comment by vandenbond on 2007-04-30 21:21:21 | Reply

yup…that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of it, and I’m a huge TV junkie. sweet.

Comment by thekkeffect on 2007-04-30 22:04:53 | Reply

i just bought a tv too!….a 50 inch plasma…even though its not the full hd 1080p….1080i is still good though….does anyone one if vga is better than the hd cables?..

Comment by HellLion II on 2007-04-30 22:05:15 | Reply

let my c the disc hhhhhhoooooommmmm.Definetely fake

Comment by KevlarGibs on 2007-04-30 22:59:51 | Reply

not sold out… checked walmart when I was there for something else today, atleast 3 elites in stock… and there are a bunch more walmarts in town

Comment by Cujoe on 2007-04-30 23:31:46 | Reply

yeah .. i was at target today, i saw 5 elites in stock.. i stared at them and laughed, im not gonna sell my piece of shit to buy a darker piece of shit.. screw hdmi, i just want to play a good fun game, graphics mean nothing in the end!

Comment by Cracker on 2007-05-01 00:04:18 | Reply

i hav a sharp aquos 52 inch and it will display 1080p over component and its the shit

Comment by Mike on 2007-05-01 04:29:15 | Reply

This video is as FAKE as it gets.

Comment by Curtis Jackson on 2007-05-01 06:20:09 | Reply

Hahaha, nice Sneak King game.

Comment by s1nsane on 2007-05-01 13:10:24 | Reply

I see only green lights, were are the red ones :p

Comment by mathias on 2007-05-01 16:21:15 | Reply

guy in the video has the money to but a xbox elite and puts fucking SNEAK KING IN? that video doesn’t show anything that disk could of been scratched to hell and the xbox couldn’t read it….

Sold out???

I was at Best Buy today to get my 120gig HDD and there were a half-dozen elites just chillen on a display.

Waste of money if you ask me….

oh, wait, you didn’t….. too bad for you-hoo

Comment by trj156 on 2007-05-01 17:43:06 | Reply

just got a new elite wired up through hdmi to 1080p tv, with 5.1 dolby surround sound!!! now i can play system link with my white one upstairs and the elite downstairs, they are both on the same network.

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