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Sure, but they don't know the serial number of my Xbox as well. With those 2 things they might be able to... ooh, I dunno, prove I've got a chip or an updated bios, or something. :o Who knows.

I am probably just being paranoid, but... power cables faulty? Faulty plug - maaaaaaybe, but the fuse would surely blow before any components went (assuming they've correctly fused them). But the actual cable? How can it go wrong? If it's not up to the job it would never pass the BE safety standards or what have you.

Sounds truly odd to me. Microsoft should release more details or else they must suffer my suspicion. ;)

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Back and to the left - BACK AND TO THE LEFT!!!!

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Sure, but they don't know the serial number of my Xbox as well. With those 2 things they might be able to... ooh, I dunno, prove I've got a chip or an updated bios, or something. :o Who knows.

I am probably just being paranoid, but... power cables faulty? Faulty plug - maaaaaaybe, but the fuse would surely blow before any components went (assuming they've correctly fused them). But the actual cable? How can it go wrong? If it's not up to the job it would never pass the BE safety standards or what have you.

Sounds truly odd to me. Microsoft should release more details or else they must suffer my suspicion. ;)

Take the tin foil hat off man.

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How do I know when my Xbox was made?

I bought it around November, Crystal Xbox Pack. Any ideas?

THe manunfacturing date is on the bottom. In fact it's one of the things you have to fill in on the website when you ask for the replacement cable (along with the serial number).

JediEvangelion: you are quite, quite mad.

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THe manunfacturing date is on the bottom. In fact it's one of the things you have to fill in on the website when you ask for the replacement cable (along with the serial number).

JediEvangelion: you are quite, quite mad.

Mebbe so.... but no way I'm applying for a new cable. I don't buy it for one instant. If they're replacing 75% of cables, why do they need your serial number? Eh? Eh? Why don't they just give a new cable to anyone who asks. It's not like it's gonna be a cheap deal for Microsoft, but the added admin costs of recording all those serial numbers and addresses.... there MUST be something more sinister afoot. You know it, I know it, and what's more. Microsoft KNOW that I know that you know it. It's a ruse for something far more sinister. Only a fool would believe it!

I shall, however, swap mine with a PS2 cable from work. Y'know, just to be safe... :o

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Someone? Please?

Soong? You say you've got yours on Standby. What do you mean exactly?

I just said standby to mean actually turned off, cos I think that's what goatkeeper mean. By properly turning it off I thought he was meaning at the actual wall.

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Mebbe so.... but no way I'm applying for a new cable. I don't buy it for one instant. If they're replacing 75% of cables, why do they need your serial number? Eh? Eh? Why don't they just give a new cable to anyone who asks. It's not like it's gonna be a cheap deal for Microsoft, but the added admin costs of recording all those serial numbers and addresses.... there MUST be something more sinister afoot. You know it, I know it, and what's more. Microsoft KNOW that I know that you know it. It's a ruse for something far more sinister. Only a fool would believe it!

I shall, however, swap mine with a PS2 cable from work. Y'know, just to be safe...  :o

Serial Number so that they know when the Xbox was made you 'tard.

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This actually happened to my XBox a few months ago. Just after I plugged it in I heard it sparking along with that lovley burning smell and it burnt halfway through the cable before I unplugged it.

I just bought a new power lead. (I bought the console at the end of 2002)

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You just know that's going to happen - people will get the new lead, then use the old faulty one with something else :lol:

As for the whole serial number thing - if you go on Xbox Live, MS can surely get your eeprom, your HD key, your serial number, scan your HD, read the label off your underpants.... if they want to. Don't see that this is any more risky than Live.

If you never go on Live, how is the information going to be used in a dodgy way? How would they find out your box was modded if you don't go on Live?

DrEvil, sounds like you need to be hitting up MS for teh compensation :lol:

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You just know that's going to happen - people will get the new lead, then use the old faulty one with something else :D

As for the whole serial number thing - if you go on Xbox Live, MS can surely get your eeprom, your HD key, your serial number, scan your HD, read the label off your underpants.... if they want to. Don't see that this is any more risky than Live.

If you never go on Live, how is the information going to be used in a dodgy way? How would they find out your box was modded if you don't go on Live?

DrEvil, sounds like you need to be hitting up MS for teh compensation :(

Damn straight, they will be able to get serial numbers off anything so you have nothing to lose. MS arn't allowed to scan your xbox HDD as its against the law. They can make a program to do it but not send the retrieved data back to ms.

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So they want your serial number, your address, your email, and your phone number.

I dare anyone who's been banned from LIVE to give them those details.

Maybe I'm just cynical and / or paranoid, but I smell a rat.

i smell it too...a big hairy corporate one. it's probably harmless though :angry:

MS wants to secure the interest of every member of the current installed user base AND get some positive PR along with it. they must have sifted through a million pitches for their Xbox 2 campaign. viral is out, switch-and-bait is in.

MS probably got a good deal for 14 million power cables at a Hong Kong flea market, delivered by human rickshaw trailers to their Redmond garage :(

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Well I've got one coming to me but I've never had a problem with it being switched on at the mains for years.

I think they should be applauded for taking these steps, just look at Sony's response to the offset button on the PSP and lack of responce to overheating slimline PS2s.

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