SCAVENGER HUNT: I'm not immune to the ailment that has afflicted so many. I got the RROD too. Your fourth prize number is 4.
CLUE #5: Your next number resides in the first post that was written by a guest blogger.
Well, it was a good run (three years), but all good things must come to an end. It turns out I'm not invulnerable to the fatality that claims so many Xbox gamers. I present you video proof:
I was playing Magna Carta when all of a sudden pink lines ran vertically across the screen. It was horribly distracting, and appeared in the middle of a tough boss fight, no less. I managed to finish off the boss despite the horrible visibility, and get through the following story segments so I could save. After that, I rebooted the system, and got my lovely E74 error.
So, I've already got the repair claim out already, and it shouldn't cost me anything since my box is in the E74 warranty range. Now would be the time to get a second Xbox. Of course, I could wait for the repair to come through, and use this opportunity to pick up a PAL or NTSC-J console, but then I'm still waiting weeks for shipping anyway... I'll be picking up another Xbox today, as I nearly went crazy the last time I went a full month without Xbox. I'm no game addict, I have other things I can do, but to not be able to play at all for a full month is misery, so I'll be getting that second system now I suppose.
EDIT: I actually picked up an arcade when I learned the new arcade models support HDMI. You learn something new every day! So, about $200 later, I'm back in the game and now gaming through HDMI, with a MUCH quieter Xbox, and a smaller power brick to boot. When I get the old Xbox back, that one will be relegated to back up, and only trotted out in the rare instance where I decide to boost with myself.