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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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xbox 360 question

I am thinking of buying a 360. I found a used one for $100.

It doesnt have a hard drive, do I need a hard drive in order to play games?
It seems the Xbox doesnt just use a standard hard drive so I would have to buy an xbox hard drive, which is pretty pricey for what it is.

So the ultimate question is, can I play games and go on live with an xbox with no hard drive?
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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I am thinking of buying a 360. I found a used one for $100.

It doesnt have a hard drive, do I need a hard drive in order to play games?
It seems the Xbox doesnt just use a standard hard drive so I would have to buy an xbox hard drive, which is pretty pricey for what it is.

So the ultimate question is, can I play games and go on live with an xbox with no hard drive?
You can use a "memory Card" but it would be worth your money to get an XBox Hard Drive... But as a general rule, used ones sell for around a buck a gig. If you are in the Woodstock area, I have a 60 Gig for sale (I just have to wipe it tonight from home)
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #3
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You can use a "memory Card" but it would be worth your money to get an XBox Hard Drive... But as a general rule, used ones sell for around a buck a gig. If you are in the Woodstock area, I have a 60 Gig for sale (I just have to wipe it tonight from home)
what type of memory card? and SD? compact flash?

I want to do things as cheap as possible. I have a PS3 already, works great and love it, but there are a few games I would like to play that are xbox 360 only. It amazes me though of all the extra costs, I want it wireless, so there is another $100, hard drive, well there is some more, and then to play online for a year, add again. I appreciate everything that was included with my PS3. If I can get away with a 2 gig memory card, that would be preferred.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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The XBOX 360's use their own memory card. I'm not sure what kind of technology the memory is made up of exactly, but the connection is Microsoft Xbox 360 ONLY. You're probably gonna be dropping $30-40 for one.

Some online games require an xbox hard drive, but most do not. All the hard drives are is a regular Sata 2.5" hard drive encased in the xbox 360 hard drive bay. If you could find a damaged xbox hard drive for say.....$10 and then open it up and replace the 2.5" hard drive inside, that route would probably cost you the same amount.

Those are the two cheap options, but if you plan on playing more then a dozen games, maybe downloading a few map packs or expansion packs, the memory card route will quickly turn into 2 or 3, and then you should have just gotten the hard drive.

Xbox memory cards come in 512 mb modules, and use to come in 256 mb modules.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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Oh and for the wireless. If you haven't already purchased the wireless usb accessory, look into DD-WRT. Its a linux based firmware that you can install onto linksys WRT54G routers and make the router, do the job of that wireless usb accessory, for at least half the cost, even more savings if you buy one used.

You'll need to be a bit tech savvy, or at least very diligent in following the directions. Flashing firmware and changing settings you don't know about can get pretty hairy.
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You can probably find a hard drive on Craigslist... I highly recommend a hard drive especially if you'll be taking advantage of downloading movie rentals etc. and demos are usually in the 1GB range. If you want to play Final Fantasy XI that's a 4.7GB install onto the hard drive.
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Not to hijack the thread (oh well too late) but since 360 users will be reading this thread I thought I would throw it out there. If anyone has or knows where I can get in the Toronto area a Power cord (3 prong one for older 360) for my 360 box it would be much appreciated. My poor 360 been sitting in its box since it came back from repair (in early January) since I misplaced the cord. I think I might have tossed it by mistake with some junk. I have the actual power brick, just can't find the blasted cord that goes from the brick to the wall. And of course they had to make it a special cord so I can't use anything else. I have tried like 4 times since it came back to get Mircosoft to send me one and every time I get the same reply, "yes sir no problem we will get you one out and should arrive in 10-14 days or the such" Up until now I was impressed with the customer service but this is crazy. I would rather them have said "Due you lost it you dummy, go buy a new one" but the said they would send it and haven't. Even if someone has the whole Brick/Cord Combo that they wanna sell extra cheap. I just don't feel like shelling out the $60-$90 it might cost to have to buy a new brick and cord.

OK Again very sorry for the hijacking of this thread
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Yeah, I noticed that. Found one behind a video store. The cord going to the wall outlet
was a standard 3 pronger, but the one to the console-holy macaroni ! Looked like a molex
connector on steroids.I'd suggest putting an ad on craigslist or kijiji in toronto. I dunno
what the difference between the old(er) xbox 360 and the new(er) ones is, at least for power cords. Oh and I also found a video cable.

Dunno how that's relevant, though?
maybe ebgames in your neck of the woods

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Yeah, I noticed that. Found one behind a video store. The cord going to the wall outlet
was a standard 3 pronger, but the one to the console-holy macaroni ! Looked like a molex
connector on steroids.I'd suggest putting an ad on craigslist or kijiji in toronto. I dunno
what the difference between the old(er) xbox 360 and the new(er) ones is, at least for power cords. Oh and I also found a video cable.

Dunno how that's relevant, though?
maybe ebgames in your neck of the woods

JB
Yeah I have tried the local game places, have to look again on craigs again, didn't have luck the first time. The new boxes I believe have a two prong connector, the newer boxes have lower power requirements. Luckily I have had my new computer to keep me entertained these past months and gaming wise been playing City of Heros.
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I would reccomend three things:

1. Be wary of used Xbox 360's. Xbox 360's are notorious for the Red Ring of Death (RROD) and if you get a used one it may not have warranty and will cost you money to get fixed when it dies (and that's an almost guarrantied when, not an if).

2. Get a hard drive, if for no other reason then to install the games to and run them from there. I've been through numerous XBox 360's because of the RROD and everyone one of them had a DVD drive that sounds like a plane taking off. The peace you get from running a game from the hard drive is almost worth the overinflated price Microsoft puts on the drives.

3. Get a copy of Connect 360. It's only $20 and is absolutely fantastic for streaming music, video and pictures to your XBox.
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