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Xbox360 Buzzing?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hello.

I have had my Xbox360 (the current one) since about 2 years ago when I got a replacement due to the "Red Ring of Death." I recently put it on top of my AV Receiver, which is on top of my DVD player, which is on top of a wood table. The Xbox360 is laying horizontal. I got Black Ops 2 for Christmas... and have noticed a buzzing coming from what I assume is the disc drive. Is Black Ops 2 just such a resource hog that it makes the disc drive work harder? Or is this a sign of another problem? The buzz is slightly intermittent... like every few seconds on, then off, and varies in volume and frequency. I can hear it the most when I place my ear directly in front of the disc slot.

Any tips or advice?

Thanks!
~f.xy
post #2 of 7
Spinning items that are poorly balanced vibrate. That is probably the problem. Play an XBLA game off of the hard drive with no disc inserted to see if it still buzzes. If it stops, then great. You can install COD to the hard drive by looking at it on the main menu, hitting X, then hitting Install. Then the disc will spin up to check that it's legit, and then spin down for the rest of the gaming session eliminating any source of vibration.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Excellent idea sir! Now, I just have to make room on the HD... I had to uninstall BOps 1 to make room for an the Nuketown map packs. It was the only game I had saved. Not sure what is eating up all the space...

I'll report back with the results later.

Thanks DLJ!
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Never got around to installing the game (as freeing up enough space seemed too daunting a task... I had to uninstall COD:BO1 just to download the Nuketown 2025 map-pack)... I don't know if I have acclimated to the noise or what... but it seems to be gone. Does the fact that the Xbox is on top of a receiver that is on top of a DVD player that is on top of a wooden table pose any issues in anyone's eyes? Whether it be that I've made a stack of heat that could burn up the Xbox360 (red-ring of death syndrome...) or that it could affect the balance of the Xbox360 (currently laying horizontally, but I know I should have it vertical to provide better cooling, correct?)... input would be appreciated.

Thanks,
~f.xy

P.S.- I really should clear up some hard-drive space and install the game and see what happens... I may not notice the buzzing if it is still there now... but that means I would notice it not buzzing, making it a test worth trying. If nothing else, then it will allow us to troubleshoot the problem if it still there, and make this thread a useful one for other people in the future. I know the current state of "I didn't follow the advice and just learned to live with it..." makes this thread useless.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Okay...

Finally cleared a few gigs of space on my HD for COD:BO2... Just booted up the game. My Xbox360 is no longer making the initial noise I complained of (and I hadn't become used to it as I pondered in my last post... there was no change in noise before/after this install today). But, it is making a constant whirring noise... Whoa, wait... No noise whirring noise now. The game had been sitting on the title screen for a minute or so when it stopped; it's not like it loaded up, then immediately stopped when the game menu popped up. Hm. Odd. I suppose this is just one of those "Who knows?" issues that will never really be figured out since the initial issue resolved on its own and the noises my Xbox are making seem to be constantly evolving and changing. Bleh. Well, sorry we didn't all learn something from this kids.... other than electronic stuff can be really weird.

Peace,
~f.xy

P.S.- I will report any changes....
post #6 of 7
"Then the disc will spin up to check that it's legit, and then spin down for the rest of the gaming session eliminating any source of vibration."
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
"I got Black Ops 2 for Christmas... and have noticed a buzzing coming from what I assume is the disc drive. Is Black Ops 2 just such a resource hog that it makes the disc drive work harder? Or is this a sign of another problem?"

Yeah, the problem is just with Black Ops 2 anyways... Black Ops 1 didn't cause it nor did Rocksmith. Like I initially asked, is BO2 a huge resource hog?

Thanks,
~f.xy
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