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Replicate this dashboard bug


No, that's not a modern art masterpiece, it's a dashboard bug you can replicate by doing the following:
  • make sure the screensaver on the X360 is activated
  • start any download from live marketplace that takes longer than 10 mins. to download (to let the screensaver kick in)
  • leave the download going and don't touch the controller. the screensaver will dim the screen after 10 mins.
  • unplug the ethernet cable or end your internet connection from your router/modem
  • you'll see the screen graphics scramble on the screen when it tries to tell you that the connection has ended.
  • However, when you hit the controller the dashboard screen goes back to normal (at least that is what happens to mine)
Smashing your console with a cinderblock works pretty good too. Seriously, reader Critical3rror is having issues with the scrambled screen pictured above when downloading (at least he was when he first emailed me about it a while back). As mentioned,  it goes back to normal when he hits a controller button. Anybody else run into this issue?

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1. Nah I havent

Posted at 11:04PM on Apr 30th 2006 by Daniel D

2. Yes I see this everytime I load up Oblivion, I have one these screen freezes everytime I load it.

Posted at 11:18PM on Apr 30th 2006 by rj

3. Yesterday, actually, while downloading BF2 demo. I was just like "What the heck?", turned my controler back on, and it fixed itself.

Posted at 11:19PM on Apr 30th 2006 by John

4. That's not a bug, that's a feature!

Posted at 11:51PM on Apr 30th 2006 by Trauts

5. ive never seen that before

Posted at 11:54PM on Apr 30th 2006 by nizzy1115

6. i've gotten it too when leaving downloads

Posted at 11:55PM on Apr 30th 2006 by adam

7. Nah, the only thing like that I've seen is when one of my 360s got bricked by 2006 FIFA World Cup on Saturday afternoon. :-(

Posted at 12:09AM on May 1st 2006 by Clayj

8. Successfully did it , no big deal , only happens when you unplug ethernet cable.

Posted at 12:33AM on May 1st 2006 by IHaveWood

9. Since my internet connection breaks off very often, I encounter this problem whenever I download a demo. But like you said, it's easily remedied by hitting a button on a controller, so no biggie.

Posted at 1:15AM on May 1st 2006 by FireResurrected

10. Yes I had this happen to me. I thought it was my tv because I had turned it off while downloading something and when I turned it back on it was like that. So I did not think anything of it. Moved the controler and it popped back. No big deal.

Posted at 1:50AM on May 1st 2006 by djphatjive

11. Yes I have had this happen the first time I played and downloaded.

Posted at 2:28AM on May 1st 2006 by Vashspike

12. It happened to me the other day, but i could not get the screen to change. I had to restart the system

Posted at 2:48AM on May 1st 2006 by Tah

13. I have came across this also, though I've never unplugged my ethernet cable, possibly because my internet likes to kick me off xbox live a lot.. so maybe thats the alternative to having to pull the cable...

Posted at 2:58AM on May 1st 2006 by Derek

14. umm.. idiots?
im thinking this directed towards targeting a potiontial exploit for modification

Posted at 3:42AM on May 1st 2006 by Interloper

15. Yeah, I've had this happen to me a while ago. I use WiFi in my house, but havent got a WiFi adapter for my 360, so I use my PC as a bridge, and the connection's a little iffy, so when the 360 loses the connection for half a second, it gets all scrambled up like that

Posted at 6:10AM on May 1st 2006 by The_Solidshadow

16. yeah i get this one all the time. my wireless connection regularly craps out while downloading demos from xbox live, i'm greeted with this "screensaver" a few times a week :P

Posted at 6:26AM on May 1st 2006 by carter

17. Ive did this beore on accident a couple days ago, but I didnt know you could fix it.

Posted at 6:31AM on May 1st 2006 by Cypher

18. Yeah i get this error all the time, its no biggy though as its gone when you move the joystick with no harm done to the download.

Posted at 10:56AM on May 1st 2006 by Leckie

19. I think I had this happen once, but no major problem. Currently I'm in a love/hate relationship with BF2. EA's servers lagging and dropping me and the voice chat being broken drives me nuts. But damn, that game is the best when it works.

Posted at 12:08PM on May 1st 2006 by puh_fifer

20. I've never came across this, though I never really removed the ethernet cable during a download. They will more than likely fix this when they release the spring dash update (which might be soon after the Xbox Live downtime).

Posted at 12:32PM on May 1st 2006 by DA360

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