First, I beg for your forgiveness as it relates to my rather simple question. I tried to find an older post that already included my answer but I can't find one (or am looking in the wrong place). Anyway, your patience - and your answers - will be truly appreciated by me and my son.
I modded my console long ago and I also switched out the original Hitachi 47 drive with a BenQ just over a year ago. The console is an original - i.e. - purchased the day the 360 was released. Unfortunately, today, I believe it died. If you're interested in why I think it's dead, see the info included at the bottom of my post. That issue is not the primary reason for this post.
I was thinking about buying a new console anyway because the current one is banned from Live. Since I haven't bought a 360 in - well, years - I thought I'd try to gain a bit of info from you experts.
- If I decide to buy a new console, is there a way to know - with some level of certainty - which brand of drive is installed (by the model numbers viewed on the box, etc.)?
- Since I have no experience modding a Lite-On (and don't really know how to extract the key) I'd like to use my BenQ drive after installing LT f/w on it. Am I remembering correctly that the original drive's key is NOT needed when using LT f/w? In other words, if the new console has a Lite-On drive, can I avoid the hassle of extracting the key and just spoof my BenQ as a Lite-On with the LT f/w and no key (or the key it has now)? For some reason, I thought I remembered reading something about that in this forum.
I could be a couple sandwiches short of a picnic, too. Maybe I didn't see that info at all (which is why I can't find it anywhere).
I haven't had to update f/w or anything since the console got banned last November. I know nothing about Lite-On drives but the comments I've read in many posts give the perception that it's very likely a new console will come with a Lite-On brand drive. If that's true, I just want to be prepared.
Thanks again for your patience and answers.
Info about the console failure (RROD?):
I'm still doing some research because I think it's a RROD issue. Maybe it can be repaired. My son was playing a game for about 10 minutes and then it froze. Now, whenever we try to power on the console, we get the dreaded red ring of lights - 3 of them, I believe. It started to boot up the first couple times but we heard a loud buzz for a split second and then it froze. My bet is that it's the RROD. I'll read up on the various "fixes" for it.
Does this sound like the dreaded RROD to you?