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Recall of Xbox Power Cords, Fire danger in older machines

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#1 Scarlett


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Posted 19 February 2005 - 12:12 AM

Microsoft said it decided on the Xbox power cord recall because seven people reported that they burned their hands and 23 said the failure caused smoke damage or minor damage to a carpet or entertainment center. By Susan B. Shor TechNewsWorld 02/17/05 11:23 AM PT Microsoft announced today an offer to replace the power cords on 14.1 million Xboxes worldwide because they can overheat, causing smoke and fire damage, the company said. The affected game consoles were made before January 12, 2004, except in continental Europe, where the cutoff date is October 23. 2003.
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Posted 22 February 2005 - 06:51 AM

No Big Deal, Analyst Says
The issue is unlikely to cause a ripple in the console's popularity, one analyst said.

"I had never heard of the problem and it sounds extremely minor. I can't imagine it having any effect on the Xbox business," David Cole of DFC Intelligence told TechNewsWorld.

Consumers can order a replacement cord, which will take two to four weeks to arrive, at www.xbox.com or by calling (866) 271-0450 in the United States.

"There probably won't be a huge rush to replace power cords. I know from my personal experience I am not that concerned," Cole said

If mr. Cole don't give damn about burning down the house, yeah.. than no big deal..
To heat up the power cord you'll need a machine that draws 20A+(220v) or 40A+ 120v from mains.. 20Ax220v= 4400W!!!
Now if your circuit braker is still alive after that load, you are solicitating for risk of fire hazard.. Not only because your power cord heats up, but because ALL wireing on that group starts to act as heater element..
In my entire life I never had anything that would overload power cord, and I had some serious power amplifires (pair of Krell's MDA-500)
That's why I can't imagine Xbox would draw so much current.. If this is true, I wonder that nobody noticed sky high electricity bill's..

Edited by Notorious, 22 February 2005 - 07:14 AM.

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