I am now one of the many who has been infected with the Red Ring of Death. I am not the first person to post this aspect and I will not be the last. I think the cause is Rock Band (see my last post.) I have found that many people who play this title seem to get infected with the Red Ring. I think the game is hard on the system and causes the unit to overheat. The plus to all of this is that I have a two-year protection plan through Best Buy so I already have a replacement unit. I had the option to upgrade to the Elite but I do not want it. I do not watch movies on the machine and I know two people who have the HDMI cable for the 360 and I do not see a lick of difference the cable makes. I watched Project Gotham Racing 4, Halo 3, Gears of War and Lost Odysee and none of them look that much better that it justifies the $90 for me to get the Elite system. I do not need thelarger hard drive since I have had my current unit for 18 months and have filed 9.5 GIGs of space and that is with song downloads for GH2, GH3 and Rock Band. I would rather save my cash for RB2 which comes out in a few months.
Off to go set up the new unit.
One more side note, since I did not upgrade, I get to keep my hard drive with all my downloads and game saves. This is a good thing for Rock Band since it does not allow you to have a back-up file on a memory card and your hard drive. It is one or the other.