Rrod (3 rings of Death) after Mains Power Outage

No. 1 Son came to me yesterday after we had had the smallest of blips on the main power telling me he had the three rings of death on his Xbox. I had heard about this problem and new it could mean a variety of things – the main one being the GPU heatsink. But this didn’t line up with it happening immediately after a power blip.

On investigation we noticed that the power brick was showing a red light (usually shows green when running, and orange when off). So we unplugged it from the mains, left it for five minutes and plugged it back in. Fixed!

Sometimes it’s better to just do one thing at a time…

Over the last couple of days, I have been trying to get the vboxtool script working in order to safely shutdown any virtual machines I leave open on secondary desktops. Seems to work fine with headless VMs but not the one opened up in the GUI form on the desktop. Anyhow, had a Vm open on second desktop. Continue reading