November has barely begun but Microsoft has seemingly already won the Screw-up of the Month award. Yesterday's big Fall Dashboard Update does a lot of good things to your 360, like 1080p support and WMV streaming. And it does some bad things, like reducing a lot of Xbox 360s to 4kg paperweights.
As our Dutch friends at Fok! Games have discovered, there seems to be a fatal error in the latest update causing recently purchased or replaced Xbox 360s to die on their owners (translated and summarized for your reading pleasure):
When you do the following with your new Xbox 360 you will be getting a fatal and permanent "System Error". That means you should not do this!
Boot the console.
Select the language.
Select "I am a member of Xbox Live"
Mandatory dashboard update will download and install.
The system will reboot and show the 360 logo.
You'll get "System Error E71?.
When you get this error the 360 is dead and cannot be revived anymore: you will need to take it back to your store for replacement or contact Xbox Customer Support.