Well I received my third XBOX 360 back yesterday from the repair center and since I sent in a Core unit, they sent me back another Core unit. Ugh.
This one works fine and the Hitachi DVD Drive is a lot quieter than the last one while it's spinning ... HOWEVER - it makes a horrible screeching noise. It sounds like it happens as the laser is traveling and parking.
So I called the XBOX repair center and talked to an agent and he went thru his script about how the 360 makes some noise from the optical drive and fans, etc. and I explained my situation to him and told him I didnt want this system. He said he could do an RMA on it, but he said if the repair center cant find something wrong I will either get this one back or another Core unit replacement.
I told him this wasnt acceptable, as I was tired of getting the 2 year old loud and broken DVD Drives back and I wanted to be sure I got some new hardware. So I asked to speak with a supervisor and apparently they are all super busy so I had to schedule a callback for today between 2pm and 4pm. So here I sit waiting for their call.
In the meantime I've confirmed that the Gamestop in a nearby town has Arcade units that according to 360drives.com probably has the new super quiet BENQ drive in it. And they have an HDMI port. I havent confirmed if they have the new Falcon chips on them or not. Only trouble there is that Gamestop will only give me $130 on my trade-in on my Core unit. *sigh* So depending on what the XBOX Supervisor says, I might just go over to Gamestop and trade my unit in and a bunch of old games, etc and just buy me an Arcade unit that they have.