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The original Xbox is Microsoft's first widely popular video gaming system. It has an easily identifiable black case with 'XBOX' emblazoned on the top and front. Repair is easy with common tools.

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powers up then in shuts off in a few seconds

my xbox was doing fine till it started shuting off on its own. once powered on it would light up and the screen would pop up. then it would act as if it was reading the game and getting ready to play. it would just go directly to the menu and then shut off.

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I don't have much experience with Xboxes, but on a desktop computer that's a classic sign of overheating - to protect the hardware from damage, the BIOS will usually have a safety shut-off at a certain internal temperature limit.

The Xbox 360 has proven particularly susceptible to heat issues, the normal cause of the dreaded "Red Ring of Death". I've been ignoring consoles long enough that I don't recall if the original Xbox had those issues as well, but you might start your search looking for overheating issues.

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