If your Xbox goes up in a puff of smoke you may be in for bad times. Many are the times however, that it just simply will not start, show anything on the screen, or have unresponsive controls. Electronics are prone to failure from a variety of reasons some serious and some not so. If the motherboard gets fried, or the hard disk crashes that is a catastrophe. Same goes for the whole machine breaking into pieces. In many cases, the damage can be fixed with varying degrees in cost. Whatever the case, you will need to do an assessment and know if your Xbox can be repaired or it is a lost cause.
Common Xbox Hitches
There are some common mishaps that occur that can lead to malfunctioning of the Xbox. Chief among them is powering the machine in the wrong manner. Sometimes the power cords may be plugged in the wrong way or may have come undone. The problem that will arise in this case is that the machine will show no signs of life. There is not even a blink on the power signal.
Connecting cables to the wrong ports is also common. The audio visual cables may get mixed up when hooking them into the speakers and the screen. In this case the picture maybe on but no sound, or vice versa. These common problems are easy to pick out if you do not panic and worsen the problem.
Not So Common Xbox Hitches
If water gets into your Xbox, that is a major concern. The immediate concern is that if the machine is on the internal circuitry is likely to short. When this happens, the Xbox will go up in smoke and this is a very bad sign. The replacement for a new motherboard is likely to set you back a few hundred pounds.
Same goes for a hard disk and memory chip failure. These parts can be replaced albeit at a heavy cost when it happens. The good news is that if your warranty is still valid, the maintenance will be free or you would have to cover only labor costs. Give a call about the Xbox to the customer support number for a discussion of your options.
Sometimes your Xbox is just gone for good for example in the case of a fire. This means the Xbox has no chance of being repaired or repairing it could be as good as buying a new one. If you drop your Xbox and it shatters into a hundred pieces you will not be using it anytime soon. You could use the parts for repairs on another maybe.
In any case, have someone who knows about the Xbox look into it. You maybe underestimating or overestimating the extent of the damage.