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Gaming screen When I play games the screen has a bunch of black dots all over the place. When the xbox 360 is loading a screen where the background would normaly be black, their is a bunch of green dots that cover the screen in a honey comb stacked effect. When I play levels with lighter backgrounds the black dots are far more visible. Almost like an incomplete digital signal. Tried changing my plugs with new replacement plugs and tried going from HD to regular setting and still the dots are there. What can I do? Thanks

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  • jscottintl Feb 09, 2009

    I have the same issue but it will go away after turning everything off but comes back after playing longer than 30 minutes.



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