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This might not help everybody but it might be a cheap fast solution to the "Xbox 360 no picture but sound ok" problem. I have old refurbished 360 that has had no problems at all. SInce I got it have used it with powerwave cooler attached to the back. This cooler has seperate Outputs for Vga, SVga, audio, component and av. Don't need the microsoft cable at all just standard cables. Always had it plugged in with VGA or SVGA cables and got great picture. I bought new 360 and put the old one in bedroom with old tv which only has av inputs. Got shocking picture that was unwatchable but sound was good. Tried all ways but no different. Seems the xbox plug has problems. If you get the powerwave cooler it splits the xbox output socket in to seperate outputs for everything so you can use it with Vga or Svga cables if your tv has those inputs and it should work fine. Only seems to be the standard AV outputs that have problems. Haven't tried the componet leads but I guess they might work as well. If you only have the old yellow, red and white AV inputs on your tv this wont help you but if you have the other types of inputs it might fix it. The powerwave cooler you should be able to buy for under $20 so it could be a cheap solution for this problem everyone seems to be getting lately. It works for me at least so get one and give it a try.
The first thing to try is to remove the external hard-drive from your Xbox and see if the picture comes back. If that doesn't work you may have the video resolution of the Xbox set too high for your TV to display. Try reducing the Xbox resolution and see if you can get a picture. There is a switch at the end of the cable where it plugs into the Xbox that says TV and HDTV. Try setting it to TV. If you know someone with another Xbox 360 that you can borrow you can use it to debug your problem. If their Xbox works on your TV try swapping out the cables. You can see if your Xbox works with their cables and if their Xbox works with your cables. You should be able to narrow your problem down to either the Xbox, the cables, or the TV setup.
This Just happened to me. There seems to be a lot of solder issues with the 360. I bit the bullet and tried the towel trick, where you over heat the 360 for about 20 min. I Let it cool for 20 more min, and it now works fine, I have a inner cooler now to keep from overheating again.