In one of the greatest coups in modern history, I walk into one of our local Wal Marts to buy some groceries. I do the token sweep by the electronics department, and lo and behold - an XBOX 360 Premium system is just sitting there all unattended. My 9-year old has been saving allowance, Christmas and Birthday money, and has been on the lookout for one of these. My wife and kids are on spring break while my sorry butt has to stay behind and go to work.
The dilemma is that I don't want to leave this thing permanently connected to our 50" plasma. The old XBOX had an integrated PS, so all you needed for power was a cheap $3 cable to power it up. I bought a spare A/V connector and left those tucked neatly behind the receiver until it's needed. Piece of cake to move it between his system and mine.
Enter the XBOX 360. Now the A/V cable is the same way - I'll buy a spare one of those to leave connected to his TV, while leaving the component cables connected to the plasma.
The problem is with the PS, which is NOT in the console. It's set up similar to that of a laptop, except that it's bigger (200W instead of 90W for most laptops). Thankfully, the power cable which connects the adapter to the wall is detachable, BUT it's a proprietary connector. Searching online didn't show it to be available as an accessory. Figures.
On closer inspection, I thought to myself, "Hey - this looks just like the connector that plugs into your PC - kind of." To make a long story short, it is, BUT the plug has a notch cut out of it in order to match a rib in the jack on the PS. Bastards don't want you to re-use a cheap PC power cable.
"I'll fix their little wagon" I thought to myself. 2 minutes later, I ground a groove into a spare PC power cable I had laying around and voila- spare power cable that I can use.
Now I can easily move the system between TVs as before, the only additional hassle being the seperate PS.
Take that, Bill Gates!