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I've looked up the "alternating controller lights" issue and found that this is typically an indicator of low battery. However, when I check the Xbox menu, I see that I still have two bars worth of power left - I expect most electronics to not bother me until one or zero bars.

The battery, charger, controller, and console are all barely a month old and all Microsoft brand. So it's relatively unlikely that I'm dealing with faulty hardware.

What else could be causing this error condition?

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The 360 remote begins the low battery alert at two bars, then increases the frequency of the flashing (as well as disabling vibration) at one bars.

Your controller is fine, it's just hungry.

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Two bars, really? What a wimp. –  Iszi Jan 30 '13 at 5:35
    
My personal recommendation would be to just get another battery pack and charge them alternately. –  Krael Jan 30 '13 at 5:40
    
I do have another pack. It's just rather annoying to me that they have the alert threshold set so high. –  Iszi Jan 30 '13 at 5:47
    
I agree, but I can imagine they'd get considerably more complaints if it waited until the middle of a match to throw a critical error. In this way, it gives you plenty of time to swap out or charge up before your controller dies in the middle of a match. –  Krael Jan 30 '13 at 5:49
    
@Krael It would be cooler if you could load another batterypack in the controller like you would a gun. If it dies in the middle of the match you could reload like a pro ;) –  Lyrion Jan 30 '13 at 8:31
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