How to Fix XBox - What To Do When You Get the 3 Red Lights Error
If you're looking for answers on how to fix your XBox, I'm going to assume that you're talking about the XBox 360. It's a great console, but one with a few well known problems bound to drive you crazy.
Ever since the XBox 360 console was released in 2005, it has been plagued with reliability issues -- most of them stemming from a general failure known to gamers as the "Red Ring of Death".
The Red Ring of Death is also known as the 3 Red Lights error. If you take a look at the photo below, you'll notice that three of the four small led lights around the console's power button are lit up.
This is something you never want to see, but sadly it is all too likely - especially in earlier generation XBox 360 consoles. Some of these issues are supposed to have been resolved with more recent manufacture dates, but I don't think the problem has gone away entirely.
Because the general hardware failure is basically caused by poor design and shoddy manufacture, Microsoft has taken some small amount of responsibility for the problem and extended XBox 360 warranties from 1 year to three years. However, this only covers hardware faults such as this one. If you have some other issue with your XBox, the one year warranty stands.
Fixing the Xbox 360
- Xbox 360 technical problems
Wikipedia has a rundown of all the different technical problems you may run into with the XBox 360. If your problem isn't the Red Ring of Death, you may want to look here to get an idea of what you are dealing with.
- Llamma's Xbox 360 3RLOD (three red light error) X-Clamp Fix
Llamma has a fix that will resolve the 3 red lights problem. They have complete instructions on their website. You can also order a kit of their tools, or pick up a kit on Ebay for cheap. See the Ebay listings below.
- Xbox 360 3 Red Lights Repair
You can find more XBox 360 repair guides listed here. You can check these out if you need a bit more help with a DIY walk-through.
Fix it Yourself or Send it Back?
If you've heard that Microsoft is taking ages to repair XBox consoles, you may be considering opening it up and just taking care of the problem yourself. If you're still within the warranty period, doing this will VOID your warranty.
My understanding is that Microsoft has gotten much more efficient at fixing these problems and returning the consoles to their owners, so I think the best way to get your XBox 360 fixed is to simply send it back.
Call them at 1-800-4MY-XBOX and they'll tell you what you need to do.
Now if you have one of these extended warranties you get from places like Best Buy or Gamestop, that's a no brainer. Let them give you a new one!
On the other hand, if you are already out of warranty or you just don't care or you already voided your warranty by opening the case for some other reason, you can fix the problem causing the 3 red lights error yourself if you're handy.
XBox 360 X-Clamp Fix
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