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Xbox 360 Red Ring Of Death Fix - How To Guide

Updated on December 15, 2014

Learn How to Fix the Red Ring of Fire with my Xbox 360 Repair Guide

The worst thing about the red ring of death or other Xbox 360 errors is that they will not go anywhere until you fix them. In this informative article, I will show you how you can fix the red ring of death error on your own. The method described in this article is extremely easy to follow.

Before we proceed, though, let me warn you, if you still have a valid warranty you should strongly consider send the Xbox back to Nintendo and having them fix it. Following these steps will void your warranty. If your warranty has expired, however, this guide will show you an exact, step by step action plan to fix the red ring of death error permanently. This will not only save you money, it will also save you a lot of time.

How to Fix Red Ring of Death—A Step-by-Step Action Plan

Fixing your Xbox can be narrowed down to two vital steps:

1) Disassembling the Xbox 360 case

2) Cleaning and repairing the GPU and CPU processing units

What You'll Need:

  1. Xbox 360 with the red ring of death error!
  2. A narrow, thin tool such as a small screwdriver or awl.
  3. A screwdriver.
  4. Arctic Silver, a thermal compound you can find in any computer hardware shop for $1-$2.

What Causes Xbox 360's Red Ring of Death?

Before finding a solution to any problem we have to find a cause. Basically, the red ring of death or RRoD is a sign of "general hardware failure." It is indicated by three red lights or three red rings near the power button. It occurs when the GPU (graphics processing unit) becomes loose. The GPU is fitted onto the motherboard, and when the motherboard heats up the GPU becomes loose. That's when the green lights turn into three flashing red lights. The vibration of the system usually loosens the soldering of the GPU, which freezes up your Xbox 360.

Now let's take a look at some specific steps to fix this error. Are you ready to start?

Disassembling the Xbox 360

Step 1: Remove the Hard Drive and Faceplate

Removing the hard drive
Removing the hard drive

The hard drive is the gray, thick piece on one side of the Xbox 360 console. It's easy to remove; there's a release button right on top of the drive that you can press, and then all you need to do is pull gently. You can get the faceplate off by putting your thumb into the notch of the faceplate and pulling.

Step 2: Remove the Heating Grills

Removing the heating grills
Removing the heating grills
Xbox with hard drive, faceplate, and one heating grill removed
Xbox with hard drive, faceplate, and one heating grill removed

Now remove the two gray heating grills on each side of the chassis. Each heating grill has six tabs. Press these inward toward the console in order to loosen the grill. You may need to use a narrow tool such as an awl or screwdriver to push in these tabs.

For the heating grill that was behind the hard drive, push two tabs sideways in the elevated section. After loosening these, you can push each of the other four tabs in and remove the heating grill carefully from front to back. This is the step in which you void your warranty because to remove this heating grill you end up having to puncture a plastic film behind one of the tabs.

Step 3: Taking Apart the Outer Casing

Xbox 360 with bottom shell and screws removed
Xbox 360 with bottom shell and screws removed
Turn the Xbox 360 back over and remove the top shell
Turn the Xbox 360 back over and remove the top shell

The Xbox 360 outer case consists of two pieces which are connected along a single seam. You'll want to remove the bottom shell. First, turn over the Xbox 360 case. You can pull the seam apart one side at a time, gently prying apart the four clips holding the two parts together. You can use a screwdriver or awl to wedge the two sides apart so that the clips don't reengage. With a fine tip screwdriver, poke the small rectangular holes in the back of the console. You should hear a click when you poke each rectangular hole. You should now be able to lift off the whole plastic bottom of the console.

There are 22 screws (8 black and 14 silver) in the metal case under the plastic case you just lifted off. Unscrew all of these and keep them in a safe place so that you don't lose any and remember which ones go where. Once you've done that, turn the whole Xbox 360 right side up again and remove the remaining plastic shell.

Step 4: Removing the DVD Drive

The innards of the Xbox 360
The innards of the Xbox 360
Removing the DVD drive
Removing the DVD drive

Now that you can see the internals of the Xbox 360, the first thing you will do is take out the DVD drive. Unplug the cables connected to the DVD drive from the motherboard and associated small devices and lift the DVD drive out. Make sure to unplug the cables from their other ends and remove those as well.

Step 5: Removing the Fan

Taking out the fan shroud
Taking out the fan shroud
Removing the fan
Removing the fan

Taking out the fan is pretty simple. First you need to take out the fan shroud, which is the funky shaped plastic cover. You can do this by twisting gently until it comes off. The fan shroud is clamped to the fan itself in one place, so be careful not to break the clamp. Then just unplug the fan and lift it out.

Step 6: Safely Remove the Motherboard

Remove the RF Unit Cover
Remove the RF Unit Cover
Remove the RF Unit
Remove the RF Unit
Gently lift out the motherboard
Gently lift out the motherboard

First you need to remove the plastic cover on the front of the RF unit. It's clipped on and easy to pull off. Remove the RF unit by unscrewing the black screw at each of corner and lifting it off. Now you can gently lift the motherboard out of the Xbox 360 case.

Cleaning and Repairing the GPU and CPU

Step 1: Unscrewing the X Clamps

The two heat sinks
The two heat sinks
Unscrewing the X Clamps
Unscrewing the X Clamps
The motherboard with one heat sink removed.
The motherboard with one heat sink removed.

The GPU and CPU processing units are located under the two heat sinks. In order to reach them, remove the heat sinks by turning over the motherboard and unscrewing the x clamps. There are four screws for each x clamp. Unscrew them while holding the motherboard vertical, so that the weight of the heat sink doesn't crack the motherboard when it's only partially unscrewed. Once you've taken out the x clamp screws, you can lift off each heat sink, exposing the processing unit underneath. I would advise you not to hurry with this step. Please follow all steps carefully to avoid damage to your Xbox 360.

Step 2: Cleaning the GPU and CPU

The GPU and CPU
The GPU and CPU

Next step is to clean the GPU (graphic processing unit) and CPU (central processing unit). This is a very important and critical step. Use a Q-tip or cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean the surface of each unit. The rest of the motherboard may also be covered in bits of built up dirt or dust. You can use a dry cotton swab to gently dust the motherboard and get rid of excess dirt.

Step 3: Applying Arctic Silver

Applying the Arctic Silver to the GPU and CPU
Applying the Arctic Silver to the GPU and CPU
Smooth the Arctic Silver into a thin layer
Smooth the Arctic Silver into a thin layer

Now you need to apply some Arctic Silver thermal compound gently over the GPU and CPU. Once you've applied the Arctic Silver, spread it over the processing units in a thin layer with a finger or thumb, as portrayed in the picture above.

Final Steps

Clean any remaining dirt or dust off the bottom of the heat sinks before reattaching them. Then screw the x clamps tightly back on to the motherboard. Get everything back together and see that it is fitted properly. The most essential part of disassembling your Xbox 360 is remembering where everything goes! So make sure to reassemble the Xbox by following the same steps you took to take it apart, but in reverse.

Now, turn your Xbox 360 on.

I always like to educate people. So I tried to describe this whole process in my words. Videos can make this whole process even easier. If you need more help, I suggest you check out my website, which will surely help you fix your XBOX 360. You can find a link to it on my HubPages profile (just click on the little picture of me on the upper right).

About Me

I was inspired to write this article through my love of Xbox and the carelessness of Microsoft, which took such a massive toll on me. It all started when my Xbox 360 froze and there were three red lights showing near the power button. As a gaming addict, I was incredibly frustrated and unable to play any of my favorite games!

I did some research on the Internet and checked out some Xbox 360 forums where I learned that it was RRoD or red ring of death error. One of my friends recommended a professional Xbox 360 repair guide. I had no other options other than purchasing this guide because my Xbox 360 device warranty had expired, and I did not want to give $140 to Microsoft Support Center and wait for two months to get the console fixed.

After using the repair guide, I was able to fix the red ring of death problem in just two hours. It was an amazing feeling to know that my Xbox 360 was working again and I was ready to enjoy my favorite games. Some days later, I was able to fix the same problem with my friend's Xbox 360 device. Now I help people fix their Xbox 360 problems all the time. Since then, I have fixed many red ring of death problems in my neighborhood.

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      Daniel 22 months ago

      High Performance Thermal Grease CPU Heatsink Compound Paste @ Free Shipping.

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      Rob 22 months ago

      I have same problem but whole thing turns red after a couple seconds should I try cleaning it

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      Belinea 96 2 years ago

      https://youtu.be/jkEhJDBqILE

      How to fix red ring of death. Try it guys, it worked on my xbox 360. :)

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      I don't deserve to step into the next generation of video gaming I guess? Every newer system I have is broke. I got a used 360 for Christmas, and it's broke. 3 ring of doom is such a bummer. I tried little tricks on YouTube and got it to work for 1 night. Such a great night it was, but alas, my 360 broke the next day. I suppose I'll crack it open and attempt this repair someday. But for now, I'm busting out the Atari 2600. Suck it Microsoft, I know my Atari will work, and it was built in 1979.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you don't, you can't play Halo: Reach and be in awe of its graphics.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @69DEATHMONKEY69: it depends...theres 4 types of RRoD. 1 quarter of a ring, 1 half of a ring, 3 quarters of a ring and a full ring. it sounds to me like you are getting the full ring. that is a power supply issue and is easily fixed. have a look at the leads that supply the power (mains to power brick-power brick to xbox. make sure the tension in the leads is in a relaxed state, so the leads arent pulling on any of the plugs. if the power supply is interuptted at any point, the xbox will crash giving you the full red ring. that should fix this

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: As XBOX is made in china to apply for European Union certificates they usually use lead-free solder(melts in 50-60 degrees celsius) to solder GPU and CPU. When you play games it heats up to about 46-57 degrees as a result solder gets soft. As we know stuff expands a little when it heats up and shrinks when it cools down. So after you have turned your XBOX off the motherboard, GPU and CPU is starting to shrink in difrent speeds and beacose the solder is soft conductivity disappears between CPU and Motherboard or GPU and motherboard. That's why the RROD error apears.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      microsoft are the masters of making money, hence why it needs a fix so often. My 2nd fix!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey people, RROD now only happen's on the arcade and pro version, I suggest you to buy an Elite or the lateser model slim much more better than the earlier model. So don't buy the Pro,Con or Arcade It's a piece of shit cuurently.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The way this works is that when the Xbox is tossed around or it becomes old the substance that connects the CPU or GPU to the cooling towers breaks, this substance is the Arctic silver ... When the substance breaks it causes the GPU/CPU to have a gap of air between it and the cooling tower is no longer connected. This causes the GPU/CPU to heat up very fast soon reaching temperatures that will burn your skin if you where to touch.the chip, the Xbox detects this and automatically gives you the red ring of death notifying you that if the Xbox were to run anylonger it whould risk burning up the chip or whould severely damage the motherboard. So the only way to fix this is to replace the substance that allows the CPU/GPU to connect to the cooling tower and allow it to cool, what will screw up your Xbox is when you wrap it in towels and try to fix it by remelting the substance back in place........ That's why that guide has some pepole who say it works. But the fact of the matter is that you need new thermal paste and not replaceing it will cause the

      Problem to happen again because the old stuff was **** and the only way to truly fix it Is to replace the substance. ,another idea that is stupid as **** is to take a blowtorch and try to remelt the sodder this will brick the Xbox forever. Xclamp method is a way of connecting the cpu\gpu directly to the cooling stack but this idea is **** because there are air bubbles that will still occur. Thermal grease or artic silver is put there for a reason it conducts heat and attaches it to the cooling tower

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, great article. I am going to be attempting this soon, but would just like some clarification if possible. Texaport writes below that in step 6 the bottle he is using is "arcticlean" not "arctic silver" that looks like a small syringe. I have already bought the arctic silver thermal compund stuff today before I read that comment. Do I need to buy the other stuff instead? Is the goal to clean the parts, then use the thermal coumpound, or one or the other?

      Also, there is mention of adding nylon wahsers. Is this something that the xbox already has, and he is just making note to re-install them, or is the point to add wahser to give clearance for better cooling?

      Thanks to anyone who can clarify these 2 points for me. It is much appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: how do i stop the rrod 2 rings from happening because it only happens at particular parts of my games? and what do you do when you're xbox ( vastloopt) jams?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: No one wants to come to Michigan to fix your Xbox360 :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @elitehunter42: its prettymeay to take it apart as long as u take ur time and don't mess up... im 14 and learned how to take one apart completely and put it back together in 1 hour it takes time to learn about an xbox but u eventually will figure it out

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yea

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 4 rings and I still have my warranty I bought my xbox from gamestop so can I get a new fresh xbox from gamestop?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 4 rings and I still have my warranty I bought my xbox from gamestop so can I get a new fresh xbox from gamestop?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So I have already fixed the three ring issue using this or a similar guide about two years ago, now I have the E74 (one ring) issue. Should I re-try the same fix?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: me too!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What i don't get is how this fixes it. The way i understand it, the three light rrod is caused by thing heating up and the gpu and cpu move around a little. Could someone pleased explain it? I have my xbox in pieces right now an i only wanna fix it once so i wanna do it right. Please help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just one note, just for anyone using the pictures, in step 6 the bottle he is using is of arcticlean, a thermal material remover used to clean the GPU/CPU. Arctic Silver looks like a small syringe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hai hai.~ This might but a stupid question but when your are cleaning of the GPU and CPU, what are you using to do so? Maybe an Alcohol wipe?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: To my knowledge 4 lights only indicate AV cable issues. It might be broken without any visible marks on it. If you have a friend with an xbox you should borrow his/hers AV cable to check if your cable is broken.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 2 red lights indicate overheating issues. If cleaning it didn't help you might want to try applying new thermal paste between the CPU and heatsink (same goes for GPU). No guarantee that it will work, but it could be worth a shot. Should be plenty of guides how to do it both on youtube and other sites. Hope that helps :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have 1 ring in the bottom right hand corner and I'm not taking apart my xbox, I'll mess it up for sure, and I can't watch the videos off my smartphone, It says to insert a java plug in or something, wtf

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      mines a limited edition three Xbox and it lasted 1 week

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Good guide. I've lost 2 xboxes already to this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What is e 73

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hdmi cable option worked for me. Thanks for the post.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have 1 rrod in the botom right corner

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, though I'm gonna try Stocks' idea first. There is no way I'm disassembling my Xbox, I'll probably mess it up lol. I can't believe this is happening after just 3 months... though I guess this is the kind of stuff you have to deal with when you buy your console used.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm still only disassembling my Xbox, but I was reading through and I'm still not understanding the last step with the Nylon Washers and stuff. I'm not sure where I'm meant to place them and what to do after that. Can anybody help?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      360 plays movies perfectly but i can't play any games i got 2 red rings only playing games they only let me play for a lil bit then shuts itself off i also noticed the dust problem you guys were talken about so i took it apart and cleaned all the dust off and still no change can someone help me

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great! Thanks for detailed instructions:)

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      69DEATHMONKEY69 5 years ago

      Well, my brother just got me a 360 for christmas. but the next day i sadly got the RROD... BUT, iread on the internet that it could by a power supply error. so i examined it a little bit. then surely, the power supply brick was about to rip off at the end. so i ordered a power suply off of ebay. so it came in, and lucky for me i got off of school that day. so i was really happy to find my power supply setting on my bed:YAY. but after i exitedly plugged the 360 in and everything, i VERY SADLY STILL HAD THE RROD. i would like to know what is going on, and how i could fix it. it would really help me out. thanks

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      rottenpixies 5 years ago

      Great lens! I use to fix xbox 360s my self. I always had best luck with insulating them and putting them in the oven. Sounds crazy but they always worked a lot longer after that than any other method.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Microsoft probably dos Rrod On purpose to get ppl to either send their xbox in for like140 bucks, or just buy a new system, my big bro' s warranty just ran out two weeks ago and he got Rrod just yeserday -.- so Microsoft is scaming us for our money

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have four rrod what dose tht mean (av cable isn't the problem)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very comprehensive guide, if I can just suggest an alternative method for people to try before opening up the console. As your fix suggests the error is a result of overheating, so an easy option is to unplug the console from the power cable and also to unplug the power cable from the wall. This will allow your Xbox 360 the chance to cool its components, this fix has worked for me on every occasion that either I or one of my friends has had this issue. If the problem still persists after this attempted fix then by all means go ahead with James's fix. Thanks for the guide

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      toldyaso lm 5 years ago

      Ahh, the RROD - one of the most soul-crushing, life altering events of my life.

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      karelito 5 years ago

      Wow, my first 360 got the ring of death a few years ago, had to pay around 80 bucks to get it fixed. Great info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Try using a play and charge kit to connect the controller via USB If that don't work try buying a wired controller

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      I've had this happen to my 360. Good info. Nice Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used the fix and got the three lights to stop. Everything seems to start up properly however i can't get my remotes to sync up. The just seem to flash like they are trying but never connet. I've tried the obvious things...can anyone help???

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      nexusx2 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the cool lens. I have a few xboxs with the red ring. I should fix them and sell them. Thumbs up.

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      bigticketbargains 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing lens. You get one squid thumbs up from me. Keep up the great work.

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      elitehunter42 5 years ago

      Very good lens! The procedure is a little bit too complicated for me though, I'll probably stuff something up. I think it's easier to just get a new Xbox 360. Besides, you can have a lot of fun destroying the old one :P

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great guide man...Im a qualified electronics technician by trade, and the only other thing i can recommend to anyone trying this (or working with any other piece of electronics) is open the xbox on a static free mat, and use a grounded wrist band (this can be a piece wire wrapped around your wrist that is grounded in some shape or form), or at least touch some other metal device before touching the circuit board. The reason for this is because when we move our body builds up a static charge which can be anything between 1-100000 Volts depending on your clothing. You may notice sometimes if you touch something after walking on carpet you get zapped. This is the voltage discharging from your body. A lot of components on the xbox board (ESPECIALLY THE GPU AND CPU, the parts you are cleaning) can be quite easily damaged by one of these zaps (they can handle not much over 5 volts), and once that happens you have to get a new one, which means buying a whole new xbox, because i doubt microsoft will just sell you the chip on its own. A wristband and static mat discharges this voltage to ground, before it can reach the chips.

      This could be a reason why some peoples consoles still don't work after they try repairing them

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Performancecars: hey so if i wrap a towel round my xbox how long do i do it for and will that work? thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Usually two flashing red lights is a overheating problem, Sometimes the solution can be as simple as buying a bottle of compressed air and spraying it into the fan's around the xbox to clean the dust out of it. Or the easier version of just blowing into all of the fan's but keep your eyes closed to protect from dust... I learned that the hard way. I recently had this problem too but just blow into your xbox's fans and you should be fine. Also just move your xbox to a cooler position, so don't put it into direct sunlight. If none of this fixes you're issue you might have to purchase a new console. Hope I helped!

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      Hoodyy 5 years ago

      Great guide mate. Now that my warranty on the xbox has expired I'll probably give this a go!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I love you for this comment :-D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You didn't use washer like the guide said and you wonder why it didn't work??? seriously?

      Use the washers to keep the heat sinks the correct distance from the cpu and gpu. no washers means you are squishing the heat sink down on the dye with no room for thermal compound

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      OMG AWESOME I got it to work. I had to do a soft hardware reset and after a few seconds of glitching and turning on and off I got it to work. $25 is way cheaper than the $90 or so people charge for repairs. Thanks for the scoop on getting it to work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      dunno if the problem I assumed in the RRoD was something else but as I followed it doesn't seem to be working although when I removed the old thermal paste it might seem that the chip might have been damage because it seemed a little scratched on the surface and this was a Refurbished xbox from Gamestop and it looks like whoever had refurbished it had done a bit of a poor job of replacing the thermal paste.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't normally comment on this kind of thing, but this works. Easy to follow and nor rrod when you are done. WOW

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      neotony 6 years ago

      Difficult stuff explained simply. Thanks for that!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: White paste is fine, silver is just better at transferring heat.

      You'll probably find that with some fiddling about with the screw tension on the heatsink, it'll come good. Most probably a cracked joint

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      when i plug a controller in, it turns off and the 3 red lights come on, and when i tap the rbg wire or even the power cord, the same happens....how do i fix this??? please help!!! thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      mijn xbox 360 heeft nog steeds rrod hoe kan dat ( die ventilator draaid niet meer please HELP!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I got the 3 red rings last night on my 4 year old Xbox 360, when I started to load a game, it made a noise and then went black, I turned it off and on again, an lo, 3 flashing red lights. I usually have it on HDMI cable, I plugged it into AV and it went into the xbox dashboard, no red lights, I put a game in, crashed again and now it flashes two red lights which won't turn off, wouldn't let me turn it back off, it turned off by itself, but the 2 red lights are still flashing in standby. Weird??? So what is the problem, is it now an overheating problem, is it still the GPU or CPU? The fans are both working. I restarted it again on AV TV, and its come up with a message about overheating. Stays on a few minutes before turning off with overheating signal again. BTW my xbox is all opened up. Oh and I found out the error code is 0102.

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      I really love it!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: yes it has to be arctic silver

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      Performancecars 6 years ago

      I have tried wraping a towel round to overheat the cpu til it click out. Then it works for a while but then i tried removing the heatsink and stripping all thermal paste with alcohol and applying it all again and this has worked. I can't believe Microsoft get away with this everybody i know with a xbox has had a problem its not 1 in 3 like they claim. Redamdiculous.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you need the washers put in to give you the 4mm spacing for your case to hold the gpu in place anything over 4mm you run the danger of warping your motherboard

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      did the entire process... applied thermal compound cleaned everything only thing i did not do is the washers? why do you need the washers?? anyway it went from working then freezing before taking it apart to just an immediate 3 ring of death without even booting up now. seems this process has made it worse? any ideas?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I thought the red ring of death was supposed to be stopped? why is it still happening?

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      grifith 6 years ago

      Thanks for the help

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: my friend emily got given her xbox by her brother but it had rrod and so i took the skin off and jammed a penn in the prossessor then took it out again and it works perfect now :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can I tell you about my problem which is similar but maybe more serious? When I start my xbox 360, the fan noise gets higher and higher.. and then suddenly it shuts down itself and shows me 2 red lights, I know it's some kind of RROD, so I went to the store, bought thermal compound and some clean water which can clean the old compound + screws and some washers.. I removed the old compound, put new thermal compound.. I tried the x-clamps.. but it's still not working.. I checked the error code and it says 0013 , e07 = RAM OVERHEATING. I don't know what I can do, so I am looking for help.. I have no warranty since I have been opening my xbox for a couple of times.. so could anyone here help me please?

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      kayelex 6 years ago

      Very descriptive and the pictures help. Can save some money over MS fees if this works

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What size are the nylon washers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I fixed min about 6 months ago now it is red lighting again. Any ideas

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah, we've tried both, and other individual cables as well. A guy I know who's like a tech wiz says it's probably the video card needing to be reflowed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Have you tried a hdmi cable? Sometimes its the av cord and not the xbox.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Josh, well what you do first is stop making up words like 'irrefixable', then realise that if you are too stupid to be able to put something back together again then you probably shouldn't be taking it apart!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Check your power brick to see if you're actually getting power. My power brick burned out once.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey im a Amplifier technition, i don't use Arctic sliver compound but i have white thermal paste i use on my amps, i did everything on the video but still the same..can it be the dif compound?

      No display and 3 red light error...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey, I ordered an xbox 360 that didn't come with a hard drive and once i turned it on it had the 3 red rings and it makes a high pitched vibrating sound. Does this guide help with the sound? i was thinking of going to gamestop to see if they can find a problem but i don't know it will be any help...?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: well it still probably breaks (knowing microsoft) but it wont actually red ring because they have removed the red led's so it can't lol

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: have you tried a different power supply?

      the power brick should have a yellow light when in stand by and green when its powered on (and working)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This guy really knows what he is talkin about i used his technique for red rings and it worked and amazingly easy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      okay so when i turn it on there arent any red rings it simply wont turn on, ive been trying to fix it myself for a long time now but i was wondering if this would also work for my xbox since it has no red rings but just doesn't work

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a question i have done all this applied the arctic silver put everything together and i still have the rrod. Trying to figure out what did wrong i have fixed one xbox but it wont work on this one. please help.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey, I had someone fix the 360 and it works just fine... until the AV cables get plugged in. Then they red ring again. He's tried everything and he doesn't know why they're doing that. Do you have any advice on the matter?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't let women play your Xbox, duh xD

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Does the RRoD happen to the newest Xbox 360?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: some kind of plastic scraper and you can use isopropyl alcohol with a lint free cloth to clean the underside of the heat sink.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i hate the red ring of death. this is like to third time this has happen. and it is frustrated and i have to pay like a $100 to fix it. what should i do?

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Keep sharing always. Please PRAY for JAPAN by visit on Squidoo!!

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      Freshmeat 6 years ago

      Try this guy. I paid 29.95 with a 60 day money-back guarantee. It takes about 3 hours to fix and he goes through, step by step, with you until the end. Any of these problems he can fix. And if he can't...well, you'll get your money back no questions asked.

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      really cool lens ... the pics help a lot

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Dan - you are a moron for responding... come to think of it... so am I - but I just couldn't resist...

      BTW Dan, I put peanut butter in my xbox360 - what do I do???

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hey guys i've taken an xbox apart before but couldn't put it back together.I read this guide and im ready to do it but my mum wont let me as if i fail it is irrefixable.what do i do im irritated and really wanna play oblivion again???

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: same here got hooked on oblivion and bam i can't play anymore it suks but mite buy new one instead

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @robert25 lm: even though i still have a warrenty im thiniking of getting a group of 50 or so hundred thousand people to help me kill bill gates for being so retarded i have this little plan i came up with in 5 minutes i will need a lot of 8 year olds and candy who can help?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @robert25 lm: what is the arctic silver thermal compound for exactly? cause i cant help feeling there is a way around its use.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Its a hardware problem not a software problem so it will fix it nonetheless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: same here with black ops