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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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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Actually, I used this guide mentioned by you it took me nearly 3 hours to fix my xbox but finally I am able to repair it on my own.

      Thanks

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      Its good to see I am able to help peoples out there..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Robert, Its really not easy to find a quality helpful info on internet, at-least on this red ring of death fix topic. I had tried to apply your method but it was not easy, Then I had given a chance to "xbox 360 red ring of death" guide mentioned by you and surprisingly its works! I had started gaming again.My xbox is showing green lights again.I will advice any one who has suffered by these red rings don't waste your time with internet info junks, just use mentioned video guide. even a 10 year old kid can fix red ring of death easily.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      the weridist thing happen to me i got the 3 red rings of death about 30 mins ago and of course i turn the xbox off so after letting it rest i went back to see if it would work and i swear on my life i didn't take it apart i didn't touch so i go to turn the power button on and it WORK so mabye if u get the 3 red rings of death try turning it off and let it rest for about 30-45 mins and it might work otherwise use this guys website

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you so much to sharing such a quality information.Let me try.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I bought this guide as a last resort. I was just about to ship my XBox back to the factory, when I found your guide. Thank you so much. I had my XBox running in less than a half an hour.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was a bit skeptical about this guide as I was told the error was something to do with the hardware! I am happy to say I had my Xbox up and running in no time with this guide!

      Thanks for an awesome guide!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was desperate to find a way of repairing my old 360 that was simply just sitting there unused. I couldn't simply throw it in the bin, and so i had to find an alternative way to repair it without having to send it away to Microsoft. The repair worked out error free!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your guide was easy to understand, and it worked!! My son was so bummed when his XBox croaked. Your guide was right on the money! I thank you - and my son really thanks you

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was a bit skeptical about this guide as I was told the error was something to do with the hardware! I am happy to say I had my Xbox up and running in no time with this guide!

      Thanks for an awesome guide!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow i actually found this method of fixing on another site but it actually does work

      i didn't have any arcticsilver but rubbing alcohol works too it just takes forever to clean

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi im having trouble getting hold of arctic silver is there anything else i can use instead of it?

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to adrenalin] I will recommend you to use arctic silver, Some users do get success by rubbing alcohol but its temporary relief. I don't see it as a permanent solution to this problem.

      Arctic silver can get rid of it permanently.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The video is very solid, showing you exactly which steps need to be completed and in what order they should be completed. Using this guide is one of the best bets to fix almost any problem with your Xbox 360, including the Red Ring of Death or the 2 red light error and 1 red light error. The book also includes step-by-step pictures to help you with your repairs.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I Have Seen A Few Different Xbox 360 Repair Guides Online How Do I Know That This One Is The Best?

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to Moran] This guide is the best selling guide on Clickbank.com, and has been fixing Xbox 360's with the 3 red light and other Xbox 360 problem successfully for well over 1 year! Also there is a full 56 day money back guarantee! Also make sure how long a website has been around before you buy any guide!

      Its your choice.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I found a good article on how to fix e74 error.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Xbox-360-E74-Error---Rep...

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks Robert, I was able to fix my 2 red lights error but it took me 2 hours. Your recommended guide is good and support is something which is very admirable.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I do agree with Brad, Xbox 360 guide is very simple to follow and videos are something without it I can't imagine to repair my Xbox.

      Its so simple that me and my son had repaired our Xbox in matter of hours.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yeah man give it a go!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Powering on my Xbox 360 when it is cold ( not used for a day) I get the 3 red light error. Will the heat sink repair fix this. I read about solder joints coming loose in your article but you do not address fixing them. Does the video address this problem.

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to MAS] You will get a detail videos on every single thing. There is a specific method which is described in a video and that will permanently remove 3 red light problem. As the method is copyright protected, So I can't explain it here.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to robert25] Thanks, I had gone through the videos and it was juts perfect. I had fixed my xbox 360.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi guys, i've just encountered this RROD problem recently..so frustrating.

      actually i'm considering on subscribing the repair guide, but i have only one main question.

      look, i'm not so good particularly on repairing electronic devices (i mean those stuffs like motherboard etc.) just worried that i might cause error while doing the steps.so does that mean this guide is reliable and helpful on preventing me from making unneccessary error?

      i'm sure you guys could help me with the answer.thanks.

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to ZAM] Hello Zam, you have concern in right sense, basically to avoid mistakes and to overcomes this problem successfully you need proper guide.

      Basically, my recommended guide comes with step by step videos, so even a kid can repair it.

      Lots of people are able to overcome RROD, e74, 2 red lights, 3 red lights errors. So if you had made your mind to give a shot to this guide, go ahead with it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to robert25]

      Thanks Robert, if that so, i won't wait for much longer to give it a try..

      i'm gonna share this with my friends that having the same problem..but,ermm..just one more concern, can this guide help in repairing 'modded' console? you see, i'm from Asia and some of my friends actually got 360 consoles which can also play pirated games. so does this make any differences?

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to ZAM] No, there will not be any difference. Mainly RROD error is related to the core mechanism of xbox 360 (Mother Board and GPU). So no need to worry!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to robert25]

      Thanks Robert..the confirmation do help me a lot..i can't wait to see the result myself.i hope i'll turn up again with another testimony..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi Robert, can i use other type of thermal paste for example Arctic Cooling MX-2, Tuniq TX-2, Gelid GC1 or Ocz Freeze in stead of Arctic Silver 5?

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to ZAM] Hi ZAM,

      how r u buddy?

      hope fine

      Arctic Cooling MX-2 is recommended if you don't want to use Arctic Silver 5.

      Thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I get 1 red ring of death and not 3. Does this guide help me in fixing this problem?

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to 1 RROD] Yes! As I mentioned earlier the guide recommended will help you to fix 1 rrod problem.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hmm, is this reliable? I have a 2 RROD, but I am afraid that messing with the motherboard might somehow cause me not being able to go online...

      360's are a pain... hopefully Microsoft can come up with a better Gaming Console next time they decide to remake a console like the Xbox... I still have my old Xbox and it lasts longer than the 360... sad...

      Anyway, how can I be sure this will or won't restrict me from being banned online? I guess there is only one way to find out... and that is to follow this guide... ^.^

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to Step] Its reliable and thousands of people had successfully over come there 1 red light, 2 red lights, 3 red lights errors.

      Fixing 2 RROD is not a problem if you follow james deans guide. I personally I had fixed more than couple of dozen xbox 360's with 2 RROD problem and was never restricted to go online.

      Give a chance to this guide and you will overcome 2rrod problem in 2 hours.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi Robert, are the guideline videos downloadable? all i got is just the manual. every time i need to refer the video, i need to be online. it's quite difficult for me.

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      robert25 lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to ZAM] Hey Zam, most of the video guides come with online streaming facility, same about james dean guide, this is basically to give user a HD quality videos and securing there interest as far as copyright is concern.

      Most people use downloaded videos for free distribution which violets the guide's policy. Because of that you will never find such a quality information on internet for free.

      I have very avg speed of internet, still I successfully watch videos without any blockage or distraction.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Okay dude, I got that but.....do I screw it down or what? Also I was told to use #8 washers because I couldn't find nylon washers. So I got 'em. Will wood screws work too?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Microsoft should buy one of these books... if they do u wouldn't need to wait 2 months... just 2 weeks maybe...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      so all i have to do is follow your instructions and my 3 rrod will go away?

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      [in reply to james] Yes! Most of the times readers had success doing this. Else you can go and buy a video guide.

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      [in reply to A Box] LOL. Actually Microsoft is busy in putting more and more money in their pocket. Purchasing a guide is completely up to you guys.

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      pat-pirate 7 years ago

      Hey, this is some good information.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thank you that was really helpful

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: how do you like james dean repair guide? were u able to fix ur Xbox? i want to know from someone who got the product.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: how do you like james dean repair guide? were u able to fix ur Xbox? i want to know from someone who got the product.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      after the repair, can you still play on xbox live?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      is this a permanent fix? also does this work on one red light and two red lights?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      can anyone tell me if this fixes the two red rings? or does the guide only fix the three red ring problem? please respond

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You know what else works?

      Taking out your hard drive, putting it back in.

      For me it solves Q4 (one light in the bottom right corner) and the RRoD

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh Really, this kind of thing will permanently damage your xbox 360. Guys, I will not recommend this to any one.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have had purchased this guide, the manual is good but I can't able to load videos fast. I have 64kbps internet connection. Do I need a higher internet connection speed?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Robert, i followed the guide completely, did everything advised, and solved the two red ring crisis on my 360 original (overheating)...kind of. About four days ago i replaced the thermal paste and everything, and since then it worked just fine, i was able to play it for hours. Today, it red ringed on me (two rings again) after playing for about an hour. I tried it again an hour later and now it show two red rings as soon as the power turns on. Do you have any advice?

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: See if you re apply the thermal paste then you can surly get rid of 2 and 3 red lights error. Also if you refer james dean guide there is an advanced and updated solution avail. which will fix red light error permanently.

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: 64kbps is to low still if you have patience you can let the video get uploaded.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I would prefer to go with a video guide rather. I will share my experience here about recommended guide.

      Thanks again.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks! Will work on it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks Robert, I had applied steps mentioned in James dean guide but its not identical to yours. Although videos are a must when it comes to any DIY activity.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a problem that i cannot seem to find an answer anywhere..all the red lights on my xbox 360 come on except the bottom right..does anyone know what that means or how to fix it?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I did this to my box and it worked great. I am getting the same error again after about 100 hours of use. I am assuming I will be able to apply the thermal paste and it will work again........

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i just have the bottom right corner light on, what does this mean?

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Jess,

      Its 3 red light error this occurs due to overheating. You can apply thermal compound to cool it down. Please refer my tuto completely, I had mentioned exact method in detail over there.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @robert25 lm: Taking out your hard drive does NOT damage the 360, I have two and I swap them over all the time for different saves, no idea if it helps the RRoD but it does not damage the 360 otherwise why would they put an external one?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What if the all for lights are on ( the whole circle). What would be the cause of that?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot, this method works for sure.

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      robert25 lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Joe, This is treated as red ring of death, there are two major cause of it.

      One, because of loose AV cable or dead AV cable. If its so, then you have to just change AV cable and try if its work.

      Second, this one is quite serious. This may be because some serious hardware failure and overheating. The technique mentioned in this guide works 90%. So I will advice you to follow this guide

      Best luck! And come back if you have any questions.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was very skeptical about this guide still my son was forcing me so I had purchased this guide. Purchase procedure was very smooth. We have two options to pay one is credit card and other is paypal. I preferred credit card. After filling out credit card details and submitting the form you instantly get a downloading page also you get login details in your mail box.

      Now the Important thing, james had changed the method to get permeant rid of ring of death. At members area we get detail video tutorial which will definitely save your tons of money if you send it to MS.

      I will recommend this guide to any one who is willing to pay some money to get permeant fix of red ring of death problem. And at $29 its just a steal...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi, i really need my xbox fixed fast but i don't have any money. I have the 3 lights and i don't no what to do, please can someone just send me the instructions im really desperate.

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      thechociceman 7 years ago

      Hie,Robert pliz i have searched everywhere for information on how to fix rrod on an HDMI xbox 360,is this fixable or i should just throw my consle in the bin,pliz help.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Do the same thing

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      pyngthyngs 7 years ago

      I don't have an XBox 360, but I can see how valuable this lens could be to a user. The overheating and resulting red rings sounds very frustrating.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Last night I was having party at my home, all my friends and myself was busy playing on xbox 360 console suddenly the console got closed and we were able to see 3 red light blinking on the power button. We all was shocked seen this and no one among us was known to this problem.

      One of my friend suggest me to search a solution on internet. Soon after a short research I cam across your site. After getting the whole information we thought of to take a decision to buy James dean guide. Though some of my friends were skeptical about this guide but after reading the comments we were pretty sure that itâs a real deal!

      At members area there are special set of guides addressing each problem. I chose 3 red light fix guide. The instructions and videos were very easy to follow. And I bet no one can find similar videos on net.

      Only one suggestion to guys who are reading this, If you are serious about repairing your xbox 360 on your own, do your self favor and buy james deans xbox 360 repair guide.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: that is somting wrong with your a/v cable, buy a new one or push the cable in further

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: exactly

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: that means that you r xbox is not properly connected, check the cables and wires.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @robert25 lm: Help me! My xBox is making a really low pitched voice and it wont help and yet again like everyone else, its got the 3 red rings.....I think it is so tremendously gay that i am thinking of buying a PS3 instead. If you get this and reply, please give me hints of this "Awesome" James dean method...... I think microsoft is being retarded for not even atempting to help. They are cheap....

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      what kind of actic silver thermal compound like is it clear or silver because mine is silver?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @robert25 lm: Err.. no it doesn't. Hard drives are removable and purchasable. You can buy others to upgrade! Of course provided you do it when your console is off. The RRoD is a hardware error which is sometimes caused by your hardrive not being connected properly so YES this CAN sort out an RRoD! It will only damage your xbox if you do it when your console is on and using the hard drive! Your hardrive could just not be put on properly, taking it off and putting it back on correctly can solve and RRoD if that was the hardware with the issue! Get your facts right.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: An RRoD means that there isa hardware error. The hardrive counts as a piece of hardware. If there is an issue with your hardrive, removing it and replacing it correctly, or getting a new hardrive can solve this error. But not always, sometimes the internal hardware can fail. But you can also get an RRoD from having something plugged in to the USB ports and removing them will usually fix it. Its definatley worth a try before sending to microsoft. Unless of course, you have an arcade... as opening the xbox will void you warantee and you have a 3 year warantee against RRoD and 1 year against other errors!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: RRoD is a hardware error. The hardrive is a piece of hardware, so if it is not fitted to you console correctly/comes loose, it can cause an RRoD. So yes, it can help/fix an RRoD if that is the piece of hardware with the issue. But sometimes the motherboard bends or another piece of hardware internally can malfunction, but its always worth a shot to try your hardrive before sending your console back to Microsoft or attempting to fix it yourself.

      Remember, you get a standard 1 year warantee with your console AND 3 years warantee against your console red ringing. So if you've had your console for 2 years and it red rings, you can send it to microsoft, free of charge and they will repair/replace, you can keep your hardrive. Opening your console up will void this warantee.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Really? I dunno where you're from, but here, Microsoft pay the postage for you to send your console back to them, meaning it wouldn't cost you a penny. Provided it was still under the 3 year warantee. Opening your console has voided your warantee now.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Sometimes it can just be something plugged in to your console, your power block overheating, or your hardrive coming loose, so sometimes, it is mendable. You have a 3 year warantee against RRoD and opening your console will void the warantee and Microsoft will no longer repair it for free.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @thechociceman: Try removing your hard drive and replacing it, unless you have an arcade version. If this does not fix it, and you have had your console for less than three years, you still have cover over RRoD and as long as you have no opened your console, Microsoft will sort it out, free of charge. I hope this helps.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: If you've had your console for less than 3 years, you can sed it to microsoft for free. I don't know about where you may be, but here, they even pay the postage. Opening your console will void that warantee.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i was playing COD mw2 and got two red ring. what can i do i don't have any money

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi my bother was playin mw2 all of the sudden, it couldn't read the disc, we found scraches of rings in the disc, plz help fix this problem!!!! this is are 3rd copy of mw2 and went threw our 2nd xbox plz help

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Crazy Ray 2 red rings is just overheating

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: If its red then its a SERIOUS hardware failure 3 red rings is just a general hardware failure 2 red rings is overheating

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: That is arctic clean it is a cleaner that is safe for electronics

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: connection between gpu and scaler chip (hanna or anna) this guide should help you fix do as directed then if that does not solve tighten the two screws on the gpu that are on the fan side (back of xbox) tighter than the two closer to the front.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: ur system has been over heating, check if the fan is working well

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I don't have a 360 so i don't get these problems.

      If microsoft still make new versions of the 360 console, shouldn't they have sorted this program by now? Even the newest version seems to have these errors....

      Just proves Microsoft don't care about consumers, they just care about sales figures!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A couple of days ago, I was playing Halo 3, when the next day, I randomly found the 3 flashing lights. Why did this suddenly happen to me? (Btw, I've had my Xbox for 4-5 years, and the warranty doesn't apply.)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Is there any way to fix the three ring RRoD with out taking the Xbox 360 apart?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Same problem man, had it for four years and it just crashes the other day!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @robert25 lm: please tell people about the power cord... I fixed my ring of death by reconnecting the power cords. this may save some from having to go to all the trouble. it worked for me. tks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi John,

      You don't have any other option rather than opening it. If you are confused about the process the refer videos to get clear idea.

      Its always a wise decision to take help of pro guy. And James Dean is NO. 1 when it comes to xbox repair.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Robert, I had visited this site a month back and till yesterday I was trying to fix the xbox 360 rrod problem on my own , no need to say it was waste of time. Atlast as per your guideline I have purchased james dean repair guide and was able to repair my xbox in 1 hour.

      Thanks, you rock buddy you rock!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is awful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: What JUST happened to me. Was playing Oblivion this morning and then the ring of death this evening... I've had my Xbox for 3 years.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: it sounds like you have your xbox sitting vertically. the problem is, if you play a disc while the xbox is positioned vertically and the xbox gets bumped even slightly, the laser inside messes up and etches a ring around your disc, rendering the dis unusable. from now on, use your xbox lying flat on the ground. this is why i hate microsoft, they are the only company i can think of that would be aware of the fact that this would be a problem and still, to this day, have commercials of people using the xbox vertically.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      go to this website for better guide

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: it can be there are many causes;

      hardware( Motherdrive ect... )

      External ( Hard drive, Cables, fuse 4 plug )

      Over heating

      that's it i think

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      da best advice is DON'T buy stupid xbox360

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: i had the same probley how did u thiks it ??

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have fixed the 3 Ring issue, however, now when i load a game, it won't load completely. I have to shut my xbox down and start it back up again. The dashboard works fine, just loading games.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey I agree with you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey, I didn't get to watch the videos so I don't know if you (or any of the posts) suggested this. After the reassemble, power on the system and let it sit for 10-20 min. to allow the bond to heat and set. The 3 red lights will be on, but you know it's done when one turns to yellow. Also, I think using rubber washers instead of nylon would be better. My dad designs and builds motherboards/processors and he suggests that the rubber has more give and is more forgiving on the board when screwed down tight. Nylon is a little more rigid so some sasquatch with a screwdriver could still crack/warp the board. Just a thought...that's what I used, although it wouldn't be a notable difference. Thanks for the article!

      -Paz!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Despite what the lazy, know-it-all teenagers say (and it was suggested to me), never, NEVER, ever, ever, ever, wrap it in towels and overheat it. This is the most retarded, uneducated, and apathetic attempt at a "fix". It can fry your system and it will be rendered irrepairable. Basically what you have to do is go in and fix Microsloth's design flaw. Your system will be better for it. So, no, there is no other way...you have to open it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was Playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2 when i turned it off and tried to turn it back on i got 3 red rings and i left it alone for like 24 hours and it still has the red rings of death what should I do?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: i had the three rings on nd solved it by removing the hard drive then switching the console back on then reconnecting the hard drive

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      do you have to use arctic silver or can you use any thermal paste

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Death Rings Suck! Good lens to beat them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Try unplugging the replugging in your DVD drive. you probably didn't put it all the way in.

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      journey103 6 years ago from USA

      My nephew has been upset over this ring of death isue for awhile and I am going to email him a link to this page right away! Thanks for good info!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Do you do the same thing if there are no red rings, the video freezes, and there is one green ring when the controller connects initially? Is this similar to the 3 ring (general hardware failure) death?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: must be a ps3 player, so complex minded

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I got the RROD in my console after I uploaded the latest patch... will this procedure fix my case? Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i threw my xbox out my bedroom window and it smashed into pieces on the concrete below and now it won't work, what do i do?

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      pcgamehardware 6 years ago

      Great lens, My Xbox 360 doesn't have the rrod yet, but if it does, I know what I'll do.

      Thanks for sharing.

      A Like, A Share And a Lens roll with my Kinect Xbox 360 Games lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow great info dude i have been looking and looking for this thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: one green ring is normal. if it freezes, that means you are about to get the red ring

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was wondering what do i use to clean the CPU & GPU

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Any works. Arctic silver is considered the best.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Same for me. Bought mine at the end of 2005. Got RROD earlier today. I don't know why. My sis was probably playing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The clear one is the cleaner. Arctic silver is silver/gray.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Im not sure this deserves an answer... Maybe anger management or something. As far as your 360? You're screwed

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WOW! thanks a lot buddy!! u are my hero man.. u did a good job taking me through the whole process step by step.. haha! i was like looking at this page while unscrewing my xbox.. so yeah.. thanks a LOT!!!! :)) i wish i was able to pay u for ur efforts but i can't so...yeah.. Peace Out bro :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: At least Sony is fighting against hackers unlike MS lol.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: buy a new one!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have a 360 and i don't trust myself on fixing it so if you could do me a favor and call me at 616 824 7747 i would be appreciated. maybe we can set something up for you to come fix my xbox for a little bit of money thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very easy with the videos... I was nervous but the videos definitely made me more comfortable with the whole process.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What do i use to clean off the thermal compound?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Do I have to use Arctic Silver 5 or can I use another brand of thermal compound?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: same here with black ops

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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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      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: 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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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      really cool lens ... the pics help a lot

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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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      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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      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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      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

      Does the RRoD happen to the newest Xbox 360?

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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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      @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

      @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

      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

      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

      @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

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

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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

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What size are the nylon washers.

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      kayelex 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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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      anonymous 5 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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      grifith 5 years ago

      Thanks for the help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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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      Performancecars 5 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 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yes it has to be arctic silver

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      I really love it!!!!

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      anonymous 5 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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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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

      inbox my youtube channel

      x5m1thx

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      anonymous 5 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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      neotony 5 years ago

      Difficult stuff explained simply. Thanks for that!

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      anonymous 5 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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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 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 5 years ago

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

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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: 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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      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

      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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      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

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

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      bigticketbargains 5 years ago

      Great lens

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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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      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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      seosmm 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      toldyaso lm 5 years ago

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

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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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      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

      @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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      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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      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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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great! Thanks for detailed instructions:)

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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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      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

      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 have 1 rrod in the botom right corner

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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

      What is e 73

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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

      mines a limited edition three Xbox and it lasted 1 week

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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: 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

      @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: 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

      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

      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

      @anonymous: me too!!

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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

      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

      @anonymous: yea

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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

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

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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

      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

      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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 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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      Belinea 96 23 months 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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      Rob 21 months ago

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

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