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XBox 360 Sound but No Picture

This is a very frustrating problem and there are quite a few possible causes for this failure to happen with the Xbox. You can spend hours on the internet looking for an answer to this issue.

However, thankfully there is one very simple solution that is often overlooked when this problem occurs and I am writing this tip so that anyone who has this issue can check this out as first step in resolving the problem before moving on to anything else.

On the actual cable that connects to the XBox there is a little HD switch right on the side of the connector. If this little switch is in the HD position and your TV is non HD you will end up with sound and no picture!!!

Therefore please check this cable (see picture below for exact location of the switch) to ensure that it is in the position that is correct for your TV set.




If this does not resolve your problem please work through the following steps.

1) Reset the display resolution to its default settings. To do this;

  • Remove any discs from the disc tray.
  • Turn off the console.
  • Turn on the console.
    (If you are using an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, turn on the console by using the Xbox Guide button on the controller. Make sure that you use the player 1 controller when you do this.)
  • As the console starts, press and hold the Y button, and then pull the right trigger at the same time.
  • The Xbox will reset to default display settings and automatically restart the console.

2) If you still do not have a picture - disconnect the cable that is shown in the picture above and then also remove the power cord for a total of five seconds.


3) Reconnect the cables - make sure they are securely seated - turn on the console and see if you have a picture.

4) This problem is sometimes associated with faulty cables or damage to the connectors for the cables that are on the console itself. If there is no evident damage to the connector on the console - replace the cables.

These are the main steps you can take to troubleshoot the sound but no picture problem. If these fail then there is an internal component failure and your console will need to be returned for a service repair.

Please note: There are reports of people using a method known as the 'blanket' or 'towel method' whereby the console is wrapped in a cover and then it is forced to overheat in an effort to melt any solder in the circuit that may be causing a dry joint.

I strongly recommend against using this so called 'blanket method'.

This is due to the risks of fire hazard and the strong likelihood that you will end up causing even more damage to the components inside your console for something that is at best a temporary fix.

If your console continues to have display problems after working through this troubleshoot have the unit checked by an authorised technician.

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1 Red Ring = Serious Hardware Failure
I f your XBOX 360 has a 1 red flashing light error, you're more than likely in big trouble. The 1 flashing red ring of light can be due to GPU or CPU failure, RAM overheating, a DVD drive error, or some serious problem with your Xbox 360's internal components. The most common 1 flashing red ring lights error is the E74 error. The E74 error is no easy fix for the Xbox 360 and usually has to be repaired by the manufacturer [though some have managed to repair it with the heat gun trick - but be careful]

2 Red Rings = Overheating
Mostly all red flashing lights on the Xbox 360 rings are due to overheating in some way or other, but the 2 red rings singles out overheating as the main issue. When doing the X-Clamp fix the 2 red rings are required to fix the Xbox 360 by overheating the CPU. If you get this Xbox 360 error without doing the X-Clamp fix, you probably just need to let your Xbox 360 cool down for a few hours. Make sure that all vents aren't blocked off and that your Xbox fans are working properly in order to repair this problem.

3 Red Rings = Basic Hardware Failure
The most common error on the Xbox 360 is the 3 red rings - also known as the Red Rings of Death (RRoD). This flashing lights problem is the main cause of Xbox 360's 54.2% failure rate. The 3 red flashing lights can be due to lots of different errors but is mainly due to the X-Clamps in your Xbox 360 and overheating. Fortunately, lots of people were able to fix this issue using the X-Clamp and heat gun fix. Follow this list of error codes to find out the real issue with the 3 red rings because there are quite a few of them.

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This is a very frustrating problem and there are quite a few possible causes for this failure to happen with the Xbox. You can spend hours on the internet looking for an answer to this issue. However, thankfully there is one very simple solution that is often overlooked when this problem occurs and I am writing this tip so that anyone who has this issue can check this out as first step in resolving the problem before moving on to anything else. On the actual cable that connects to the XBox there is a little HD switch right on the side of the connector. If this little switch is in the HD position and your TV is non HD you will end up with sound and no picture!!! Therefore please check this cable (see picture below for exact location of the switch) to ensure that it is in the position that is correct for your TV set. If this does not resolve your problem please work through the following steps. 1) You should reset the resolution of the console to 640 x 480. See this link for a simple explanation on how to do this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/911059/ 2) If after this you still do not have a picture - disconnect the cable that is shown in the picture above and then also remove the power cord for a total of five seconds. 3) Reconnect the cables - turn on the console and see if you have a picture. These are the main steps you can take to troubleshoot the sound but no picture problem. If these fail then there is a component failure and your console will need to be returned for a service repair. Please note: There are reports of people using a method known as the 'blanket method' whereby the console is wrapped in a blanket and then it is forced to overheat in an effort to melt any solder in the circuit that may be causing a dry joint. I strongly recommend against using this so called 'blanket method'. This is due to the risks of fire hazard and the strong likelihood that you will end up causing even more damage to your console for something that is at best a temporary fix. If your console continues to have display problems after working through this troubleshoot have the unit checked by an authorised technician.

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Ok plug everything in and Reset the router and modem wait a few minutes and try again.
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The MTU(Maximum Transmission Unit) failure when testing the xbox's connection can be do to a few things because Xbox live requires a minimum MTU setting of 1364. Sharing a slower internet connection with other PC's in the house can cause this error, The incorrect MTU setting in your routers programming can cause this error, The lack of firmware updates to your router can cause this error, an older modem from your service provider can cause this. Old or worn network cables and jacks and or RG(coax) cables if you have cable internet could cause this. Your Router or gateway could be incompatible with Xbox live.

Try a direct connection to the Xbox without a router and reset your modem before doing it. If your able to connect then you know its the router. If not you know its the modem or cables or jacks or even your Xbox if you havent tested it elsewhere.
You can tell your ISP to mail you the newest updated modem... sometimes they will have a guy just drop one off.

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