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How to fix your red ring of death

So, in an earlier post I stated my Xbox 360 had a “Red Ring of Death.” As I posted and worried in many forums, Destructoid, hell, even the official Xbox forums. Choices were coming down to ending up selling it off used @ $150 and using the money to get a new Core system, then mention of the towel trick came up. I remember a while ago reading about someone thinking about using the Towel Trick, a great user on DToid named Grim. At this point, I was willing to try anything (it had only been a day without my 360, and already I was getting the shakes) I get home from work (5:20am or so, I instantly grab some towels, as per the good “FAQ” I read on the subject of the towel trick [source] I did the directions perfectly, so here I shall share with you all. Before starting, take out your hard drive, and controllers, have a nice surface where you can put your 360 down on.
1- Put one towel down, put the 360 on top, add another towel on top, cover all sides/backs/etc. This is key, you have to have that Xbox covered. When you can’t see it, finger around to find the power button and turn it on. Wait 10-15 minutes. I started at 5:22am, and then started to do **** on the computer to kill time.
2- Then I got so into other stuff, I ended up turning the system off at 5:37am, so I did the full 15 minutes, no biggie. Now it was..
3- Cool down time. I waited 15 minutes before turning back on the system as recommended.
Turned back on, I got a chubby when all I seen was green lights. I turned off the system to put back in the hard drive and throw in a game.

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Bought a 360 arcade in December and it wont read alot of new games. We think it is burning the disk instead of reading them. It also was showing a red ring of death two weeks after our purchase. We bought the 2 yr service plan also. What do yo suggest? thanks Toni


Because the Xbox is new (less that a year old) Microsoft will repair this problem for free whether the red ring has 1,2 or 3 flashing red lights.

You will also need to tell them about the laser not reading properly.

They will no doubt send you a replacement Xbox as they are well aware of these issues and have even extended their warranty to 3 years with the 3 light red ring of death.

You may however have to wait something in the region of 6 weeks for the Xbox to be returned.

If you need anymore advice please post back.


Jul 19, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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red ring on console

As you didn’t state how many red lights are on your Xbox i will post all the Red ring of death errors.
All sections red (4 Red Lights) = Could not detect the AV cable. Check all of the cables at the back of the console.
3 Red lights (Sections 1, 3, 4) = General hardware failure. Contact Microsoft Support.
2 Red lights (Sections 1, 3) = Overheating. Make sure that your console is in a well-ventilated area with a good air flow and try again.
1 red light (Section 4)= Hardware failure. This is usually combined with an error code on screen. Contact Xbox support.

Nov 17, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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power button on my xbox 360 flashes red and wont play

That's a Red Ring of Death here's more info http://forum.teamxbox.com/showthread.php?t=472553

Sep 25, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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three red lights on start up button xbox360

i think the three red light are over heating problems, if your console is un opened i think Microsoft are fixing them for free or you could find a repair shop and they could do the xclamp fix but Microsoft is the best bet.

hope this helps.

Aug 26, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox® 360 Core System Console

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I tried to fix it on my own I need help ASAP

i think u might be getting the red ring of death my xbox did the same thing and a month later i got red ring

Feb 27, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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