I have the same problem they say to turn it off for the rest of the day let it cool down for like 5 hours and it will be fine the next day make sure it is not closed in and has air coming into the consol and you sould be fine
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DO NOT OPEN THE CONSOLE!!!!!!!! Microsoft will fix it for free!
Alright, the one red light means it has a "Hardware Failure".
Since its 1 Red light it is known as the "e74 Error" Which lucky for you Microsoft will fix for free.
The 2 Red lights mean Your Xbox 360 is overheating.
Microsoft will fix
it for free with free shipping. Takes about 2 weeks. There is videos and different
ways to fix it online but it will happen again with those half baked solutions and also with this Microsoft adds alot more time to your warranty.
you probably did something to where you messed up your xbox motherboard, making it (after less then a minute of power) get short circuited and power fails. i would recommend getting it repaired by microsoft if you have a warranty.
Two flashing red lights means it has overheated. Maybee it does have alot of ventilation but the dust may have ecumulated to an amount that can not escape the system case. Clean it really well with a can of compressed air and make sure fan is running in the back. Some fans fail but continue to spin so if it looks to slow it probably is. You can watch you tubes tutorials about opening and cleaning your console. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
It's not your fans that's causing the problem. It's the XBOX itself. The Xboxes generally overheat and this has been a big problem for Microsoft. Alot of companies are actually reflowing these system, reheating the solder under the chips allowing them to connect back down to the points on the board.
You will need your system reflowed. Contact a repair shop.
What you are experiencing for both of your box's is very common.
The first box that displays the e74 error code has a hardware malfunction. What that most likely means is the motherboard is losing contact with some of its components due to bad solder joints.
Their are a few remedys for this.
The easiest and the most dangerous(for the xbox) is to put a few towels wrapped around the xbox to completly seal in the hot air as it is running. Let the xbox run for roughly 5 minutes with the towels on it and then shut it off and let it cool for roughly 10 minutes. After it is cool you can turn it back on and maybe just maybe it will work for you. The reason this works is because it heats the xbox up enough to reflow the solder and make the broken connections melt back together. This is really only a temporary fix and over time you will need to heat it up more frequently and for longer periods of time. I've done this to two xbox's and both of them towel tricked' for years before the completly died.
The second way to fix your xbox is to just send it to Microshaft and let them handle it. If its under warranty this is your best bet. The new xbox's have a different motherboard that almost eliminates the problems with the former xboxs.
The final way is the do-it-yourself way that will fix it permenantly. I won't go into a step by step list of how to do it because all you have to do is search youtube.com for xbox 360 fix. It will bring up a whole slew of videos on how to fix the faulty motherboard.
What you will be doing is using different bolts to clamp down the heatsink and another item connected to the motherboard. You will also be applying fresh thermopaste to the connects to get a better connection. This is a short short answer of what you will do.
On to your second xbox.....
Your overheating the xbox 360 when the two red lights come on. I can't remember if its the left two lights that illuminate(I believe it is) or the right two but if the two vertical red lights come on after some gameplay it means your getting it to hot.
Some remedies for this are the intercooler sold for the xbox360.
I like to put a few books on the corner of my 360 to prop it up(xbox is in the horizontal position) to let air circulate underneath it.
I also cut a 1.5 inch by 3 inch hole above the power button. This will involve opening the xbox, and removing the case to cut but once done you wouldn't believe the amount of air flow you get through this hole.
Well I've tried to give you the best answer I possibly can. I hope this helps. If it does help you could you find it in your heart to give me a good rating?
Two red lights mean your 360 is over exceeding the inside temperature. Your fan must not be working at all and your 360 is overheating tremendously. That is what I know about the 2 red lights. Im not sure what to tell you to fix this but to just call 18004myxbox.
2 red lights mean its getting overheated i noticed this was happening 2 mine whilst i was playing halo 3 so every 30 - 40 mins i saved and quited and placed a fan infront of the back pannel for about 5 - 10 mins this cooled it down and could be played for longer without thret of over heating
p.s saveing and quiting can be frustrating every 30 mins so do it after that level 30 mins through. :)