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My console blacks out after 20minutes.2 red lights flash have to unplug let cool down. works again for 20 minutes then does same thing. nothing blocking air flow. have tryed a cooler attachment does same thing.

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I put a intercooler and it worked great... i don't know whats wrong with yours? if all the lights are flashing then it overheated

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My xbox 360 is acting weird, I don't know if it the ring of death or what, the problem is that it works if i let it cool down for 4-6h and then it works great for i don't know, maybe 2h. there's no error...

Good guess on letting it cool. A single red light is an overheating problem. If your still under warrenty you can send it off to microsoft to fix. If not then you can try a couple of things to keep it cool.

1: Buy a small fan and point it at your xbox. Airflow is important, moving air is cooler and air that is standing still.
2: Buy an intercooler for your x-box. This costs between 20 and 30 USD ($).
3: Do both.

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change your thermal pads as well. then overheat your xbox by wrapping it in towels and leaving it for about 20 minutes. let it completely cool and then turn it on again. this should reset the overheat sensor that keeps your xbox from booting

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My xbox has 2 red lights it keeps overheating but the heat sinks dnt get hot

Wrap it in a couple of towels and let it run, 10-15 minutes, it will overheat and shut down and the three red lights will be flashing, then turn it off, let it cool, 15-30 minutes, turn it back on and bam, it should work, granted its not a permanent thing but it will work from a week-month, from then on the red ring of death will appear when it shuts down instead of the 2 lights, and you can either fix it yourself, do the towel trick again, or just send it to Microsoft if the warranty is still intact. trust me it works.

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2 Red Lights Are One Thing, And One Thing Only…
Over Heating. Let your console cool down, and try it again in a few minutes. If it continues, you may have a cooling issue and you may need service.

You may want to move your console to a location that gets more freeflowing air, or aim a small fan at it.

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Help.. My xbox has 3 reds lights

This is a common problem from the Xbox 360.

The only way to fix this problem is to call Microsoft or email them. Its something to do with the hardware failure. Its over heated. Their is one way to fix it but temporary.
Its called the towel trick.

First, Unplug your xbox.
Then wrap it around with Heavy towels dont expose anything on the xbox 360. Cover everything.
Then plug in the xbox 360 while the towels are around it. After you do all that you wait 15 minutes. Then unwrap the towel from the xbox 360. It should be very hot. Let it cool down for 2 minutes then plug everything in and it should work.
But I hope this helps you.

Good luck!

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You might have a faulty wire, this simply means check that all wires are in properly in the back of 360! If this still happens you can send it into a gaming shop and get it fixed for just £50. DIGMAN

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Ok so here is your problem, you are getting the 3 red lights due to a system/ hardware malfunction, possibly due to the spacers located next to the Xclamp on the inside of your board. If you dont want to open your console, try this.

1. Unplug your Audio/Video Cables from the xbox as well as you Hardrive.
2.Keep your Power cable in.
3.Wrap your broken 360 in 2 towels, so that it is completely covered and no air can escape.
4. Keep like that for 20 minutes.
5. The Xbox should be very hot at the end of the 20 minutes
6. Remove the towels and let cool for 15 minutes.
7. Plug everything back on and power up.

=) should work, but only temporary.
If you want a perma fix just message me.

Hope this helps,
Christian D.

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  • Let your Xbox 360 console cool.
    You may have to wait several hours for the console to cool enough. Do not turn on the console when it is still hot.
  • Make sure you can hear the fan running, also make sure you are not blocking the console from getting enough ventilation.
  • Do not lay your console on heavy carpet or in a confined book case or shelf
  • If you CPU is overheating you could replace the thermal compound. See the manual before you attempt this. The compound can be purchased at any radio Shack or electronic store.
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