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Red lights i get 3 red lights flash on my xbox then it turns off it happens after its been on for a long time. my friend said hes left his on for days and it hasnt happened to him. i only bought it about 2 -3 wks ago

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Hi benlo22,
Not good news unfortunately. That red light/s that comes on is also known as "the ring of death".
there is only one way i know of correcting this situation.
as weird as it sounds
you need to overheat the xbox 360 in order to get it working correctly again. i know this as i have one myself and been in the same situation.
you need to switch the console on then wrap a towel around it and leave it for approx 30mins.
this should return it to its correct working order.

Hope this has helped :)

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You shouldn't do that. MTBF, mean time between failures. It controls how long your 360 lives. it might be auto off, the box gets too hot, or it just doesn't like you.

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Your Xbox has overheated, this has happened because of dust clogging up in the fan of your xbox. This cannot be fixed and you may need to get a new xbox. Thanks

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If you have the 3 rings of Death (3 Flashing Red Lights) on your xbox 360 console, all you need to do is to contact Xbox Support and report this issue with them. The Console has a 3 year warranty for the 3 flashing red lights. Just make sure you did the following first:

1. Power Cycle your Console (Turn it off, unplug the power adapter from the wall outlet, wait for 30 seconds, turn it back on)**This is the best solution and it usually works!!

2. If still persist, Turn it off, remove any accessories connected to it (Hard Drive, Controllers, etc.) turn it back on without those accessories. **These accessories sometimes causes the problem.

3. If removing these accessories removed the 3 flashing lights, attach the accessories one at a time, every time turning it off and attaching one and turning it back on checking each time if the red lights (any lights) appeared. It will tell you what is causing the error.

4. If all else fails, again CONTACT XBOX TECH SUPPORT on their Toll free number. Make sure that you tell the tech that you have done those things above so they can create a report for the issue. They love the 3 flashing red lights issue. I should know, I am formerly one of them. :)

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