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My xbox has 3 red lights flashing

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That would be the infamous Red Ring of Death. It means that something inside your xbox has broken (most likely a piece off of the motherboard) needs to be replaced. If you bought your xbox within the past 3 years, it should still be under warranty. If you are unsure, you can call 1-800-4-MY-XBOX (1-800-469-9269) and the can guide you on the way to figuring out whether or not you are under warranty. You can also go to and find the support page after putting in your gamertag. They will send you a box and you can ship back to them for free. After a couple of weeks, they will ship a new one (most likely new). For more information, follow the link at the bottom and click on ' Repair Your Console ' on the bottom left. Sorry about your inconvenience.

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