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Two Red Lights On A Cool Xbox 360

Got home and when i turned on my xbox straight away it started making a relly loud whirring noise then just shut down and showed 2 lights. It was completely cool

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i have the same problem. the problem is the x-clamps. the x-clamp are these stupid x shaped clamps that keep the heatsink touching the CPU and GPU, over time they weaken and the heatsinks lose there connection. 
you need to look up the x-clamp repair kit. all it does is replace the x-clamps with screws and washers (no need for drilling the holes are already there) anyway it a simple process and anybody can do it and it'll save you money, it's only about £3.
in most kits you also get thermal paste, all you do is scrap the old thermal paste off the CPU/GPU with a cotton bud or q-tip and put a little bit of the new stuff on. the kit has about a 90% success rate and fixes your problem and the red ring of death problem some people get.
look it up on you tube theres loads of instruction videos on it
also make sure you get a kit that does NOT have nylon washers because these just get squashed or melt. 
just type "x-clamp repair" into e-bay to find a kit
you can also find the screws and washers in hardware shops, but your better off getting the kit to make sure they are the right size plus you get  a sachet of thermal paste with it, othwise your would have to pay about £10 to get can of the stuff. 
i'm getting my kit in a few days
DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU STILL HAVE YOUR WARRENTY
if you still have your warrenty call microsoft (number is in the instruction book) lie and tell them you got 3 red lights and they'll repair it for free, if you tell the truth they'll make you pay so it's your choice. they never check it anyway. they just replace the parts and send it back to you.
hope this helped

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