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RED Ring of death xclamp fixed but..

I fixed the xclamps now can't get my xbox to overheat, the 3 red lights turn on but it does not overheat. I dont feel any heat at all... What is wrong with it now?

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  • knighthorse8 Nov 22, 2008

    Well yeah its off it boots up but no power after the boot up for it heat up

  • knighthorse8 Nov 23, 2008

    my fans off i got the x-clamp fixed now i wanna turn it ON but it turns on for a sec. the three lights are blinking with with no power to the system so i will never get hot unless i fix something.. plzs help me


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The fan is not the problem it is the inside. I had a fix from my friend and i fixed his like this. First you make the fan run. Wrap toliet paper around the xbox ( this will make the heat not leave the xbox) let it run for 15 minutes or so or even more. Then take it off you should have put a good amount on there just saying. After you take it off let it run do not keep the inter cooler on if you have one but keep everything else on. The make the heat go back in the xbox the expands everything in the inside and it will work again I did and it worked.

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Do you have the fan in? If you do, take it out or put 2 screwdrivers through the back holes to stop the fans from spinning. IF you have the fans out and its still not overheating, just leave it on for a while until it does. It will overheat eventually.

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3 red lights -nothing else happening

Hi, first of all check if you have any warranty as this fault is covered by 3 years warranty from microsoft, so check the date on the back of the xbox, if its less than 3 years old go to their website and enter your details and they will send you out another xbox in place of yours.

if its more than 3 years old or if its been opened before then you have 2 options either pay someone to fix it or fix it yourself.

what 3 red lights are telling you is that you have the dreaded red ring of death, you get this due to the gpu and or the cpu chip over heating, now the most likely causes of this are as follows.
1 the aire ven has been blocked at one end of the xbox stopping cool air being sucked into the xbox, this air vent is the bottom part when you stand it up.
2 after prolonged use the xbox sucks in dust and this blocks the heat sinks and stops the cool air being sucked throught the heat sink and then the gpu chip over heats
3, over time the circuit board can warp causing loss of connection between teh gpu and or cpu chip.

now what has happened is one of the above has caused either the gpu chip and or cpu chip to over heat and this has then caused either bad connection between the gpu and or cpu and the heat sink, so getting the heat sink paste replaced may solve the problem, how ever most cases of rrod is due to the fact the 2 chips have over heated and the cheap lead free solder microsoft uses to bond their chips to the circuit board has failed causing a loss in connection between these chips and the circuit board.

check if you have warranty as this fault is covered
if you have no warranty then you need to either pay someone to reflow the solder or risk having a go yourself and making matters a lot worse, its not easy to do if its the 1st one you have ever done as getting it wrong is very easy, now if as soon as you switch it on you get the 3 red lights this means the chips need reflowing but if you switch it on and the fans run slow but then speed up to top speed then this indicates the the heat sink paste needs teaking off the gpu and cpu chips and also off the heat sinks and new paste putting on.

if you plan on doing this repair yourself use google and search for free rrod repair guide how ever dont ever try the towel trick it will only get it working for few hours then it will be beyond repair, or dont put it in the oven this will destroy most of board, the only way i have found you can do it yourself is by using a heat gun with 2 settings on it and you use the lowest settings, you will be shown this in the guide.

also search for this how to fix rrod using heat gun then hit search follow these instructions carefully getting it wrong will destroy your xbox, just taking it apart is a nightmare on its own so you have been warned, i can send you a repair guide if needed just send me your email address ok

now if your going to fix it yourself use google and type in how to fix rrod on xbox 360 then hit search and have a look at some of the sites, now the chances are the gpu chip will need reflowing now this can be done with a heat gun on its lowest setting, but getting this wrong can do more harm than good.

the best thing to try first is the xclamp fix, go and buy a xbox 360 repair kit off ebay make sure you get the heat sink paste with it, you can get these kits for next to nothing and if you find one with a repair guide then that will make it easier for you, without these parts you wont be able to fix the xbox anyway.

dont do the towel trick it dont work and it causes more harm to the circuit board so dont try that one.

just use google type in how to fix rrod on xbox 360 and look for a guide that shows you how to replace the x clamps with normal machine screws and renew the heat sink paste, its not hard to do and you will get a guide off google with pictures so im sure you can give it a go.

if how ever replacing the clamps dont solve the problem then use google again and type in how to fix rrod with heat gun on xbox 360 then hit search then look through the sites and look for a decent guide that shows you how to do this, dont use a hair dryer like some sites may suggest they just dont get hot enough to reflow the damaged solder under the gpu and cpu chip.

if you do use a heat gun make sure the circuit board is lying flat if its not you will do alot more harm than good so make sure its level.

i cant point you to these sites as its against site police but use google and you will find all you need and you should be able to get it sorted. if its less than 3 years old and you open it up then your warranty will be void and microsoft wont even look at it,

now i repair these for 20 quid plus parts so it comes to about 25 quid, but im in UK and the chances are your somewhere else in the world.

if you are unsure what your doing then please dont try repairing this yourself as you could do a lot more harm than good.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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Dec 12, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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When i try to turn my xbox on, the power button turns red with 3 out of the 4 quadrants, what is wrong with it?

Hi, you have got the red ring of death problem, if you google the following you will see exactly what im talking about:

how to fix rrod free guide

then hit search then that will list loads of sites that offer a guide on fixing this problem.

now the problem itself is to do with the fact that either the gpu chip or the cpu chip on the main circuit board has over heated, now if you have any warranty left i would take it back and get an exchange.

when microsoft made the xbox they used some cheap lead free solder and it is very brittle, and over time the solder cracks and you get the red ring of death, now their is an xclamp fix you can have done to solve the problem, but it wont be a long term fix, it may last a week it may last 3 or 4 months but in the end its going to fail again and be un-repairable,

i have done many xclamp fixes on 100s of xboxes and 8 out of 10 of the times it solves the problem and gets them working again, their is also a trick you can do using a towel but this is only a very short term fix, what you need to get done if you want it working again is get it taken apart and have the old heat sink paste removed and new paste put on the cpu and gpu chip then the heat sink needs replacing with the xclamp fix this will then get your xbox working.

i buy damaged xboxes all the time that have your problem and they are fixable but the fix may only work for a week or two so you need to bare this in mind if your going to have the work done, failing that you would need to get a new xbox.

let me know if you need further assistance ok

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Aug 31, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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2 and 3 red rings

The 2 red rings error is an overheat problem. Something you did when you attempted the previous repair has prevented the 360 from cooling properly. I suggest having a professional examine your machine.

Jan 21, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360™ Pro White Console

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Keep getting same thing over and over??

u r going 2 need 2 open it up take the xclamps off so u can get at the CPU and the GPU chips , u will need silicon gel 4 both chips , 1 red light is just the same as 3 red lights its due 2 over heating of both these chips, i had the same problom and after i put the gel on the chips it works fine now, go 2 u tube 4 a video on how 2 take the xclamps off.

Jan 13, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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How do you fix xbox 360 e 74 any assistants would be a lot of help

There are two ways to fix this error.

First Take it to a shop that is able to re-flow the G.P.U.
with out damaging the P.C. board. And then securely
clamp the heat sink down . Im not sure if Microsoft does this.

Second Take the unit apart , remove the G.P.U.s Xclamp
replace with nylon washers and 4 8-32-3/8 long screws
lightly and evenly torque all 4 screws. Place half the
fan over the large heat sink and turn the unit on.

affter 5 min the fan should be at full speed and in
anouther 3-5 min you should get two reds . Unplug
and reassemble . The unit should be working.

If you have any questions just comment and ill respond.


Oct 18, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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No picture on my xbox

the best thing to do is send it back if you have warrenty .if not have you heard of xclamp fix for the 3 red lights that works aswell try searching youtube and ebay for the xclamp bolts

Jul 07, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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My xbox has 3 red lights

if it is still under warranty send it to MS. if not, do the xclamp replacement trick you can check youtube for tutorial.

Jun 09, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox360 has 3 red lights

Its when the solder overheats and disconnects a wire in the xbox. If you have bought it within the last year, you can return or swap for new wherever you bought it. If not you will most likely have to send it off to xbox repairs.

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