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Xbox 360 3red light problem oo2o

Dont really want to put towels around it in csea i melt other parts

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  • gamcharles5 Dec 27, 2008

    my xbox keeps cutting off 2 red lights on the left side soon after no power



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I had the same problem just a week ago. It's a simple fix but you need to open the xbox case, remove the two X-clamps and replace them with 8 bolts (M5 machine bolts, length exactly 10mm long or else you would have to cut it to size . You really dont need any washers as long as the bolts are the right size. After you've done that you have to reset the xbox by overheating it for like 20 mins then shut-it for another 20 mins. I just used a hair dryer and heated the vents in the back vents holes with the unit plugged in. The problem seems to be that the X-clamps loose their clamping force and the two heatsinks get looser and looser from all the flexing of the motherboard created from the heat.

Enjoy and merry x-mas!!!

Posted on Dec 25, 2008


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you got the ring of death.. either send it in, or get a towel wet.. ring it out till its just damp, and wrap it around your xbox to cover all but the front and back..this melts the saughter back together.. leave it on over night and it should go away.. it worked for me.. it takes a while but worth it.. after the red goes away you must leave your xbox on..

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i have torn up many xbox consoles
i am now currently on my newest and 5th xbox 360
(its a slim and its FANTASTIC)

microsoft screwed up in the begining by making xboxs with a certain type of sauder and other metals making it (over time) vaunerable to heat. the red ring oof death is an overheating issue.

also if you take apart your xbox if you dont put the screws back in perfect your xbox will have continue to show red ring of death.

my friend, as a fellow xbox client i suggest you get $200 and go buy the new 360.

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My xbox has one red light and the code E94 shows

this means that your scaler chip on your 360 is damaged, or you over heated it. try doing the towel trick, which is wrapping a towel around your xbox and over heating it, thus melting the scaler chip down to your motherboard, or turn it in for repair if you don't want to do that. i recommend personal repair.

Dec 14, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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E74 on my xbox with one red light

your scaler chip on the xbox has gone out. i would recommend sending it in for repair, or you can just do the towel trick, leaving it on for a hour or so with a towel rapped around it and see if that works. i really would not do that and recommend sending it in, but it's not my xbox. your choice.

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My xbox 360 elite has the e 74 1 red light problem, is there a fix ?

this problem is mostly with elites. your scaler chip is damaged. now you can wrap a towel around your xbox and overheat it, making your scalerchip stick to your motherboard, but you would have future problems. i would recommend getting it repaired by a warranty if you have one. if you dont, i would do the towel trick.

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There is three red rings on my xbox360 what should i do

Yes, we agree, the towel method is the worst thing you can try.
It is such a completely ridiculous idea, it will only cause more damage than good!!

With that said, we are able to repair any issues with the XBOX 360 console (and any other console for that matter), in a quick and affordable manner. Currently our turn around time is 2 days or less.

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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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I just fixed my Xbox360 3 RROD error by removing the heat sinks and reflowing the solder on both the CPU and GPU by using a heat gun and aluminum foil.

1. Remove the XClips and heatsinks.
2. Get some foil and press it around the GPU and CPU chips. This is to protect other SMT devices from getting blown away when the solder melts. I covered about half the PCB surrounding the chips.
3. Cut out a square hole for the chip you are working on, I used my fingernail. Give about an 1/16 inch gap all around the chip for heat to get under the chip but not on the caps etc on the PC board.
4. Run the heat gun all around the edges of the chip, trying not to overheat the silicon chip itself or the caps and resistors on the chip.
5. While heating the chip, I used a thin piece of solder near the chip to guage when it was hot enough to flow the solder (dont let this piece get onto anything when it melts) move all around the edges, aiming at a 45 degree angle into the chip.
6. Clean off the old heat sink compound off of the chips and heatsink and replace.
7. Reassemble the heatsinks, put the XClips back on (no I did not modify anything).
8, To do a quick test, plug in the power switch PCB, the fans, video and power. See if it works, shut it off as soon as you get the spinning green lights (it will overheat quickly without proper cooling giving the two vertical red light error).

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will be a hardware error
will have to contact microsoft there is a temperory fix for this problem. what you need is two towels just normal bathroom towels take everything out of your xbox e.g
harddrive,controlers etc only things to leave in is the av cable and power supply as you wanna turn
on the xbox lie a towel flat on the ground and lie the xbox on its side ontop of the towel turn the
xbox on, you will see the error message and the red lights flash. wrap the towel around your xbox
covering the air vents and then the 2nd towel put over the top. leave it on in the towels for about
20 mins then after that take all the towels off turn off the console and leave to cool down for 15
mins. turn the xbox on and it should restart again fine but only lasts for a couple of days then you
have to do it again. wont fix it but will let u play while microsoft gets it.

hope this helps please rate me

regards Grant

Nov 22, 2007 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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3 flashing red light on console

uh well u got the three red lights of death it sounds like... and i also had those. while im no expert on this stuff, iv seen that u can put ur 360 sideways on a table, wrap it in towels(and i mean like 2 towels, wrap it up completely) and turn it on and leave it on for about 10-15 mins. just make sure a fire doesnt start in those 10-15 mins(believe me you dont want to call the fire company and tell them u started a fire wrapping ur game console in towels), ok then after u done waitin turn it off, unwrap it, and let it sit until it is cool, and try turning it on. it might work, its supposed to work because those three red lights mean that theres a malfunction in the 360 itself, such as wires or sumthin, and extreme heat may melt the wires and fix the problem, how i dont know but theres so many stories of ppl who have pulled it off

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