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I did the x clamp fix on my 360 now i have error code 0020

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    elies300 Feb 16, 2009

    i did the x clamp problem 5 times on my console and each time i still get the 3 red lights. i check for the error code and it was 4 lights, 4 lights, 2 lights, and 1 light = 0021 error code. i hope you have a solution to this.

    thanks.... in advance.

  • zexster May 11, 2010

    Try loosening the screws a little on the fix, did you nylon or rubber washers in the fix, if you just used metal on the bottm of the board, there is a good chance you have a short and cooked the board.



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Error code 0020 is currently unkown, however it is possibly overheating. and 0021 is caused by a timeout on the dvd drive or a GPU error, try re-heating the chips using a blow dryer on low heat for 10-15mins.

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Hi! i got those damn three red lights and get an error code 0020 what is wrong??? thank you :)

Unfortunately, the 0020 error means that the motherboard of the console is overheating and bending the board loses contact with the heat sink and GPU (graphics processor unit). If the unit is under warranty, contact Microsoft Xbox support. (The warranty for the 3 red light issues was extended to a 3-year warranty.)

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If you removed the heatsink studs and the x clamp then screw down
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The connections under the G.P.U. have to much gaping to be
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Your second option is to have the G.P.U. re flowed with
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The x-clamp mod repair last 1-3 months on average
and it will warp the board under the G.P.U. and
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