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My xbox flashed a red light, and the screen goes black

This problem first occured 2 weeks ago, then everything was fine, but today it happened twice, it did this whilst i was playing a game.. what the hell is going on?

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  • t-bizz Dec 16, 2007

    Everytime I turn on my xbox 360, 1 flashing red light comes on and a screen pops up with E-74 shown...What does that mean and how can I fix it?

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    yo man im looking for an easy way to fix the 1 red light flash on the lower right hand side of the quadrant. i don't want to send it in for repairs cause that takes way too long and is way too expensive. i took off the accessories as well and it still flashes

  • bobo77 Dec 27, 2007

    yea so this just started happening on Christmas day, Turned xbox on and the screen had blue lines going through it, restarted it and now i keep getting one red light and E74, what can i do to fix my xbox?

  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    my xbox 360 is fleshing a red light

  • dexniclau Sep 26, 2008

    my xbox 360 fleshed a red light and that was it the tv went blank

  • AMWthesnake Oct 15, 2008

    Help i have 3 red lights and nothing is showing on my screen not even the E-watever i think it has to do with my video,and audio wires.

  • Anonymous Oct 16, 2008

    i play on my game and the screen goes black and the ring goes red can anyone help

  • ricky1234567 Nov 06, 2008

    my xbox has one red flashing light and i dont know what to do every time i play a game our a arcad game it still dose it dos any one know what to do plz tell me ty

  • I Freddy I Dec 27, 2008

    my xbox worked fine until about a week ago, and now i start up the box and i get sound on reguler cables but no picture, when i use the hd cables i get nothing, i already tried it on 2 tvs, i dont understand wtf is the matter with microsoft and their **** always breaking

  • mattylb1 Dec 29, 2008

    my does the sam e thing but apparantly every quarter the red take it mean somthing differant

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    i turn on my xbox 360 then 3 red lights come up it was fine when i played a couple of days and i sent it to microsoft 4 weeks ago and its still broke

  • fester967 Feb 14, 2009

    Single red light in bottom right hand corner has come on and the tv screen says xbox error contact microsoft

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  • jt yoyoyoyo May 11, 2010

    how do you fix an xbox360 when it turns off bye its self



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I went with the eraser fix and it worked like a charm. Can anybody explain why using erasers changes things and makes the 360 work without the 3 red lights flashing? Just Curious!

Posted on Jun 05, 2007

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I have fixed about 400 xbox 360's to date  various things Sound but no picture, 3 Rings of death, E74 one red light in bottem right of circle 
The problem lies under the heat sinks ( Crappy Chips ) 
the 360 heats up so much it flex's the motherboard thus Desoldering itself :| 
I have fixed using various ways 
NEVER EVER EVER DO THE TOWEL TRICK this heats up stuff that dont need to be heated and also is only a temp fix if you get more then a few days out of it consider yourself lucky 
You can buy a kit off ebay 8 bolts and 32 washers this fix works well.
This is how i fix them (even the stubben ones )
first take apart the xbox ( Youtube it there all other it )
take out the board from the case  remove the xclamps off the back I use a pair of croc pliers with a little bend in the end
once there removed the heat sinks can be taken off remove them and then clean the chips off to a mirror finish 
i use a old snip off a plastic credit card and some heat sink compound cleaner 
polish up the chip face's once all the old compound is removed.
then clean off the compound on the 2 heat sinks ( best to scrap the bulk off with that trusted old credit card then wipe with compound removers to get a nice clen flat service ) also take off the 4 feet that are on the heatsinks.
put 2 washers onto each of the bolts and then put the bolts through the holes that the heat sink feet sat .
then put 2 more washers onto the bolts once they are through the holes .
put some fresh heat sink compound ( Artic Silver ) dont smoother it i put a blob on and spread it over the chips face's.
then resit the heat sinks back ontop of the bolts and screw down ( Not real tight but... tight enough ) 
what i do next is put it on my kitch side ( any flat top ) plug the av cable and power in then put the powerswtch face on and turn it on 80% of the times u get green striaght away if u dont then leave it powered on check it after a few minutes make sure BOTH heat sinks are geting hot and leave till the lights flash from 3 right lights to 2 red lights ( over heating it resolders the chip ) turn off from plug as you wont be able to switch off from power button.
allow to cool down and then retest you should get then green light and box will be good to go
i fixed my first box 2 years ago and it still works to this day :) using ruffly the same method FAR MORE long winded then this repair 
this repair can be done under 30 minutes.
Hope this is clear enough for people to follow 
any help needed 

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You have the red ring of death if there are three bars. if there are 4 you did not connect the wires for the xbox the right way try unpluging every thing and let it cool to prevent this from happening to move the xbox or vibrate it when its hot

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I'm a 13 year old kid and I had the same problem my dad tried everything to fix it nothing worked, anyways if you know how to take it apart good if you don't go look on you tube. To fix it get eletrical tape, 8 pennies, silver thermal compound and trust me it will work. Take the 360 apart take the white plastic thing out unplug the disk drive, only were it conects to the motherboard and unplug the fan. The fan has to come out from the top first because thats were the fan locks in. After doing that unscrew the little chip on the outside of the metal housing pull it out, now unscew the motherboard take it out of the metal housing very carefully because there are little metal prongs. Once the motherboard is out put it upside down see those big band-aid things take them off because those little things are what causes the problem. Take the thermal compound put a little tiny dot on each of the 4 chips rub the thermal compound with you finger to coat all of the chips, now get the tape and pennies grab two pennies and put them together rap the tape tightly around two times are so and rap them again on the other side to seal the square shape, also do that with the other pennies when done place one of the pack of pennies on the chip do that with the other 3 throw away the band-aid things and when putting the 360 back together makesureyou keep it upside down till you screwed the metal housing back on. Then put it all back together the same way you took it apart. There's a catch though you have to play it laying down do not stand it up otherwise you have the same problem. But I'm serious trust me it will work mine has been working for 2 years so far.

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Hey guys your xbox 360 youll find 4 heat rubber...remove them and replace them with a rubber eraser....itll 100% work....bye

Posted on May 16, 2007

Try this solution it really works!!!

Posted on May 14, 2007

Look for the TOWEL TRICK, it works. I tried it and it will work/play games again. I've done it about three times in three months but it has saved me money since they want to charge me to fix it. Look it up and give it a try or send it in to tech support and let them fix it. Good luck from a xbox gamer.

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Hi Here is some info for you :: Xbox 360: Three red lights flash on the Ring of Light SYMPTOMS You see three lights on the Ring of Light (RoL) flash red on the front of the Xbox 360 console. The upper-right quadrant light is the only light that does not flash red. CAUSE This behavior occurs when the Xbox 360 console experiences a hardware failure. THINGS TO TRY 1. Examine the lights on the power supply. When you turn on the console, the power supply light should illuminate green even if the three lights on the Ring of Light flash red. 2. If you continue to experience this behavior, contact Xbox Customer Support. Note If the Customer Support agent cannot help you resolve this issue, return the console to Microsoft for repair. Or if it's been recently purchased return it for a new one. Here is a detailed link to the error :: Have a Great Day!!

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My xbox360 the red light goes of and on 3 o them

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