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Replaced heatsink paste and I still have 3 flashing lights

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When someone say that his/her Xbox is having 3 Flashing lights problem, It means it needs to be repaired. If you are using Cooler than it is not a cure but a prevention. You could have used cooler before acutally having the problem just to prevent your Xbox. But now you will have to either get it repaired from Microsoft (in case your Xbox's warranty is not expired, but one thing to note is that you will have to wait for at least 3-4 weeks to get back your Xbox) or you can Fix your Xbox's 3 Flashing red lights problem yourself with the help of DIY Video guide available on Internet. You can fix yourself without any technical knowledge.

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My xbox does this from time to time try just unpluggin it and plugging it back in. and also try unplugging the hard drive too

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When i switch my xbox on the light around he power button flashes red. i have dissconneced all the cables and connected them all again but it is still hapening

sorry m8 that is the red ring of death it means that ur proccessor has over heated microsoft charge 200 quid to replace it i run a computer repair shop i would be happy to fix it for you for 60 pounds that is the cheapest i can do it please to prevent more damage dont turn it on agian search red ring of death if you dont beleive me and dont whatever u do wrap it in a towel that will make it work for 3 or 4 times but will overheat it and fry the is a manufacturing problem microsoft put too much heatsink paste on the proccesor and use dodgy rubber clamps called the x clamp to hold down the heatsink so the rubber deformes and the paste squeeses out and it overheatsbut 60 pounds is the best i can over you buddy its completely upto u or you can try urself there is a video atached if ur confident enough there are 4 parts of the video let me know and please make payment as soon as possible thanks

Jan 19, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Red flashing lights shown on the console when i put it on,

Three or two? or four? depending on the number the diagnosis varies.2 lights - cpu has overheated (needs new thermal paste on heatsink)3 light - "Red Rings of Death or RROD) gpu (graphics processing unit) has come off the mainrboard, this happens because the console heats up and the solder becomes fluid, moves, ands sets in  the wrong spot. This can be fixed by reflowing the solder and we usually reapply fresh thermal paste. Some people also have a new clamp system they put on the mainboard.4 lights - means the av cable is not plugged in correctly.Youll need a few things to fix it, this is an awesome site

Nov 28, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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The screen gos blank and the two red lights flash on the ring. its not overheated and it is well ventilated. someone please tell me what to do

This is actually the sign for overheating and if it does not feel hot it will be the motherboard overheating, you can fix it yourself or send it in to get it fixed.

Aug 05, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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System just stops playing and 2 red lights come on

Your system is overheating.

Check whether the fans are running. If not, that's the problem, check whether they are jammed or faulty (replace, check power).

If they are running, then take the 360 apart completely, take the motherboard out of the case. Remove the heatsink (the lower one). Use rubbing alcohol to remove residual heatpaste from the heatsink bottom and from the GPU (the thing that the heatsink was covering).

Reapply (thinly but completelty) GOOD thermal paste (e.g. Artic Silver nr 5). Replace the heatsink by either using the xclamp or use washers and bolts/nuts (google for x-clamp replacement) while you're at it.

Or take it to someone who can do this for you :) (I'm in the Netherlands, but otherwise I'd be happy to help you out (

Jun 16, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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3 red flashing lights

you have the red ring of death to fix it its quite complex cause it means you have to take most the xbox 360 apart then replace the thermal paste inbetween the two heatsinks
but there are kits on ebay and places like that stops you having to use the two x-clamps on the bottom of the motherboard but i ll send a link to explain about it

theres that link that could be helpfull

that link is also helpful if you need to fix it

Jan 28, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite Console - Black

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System turns off in a few minutes of play

If you are having 2 Red Lights flashing on the left hand side, the system is overheating. First check to make sure that the system is not still under warranty. If it is, contact Microsoft, from If it is not under warranty, you can find links on for disassembling the xbox, what you want to check for is that the two big heatsinks are dust/debris free, Also check your two main fans, clean them out with a Can of AIR Duster. You'll have to let the xbox sit for 3 hours or so , until it cools fully down and then try it again.There are also guides on youtube for removing the heatsinks and putting thermal paste inbetween, which is supposed to help the heat escape. Good Luck!

Dec 27, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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2 red light error heatsinks wont heat up

2 red flashing lights means your console overheated you just needed to let it cool and or check the fans and other cooling components, and by the sounds of it not heating up you have cooked the chips by trying to fix it so you console is basically a paper weight now, sorry

Nov 13, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I turn on my playstation 3 it turns on for 2 seconds then turns itself off. the green light lights up then turns yellow before shutting off then the red light start flashing

What you got is the YLOD (Yellow Light Of Death)
And can be caused by overheating where the cpu/gpu may seperate from the board, in some cases it can also be a faulty psu.

my guess is that your cpu/gps is seperated from the board

And as i see it then you have 2 options :

1. if you still have warrenty i suggest you use it, and then send it to sony.

2. If no warrenty try this below, it does require tools, and some knowhow.
so be carefull if you wanna try this on your own.

ifyou dont feel like doing this on your own, then try search in google on"YLOD" and see if you can find any workshops near you, im sure thereis, since this is a commen problem now a days.


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Oct 08, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Red circle lights ?

its probably the 3rrod (3 red rings of death) and is a very common fault with the 360. if its still under warranty Micorosft will fix this free of charge for you. they may still repair it free even if its out of warranty, you need to ring them and tell them you got the dreaded 3rrod!.

if they wont replace it the only way to fix this would be replace the heatsink paste, replace the x-clamps holding your heatsinks to the mainboard and apply the team xecuter 3rrod repair kit.

if you need more help just ask

Jan 31, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I have a 3 red lights error can you help me to work it out.

this belongs in the x360 section. red ring of death error means the xboxes thermal paste on the heatsinks has gone to **** and you need to have it fixed with taking the x clamps off. the towel trick and new heatsink grease. if you wana try at this by yourself. google them for more info google these exact words "x clamp replacement" and "xbox360 overheat reflow"

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