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2 red lights on the ring of light

After playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights

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  • ag91x Nov 25, 2007

    yeah i got 2 red lights and its pissing me off plz help me someone i need to know how to fix it

  • caylor Dec 03, 2007

    just like the other ones its the 2 red lights very offten screen shuts off then console

  • krypt0n Dec 10, 2007

    i have the 2 re dlights. I have changed fans/ vacumed it all out/ even took it apart and redid the paste in both the cpu and the other one. same problem still shuts off and get 2 red lights in about 30 sec. Also tried the tape thing on the bottom. Any suggestions.

  • ucla39 Dec 10, 2007

    after playing 15 minutes it freezes but when i turn in on 3 red lights turn on

  • patriots Dec 16, 2007

    i have the same exact thing and i cant see how to fix it if anyone knows how please help gamertag- Cpt Hellrising

  • Lujan Dec 26, 2007

    i play for like 10 min and the screen goes black and there is two red lights on the light ring

  • sickmark Dec 27, 2007

    2 red lights after playing a game 5 minutes or so...?

  • burr333 Dec 29, 2007

    same problem (2 red lights and system freeze after less than 10 min of gaming)

  • red elk Feb 06, 2008

    After 5 min it turns off, the two red lights turn on and loss signl, the fan runs for 1 min and then it turns off, but the two red lights stay on.

  • bubbaboy5 Feb 07, 2008

    Two red lights

    xbox shuts off

    always happens when i play a game

  • jenkem Feb 25, 2008

    Played a game for 5 minutes when I hear my 360 getting louder and louder
    like it was about to explode so I quickly turn it off. I turn it back on and the same thing happens, only the screen goes black and the fan is still running loud as ever and the 2 red lights show up.

    When I tried to turn it off again nothing was happening, making me have to unplug to turn it off.

    This is my third xbox already wtf is up with this!

  • sam clarke Mar 01, 2008

    I have'nt played on it for about 2 days and when i switched it on this morning the fan got louder the screen got black and then everything stoped and the two red lights flashed were usually the first and second player go, now obviously it cant be overheating because it dis'nt even get anywer near playing the disc so wtf really. . . . .

  • justin132 Mar 01, 2008

    i play for about 10 min and it turns off and my controller is still on but the screen go's black and 2 red lights come on

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2008

    me too

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2008

    same here

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2008

    I open my xbox 360 to fix the e74 problem already did, but now my xbox in aboput a minute gets 2 red ligths can anyone help me please???

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2008

    same problom but mine only works till i go into matchmaking and then it jsut shuts off

  • liverpool fc Mar 15, 2008

    afer playing a xbox 360 game 20 minutes in to the game 2 red lights come on and the screen goes blank how do we fix it

  • kevintony Mar 16, 2008

    when we turn on the console, it works for a minute or two, but then the tv screen goes blank and 2 red lights of the ring on the console start blinking. This happens no matter how many times we try to turn on the console.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2008

    i can play any game on my xbox for about 40 mins then the screen just shuts off and so does the xbox, but the lights still flash. I am thinking of getting a cooling unit however many people say it just makes the problem worse. So as you can see i am in two minds. Can anyone help me?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    i turned it on, it had 3 red rings, and i did the towl trick, but after i unrapped it , it only has 2 red rings now

  • farooque Mar 23, 2008

    after running my xbox 360 for 10 minute it automatically switch off and red light blink

  • ornelas_2_4 Mar 26, 2008

    My 360 has the 2 red lights too. will i be able to call 18004myxbox and exchange it for a new one?

  • bigjdub007 Mar 26, 2008

    I only had my 360 for one yr and now I have 2 red rings on the leftside can't play no more then 8 minutes ....bigjdub007

  • Stoney13 Mar 26, 2008

    I have the same problem i can play for no more than 10 min. and the 2 red lights come up.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2008

    after playing my game it turns off and gives me the 2 red rings and it keeps on doing it what do i do?

  • Wayne78 Apr 01, 2008

    I can play for maybe an hour and then my system turns off and I get 2 flashing red lights. What can I do?

  • bige21 Apr 02, 2008

    I can turn my XBOX on and play for a few minutes then it cuts off and 2 red lights show up

  • Giddy413_jr Apr 03, 2008

    i tried 2 fix the ring of death then i came up with two red lights. i was like what the hell.ive researched over and over but no result on how to fix it further for good. pleaze help me im a 12 year old gamer and i have a clan. i need 2 play wit my homies.

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    i play call of duty 4 nonstop but about a week ago my screen turned black and my xbox 360 had 2 flashing red lights. Please help!!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2008

    That's happening to me right now. How do I fix this?

  • clos126 Apr 11, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox
    360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of
    light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it
    was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments
    but there is still lights.

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2008

    after playing the xbox 360 for around 10 minutes or so the system shuts down but the 2 red lights are stil on

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    i got the 2 red lights on my xbox360 then i unplugged it the pluged it back in but it did the the same when i played a game for 10mins.

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console
    is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as
    vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still
    lights

  • chunkygrimm Apr 17, 2008

    My 360 shuts off on me after about 10 min. and i have to pull out the cord. Before there was like a 1 hour gap before my consle shut off again but now it is getting more frequent. Can you Help? Please email me.

  • semaj007 Apr 18, 2008

    it trun off like after 10 min or less and their 2 red rings

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    my xbox turns off when i begin to play it and the two red lights show up

  • johnafine Apr 21, 2008

    Well when i watch a movie my xbox 360 don't get two rings but when i play a game or something like that it wants too turn off it's super gay but i'm getting a new xbox soon.

  • az123t Apr 21, 2008

    when I play my xbox to red lights will come on

  • ra55m Apr 23, 2008

    i had not been on the xbox 360 until last night but the next day when i woke up i went to go play on the xbox and then after ten minutes it turned off and two red lights came on and now its been doing the same thing every time

  • derek123 Apr 29, 2008

    2 red

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    Why are there problems like this, this is microsoft and there should be no need for hovering and DIY and all this rubbish, prehaps it would be more helpful if more people complained and they sorted out the fault, I'm sick of it and its GOING BACK.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2008

    It all happens randomly, somenights every minute or so other nights not at all, Whilst playing a game the Xbox 360 switches itself off and two red lights appear. I'm told this is an overheating problem but my Xbox is always stone cold. I need help. The xbox is on a well ventilated hard shelf.

  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    same

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    i turn on my xbox and about in 3 mins get gets the 2 red lights?

  • Anonymous May 09, 2008

    my xbox360 just shuts down when i am playing a game like my new game gta 4 but it dosent shut down when i playing a game like pes 08 i need my xbox360 needs help

  • Anonymous May 15, 2008

    try to leave it out in cold air somtime it mean it over heated

  • Anonymous May 17, 2008

    first i was playing then the two red rings came out

  • Alucard1661 May 18, 2008

    The Same Thing Happens To Me. it seems random and my 360 is cold and i
    barely turn it on this is my fourth xbox360 that i have gotten from
    Microsoft after i called 18004myxbox and was on hold and hung up on
    after a half hour. so everyone can imagine how pissed and frustrated i
    am. I hate Microsoft and therefore have started a world wide boycott of
    all Microsoft products because this is a perfect example of how much
    they care about customer service and what us as consumers mean to them
    so please help me teach corporate America a lesson that the little
    people do have a voice. P.S. I also just bought a MAC : )

  • Anonymous May 18, 2008

    during a game ill be playing from ten min and screen turns off and two red lights on ring

  • Anonymous May 20, 2008

    when im playing halo 3 it gets 2 red lights

  • big head522 May 27, 2008

    yes 2 red lights

  • MASTERCHRIS May 27, 2008

    how do i fiz it

  • mush08 May 28, 2008

    ten minutes of playtime and i get two red on the halo,and i just got WARANTY work done like six months ago,

  • urbcowboy200 May 29, 2008

    Hi i been getting to red lights when i play Grand Theft Auto 4 it lets me play 10 mins then it shuts off and 2 red lights came on!

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    2 left lights turn to flashing red and the game shuts of but the xbox is still on

  • peapod8 Jun 03, 2008

    mine turns off in about 15 mins and in our house the air conditioning is messed up but i still put a big fan next to the xbox and it still shuts off

  • Anonymous Jun 05, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox
    360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of
    light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it
    was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments
    but there is still lights

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2008

    II play for about 10 minutes and than the system screen goes blank and the two flashing red lights come on around the power button.

  • swoffordbj Jun 09, 2008

    i have two flashin red lights

  • Anonymous Jun 13, 2008

    after i play my 360 for at least 3mins the screen will shut off

  • ur mum lol Jun 14, 2008

    it r breaking :( sad fayce!

  • 29367 Jun 16, 2008

    i have the same problem i have turn the x box off for two days now and still nothing!

  • maltangs Jun 19, 2008

    2 red lights ( left hand side if machine is standing up) came on after the machine had been on for a few minutes.  The TV screen went blank, and the 2 red lights kept flashing.

  • kimber8994 Jun 19, 2008

    1. The game cuts off in less than ten minutes.

    2. the 2 red lights show up on the ring of lights

    3. the controlers keep vibratring as if the game is still on

    4. we have to uinplug the x box to get it to cut off.





    we've tried to let it cool off, but that didn't work, after we waited a while the game played for a few minutes longer then every time we tried to restart it, it kept cutting off in less and less time

  • dmoney7 Jun 20, 2008

    my screen goes blank and my xbox360 has 2 flashing red lights

  • Cornerbackst Jun 21, 2008

    So does any1 know how to fix this please?

  • marctherocke Jun 23, 2008

    i put on the xbox 360 and after 20 seconds it shuts off put the controller stays on. Is there any solution to this problem please respond.

  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    Pretty much the exact same, play for ten min or so and i get a half circle of red closest to the dvd drive... I dont screw with stuff like this cuz i have no knowlege of it and a short temper..

  • Anonymous Jun 30, 2008

    2 red lights and overheats....same issue here with it shutting down within the ten minute time frame

  • xbox360dude Jun 30, 2008

    omg same here i was playing battlefeild:bad comapny and it happened to me and i tried out alone in the dark and same.And im rlly mad ive had my 360 since it came out and all of a sudden theis happens i mean really.I dont have money to get a new system and im sure alot of people dont and if the warrenty goes out then what am i suppose to do.Also i cNT BUY NEW parts or take my 360 apart my dad would kill me.ive also put it gets good circulation and its by a window ive tried all that stuff but nothing! plz i need a answer.

  • Anonymous Jul 02, 2008

    WHAT 2 DO



  • perezh Jul 03, 2008

    the xbox 360 that we have always gets 2 red flashing lights in the front of the xbox 360. the box doesnt turn on.



  • Anonymous Jul 06, 2008

    HOW DO YOU FIX IT

  • Anonymous Jul 07, 2008

    my console shuts off after 10 min. or less and two red lights are displayed on the power indecater. I have called customer support and talked to a few people I couldent understand. but in the end they told me they would send me a box to safely get the X box shipped for repairs. they said they would cover the shipping costs.

  • borkett56 Jul 09, 2008

    turns on for about 30-40 seconds, goes very loud, then screen goes off, 2 red lights flash. wont turn off unless i pull the plug out. warranty lost, how do i fix it, or do i just buy a new one.

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    after about 7 min of me playing nba 2k8 it turns off

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    the same thing to me

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    I have that same problome can u help me

  • mk3003pimp Jul 16, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights

  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    my xbox 360 has two red lights on the left side

  • stinkey joe Jul 18, 2008

    My xbox 360 will turn off with two red lights on the left side of the ring flashing when playing rainbow 6 Vagas. My controller remains on while the fan and picture are killed.

  • SenorSmokey Jul 18, 2008

    In November, it was a another horrible day at school and i had to walk home through a blizzard with my sister and then a wild moose came and ate my sister. So i ran home and my house burst into flames. Only my xbox and Tv i had in my shed were still there. So i ran into the shed, but the heat of the flames caused my xbox to become overheated (I wonder why) . And then we drove to Texas to get it fixed, but are car got spun out into a bay in the Pacific Ocean in Houston, Texas.

  • Anonymous Jul 20, 2008

    my xbox 360 shuts off after 10 minutes of play

  • carlosmaes27 Jul 22, 2008

    My xbox 360 will play movies for hours but when i put a game in the console it plays for 5 minutes and then the 2 red rings on the left come on and the console shuts down.

  • ant2fast2fur Jul 22, 2008

    iplay it for like less than 10mins and it just shuts off with a purple screen and 2 red lights i leave it for a day or two same thing happens in 10mins so i took it apart as i had allready voided the warrenty and cleaned it all up in there it was very dusty and that had no effect what so ever

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    same thing

  • Q95uinnton Jul 25, 2008

    i play for 10-20 minutes and sometimes less and it will shut off and two red rings will show on the first player and the thrid player lights. The controllers will stay on and so will the lights for a few seconds/minutes and the power goes off and still shows red rings. NEED HELP NOW!!!!!!!!! i almost broke it in half and said every word in the cussing dictionary outloud while playing mass effect. This started happening after i watched a bootlegged version of cloverfield. and the version sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wasnt worth it. >(

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    when i play the xbox360 i get 2 red lights every 5-10 minutes and then i went on holiday for a week and thought it would be better when i got bk but it didn't i just got the 2 red lights after about 10 minutes again and now i don't have time to play even 1 game online before i get the 2 red lights again.

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    I have two red rings

  • modf999 Jul 31, 2008

    I have been buying xbox 360's off many people that are haveing this problem for 40$-50$ after they have tryed many things to fix the problem 9 times out of ten the GPU is caked in dust. if you dont have a warrenty take apart the xbox carefully useing a small thin peice of metal on the clips i use a paper clip take out only the long screws ( if you see threads on the screw right away then its not the long ones) useing a hexhead screwdriver or small philips. take off the top of the 360 and use a shopvac (I use the addaptor for small areas) and toothbrush to clean out the GPU and maybe some compressed air (DUSTOFF not co2 cartrages or aircompressor) and blow out the rest of the area inside. clean off all the case and other parts you removed and assemble your 360 back to the way it was. poof works like new again. as for people who use intercoolers and what not i have found those may pull in more dust and block your gpu worse and their is a greater buildup of dust in the fan chamber. so far i have fixed over 9 xbox 360's and sold them to people for 100-150$ for only 15 min worth of work.

  • matt103455 Aug 01, 2008

    watching a movie and the fan increases and on the ring of light 2 of them light up red.

  • teeh1959 Aug 02, 2008

    Have the 2 light problem. You could start the xbox but would immediately have two red lights. I took it apart and cleaned all the dust out of it and the aftermarket fan that it sits on.

    Plugged in and would be ok for a few minutes, fan would crank up in RPM and bang....two red lights.

    Have already removed and reapplied arctic silver to cpu and gpu.....twice. Have tried to readjust the tightness of the screws holding the heatsinks on. That helped a bit...if I have the screws completely tight, I immediately get the 2 lights. If I back them off half a turn then it takes about 4 minutes before the fan cranks up and then I get the 2 lights and the fan turns off.

    Doesn't seem to help if I back them off any further.

    HEEEELLLLLLPPPP!

  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    two rings of flashing after about 10 to 2 minutes



  • cokez Aug 05, 2008

    ok i turn it on and i see 3 lights immediatly then after about 4 seconds it would go to 2 lights and then eveything happens



  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    ^

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    SAME AS HIM

  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    2 red lights left side, fans shut off
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  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights

  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights

  • wwefan2000 Aug 09, 2008

    when i turn it on the 2 red lights flash and it makes a loud noise

  • The_Cool_Ben Aug 09, 2008

    Thatès the exact same as mine. I tried taking off the faceplate, and the bottom grill, and vaccuming ouit any dust inside, but it still flashes 2 red lights.

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    after ten min it makes a loud faning sound and shuts off

  • Anonymous Aug 13, 2008

    I was getting 2 red lights at first it was playing for like 10mins then shuts off . Now its flashing 3 red lights !! Can i still send it down to get it fixed?

  • Anonymous Aug 15, 2008

    Id does all of this, but only sometimes.

    I can go hours with out it, but when it happens, its after about 30 minutes of gameplay.

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    i play my game and the xbox turns off after like 10 min and i have an intercooler

  • clausaw Aug 23, 2008

    nothing just really pist

  • jslavik5 Aug 26, 2008

    i was playing the game and two red flashing lights came on the top left and bottom left of the ring and my xbox was really loud

  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    i recently had rrod (3 flashing lights) and i fixed them with the washers and spaces and then when i put it back together it had two flashing lights as soon as ild turn it on.
    so if any one knows how to fix this problem plz let me know
    this is my msn if anybody would like to help me cheers

  • greewoo Aug 31, 2008

    I turn my xbox 360 on and it sounds really loud, and then after a few minutes, the screen goes black and you cant do anything but unplug the power cord.

  • mike360 Sep 02, 2008

    I haven't tried to resolve this problem , but I need advice. Everytime I try to play my xbox 360 it shuts off after 10 minutes of play time , and 2 red lights turn on , on the letf side of the ring, and I can't play for hours even days. Need help.

  • hunter60 Sep 03, 2008

    I have the same issue. I followed the suggestions from Microsoft.
    Nothing has resolved the issue.
    Microsoft repair service is going to charge $100.00cto repair.
    BTW, This is a refurbed unit replaced after the 3 red ring of death.



  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2008

    i turn my 360 on and the red lights automatically turn on

  • asiano Sep 06, 2008

    yo i have a problem wit 2 red lites and i cooled it down forever (5 days) but it still wont work. yo can someone help me?

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2008

    I was playing a game and suddenly my x-box turned off. It came up with 2 red lights so i turned it off. The day after i tried to switch it on but it wouldn't work. Do i have to send my x-box back????


  • andy1977 Sep 07, 2008

    I have two red lights on my 360 and the fan stops working and the tray wont open can anyone help please

  • speeddmon Sep 08, 2008

    my xbox works for about 2 or 3 minutes and then the 2 rings come on and then it turns off

  • kgibby91 Sep 09, 2008

    my 1st xbox 360 broke (screen kept freezing), that costed my $100. Now I start up a game and it works for a lil while then shuts off but it has 2 red lights.

  • Anonymous Sep 12, 2008

    the only game i play is NHL 08-09 and ive realized if i play to long, it shuts off and i also have part of the red ring of death...it sucks...is it going to die on me sooner or later??

  • god of bud Sep 14, 2008

    yes i have the same problem with one of me 360..

  • oHDSoRELOAD Sep 14, 2008

    Whenever i turn my 360 on. the middle green light blinks like 5 times, then automatically goes to the 2 red lights, wtf is wrong with it

  • Anonymous Sep 28, 2008

    i turn on the 360 it works for a few seconds and then the screen goes blank my xbox makes a loud noise, and 2 red lights start blinking help please

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    when i start my game it goes for a little then it stops

  • diggsk89 Sep 29, 2008

    Two of the lights around the power button on my console turn red ( both lights on the left side while the console is standing straight up). First the fans are very loud then they cut of along with the picture from the video game. The console's power is still on however, remains useless.

  • Anonymous Oct 12, 2008

    it's very annoying i have the same probleme someone please find a solution.

  • bws033 Oct 12, 2008

    2 red lights, quadrant 1 and 3, only occurs for me when playing 2K sports games...after about 5 minutes....

  • gunnerman29 Oct 13, 2008

    i have the same prob but when i restart my xbox it will do it again and again and all the time. i think the best way is if the xbox doesnt come back on and goes straight into 2 red light then send it off but if it plays again but goes off another 15mins later then get a cooling adapter which will blow air through the hole xbox and hopefully fix it.



    hope it helps..

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    the two red lights are flashing and the screen is blank. the fans at the back start turning faster and are louder and then they just stop while the 2 red lights are still flashing.

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    it helps if you let it rest for a while and then play it later on...just let it cool off. If it gets too bad your xbox will be dead though....

  • asiano Oct 19, 2008

    i have the same and i did evreything the internet told me!

  • Nippy-man Oct 20, 2008

    like do i have to buy that cooler but i don't have no money for the month but my mom and dad won't buy it how do i fix it without buying??

  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    i get two red lights speraticly, overheating i think

  • Cslater20 Oct 22, 2008

    WHEN I CUT THE CONSOLE ON WITHIN A COUPLE OF SECONDS FANS GET LOUDER AND THEN TWO RED LIGHTS KEEP FLASHIN ON THE LEFT

  • fabio3000 Oct 23, 2008

    MY xbox 360 does the same thing it used to work well but now its screwed it sucks

  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    exact same problem

  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    My Elite is not working. I'm buying playstation 3. The hell with X-Box 360.

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    To start with the console started up fine but there was no video, but the sound worked. I opened it up and cleaned it out, removed the thermal compound and got rid of all the compound that had melted off over the cpu and gpu then put some new compound on it.....started it up and it worked fine.

    BUT THEN!!! I turn it off to put the case back together, plugged it in again all smug because i fixed it...then i got 2 red lights!!! Not happy now.

    Best thing to do is send it back to MS if its still covered, DONT OPEN IT!!! If you can send it back just do it!

    I think im just going to have to get some better fans and try and rig some smaller fans up to the heat sinks (if i can work out how to do it!)


  • lrand74 Oct 27, 2008

    SAME DAMN PROBLEM!!!...My Xbox did it for 6 months, I finally got sick of it and didn't play it for a month, Thinking that It would magically heal itself or stop all the ********...IT DIDN'T!!!...I rented Saints Row II today and then played for 15 minutes and BAM!!!...did it again...please help:)

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    i have had it off for atleast 17 hours without playing it, but i just turned it on and there they were 2 red rings

  • jamesclewort Oct 28, 2008

    well its just happend to me but i was playing gears and the game was lagy then i went 2 put gta in then it shut of and 2 red lights came on so im leving it 4 bout 1 hour it should b cooled down by then if it dose the same thing im gunna b pissed of

  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    Exactly the same except when I turn mine on, it just goes straight th the 2 lights. WTF?! No booting or anything. Power on -> 2 lights. =.=
    Sending it off asap, hope I get it back soon.


  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    I have only just taken my BRAND NEW 360 out of its box, set it up, put in juiced2 and started to play, after a few minutes the screen goes black and the 2 red lights appear.

  • antman242 Oct 29, 2008

    I'll have turned on my 360 and after less than 10 minutes the system turns off and two red lights come out. I know this means it has overheated, but after it shouldn't happen after just a couple of minutes. Right before this, though, the fans start becoming louder and it sounds as if they might be blowing out stronger.

  • emwberg Oct 29, 2008

    When I turn it on it starts to boot and even begins the game but then less than 2 or 3 minutes later it shuts off and there's 2 red lights. The fan also sounded louder than usual while it was one until it turned off. I have never had a problem until now. Is there a way to fix it??

  • Anonymous Oct 31, 2008

    when i turn my 360 on, it runs normally for a few seconds then the fans shut off.

  • frankchenier Oct 31, 2008

    my xbox loads the game and shuts off about 5 minutes in its been doing that for two days now

  • g0gurt Nov 01, 2008

    i play for around 30 min then i get TWO red ring s. the fan shuts off but the lights still flash.

  • Annihi180r Nov 01, 2008

    Okay everyone I want you to think about this. All of us have the same problem and it has occurred aruond the same time frame. I don't know about you but my 360 has been working fine until I got an update for my guitar hero world tour, and about 10 minutes into playing the game I got 2 red lights all the time even with other games. Does anyone think this could because of that update with the guitar hero world tour? Please comment back


  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2008

    2 red lights

  • kaiwilkinson Nov 02, 2008

    my xbox turns on and then the fan turns off and i see the red lights

  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2008

    Mines is dead

    3 lights

  • rene sandoval Nov 03, 2008

    my xbox 360 get two red light then shuts off but the red lights stay on then i push the buttons and i turn it off

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    yep

  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    i have the two red lights flashing and i havent played it in a couple of days what can i do??

  • griddy Nov 06, 2008

    just when i get an airstrike or an awesome headshot in cod4, my xbox360 powers down and gives me 2 flashing red lights on the left side of the light ring. I found that it was error code 0013 from help from another website. Help, i cant go 2 weeks without xbox.

  • Anonymous Nov 07, 2008

    The system turns on for 10 secs then turns off! Two red rings come on after that. Whats wronge with it?

  • kaceyb23 Nov 07, 2008

    exactly the same problem. :( $99.00 for xbox to fix.

  • Mosherelmo6 Nov 08, 2008

    Hey uhh...I had the same problem but the thing is, My xbox has never, ever (And I repeat Never) over heated and I have a extra cooling fan attached AND it wasn't even hot. I played the new guitar hero and was rocking out and it just happened, after about 20-25 minutes.

  • alexlewis_20 Nov 09, 2008

    two red lights on

  • panchofran Nov 09, 2008

    2 red lights on the light ring, xbox shuts off when they appear. the console's fan is extremely loud for about 10 minutes prior to shutting off. sometimes problem resolves itself in a few hours only to resurface within a few days.

  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2008

    i have the same prob

  • fukin lights Nov 11, 2008

    im playing, and it just goes 2 red lights.. like.. sometimes it doesnt happen as fast.. but most of the time, in like 20 mins it happens.. HELP! i recently moved countries, so i can't send it in to microsoft to get it fixed.. wtf should i do?

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    when i turn ma xbox the red lights *** on i aint evan played it an the light *** on i dont see why its over heating

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    3 red rings

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    yea man same prob, but mine gets the 2 red lights after like 5 mins of playing ???

  • shaquille523 Nov 16, 2008

    me to how u fix it

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    i turn on my xbox the fans turn on for 5 seconds and 2 red lights blink the fan isnt even blowing out hot air

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    i have the same problem

  • bornin94 Nov 18, 2008

    same problem

  • lunchbox-22 Nov 19, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    same.. what does it mean?

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    i have the two red light problem as well and when i called microsoft i was told that i didnt qualify for the new warranty because i ONLY had 2 lights and the warranty was for ALL 3 lights

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2008

    When i play my xbox 360 for about 10 min. it shuts off and gets to red lights...what do i do

  • crayzeebeuti Nov 25, 2008

    My boyfriend's XBOX 360 just got the 2 red lights the other day and we were gonna send it back to Microsoft but he's stubborn and wanted to try and fix it himself. Skeptically, I watched him and he took the enitre thing apart until reading on here about the gray cord that plugs into the wall and how the silicon inside that gray box for the cord may need to be replaced. He took that apart (starting with that bc it was the smaller of the bunch) and to his and my amazement, it worked! The light on the cord box would stay yellow, the power light had the 2 red rings, the fans would cut off after about 3-5 seconds, and it wouldn't even start up/turn on properly. Now, as soon as he fixed the silicon piece in the gray box on the cord, the green light on that came on, the red lights on the XBOX power thing went away and both fans came on steadily blowing. Problem solved! Thanks everyone!

  • crayzeebeuti Nov 26, 2008

    I just posted a thing yesterday saying that my boyfriend fixed his by redoing the silicon piece in the gray box on the wall cord...well, it worked only for like 20 minutes and now it's doing the same thing again. Won't even cut on at all. what now?

  • bestb4u Nov 26, 2008

    I also had 2 red lights problem with my Xbox 360 and i didn't want to send my xbox to Microsoft for 2-3 weeks. I searched on google and got the guide available at fix-xbox-360.info

    I don't know whether it works for every xbox but you can give it a try

  • jetfan28 Nov 28, 2008

    i got my 360 at christmas 2006 and it worked fine until summer 2008 then affter 10 minutes 2 red lights came up and it wouldnt stop i bought an intercooler in august and it worked until november and the intercooler is still working but im getting lights affter 10 minutes again can anyone help me

  • edjr4 Dec 01, 2008

    my xbox has the same problem but when i touch it its not that hot

  • pimp_hoes Dec 01, 2008

    well my xbox 360 keeps turning off after 5 mins or so of trying to play a video game but when i play a dvd/movie it plays fine through the whole thing. i get two red flashing lights when i try get to about 5 mins of playing a video game on my xbox 360 what should i do i even placed a fan beside it seemed to help let me play the game for a little longer but still had the problem occure what should i do?

  • edjr4 Dec 01, 2008

    my xbox doesn't even stay on for 5 minutes before it overheats and i get the 2 rings and its also not as hot as it used to get when i first got, i got last year 2007, and its a 2006 model i just upgraded to the new dashboard (the dashboard with the avatars and i think the avatars are gay)so i saved my most commomnly played game to my drive so it would stay cooler but thats when i got the 2 rings it usually happens when it tries to play cutscenes in the game i havent tried a dvd yet

  • blazekilla Dec 01, 2008

    help i have 2 redrings and cant get anymore then 10 min of game play till it turns off and has 2 bliking redlights.

  • Butterfeet Dec 01, 2008

    I KEEP GETTING TWO RED LIGHTS!

  • rmarranzini Dec 02, 2008

    i have the same problem 2 rings of death and error code 0013 does anybody know how to solve this?



  • earthangel_6 Dec 02, 2008

    xbox 360 elite with 2 red light blinking

  • earthangel_6 Dec 02, 2008

    2 red light on my xbox elight

  • cn101cn101c Dec 06, 2008

    Hi, i have the same problem, the xbox works for 2 minutes, makes a loud reving up sound, few seconds later it switches off with 2 red flashing lights. It is definitely not over heating because ive and the left it off for 2 days at the most to cool down, out it in an open space the fans do work. I really dont know what is wrong with it and i want it fixed.



  • poolpo Dec 14, 2008

    same as what was written

  • HeLPmEOUT20 Dec 14, 2008

    I get 2 red rings on the laft side of my xbox. This is happened 2 me 4 about the 5th 6th or 7th time already. I really played my xbox for a long time about 2 weeks ago. That was the 1st time i have recieved this

  • kellyhawkes1 Dec 14, 2008

    it was flashing 4 red lights and stopped working and now its flashing 2 red lights and is still not working,why is this

  • tjpagel08 Dec 25, 2008

    after playing for about 2 minutes and during the whole time the xbox is venting really loud it shuts off and 2 red lights flash. please help ?

  • JMZ86 Dec 26, 2008

    i have the exact same proplem but i get a lil more play time at times. but it also sounds as if the cd drive is reving higher and higher.

  • spegettti33 Dec 26, 2008

    the xbox gets 2 rings of light arter i play it for like 10 min. and the controller vibrates a lot and i have to unplug it to make it go away

  • orange45 Dec 29, 2008

    When I play certain games for a while the screen turns blue and 2 red lights show on my xbox. i bought a fan for the 360 and it still happens. can anyone help me?

  • cowens32192 Dec 29, 2008

    after like 10-15min of gamplay the xbox goes off and 2 red light are on while the gsme is still on yet off you can hear the fan while all this is going on and after like 30 sec it stops but the red light are still there and this happens every time

  • loz56 Dec 30, 2008

    My xbox 360 has 2 flashing red light to the left of the on/off switch..... the instruction booklet indicates that it is hot, the box has been turned off for more than 3 hours but the lights keep on flashing

  • redwings553 Jan 02, 2009

    i turn on the console and it plays for probably 3 seconds then the top left and the bottom left light turn red and blink i had takin apart the xbox and changed the bolts on the heat shinks and added more thermal paste

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    My 360 turns off and 2 red lights appearon the left hand side and start to blink

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    MINE OVERHEATS AFTER LIKE 4 MIN AND IT WAS OFF FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS ********. XBOXS ARE JUNK.

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    my exact prob

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    shuts of every thing is still running and after a few it will shut of

  • badee Jan 07, 2009

    dublin

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    Yea after about 20 minutes for me the the screen switches back to channel 3, and two red lights replace the normal green one. Help

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem i want fix but i dont trust any guides do u know a good 1

  • charlie fiander Jan 12, 2009

    my xbox 360 keeps on getting three lights and it keeps cutting out every five minutes

  • hailey4110 Jan 13, 2009

    console turns off unexpectantly and i only played it for 15 mins

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    2 red lights

  • MaxMonster12 Jan 16, 2009

    After I did the penny fix on my xbox 360, I went to play Hexic and it worked fine, but then I playing the Small Arms and when it was loading it became 2 red lights! So I turned it off and let it cool and tried playing Small Arms again and it froze again at the same time as before and I got 2 red lights again! It keeps happening over and over again! What can I do to fix my problem?

  • ginge12009 Jan 18, 2009

    i play for 10 mins and 2 red lights and bang it turns off

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    i have the same problem. I was on the xbox 360 one night and the next morning it wasnt working! I turn it on and it had 2 red lights . The fans also made a loud noise then it turned itself of. But i had to click the power button to get the lights off.

  • slayer1587 Jan 19, 2009

    Whenever I'm playing a game my xbox shuts off and has 2 red rings and so I shut it off for a couple hours and then I go toplay again and 10minutes later I have the same problem what should I do?

  • dblackie Jan 19, 2009

    my xbox 360 system starts sounding really loud and it has 2 lights blink red and the sytem shuts off how do i fix it

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    same stupid lights!! Rang xbox said my warranty is only a year unless 3 red rings (which makes it 3 years) so stuck with this door stop

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    I have the same issue with guitar hero world tour and cod 5

  • ryan_tf Jan 27, 2009

    hi i have the same problem how can i fix it like i have 2 red lights one one the lower left corner and one on the upper right corner so whats the problem with my xbox 360

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    When i turn on my xbox after a while my xbox screen will go off and the fan will turn off and two red lights flash for a while till i turn my xbox off the more i stay off my xbox the longer it lets me play beofe i get my two red lights again

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I Have the same problem but a friend of mine said to buy a fan

  • tonyandtasha Jan 31, 2009

    I've Had a 360 for one year now when you play for more than 10 minutes i get 2red lights on left side of ring of light. if try to turn off just cuts fans off not lights.

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    i have

  • navygodfathe Feb 04, 2009

    I have the same problem. This morning when I turned on my xbox 360 two red lights on the left side of the buttom came on and my xbox does not turn on. How can I fix this problem? Your help is much appreciated. thanks... Alberto

  • guzguz00 Feb 06, 2009

    wen i play for an hour it stops the screen goes black but the xbox is still on and the controller is 2 wat do i do

  • richard09 Feb 15, 2009

    i have the same problem does microsoft offer a free repair

  • scott_gallan Feb 17, 2009

    When I called Microsoft, they told me there would be a $149 charge ($129 if I requested it online). The one year warranty expired on December 10, 2008. How can I get this fixed for free?

  • 20 moe Feb 24, 2009

    when i turn my console on the lights instantly starts blinking red..started first out the blue while playing.rebooted and the lights blinking red every since.

  • papaboefa Feb 26, 2009

    I have had my xbox for about a year and I am playing gears of war 2 for about 10 min and all of a sudden 2 red lights on the left come on and the console shuts down the lights stay on and the controller stays on. So I turned the console off and pointed a fan at it for about 2 hours and then tryed to play and again after 10 min it has those 2 red lights W.T.F. man I have tried to send it back to microsoft but they act like ups doesent have a valad address to send the box so I am screwed on out $230 for the xbox and out about $600. on games and other **** lol
    E-mail me at papaboefa@hotmail.com if you can help me.

  • snoclaf94 Feb 26, 2009

    I too get the two flashing red lights around the power buton. The only way to stop it is to unplug the system from the wall.

    I also have many other problems, such as disk tray not opening and once disc is in, I keep getting a message saying please enter xbox 360 disks. Now I know these disks are for the 360 becuz they are brand new. What's the deal.

    My system is out of warranty.

  • shazjj1 Feb 26, 2009




    my xbox360 has 2 red rings and will note paly any games


  • jaybru Mar 01, 2009

    i was playing nfs:undercover last night for about fifteen minuets

    and than my screen went black and two red lights flashing..

    my controller and the system were still working..

    the fan was loud and yea.. i read online that it was caused by overheating so i waited 45 minuets and turnd it back on and it worked for 15 seconds..the thing is i own a cooling fan and i turnd it on and left it on over night and its still not working..i cant even get the disc tray to open :/ pleeease help , i just wanna play my xbox

  • williams-ar- Mar 03, 2009

    when my son plays his x box every now and then his tv screen goes blue and two red lights appear on his xbox

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    after using mys xbox for 10 min. my xbox shuts down by it self im able to turn it on again but ill do the sme thing

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    everytime i turn my xbox 360 on 2 red flash lights come on wat does it mean

  • whiteguy_101 Mar 08, 2009

    i the 2 ring things pop up only when im playing certain gamescan anyone tell me something about that????????

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    2 red flashing red lights on the ring of light



  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    ******* annoying

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    as soon as i turn on my 360 it just makes a massive noise and turns off, ive tried cooling it, moving it and hoovering it but it still wont work. SOMEONE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    I play a game for about 10-15 mins then my screen goes black and the 360 stays on for a bit and flashes the 2 red lights.

  • lcbobbie Mar 15, 2009

    less than 10 min of play 2 red lights blink, screen goes black



  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    I got a Xbox 360 yesterday and when I turned it on it worked for a few minutes until I turned it off. When I came back I turned it on it wouldnt work at all, it just showed the 2 redlights right away and the fans went on then off within 5 secs. I blew some air thru the holes with an air dryer and it worked but only for a few minutes. I tryed vacuuming the holes but that didnt work at all, and I dont want to break the seal trying to open it up (plus Id probably screw something up). SOMEONE HELP!!!

  • cidermada Mar 19, 2009

    I turn on my xbox, it seems to be fine then it gets extremely loud shuts off and has 2 red rings on it...

  • johnsniped Mar 19, 2009

    when i turn my xbox on it plays for like 15mins then the screen goes black and my consloe has 2 red rings and the power cord has a orange color to it

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    same thing

  • rockwell3 Mar 20, 2009

    when i turn my 360 on the two red lights flash immediatly and does not show anything on the tv screen. Does anyone have a solution?

  • davidterrano Mar 20, 2009

    i have the 2 red rings of light too. i've tried everything and my ventilation is fine too but it still turns off without warning.

  • zaxxon713 Mar 20, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 360 it use to over heat every ten minutes i had it vertical now i have it horizontal and i have a fan blowing into the air intake side now it last for hours.Someone on top said that this problem is free to repair don't believe the hype they want an additional $100 bucks to fix this this angers me very badly I've only had it for a year and a half i think they rigged the hardware that way only two red lights show up not the red rings of death only the red ring s of death are under warranty.Right now I'm trying to find Microsoft address so i can report them to the BBB if anyone knows the support fisical address post it ok thnx

  • FlyBoii23 Mar 23, 2009

    My warranty seal is broken and my 360 has the 2 Red Lights when i turn it on and makes a loud fan noise and stops but the lights keep flashing. I installed new nylon washers and metal washers. My 360 was used when i bought it, also i wanted to know; What is an X-Clamp because my 360 doesnt have one??

  • nate_dog_dog Mar 23, 2009

    yeah, same thing happend to me.

    i played re5 for about 30 mins. put in 2k9 for an hour, and out of nowhere it shut off like you said. i turned it off, waited, turned it on, then it worked. i let it stay on for 30 seconds. then decided that id call myself lucky for the day. then i let it sit for a day, turned it on, then it automaticly had 2 red rings.

    i really dont want to send it in, id rather find a quick easy fix. (such as the towel for the 3 ring)

  • justblaze72 Mar 27, 2009

    **** all yall **** yo fuckin book you bitches all i want to fuckin know is how to fix my fuckin x box without having to send the ***** away for a motha fuckin month

  • frostkid09 Mar 29, 2009

    After playing my 360 for less than 20 minutes the two red lights begin to flash and my tv screen turns black. No matter how long I let it cool off it just keeps on repeating the same thing.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    im pissed

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    after like 7 min the 2 red lights go on and the xbox freezes

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    it blows out after every 3 minutes

  • b_naputi Mar 30, 2009

    after playing for a couple minutes screen goes black controler is still on two red lights are flashing and the only way to turn the xbox off is to unplug it

  • Andrew Crawford Mar 31, 2009

    After i play my xbox for 10mins or so... my xbox begins to get louder untill the screen shuts off but the lights are still on and the vibration still occurs and the fan goes off.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    my xbox has the 2 red lights and i unpluged everything and left it alone for about an hour and then pluged it in and it started to work for about 5 mins then i got the 2 red lights again whats worng with it

  • roy2nd2nun Apr 01, 2009

    I get no more then 15 mins out of my box unless i plug in my controller and it seems to happen during loading or updating information during gameplay otherwise same thing two red lights on the left side of the ring of lights

  • BloodNGuts Apr 01, 2009

    I have this problem with my xbox and i also have an intercooler by that way. But when i play some games like call of duty 4 and left 4 dead my xbox doesnt get the 2 red rings, but when i play deadrising and call of duty world at war i end up getting them. What does 2 red lights mean??? When i play those games and i get to a certain part of the game my xbox gets red rings and turns off!!! Can anybody help me???

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    when im playing my game in two min it turn red how can i fix it

  • lewis-reay Apr 05, 2009

    well when I turn on my console and aftet about 10-15 miniutes of playing time the screen will turn black and the controoler wont stop vibrating and then the two red rings apperiar this has been happening for around 10 weeks

  • squirrel715 Apr 07, 2009

    the same exact thing happens when i play call of duty 5

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    Its the same

  • ILMON3Y Apr 07, 2009

    That happened to me to. It happened about 20 minutes before midnight on new years eve 2009 last year. And about two months after that happened, my xbox would not read any of the discs i put in. It still does it today. My warrinty has expired and i do not know what to do.

  • kay-1986 Apr 07, 2009

    it can vary between 10 minutes and a couple of hours, but it just shuts down and the 2 red rings flash. i unplug the transformer, but it is usually really hot.



    i also want to know whether this problem causes other problems to the xbox if it is not sorted

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    well i have been having this problem for about a week now and its seems to only happen when i am playing multiplayer coop on resident evil 5 but when i play fallout 3 it never does the shut off thing or even glitches once could it be that maybe the processor is straining to hard to push the multi player action on one screen meaning the processor is faulty because dare i say this is my fourth machine going on fifth becuase i i ii i i i i hell i dont know i love my 360 and its suffering is to much to bare :( i dont know why microsoft is having these issues they have the technology to fix this and honestly i am getting fed up with sending my xbox in every 2 or 3 months just to get one with a new found problem

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    My xbox 360 shuts off after 5 minutes of playing time and has 2 red rings.

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    I was playing call of duty 4 and the screen goes black and I see 2 red lights and 1 green one. What should I do?

  • STAT 915 Apr 11, 2009

    i play call of duty waw then after about 10-15 minutes my screen turns black and i have two red rings on my xbox, but my controller is still on and when i try to turn of my xbox it stays on until i unplug it. This only happens when i play call of duty waw and nba 2k9.



    Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    my xbox just shut down and 2 red rings showed up on the console and my controler just turned off.

  • fendersteak Apr 12, 2009

    after playing for less then 5 minutes on my xbox 360 the screen goes out and 2 lights flash red. The controller is still working and sometimes vibrates.

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    my problem is that there are 2 lights but my xbox lasts longer than 10 mins before two lights come on

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    my xbox 360 has two red lights and i dont know how to fix it

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    every couple of minutes my xbox360 goes off and flashes to red lights

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    As soon as i turn the xbox on the fan makes a loud noise and I get two red lights, as it isnt 3 microsoft aparently don't cover it under their three year warranty so might jus wait for it to have a hardware failure aswell. I think its a fan problem but im unsure. Also if i give it a bit of a whack it works for 5 mins then the same problem. Maybe full of dust or something?

  • keay123 Apr 15, 2009

    i only get about 10min playing time before it shuts down and my warranty as expired what should i do

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    Wow, the "voted best solution"s are all about fixing 3 red rings.

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    i have the same as what that said on my xbox 360 consle

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    the two rings of death i think it means its over heating cause it turns off the game but the xbox is still on

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    my problem is the exact same it only lets me play a game for 5 min then a red light comes up

    but when im on the dashboard the lights dont come up

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    the red lights are going arond an dit wont turn on.

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    its the samething for me

  • bookert66 Apr 20, 2009

    x box works fine until i put in a dvd. as soon as the tray slides in "BAM", x box shuts down, t.v. screen turns black, controller turns off. All at once I'm left with two red blinking lights on the left side.

  • eddie_pluff Apr 21, 2009

    i keep getting two red lights showing up on my xbox 360 and it is pissing me off

  • Jrams Apr 22, 2009

    i will start up my xbox to play a game and all of a sudden it will work and go to 3 rings and then it will go to 2 rings and stop at the opening screen of xbox and the fan will stop going

  • Sams1417 Apr 23, 2009

    after playing for not even 10 mins it turns off and shows two red rings but the remote is still on

  • ben96puma Apr 25, 2009

    after a few minutes the tv screen goes black and the in a few seconds the fans turn off the controler still works fine but the xbox quadrents 1 and 4

  • gotrombones Apr 25, 2009

    i have the inercooler system and a fan circulating the air around my xbox 360 and i also have the transformer and xbox 360 raised off the ground and still it overheats all the time and the xbox feels cool to the touch but when i take the game out it is extremly hot! HELP!

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    the same thing is happening tO me all of the sudden oh well i guess i should go skateboard =]

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    I turn my xbox on for 10 mins then 2 red lights come on. I turned it off and then it makes a loud noise and the two lights come on thats it what should I do. I dont really wanna spend $100 for the repair. what do I do

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2009

    the same thing as u dumd ****

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2009

    after a little while of playing my screen shuts off but the light and controller remain on what do i do?

  • dontlookdown Apr 26, 2009

    the 2 red lights pop in about 10 minuts after i start and the x box shuts off

  • olliemadra Apr 27, 2009

    top two lights flashing /no picture /screen blank /top two lights flashing on console /.turn system off restart after 1 hour / fine/well ventalated /starting to happen more often/disc tray not opening/put in 360 disc error/turn power on and off will load game after many tries or says play dvd when game in /dose not reckenoises game disc/sometimes takes 5 minutes to go from xbox logo to dash board/its like wacthing a star going super nova i am waiting for the big bang

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    I also can only get my xbox to turn on for about 10 to 15 minutes before two red lights show up and it slowly turns off everything but the lights.

  • garrett09099 Apr 27, 2009

    2 red lights

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    it sucks cause i can play some games for a while, and others for 5 minutes

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    i start to play for about 10 minutes and then it just shuts itself down and two of the lights around the power button start to blink red.

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    two red lights, how many people have this problem you need to get on to microsoft, they need to except this is a problem like 3 lights and not charge for repair, to many people have this problem for it to be random.......

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    the two red lights on the left hand side flashes about 5mins into a game and I have a cooling fan...

  • mohitchawla Apr 29, 2009

    MY XBOX WAS FIRST 1 RED LIGHT ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT THEN I DID THE TOWEL TRICK NOW ITS 2 RED LIGHTT I LET IT COOLDOWN CLEAN EVERTHING AND ITS STILL NOT WORKING

  • lavon187 Apr 30, 2009

    i have two red light on my xbox360 the fans come real hard for a 5 seconds and then cut off the two red light come the power go from green to orange so what the problem let me know what to do to fix this e-mail me at lavon187@yahoo.com

  • johnhroscoe Apr 30, 2009

    xbox makes a loud noise like the drive unit then screen goes blank and two red lights appear on power on button

  • redsoxrox999 Apr 30, 2009

    Everytime i play Assasins Creed on Xbox 360, or any game at that, After 4 minutes of it being turned on, it shows 2 red rings, ay one kno how to fix this....!

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  • mohitchawla May 01, 2009

    after playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the
    screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the
    console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing
    such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is
    still lights

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    i turn my xbox on start a game 10 min later boom screen disappears and my controller stays on along with my xbox buy its left side lights are on and just flashing wtf right. well once this happened it hasnt stopped since havent been able to play since. some one help me

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    This exact same thing happened to me.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    i turn on the xbox and 2 red lights come on but before i had the three red rings

  • jackychan500 May 03, 2009

    three red lights come on after i turn it on.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    my xbox shuts off my controller spins around on its light ring and the console just flashs red but everything else is normal

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    as soon as i turn it turns on theres two red lights on

  • Hawkeye22 May 03, 2009

    it does the exact same thing as yours did

  • moneill12239 May 03, 2009

    i can't play any game for more then 10 minutes without getting the rings and microsoft doesn't explain anything about two red rings

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    i have 2 red rings then i unpluged the cord tht powers it then repluged it and it showed 4 red rings

  • fixya Abe May 04, 2009

    When I trun on my xbox 360 in a few mins it has 2 rings i have a fan for it and still wont work a little help? c('.'c)

  • nenninger007 May 04, 2009

    two red lights in my xbox

  • xavywavy May 05, 2009

    when i turn my xbox on it lasts for up to five minutes then it cinks out and the two red lights start to flash on my xbox

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    It has three red lights flashing on the color ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    Same exact thing here.

  • siananddave May 08, 2009

    2 red lights flashing means over heating we let it cool and it still wont work any suggestions ?

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    My 360 will play for a little bit but then 2 lights appear and it stops playing. WHAT DO I DO?????

  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    my 360 keeps turning off with those 2 ring red lights and its really pissing me off!!!

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    Ditto.

  • j-collins-35 May 10, 2009

    play for like 5-10 min then it shuts of and the fan stopps and blinkin at me wid the 2 red light

  • Griceus May 10, 2009

    i play for a short while and my screen turns off and my xbox turns 2 red light, but the controller keeps going on. i let it cool for days but its always the same short 10 or 15 mins

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    soon after i start to play a game the t.v turns black and the xbox 360 is still running but there are two red rings the controller keeps doing whatever it was doing vibrating.plz help my gamertag is OR30THUG

  • aljgoulet May 12, 2009

    I was watching a show on netflix and in the middle of the show my xbox turned off and two red lights came on and i turned it off but it didnt feel overheated. Please help.

  • Tiempie1 May 14, 2009

    Everytime when i play Halo 3, it gets overheated in a few minutes... mostly it happens when the game ended. And when i touch the Adapter or the back of the Xbox, it isn't that hot.

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    when i start playing my xbox 360, it will work for about 10-15 minutes then shut off and show 2 red rings on the left side, microsoft says this is overheating but the console isn't even getting hot

  • wallywiffle May 21, 2009

    My X-Box had the 2 red lights pop on also after playing for about 10 mins. or so. I followed the step on X-Box Live and even let it stay off for a whole day. The next morning I turned it on and it did the same thing with the 2 red lights. Its out of warranty and I dont have 120.00 dollars to spend to send it in. Any help would be nice. Thanks.

  • Anonymous May 26, 2009

    Hey. everywhere i read it says that taking apart your xbox and cleaning the thermal paste from the GPU and CPU will work.... it didn't for me. I have tried this twice and used ArcticSilver5 paste to no avail. Any other thoughts? my warranty is void so i'm open to trying anything. Thanks! My GT is xNUBx NaTiiKuS

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THIS IS HOW U FIX THE 2 RED LIGHT PROBLEM 100%
NO STUPID LINKS TO RIP OFF WEB SITES , JUST READ THIS MESSAGE = PROBLEM SOLVED
i found out that the best way to fix the 2 red light problem is to first go to google and find out how to open up the 360 properly,once u know that then open it up get a hoover and hoover all the dust from inside and wipe everything down with a dry cloth.Especially where the two cooling fans are.Please note that if u do open it to do this that it breaks any warranty u have on your xbox but wot the hell its fixed.The reason for the two red lights is the console is over heating,In my case i found out that my cooling fans were clogged with black dust which actually stopped them from working,ever since i did this techniche myself my 360 has never had the 2 red light problem again and everything works much better .

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2 red lights mean its getting overheated i noticed this was happening 2 mine whilst i was playing halo 3 so every 30 - 40 mins i saved and quited and placed a fan infront of the back pannel for about 5 - 10 mins this cooled it down and could be played for longer without thret of over heating

p.s saveing and quiting can be frustrating every 30 mins so do it after that level 30 mins through. :)

Posted on Nov 26, 2007

  • billy 101 Nov 27, 2007

    this may be usefull to some ppl dnt stand your 360 upright that is blocking a majour air vent put it on its side not right next to a wall

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I'm having the 2 redlights also. But my xbox 360 will only run for 20 seconds and then cut off and the 2 redlights will show after it shuts down. At first it was having the 3 lights. I replaced the 4 rubber pads as shown on this site. after I put it back together it started doing 2 lights. atleast we got it to run but for only 20 seconds....could this be over heating in that short of a time...please help

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    Could I have put the fan in backwards?????

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    rich227 Nov 25, 2007

    I fixed it!!!!!



    I took the xbox apart again and looked to see if maybe I missed something. Looking down into the case I noticed that the mobo was bowed. So I removed the other side to see what was going on. And to my surprise the little rubber pieces looked like they were just alittle too thick. so I removed them and used a razor blade to make them alittle bit thinner. Just slightly a little higher sticking up above the 2 x backets. I put it back together again and my son has been playing call of duty 4 for about 30 or 45 mins.



    Thanks for the tips. It helped alot and I hope that this helps someone else.



    Just remember that the little rubber piece must be just slightly sticking above the x backets.

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    It's still working great!~!~!!



    What I did was use these 1"x1" foam double stick tape.

    Stack 2 of them together and then cut to size (alittle taller than the x clamps.) and it works with no problems...

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    Thank you man I thought mine was broken

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My boyfriend's XBOX 360 just had the 2 red light thing start the other day. The fans would cut off like 3-5 seconds after cutting on. The system wouldn't turn on at all. It wasn't an overheating problem though. We also noticed on the gray box, that's with the cord that plugs in, that the light wasn't turning green, it was staying yellow. We got on here and looked at some solutions and after he took the entire console apart...he decided to start small and check the silicon in the gray box of the cord. He fixed those and checked the system. To both of our amazements, it worked! The green light came on with the gray box cord thing, the red lights went away, and the fans stay running now! My reccomendation to people in the future with this problem, check the inside of the gray box on the cord that plugs into the wall first before taking the whole thing apart. It very well could be that. Our problem had nothing to do with overheating. :) Good luck to all

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Umm well what i did for the 2 flashing red lights is that i sucked most of the dust out with a vacuum not any old house vacuum but a tough one like da big ones u see at home depot and stuff but i put the vaccum so it sucks the air out of all the holes on the xbox the ones on the side on top the back and on the bottom it works fine now

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Fixed mine. Had two red lights flashing after I repaired the three red lights with the x clamp fix. Turned out the heat sink on the GPU wasn't making contact after I replaced it. When I took the heat sink off to look at it I noticed the thermal paste I put on wasn't making contact because the heatsink was almost completely clean. I took off one of the metal washers I put on the heatsink side to make it drop lower. So far it has been running for 5 min straight now. Here's a link to the x clamp fix http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/263/62/ . I only ended up using the nylon washers, don't overtighten. Hope this helps someone.

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Ok so i had this problem for about 2 days after i fix the red ring of death every time i would turn on the xbox 360 it would work for about 3 second and the fans would get really loud for those 3 second and then the 2 red lights would pop up and the fans would stop and the 2 red lights would just keep blinking and the screen would be black..... so heres what my problem was


I open up my xbox 360 and notice that the GPU was not touching the processor o there was a little space between the GPU and the processor. So i put a washer in between the x-clamp and the mother board so that the GPU would be tight and pressed up against the processor but not too tight and then i check too see if the 2 red lights were gone and they were gone and now my xbox 360 works.


So i figured the 2 red light means that your GPU pressed up against the processor and the system is trying to tell you that its over heating because it cant detect the GPU... and this could probably be the same with the CPU

Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

  • aaaaaaaaa840 Jan 25, 2011

    I ate too little and drank too much beer one evening while visiting my son and tripped over the Xbox cord and the Xbox fell from about four feet and crushed the power adaptor connector. After I repaired the adaptor it powered up, fans started spinning and then it shut down with two red blinking lights -the two on the left. When the two lights on the left blinks it thinks its overheating. I dissembled the the Xbox and noticed the Video (GPU) heat sink was not touching the GPU in one corner. I removed the heatsink, cleaned the GPU with an alcohol pad - just a little bit - added a little squirt of heatsink coumpound, and it works!!!
    Thanks for the insight

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For the people with two red lights on the xbox360

Firstly i should point out if the lights appear TURN OFF YOUR CONSOLE FOR IT TO COOL DOWN, ignoring this will serouisly mess up our console

1. Move Xbox360 into a area where it can breath lay down
(DO NOT PUT ON CARPET AND DO NOT STAND UP!!!)

2. Do not buy intercoolers, most peoples houses have gone up in flames because they are not that good

3. That massive grey power brick, is it too hot??? have it lay on a cool surface such as wood or stone, DO NOT LAY ON CARPET

4. If you can get a decent amount of gameplay out of xbxox before lights come on, try using someone elses grey power brick instaed of your own

5. With the new look dashboard you can copy the game off disk to xbox hard drive since most people have two red lights while playing most HD games the harddisk may be a way around it

DO NOT WRAP IN TOWELL, it will overheat and damage it

DO NOT PUT IN FREEZER this will damage it

And now for those who cant even load dashboard, your console has a very bad hardware fault due to it overheating, ways around this are to repait the heatsink (although it may be too late)

Xbox shrunk this down in older 360's to make room for the DVD player, in the newer 360's the heatsink is a "floater" which is at least a bit better

For those of you who have given up hope and are considering throwing in the towell, threaten microsoft repair line with "im going to buy a PS3!" or for the repair charge which doubled is the cost of an xbox anyway your choice, i hope this has helped some people out any q's my email is darkrockstar25@hotmail.com

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2 red lights on the ring of light

clean the cilicon of the cpu & gpu .
new cilicon in the cpu & gpu .

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I had the same problem with the two red lights error. My xbox was only a year old and Microsoft told me they only cover 3 red lights. so i resorted to fixing it myself. I pulled the xbox apart and removed the x clamps removing the heat sinks. cleaned the chips and re-greased with arctic silver. also used bolts and drilled the case out to space the motherboard away from the case and more secure mount on to processors. put it back together and this worked for about 3 months. there wasn't much dust inside my xbox event the first time i took it apart but obviously cleaned it anyway. after getting the 2 red lights another 3 times each time disassembling and re-greasing I decided to take more drastic measures and cut a hole in the case over the heat sink and mounted a processor cooling fan and wired it into the xbox fans. FYI STILL didn't work! reading through some more websites and stuff I decided to take the power brink out to the garage and blow it out with compressed air. So far the Xbox has now been running continuously for an hour now. So It seems dust in the power brick was the problem!

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This problem usually happens when you have already had the 3 red lights fix and normally it happens because whoever fixed it didn't screw everything back in correctly and tightly so make sure everything is screwed back in correctly. But I have also heard that it could be the first signs of overheating so if that true get it fixed and get yourself a fan there only about a tener.

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The problem might be your `Transformer` ( I think thats its name) , you know, the big black box thing which you plug into the wall sockets and then plug your xbox into the transformer, try cooling that down. I dont know why but when I get 2 red lights I cool the transformer with a fan (yes I unplugged the transformer first) then plug it back in, the last time i did this it worked for about 3 hours before it broke again.. this is just a temporary fix not a permanant one. The only other thing I can suggest is send it in!

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Great job, tips saved my xbox just in time for Christmas;

one thing i think needs to be stressed, and that is to NOT over tightening the screws as you reassemble your xbox. Mine did not work initially after the eraser fix, but after loosening it works like a champ

again, wonderful walkthrough thx so much

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I have found that if your xbox 360 is getting the red light problem the best thing to do in order to help it cool down if you are in a room with not enough ventalation is get something like a electric fan and turn it up to tbe coolest and just hold it over your xbox for a few mins and it should help to cool the system off

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I had to put risers under the motherboard and also had to put a intercooler on the back vents and now my 360 works fine

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If you try all the other suggestions available, then I have a solution. My xbox was doing the same EXACT thing as yours, so I opened up my 360, (voiding the warranty) and saw that the entire inside, especially the intercooler (or w/e it\'s called) was COVERED in dust! If you\'re out of options, then this is going to be your fix. So far I have had no more trouble with mine. :)

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Ok here is how to fix the 2 and 3 light do the x-clip fix and make sure you use arctic silver 5 on the chips so that it stays cool i did mine two day ago and have had no problem with it sence
i hope this helps

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Yea. you defenately need to clean out the cooling fan. Your problem was overheating.

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Hi.,

For me i did very small i can use any games easly even near kitchen oven !!!!

just fix a small fan like used in pc processor with stick in upper panel .

Raheeeeb

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What you need to do is open the xbox up and remove all components ( there is a good video on you tube on how to do this) once you remove both heat sinks you will expose the gpu and cpu chips. You need to thoroughly clean them with arctic silver remover first then with qtips and alcohol until they have a mirror finish. Go to radio shack to buy all of this. Now you apply new arctic silver to both chips using a credit card to smooth apply liberally (make sure there are no bubbles) now replace the heat sinks and x clamps and all the rest of the hardware. you may need to use a towel trick to trick the xbox into working. It should work fine for about 1 year after this so be prepared to do it again oneday. Hope this helps, kids make sure your parents help or approve before starting.

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I've had this problem, that for some reason (possibly increased GPU/CPU demands of the game) only happened with COD World at War. I couldn't even get past the beach battlefield at the very beginning without the 2 left-hand quadrants (with the console lying in the flat position) flashing red and freezing up the machine.

I'd read elsewhere to try blowing out all the dust with a powerful hairdryer on cold (there's sometimes a button you can hold down to disable the normal hot air flow to just cold...) So I took the console outside the house and plugged in an extension lead and put the the hairdryer on full blast, and about 2yrs worth of household dust flew out from the thing....I blew it out from all sides for a couple of mins...plugged it back into the TV and 'Voila'....success!!

Been playing on it for over an hour now whereas previously, I NEVER got more than 5mins. Try it....

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I had this problem and it is related to overheating issues, in the GPU to be precise, I was able to fix it by replacing the factory THERMAL COMPOUND (which was totally dry) with a high quality thermal compound, after that my console has been working just fine!! I know this is not the answer but it will give you an idea as to where to start.

There are plenty of guides online to open your Xbox360 and take care of this issue.

AGAIN IF YOUR CONSOLE IS UNDER WARRANTY, STAY AWAY FROM OPENING YOUR XBOX AND VOID YOR WARRANTY, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT AND SEND IT BACK IN!!

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This problem is really simple but the thing you want to avoid leaving the console on for more then 5 minutes if the power brick is green if its yellow its on stand by and your fine  you just want to take apart  the console and take off the x clamps and heat sinks for the gpu and the cpu then clean the thermal paste on the gpu and cpu and apply new thermal paste which you can buy at most computor stores. Also make sure your fan is working and also have the fan cover on before testing it .the fan cover directs the air flow to the gpu and cpu now turn it on and it should work no problem.the xbox does not need to be very hot to be classified as overheating people confuse this by thinking that it gets hot enough to cause a fire and if you dont want to fix it you can send me your xbox and $50.00 i will send back a refurbushed one just go to GamerRepair.com and go to contact us and send me a message i use paypal only. I will also be putting up easy guides with pictures to fix you xbox 360 the right way without a charge 

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SYMPTOMS
The two left quadrants of the Ring of Light flash red on the front of the Xbox 360 console.
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CAUSE
This behavior occurs when the internal temperature of the console exceeds the acceptable limits. You may think of this as too hot, overheating, and so on.
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THINGS TO TRY
1. Let the Xbox 360 console cool.
Note You may have to wait several hours for the console to cool enough. Do not turn on the console when the console is hot.
2. Verify that the console has sufficient ventilation and that the fans are operating. For more information about ventilation, see the "More Information" section.
3. If the two lights continue to flash red after you try steps 1 and 2, contact Xbox Customer Service.

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MORE INFORMATION
To try to prevent this problem, use the following precautions:• Do not block any ventilation openings on the Xbox 360 console.
• Do not put the Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, on a carpet floor, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings.
• Do not put the Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well-ventilated.
• Do not put the Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier

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The case of the 2 red lights that appear on the left side of the ring on the XBOX 360 is due to and over heating issue. There are a few ways to cure this problem. Please see below for more information.

The help article through Xbox.com can be found by following this link http://support.xbox.com/support/en/us/nxe/kb.aspx?ID=907533&lcid=1033&category=hardware

1. Purchase a spray can of air from your local retailer and try blowing it in all the air ports including the fan duct to remove the dust that has built up over time.

2. You can open up your Xbox 360 and use the air can to clean out all the dirt from all the hardware pieces such as the processor and so forth within the Xbox console, however if your console is still under warranty through Xbox it will VOID the warranty by opening the console up.

3. Send your Xbox 360 to Microsoft Xbox to have it repaired, However if your system is out of warranty it will cost you $99 to have this done. But if its still under warranty it will be covered free.

To learn how to send your console to Xbox for repair, just visit the below link to get instructions and how to do this.
http://support.xbox.com/support/en/us/nxe/default.aspx

and click the link located on the left lower side that says repair your console, but do note that you need to be signed into your xbox live account through the website to use this feature, or you could always just call the support center of Microsoft.

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Its very simple to fix.if u have left it to cool down for a day and it still doest work you are going to have to ring mircosoft.they will fix it but it will cost about 80 bucks.i said that i got the 3 three red lights because they will fix that promblen for free...hop this helps

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I had the same problem, I went to xbox 360 website and It is a heating problem so what I did was that I put the xbox rigth by the ac vent and it works fine ,I can play for hours and no more ploblems, but vacuum the vents of the xbox is a good idea1 ,im going to do it .

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For the three red lights it is a possible hardware error

there should be a number to call in the manual and they will send you a pre-paid box

mail it to them and they will fix it and mail it back to you in 2-4 weeks

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Pick up a xbox repair kit, and replace the heat paste

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I also had the 3 light rod and did the thermal paste heat sink remount fix and then got the 2 light rod. I found that the problem was the washers I used were a little too thick and the heat sink on the GPU was not seated all the way unless the screws were really tight. We know that the screws can't be overly tight or the xbox won't function so the thick washers are a no go. I ended up just removing the washers and not tightening the screws too much, and now it fires up perfectly every time. I have been using it playing BF Bad Company 2 and streaming on Netflix for 2 hours without a problem.

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IF YOU GET 2 RED LIGHTS AFTER 10 SEC OF TURNING IT ON AND THE INSIDE OF YOUR CONSOLE IS DUST FREE . TAKE IT APART REMOVE HEAT SINKS AND OLD THERMO PASTE GET A HAIR DRYER ON HOT SETTING AND HEAT THE CHIPS UP SO THERE HOT TO TOUCH REPACE HEAT SINKS WITH NEW THERMO PASTE THEN GET THE HEAT SINKS HOT WITH HAIR DRYER PUT CONSOLE BACK TOGETHER ..NO MORE RED LIGHTS...

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I had this problem and actually found this site looking for a solution.
Though I didn't find an answer, I found one myself.
Sometimes, it's overheating, because it IS overheating.
You might need to open your console up.

1.) Find a video on how to open your console up.

2.) Get a can of compressed air and get all the dust out.
-Dust off the fans
-Don't forget to dust off the cooling unit

That's all there is to it. It does not void the warranty unless you mod it.
Good luck to you all

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The 2 red lights indicate a overheating error of the CPU and GPU. In short the heat sinks that are attached to the processors on the XBOX 360 need to be 1) Reseated, 2) Have new thermal Grease applied and Reseated or 3) The exhaust fan needs to be replaced.

All of these options can be done personally with little to no cost to you. As long as you have a No. 10 and a No. 8 Torx Bit ( * ) similar to star bits. then you have the most difficult to find repair components. Other than that, just search for red ring fix videos and you will see exactly how to disassemble the XBOX 360 and repair the unit.

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I'm sorry man. Your 360 has been infected with something called the red ring of death. Your Xbox 360 console becomes infected with this from playing on Xbox Live with other people who have it. It causes an inner meltdown of the system so I think you need a new Xbox 360. There is no known way to fix it. You're in luck if your 360 is still under warranty, but if it isn't, then you got to pay money for a new 360. Hope this helps!!!!

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Rap the xbox in 2 towels for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes remove the towels and turn of the xbox. turn the xbox back on and it should work.

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Hi,

I had a similar problem. I opened up my xbox and found the air vents were blocked with dust. I simply vacumed evry bit if dust I could find and the box has not overheated since. SIMPLE.

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Its deffinly an overheating problem on the gpu or cpu i used to work for xbox in uk and fixed many many of these consoles at the repair centre allthough there are several solutions to fixin this problem that ive read about on the net. the best way i recommend is to clean of thermal paste on the gpu and cpu and replace with new paste and also buy a thermostatic cooling adapter or better fan for the back of the xbox and then it should continue to work fine also make sure the console is in a open a area so it can breathe , the biggest problem with this console i didnt understand is why didnt they didnt put a fan on the gpu heatsink and the cpu heatsink you dont see a pc without one or a good graphics card for a pc without one the cooling design is very poor and that dvd drive completely covers the gpu heatsink just think of all that heat in the plastic im supprised i never had one on fire lol, but now they have made some updates with new floating heatsink for gpu which is cool. best of luck people.

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Move it out of any area where is it overheating!

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Try cooling it down and then try turning it on again

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What I did was I moved it into an area with a fan and I let it cool down for about 45-60 min and it worked for a while, but now I'm leaving it out for a few hours and am gonna see if that works better

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Unplug powerlead and scartlead take your hard drive off and remove ur faceplate.. then hoover any visable vents/airholes and its done!!

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I used the vacum it's seemed to have sorted the problem out

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Two red lights means the unit is overheating. Take it apart and clean it with a shop vac on low. Anyone can do this.

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Well for people that have it like an airplane quite at first then really loud and then goes to 2 red lights i have figured that it might be your fan, there r 2 fans in the back of ur xbox and one is not working i just ordered a new fan and waiting for uit to come in

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Ok here it is the two light mean over heating to fix this problem you must fix the x-clip problem and make sure u put arctic silver between the heat sink ant the two chip this is what i did and now it is work great...did it yesterday and no problem with it played halo 3 for about 4 hrs and no problem with it at all
hope this helps...

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Hoover all the dust out!

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Thanx daniel for the wonderful tips. I hope this will save my console from going bad.

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Great advice! thanx! I had this problem too, I just moved my console to an open place where it have more air coming in and out. Now it is working great and the console does not get stuck anymore!

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Thank you for your suggestions, I was able to cool down my console and now it works great. I just hope it will never happen again.

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The best solution is to VACCUM the dust out of the xbox before you get other problems. The collecting dust is making ur xbox overheat. So keep it clean before you get the 3 or 4 rings of death!

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Your Xbox is overheating

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Its not necessarily dust It could be your CPU inside the xbox.

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All you havee to do to the xbox with 2 or 3 red rings most of the time is clean gpu and cpu reapply thermal paste but you have to put one fan over the dvd drive and one over the other heatsink and overheat for 15-20 min then let it cool down and enjoy it worked for me

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My console originally had 3 red lights, but i was unaware of the extended warranty so i voided it myself unintentionally. I opened it up and replaced the thermal heatsink adhesive that was already there with some arctic silver 5 and replaced the x-clamps with bolts and washers (Always use nylon washers against the motherboard). I turned it on with the cover still open and all components in place. it was normal at first with e73 screen and red lights, but then quads 1 and 2 lit up and the fans got loud and fast. I placed t-shirts over the fans (careful not to start a fire with them on the heatsinks(?)) to do the old overheat trick. after a short while the fans stopped and the lights were still on. I pressed power, turning the console off. after a min i turned it back on and saw the marvelous xbox dashboard! the fans were still loud, though. I'm hoping/wondering if that will go away soon.

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    This is a follow-up to post 71. After a while my xbox would heat up, the fans would go crazy, and the thing would shut off while showing 2 red quadrants. I made sure all the screws were tight and even so that the motherboard wouldn't bend. The prob was that the CPU would overheat b4 the GPU could get hot. I followed the prcedure in this video to cool the cpu and heat the gpu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHtx2P-OY...



    Comment 54's method might be good too. ALSO if everything works when u turn it on but you're not getting a picture on screen, try flipping your AV cable to HDTV then back to TV to reset it. This worked for me and my console's working fine now.

    May your red rings be gone for good.

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I fixed it! Wanna know how?If you do wanna know read here:

I fixed it by opening the whole XBOX360 Console until i got to the 2X part(which you need to unscrew) from there get the strongest most powerfulest vaccum you or your friends have and vaccum through all the holes try to get all the dustmites! put back together and walla its a fixed!REMEMBER ALL THE HOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It worked for me maybe it will work 4 U

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After playing for 10 mins the screen goes off and 2 red lights. After reading posts here i took front panel, top and bottom and just the one side off. then took unit in garage and used my leaf blower of all things (i dont have a dedicated nozzle vacuuum to get into the unit itself) - out came a pile of dust and it worked after that!

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You have to disconnect and reconnect the power cables to the 360. Orange/yellow light means that your power supply is on a standby mode and the 360 is not getting enough power/electricity inside

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One red light signifies a major hardware failure or system error[4] , depending on which hardware failure or system error it is depends on how the problem can be fixed but in some cases there is no easy recovery and the console must be repaired or replaced. Two means the console is overheating and must be switched off and left to cool. Three, the infamous 'Red Ring of Death', means a general hardware failure and the console must be sent to Microsoft for repairs. All four red lights simply means that the console cannot detect its AV cable.

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Well all that means is that your xbox has overheated... you're addicted and play too much. Just take a break. That is what 2 lights are and the fix is to STOP PLAYING!

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The two red flashing lights on the left side of the circle indicate the thermal limit has been reached. (over-heating) Check to see if the fan on the back of the unit is blowing air. There are external fans that can be added to keep the GPU. (Graphics Processing Unit) and CPU (Central Processing Unit) temp down. Keeping the temp down can prevent the dreaded RRD. (Red Ring of Death) Here is link as an example of a cooling fan. http://www.gamerepairparts.com/xbox-360-cooling-.html
Shop around and find one that you like. Remember, when it comes to these computer chips, cooler is safer.

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Hello jbitwa,
See if this helps you. http://forum.teamxbox.com/showthread.php?t=472553

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1 Red Light Error -
Your system indicates this error when only the bottom right part of the ring is flashing. When you have 1 red light on the Xbox 360, it is usually associated with an error code you see on the screen, such as the Xbox 360 error code E74.
Searching for this error code online or in the Microsoft support site will give you the description and solution. Usually the problem lies on the DVD drive whether it is the wrong firmware or lacks a chip.
It may also be a hard drive error which can be resolved by taking it out and putting it back in or it can be a voltage error which usually occurs if you have added accessories to it. It is best to research the error code so you know exactly what to do.

2 Red Lights Error - One of the most common is when two red lights are flashing. No need to panic if you see only see the Xbox 360 2 red lights. Its sole meaning is that the console is too hot and needs to cool down. Power down the system and try again in a few minutes or if possible after an hour or two.
After giving the system some rest and playing in a much cooler environment, you should be back to your gaming in better performance. If the problem persists however, you may need to have it serviced to have the cooling issue fixed.

3 Red Lights Error - f you see three flashing lights, you are experiencing the infamous three red lights problem that many other gamers are frustrated with. You may also know it as the Red Ring of Death.

At one point 1 out of every 3 Xbox 360 owners experienced this problem. This is the one error that you do not want to get. This highlights that there is a serious Xbox 360 hardware problem.
Your options are to send your console back to Microsoft for repair or to fix it yourself. Be prepared to spend a nice amount of money ($140 or so) if you are sending your system to Microsoft and you no longer have the warranty

4 Red Lights

If you have to get any flashing lights on your Xbox 360, pray that this is the one. If the entire ring flashes, it is a minor problem that indicates that the AV cable isn't connected properly or in rare instances, the cable is damaged. Make sure everything is properly connected and replace it if It still doesn't work.

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I suggest you to try DIY Guide that wil explain solving the 2 Flashing red ring along with some other common problems of Xbox like Disc Read Error, No Video Problem and most famous RROD. Even a novice can solve the problem with the help of step by step process given at the guide. I think it's worth trying. If you try this method, you won't have to wait for 3-4 weeks and you can enjoy your gaming experience within 2 hours, once you try this guide.
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2 rings means overheat
leave it in a cold place for some hours and it should be ok

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The 2 flashing red lights may indicate that there is a hardware problem with your Xbox 360 console. The main thing that causes the 2 red lights to start flashing is because of overheating and as the motherboard within the console takes more heat it actually warps and bends until the solders become loose.

Once this happens you will receive the 2 red lights. Even before you get the 2 red lights you may have noticed your games freezing and this is caused in the same way, by overheating. As the chips take more heat they shut off to prevent lasting damage, although they can only do this a number of times until you get the Xbox 360 2 Red Lights.

To fix the problem you need to stop the level of heat the motherboard takes and you can do this in a number of ways, but it will involve opening up your Xbox and working on it. In addition, you could always send your Xbox back to Microsoft as they are offering free repair for this error, you will just need to wait 3-4 weeks that's all.

There is one more option available in the form of DIY Video Guide, that will explain you step by step approach to fix red ring of death within one hour without any technical knowledge.

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Just to clarifyYou have just opened it and it started happening.


Symptoms The two left quadrants of the Ring of Light flash red on the front of your Xbox 360 console.

The following indicator is displayed on the front panel of your Xbox 360 console and repeatedly flashes on and off:
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When the consoles temperature reaches unusually high temperature the console will shutdown the CPU (processor) and GPU (graphics card unit) and the fans will run at full speed causing the noise and red lights flashes at Q1 and Q3, until the console cool down.

Sometime this may be due to the surrounding appliances or accessories of the house: Proceed to SAFETY PRECAUTIONS section below.
Things you should try Restart the console first if this happens again do the following:


Let your Xbox 360 console cool. You may have to wait several hours for your console to cool enough. Don't turn on your Xbox 360 console when the console is hot.


Verify that your Xbox 360 console is well ventilated by making sure that the console is not in an enclosed space. After your console displays two flashing red lights, you may hear the fans operating even when the console is off. This helps cool down the console more quickly.


If the two lights continue to flash red after you try steps 1 and 2, contact Xbox Customer Support. For more information about how to contact Xbox Customer Support, visit the following Xbox Web site:


Safety Precautions
• Don't block any ventilation openings on your Xbox 360 console. • Don't put your Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, on a carpet floor, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings. • Don't put your Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well ventilated. • Don't put your Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier.

If the problem still persist:
is this the first time this had happened?

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Two flashing red rings on the left quadrant of your Xbox 360 console means it's overheated.

Make sure it's properly ventilated in that there is plenty of room around your Xbox 360 for it to breathe, as it gives off a lot of heat. Also, make sure you're not blocking the fans in the back of the console, and please don't use the 3rd party "Intercooler" fan, as that has been known to cause overheating issues as well.

If this keeps happening you need to call Microsoft support at 1-800-4-MY-XBOX. Here is more info on the subject:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907533

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You have an over heating problem. Google "Air Flow Box" or search ebay for it. This will greatly improve the air flow in your xbox 360 you will also get parts and thermal compound to do the X-clamp fix. With a little luck and if you havn't fried your console you will have it up and running again no problems.

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It sounds like your console is overheating, but it's hard to be sure without more info. Which of the four lights are flashing?

If you keep it in a cabinet, try moving it. Make sure it's not sitting on carpet and that none of the vents/fans are blocked. You might want to look into an aftermarket snap-on set of fans.

You can get more info about 360 error codes / diagnostics here:

http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/repair/Xbox-360-error-codes.htm

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1 red light indicates that there is general hardware related problem with the console, 2 red lights indicate the overheating of the console, 3 red lights indicate the red ring of death and 4 red lights indicate that you need to tighten your AV console wire.

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2 reds lights means there is something wrong with the tv signal, try reconnecting your cables and try again

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You may have the wrong power supply for the Xbox. Microsoft produced several versions of the Xbox 360 (Xenon/Zephyr/etc) and all have different power requirements. Find out which model you have by looking at the power input on your xbox, and searching images on the Web to determine which power supply you need.

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I would never recommend you attempt to fix the red rings on your own. Your Xbox 360 could possibly be repaired under the current service contract. Contact Microsoft first to see if they can repair your Xbox 360 for free.

If not then you can attempt to follow the instructions of numerous online help sites. Here is one of the more popular sites that offer repair assistance for the red rings: http://www.squidoo.com/xbox_360_red_ring_of_death_fix-how_to_guide123

There are also many tech dealers that offer repair service in different areas. Due a search for repair services in your area and you might find a more proffesional solution to your repair needs.

good luck.

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XBOX 360 Red Light error, or Red ring of Death RORD is a very common issue, and can happen anytime. There are different Error numbers related to RoRD, and appears on screen starting with "E".

Red light problem can be fixed! there is a XBOX 360 repair guide available that covers this problem and also all other common XBOX problems. You can get your copy XBOX 360 Repair Guide, you can download it and get help to fix your console. Please feel free to message me if you need further assistance click here

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Continual long period playing can cause the console flash the 2 red lights? it indicates your console has gotten overheated. The damaged graphics card is another reason for the blinking of 2 red lights on your Xbox 360. This damage happens due to the overheating which is the main culprit behind all the errors and damage to your Xbox 360 console. there are some preventives that should be followed to avoid the 2 red light error occurrence on your 360 Xbox console.
Be careful that none of the ventilation panels are blocked.
Your Xbox 360 is resting on a hard surface, not a soft cloth, bed, sofa surface.
Your Xbox 360 should not be placed near any source of heat.
Your Xbox 360 should be placed in an open location, not confined to a small place.
Getting rid of the 2 red light error is not a very difficult task. You can fix your Xbox 360 console removing the 2 red light error by your own without sending the console to the Microsoft service center and save your dollars and valuable time being spared unnecessarily. For this you need not to have any exceptional knowledge in electronics, and also it is not necessary to have specific, fancy instruments to handle the console for repairing.
The need is to have a professional guide that will give you step by step and detailed information with necessary quality video instructions. While choosing the guide, please be sure that the guide should have minimum cost with money back guarantee. also make sure it is for all errors because some only give solutions to the 3 red lights (red ring of death)
hope this helps

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2 red lights is overheating, try giving it a dust out and if this does not work you will need to stop the heat build up inside.

To do this you can send it in or use a good Xbox 360 Repair guide to fix it.

2 red lights is purely overheating.

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Two red lights is the overheating issue. If it's on top of a cable box or near something that is also generating some heat, take it off and put it somewhere where it can cool off. Keep your Xbox hooked up in a well ventilated area. Generally just letting it cool off for a few hours does the trick.

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Hey Duhn,
If you're looking to fix your xbox 360, please read my site first. My name's Mario and I've been fixing these things for a long time. Normally you can fix the two/three red light issues, but you have to make sure you do it the right way. A lot of guides are incorrect (and expensive).
http://fixmyxbox360-mario.com

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By bottom, do you mean as the console is laying down flat in the horizontal position? Two red lights in this position indicate overheating, however if this occurs on start up of the unit I is likely to be a voltage problem. Try the console in another room and ensure the washer/dryer and unused power is off, and try again.
Ultimately you may have to have the unit sent in for service if this does not solve the problem. As the infamous Ring of Light codes, (also know as ring of death/fire) are well recognized by Microsoft and all console warranty's have been extended.
You can call 18004MYXBOX and they will send you a container to transport your console back to them for repair.
Good luck

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Go to post #10 on this link if you want to fix it your self
http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=594487

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Proceed to common sense. Solution #2 Bad .
First ill bet it's played on it's side . or maybe
received a hard bump , The heatsink has lost it's thermal
seal and will need to be reestablished. either by pushing
down on etch heatsink firmly , or the xclamp will have to
be removed and new heatsink compound put on booth chips.

This should remedy the problem.
if you need more info ,ask

Rob

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The two rings of death (RROD) xbox 360 error is caused by over heating. You can temperately resolve the issue (in most cases) by wrapping a towel around the system and letting the system run until the fans shut off. For a more perminate solution remove the board, hold a hair dryer or heat gun over the cpu and gpu for a short period of time then apply new thermal paste and reassemble.

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2 red lights is overheating, you can try and put the Xbox in a cooler area and giving it a good dust.

You may have to send it in to get it fixed or repair it yourself by stopping the heat build up

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It's overheating. Consider buying an external cooler at a local Target or Best Buy.

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Two red rings means your X-BOX 360 is over heated you have to let it sit for about 24 hours before turning it back on

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I suggest you to try DIY Guide that wil explain solving the 2 flashing red lights along with some other common problems of Xbox like Disc Read Error, No Video Problem and most famous RROD. Even a novice can solve the problem with the help of step by step process given at the guide. I think it's worth trying. If you try this method, you won't have to wait for 3-4 weeks and you can enjoy your gaming experience within 2 hours, once you try this guide.

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If theres two red lights all that means is that its overheating. unplug all ur cables and put it underneath ur bed for an hour, then plug everything back in and keep playing

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THINGS TO TRY loadTOCNode(1, 'whattotry'); 1. Let your Xbox 360 console cool. You may have to wait several hours for your Xbox 360 console to cool enough. Don't turn on your Xbox 360 console when the console is hot. 2. Verify that your Xbox 360 console has enough ventilation and that the fans are operating. For more information about ventilation, see the "More Information" section. 3. If the two lights continue to flash red after you try steps 1 and 2, contact Xbox Customer Support. For more information about how to contact Xbox Customer Support, please visit the Xbox Support (http://www.xbox.com/support/) Web site. 2 red lights on the ring of light - uparrow.gifBack to the top
MORE INFORMATION loadTOCNode(1, 'moreinformation'); To try to prevent this problem, use the following precautions: • Don't block any ventilation openings on your Xbox 360 console. • Don't put your Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, on a carpet floor, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings. • Don't put your Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well ventilated. • Don't put your Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier. If these solutions do not work for you, best to contact Xbox support at http://xbox.agent.asahost.com/ to talk to a live agent. :)

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2 red lights is overheating, try giving it a dust out and if this does not work you will need to stop the heat build up inside.

To do this you can send it in or use a good Xbox 360 Repair guide to fix it.

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