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My xbox has 3 flashing red lights,

I have tried turning the xbox off and unplugging the cable completely it still not working,please assist as I can`t get through to the number I was provided with.

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3 Flashing Red lights problem is one of the most common problem of Xbox 360. You will have to either get it repaired from Microsoft (in case your Xbox's warranty is not expired, but one thing to note is that you will have to wait for at least 3-4 weeks to get back your Xbox) or you can Fix your Xbox's 3 Flashing red lights problem yourself with the help of DIY Video guide available on Internet. You can fix yourself without any technical knowledge.

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HI...
You have the 3 rings of death.Overheat related problem. Fixable
If no one's opened the unit it might be still covered under Microsoft's extended warranty. They took it out to 3 years.
If they wont cover it. There are folks like me out there who can fix it.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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Red flashing light and having a code E73


When turning on the Xbox 360, a red light would be flashing at the fouth section of the Ring of Light. You should then recieve a ghost screen indicating an error E 73.
You recieve a screen error E 73 and section 4 of the RoL flashing red. This type of error was caused by a General Hardware Error relating to the Ethernet Port not functioning correctly or became faulty and unable to operate even with or without an Ethernet Cable connected to this port. The secondary code would be identified as 1021 for faulty ethernet port. I believe that there is no fix at the moment. If you encounter this error, I would suggest call 1-800-4MY-XBOX or visit www.xbox.com/support
The specific type of hardware error can be determined by these hidden codes:
0001, 0002, 0003, 0010, 0011, 0012, 0013, 0020, 0021,0022, 0023, 0030, 0031, 0032, 0033, 0100, 0101, 0102, 0103, 0110, 0200, 0203, 1000,1001, 1002, 1003, 1010, 1011, 1012, 1013, 1020, 1021, 1022, 1023, 1030, 1031,1032, 1033, 1100, 1444 and up
More information about these codes and errors, visit this webpage:
http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=484726


  • Note: There is known to be a temporary fix for this problem but is not recommended if the device still has available warranty on it. Doing so will avoid it's warranty, thus for you will pay $100 if sent for repair.
The Sticks Method:
  • Requirements: Xbox 360 (Power Cable and Composite/Component/HDMI Cable), two sticks (Like toothpicks, swabs)
1.) Turn off your Xbox 360 and unplug everthing.
2.) Get two sticks (Something like toothpicks or something that could fit in the back of the Xbox 360.
3.) Insert each stick to jam the two fans at the back of the Xbox 360 to prevent it from spinning.
4.) Plug back cables (Power and Cable connecting to TV; the RRoD will not appear unless the cable to the TV is connected).
5.) When RRoD appears (One Red Light), wait for about 10 to 15 minutes or maybe less for the Xbox 360 to overheat.
6.) At this point, you should get two red lights (Resembles Overheating Error) so remove the two sticks so that the fans will spin in an increased speed. After a few seconds, the Xbox 360 will turn off to cool down (RRoD will still appear).
7.) Unplug only the cable connected to the TV. You can unplug the power cord if you want to. Then let it cool for about 30 minutes or so (Feel the Xbox 360 if it's cool or still warm)
8.) Replug all wires and turn your Xbox 360 on.
The Xbox 360 should now be able to boot to your Xbox Dashboard. I don't know how this fix works but it's only temporary. Note that doing this continually would cause it to now work even if you try to redo this fix again and again. Doing so would make other hardware components to fail permanently such as the GPU for example.

If this first temporary fix did not work, do the second method: The Towel Trick. You can find the tutorials in Youtube. Again, this is not recommended if you have warranty left and never do this continually. Your Xbox 360 would completely and permanently fail after that. if it doesnt help after all this....I suggest sending it to Microsoft for repairs

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1 red light on xbox 369


hi, here follows a possible solution from Microsoft support:
One light on the ring of light around the power button on your Xbox 360 console flashes red.
You might also see the following error message on your television screen or monitor: System Error. Contact Xbox Customer Support. This message is followed by an error code in the format of "Exx," where xx is a two-digit number.
Note If you see error code "E74" on your screen, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 941377 E74 error appears when you use your Xbox 360 console Back to the top
CAUSE A single flashing light might indicate a hardware failure on your Xbox 360 console. Back to the top
THINGS TO TRY Step 1: Disconnect and reconnect all cables a. Turn off your Xbox 360 console. b. Unplug all memory units, controllers, and accessories from your console. c. Unplug everything from the back of your console, including power and video cables. d. Unplug your power supply from the wall, and then unplug the short cord from the power brick. e. Plug everything back in. Make sure that you make all connections firmly.
f. Turn on your console. If the problem still occurs, go to step 2. Back to the top
Step 2: Remove the hard drive To see whether the problem involves the Xbox 360 Hard Drive, temporarily remove the hard disk unit. If your Xbox 360 console does not have a hard disk, go to step 3. To remove the Xbox 360 Hard Drive, follow these steps: a. Turn off the console. b. Locate the hard disk on your console.
c. Press the release button on the hard disk, and then lift the hard disk from the console.
d. Turn on your console. If these steps resolve the issue, reattach the hard disk to verify that the error occurs only when your Xbox 360 Hard Drive is connected. If this is true, contact Xbox customer support to order a replacement hard disk. To contact Xbox customer support, visit the following Web site: http://www.xbox.com/support/contact If this does not resolve your issue, go to step 3. Back to the top
Step 3: Disconnect any memory units a. Turn off your Xbox 360console. b. Unplug any memory units attached to your console. c. Turn on the console. If these steps resolve the issue, reattach the memory units to verify that the error occurs only when a memory unit is connected. If this is true, contact Xbox Customer Support to order a replacement memory unit. To contact Xbox Customer Support, visit the following Web site: http://www.xbox.com/support/contact If this does not resolve your issue, go to step 4. Back to the top
Step 4: Request a repair If the previous steps do not resolve your single flashing light issue, there are no additional troubleshooting steps and your Xbox 360 console must be repaired at our service center. https://myservice.xbox.com/it-it/Pages/welcome.aspx

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What is wrong with my xbox it says error 65?


Error 65: DVD Drive Error.... DVD Timeout, Wrong firmware, dvd is without f/w chip, etc. This can also be caused by the tray not being fully closed on boot.

Flashing red:
1.the av cable cannot be detected
Make sure that the AV cable is correctly connected to the Xbox 360 console.
Disconnect the AV cable from the Xbox 360 console, and then reconnect the AV cable to the Xbox 360 console.
If the four flashing red lights continue to flash, try wiping the metal area of the AV pack with a dry cloth. The metal area is the end that plugs into the console. Wipe the metal area thoroughly, and then try the AV Pack again.
If the AV cable is correctly connected but the four red lights are still flashing, substitute a different AV cable if you have one available.
2.general hardware failure
Try restarting the console.
If restarting the console does not resolve the behavior, follow these steps:
Turn the console off.
Unplug all the power and AV cables from the console.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
Firmly reconnect all the cables.
Turn on the console.
If these steps do not resolve the behavior, turn the console off, remove the hard drive, and then turn on the console. If the 3x Red LED error light is no longer displayed, turn the console off, re-attach the hard drive, and then turn on the console.
Also examine the lights on the power supply. When you turn on the console, the power supply light should illuminate green even if the three lights on the RoL flash red.

The specific type of hardware failure can be determined by a "hidden" error code
Turn the xbox 360 on, and wait till the 3 red lights are flashing.
Press and hold the sync up button (the small white one), while holding that button press the eject button.
The LEDs will now blink the first number in the code (as described below).
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will now blink the second number of the code.
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will now blink the third number of the code.
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will now blink the forth number of the code.
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will go back to the 3 red flashing lights.
You should be able to determine the difference between the 3 flashing lights and the error code lights by the rate in which they flash.

Here is how you interpret the LEDs to get the code number:
All four lights flashing - 0
One light flashing - 1
Two Lights flashing - 2
Three lights flashing - 3

0001 power supply problem
0002 Network Interface problem
0003 Power problem could be the PSU could be the GPU/CPU, somehow the console isn't getting clean power from the power supply.
0010 over heating
0011 over heating - If you are receiving this error after disassembling your console make sure to all 8 of the heatsync screws are tightened securely to the board/heatsink holes.
0012 over heating
0013 over heating
0021 DVD Drive Time out - Can be caused by problems with a firmware flash. This is also speculated to sometime be caused by a problem with the southbridge chipset on the motherboard.
0022 GPU Error / GPU Overheating

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THINGS TO TRY BEFORE REPAIRING THIS ISSUE
  1. Try restarting the console.
  2. If restarting the console does not resolve the behavior, follow these steps:
    • Turn the console off.
    • Unplug all the power and AV cables from the console.
    • Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
    • Firmly reconnect all the cables.
    • Turn on the console.
  3. If these steps do not resolve the behavior, turn the console off, remove the hard drive, and then turn on the console. If the 3x Red LED error light is no longer displayed, turn the console off, re-attach the hard drive, and then turn on the console.
  4. Also examine the lights on the power supply. When you turn on the console, the power supply light should illuminate green even if the three lights on the RoL flash red.

OK, if the above suggestions didn't fix this , I suggest using the link below to further dive into the repair of the 3 rings of death issue.

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http://www.xbox360forum.com/forum/xbox-360-console/64180-what-do-three-solid-red-lights-mean.html

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Hi Andrew Jones,

According to Microsoft Support 3 red bars flashing usually means you have an hardware failure. Here is a link to Microsoft Support that may help you out.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907534

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Agent Xiong

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3 red lights normally means there is a general hardware failure.

Are the lights flashing?

Turn off the xbox and...

Try unplugging everything from your xbox, plug it back in and turn it on.

if that doesnt work, when your xbox is turned off, take the hard drive out and restart your xbox. If it works with the hard drive, try restarting it again after putting the hard drive back in.

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Xbox360


Sections 1, 3, and 4 are flashing red
- General Hardware Failure
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Check the secondary Error Code per the instructions in the section below

THINGS TO TRY
  1. Try restarting the console.
  2. If restarting the console does not resolve the behavior, follow these steps:
    • Turn the console off.
    • Unplug all the power and AV cables from the console.
    • Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
    • Firmly reconnect all the cables.
    • Turn on the console.
  3. If these steps do not resolve the behavior, turn the console off, remove the hard drive, and then turn on the console. If the 3x Red LED error light is no longer displayed, turn the console off, re-attach the hard drive, and then turn on the console.
  4. Also examine the lights on the power supply. When you turn on the console, the power supply light should illuminate green even if the three lights on the RoL flash red.
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Xbox 360


Hi, I hope something from below is useful to you...


Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 are flashing red
- The AV cable cannot be detected

1. Make sure that the AV cable is correctly connected to the Xbox 360 console.

2. Disconnect the AV cable from the Xbox 360 console, and then reconnect the AV cable to the Xbox 360 console.

3. If the four flashing red lights continue to flash, try wiping the metal area of the AV pack with a dry cloth. The metal area is the end that plugs into the console. Wipe the metal area thoroughly, and then try the AV Pack again.

4. If the AV cable is correctly connected but the four red lights are still flashing, substitute a different AV cable if you have one available.


If this is helpful in any way, please rate! Thanks

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