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Can't play i can't play my xbox360 when i turn it on three red lights start blinking idon't know what to do?

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You have had a hardware failure on the console. You will need to send it back to Microsoft to have it replaced. 

Alternatively, and I do not recommend this but I have seen it first hand, is to wrap the console in towels and turn the console on, leave for 20 mins, then restart the console. Go on YouTube and type in Red Ring of Death fix. Or click this link:

The video has had well over 1 million views and most comments are good. Just note this is only a temporary fix, and you will need to use the console for extended perods to keep it running.

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My sons xbox360 has started to freeze; he went to play on it tonite and it had a three red ring please could you help me solve my proplem thank you.

with the three red rings the only way to really cuse this is to send it into xbox and have them repair it this is a general malfunction sign on the xbox

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It is kepp saying error error and showing red color please fix it we did not play for it a year

if you are having the 3 or 4 red lights that is what is know as the RED RING OF DEATH. it is a major problem with the xbox360. it was so bad that microsoft extended the warranty to three years. the three year warranty program ended for most people but they do still cover for a year. if you didn't have it for more than a year give microsoft a call and they'll fix it under warranty. that is your best option.

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My 360 has 3 rings the rings are red and it wont turn on


The three red lights mean that your XBOX360 is experiencing hardware failure. This is caused by overheating of your XBOX. Contact Microsoft and have them fix the problem. They have given free extended warranty for three red light problems. If you have bought your xbox360 within 3 years, you're in luck.. They will fix your console for free...

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One flashing red light on xbox360 ( not red ring)

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

Once you get this code, go to:
To get the reason for the code.

Sep 15, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Why do my xbox360 says play dvd when i inserted my 360 game disc

not much u can do send it in no warrenty, no problem over heat the thing intill u get three red lights and make sure it has red lights and microsoft will fix it for free

Aug 16, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Three red lights come on when turned on,tryed to restart,sometimes consul will operate normally,until you start to play the game it then crashers,3 red lights then appear

Steve your having problems with the main boad inside of the 360.

Courtesy of LLama, there is a fix for the 3 red lights if you have some patience and it requires some nuts, bolts and some time, here is the link to the page:

Its a clamp fix and this does take care of the problem sometimes. Hopefully it will for you. But the site goes into detail on how to install the clamp fix.

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PS3 Wont Turn On

Hi my name is Juan and I do fix and sell playstations3's so I do know your problem better than any body here the main problem you have is similar to the xbox360 red ring of dead so for now your ps3 is dead no way to turn it on but we have a fix for this problem the only bad part of this is that is done with a special system that is controlled by computer so not every one can do this like the xbox360 ps3 is more complicated in order to get your system up and running we need to have the motherboard or the completed ps3 to reflow the graphics chip some of the connections under the chip are not making good contact and this problem was cause by excessive heat so your ps3 needs to be open and the motherboard needs reflow and new thermal compound to dissipated the heat better there is some guys on ebay they do this type of job there I only sale parts and ps3's on ebay I don't offer this service on ebay but I do have the system to do it so if you like to see your system running again let me know I am located in Georgia.

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My xbox360 has three red flashings red lights?

Ok it sounds like 3 rings of death.. now this will sound crazy but it saved a few 360s that came through me...

Take 2 towels and wrap it around the 360 to make sure it can heat up (YES I AM SERIOUS) turn it on for 15 min and let it sit.. the 3 lights will blink.. after the 15min unwrap let it rest for 30 seconds then boot it up again.. somtimes thats all it needs let me know asap if it worked.. It worked on mine and saved my cod3 life!

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Three red light blinking on xbox360

i have three red blinking lights when i turn on my x 360 any have a solution for that??

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have you tampered the console ??
if not send it to microsoft, they will warranty it at no charge.
if you opened it then there is a big process to do, i can walk you trough it. but let me know

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