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The mysterious red lights

What is the deal with the red lights dang! I got a 360 from my friend for free with no wires and no nothing. he had just got it that way to like the day before. he said it might not work. but my other friend brought his cords and harddrive over and we got it to work like once or twice. but he left and took the wires so i gotta find the wires and a controller online or somtin. but it just has the the same dang red lights!! Thanks for any help you can give. Aaron J. (p.s. i should get my pic on da profile thing soon.)

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Re: the mysterious red lights

Unit overheated or lost contacts with the motherboard.

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After buying new av cables (all i had was an HD cable), plugging my ps3 into my friends giant old mitsubishi tv, and turning it on, nothing pops up on screen. it flickers like the system is starting up,...

Please try the following steps to solve your PS3 problem :

Step 1. Turn the PS3 off into standby (red light on)

Step 2. Press and hold the power button. It will beep as soon as you press it and then about 5 seconds later it will beep again. Let go of the power button when you hear this second beep.

Step 3. Wait for your PS3 to start.

This solution basically resets the video output back to standard definition.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Aug 30, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My xbox 360 is giving me three red lights it turns on but after a few minutes it turns off n shows three red lights

Okay, 3 blinking red lights can have 2 problems.

1: There's a problem with the power supply. Try unplugging the power supply from the wall and the system for 10 seconds, then connect it once more. There should be a little light on one end of the big box thing between the cord to the wall and to the system. Turn your system on and watch the light, if it is green, then that part is okay. Try replacing the wires on either end of the box (or use a friend's which is cheaper ;P). If this doesn't fix it then you have a problem, see 2.

2: You have a hardware issue somewhere inside the console. There's nothing you can really do about this without voiding your warranty. Call Microsoft and get a repair order for it. You'll have to send it off to the them, but if your Warranty is still good, they'll fix it free. If not they will charge you the repair costs. You are of course free to cry softly over the problem, as i did when faced with the red ring of death.

Jul 29, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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3 red lights on xbox 360 tryed rebooting, unpugging everything and rebooting, also lying down and rebooting, taking fan off and rebooting still nothing happening . . .please help it was working 6 hours ago...

Unfortunately the Xbox 360 will need to be professionally repaired.
These red light errors usually happen with little warning. Sometimes you may see strange colors or it will start to freeze, however often times it strikes without warning.
The main cause of the red light errors is overheating. In the future try to keep the console in a well ventilated area and always play with the console standing upright rather than laying flat. When the Xbox 360 lays flat the entire bottom surface area gets very little air flow, causing the console to run much hotter than if it is upright.
If your warranty is up or you just don't feel like dealing with Microsoft; the company I work for GATpro Repairs offers a flat rate repair service. We even pay for return shipping. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Good Luck!
Hank GATpro Technician

Jun 15, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I have two red light on my xbox when u turn it on and nothing works?? the lights are the two left lights and the console turns on for 15 seconds then the fans shut off and red light blink?? any ideas any...

Here it is. The two red lights is a "general hardware failure" but I find most of the time it is the CPU's fault. This happens when the CPU is not kept cool enough so the Xbox shuts down to prevent overheating. Basically it's the same deal as the RROD. To fix it you should do this:

A) Send it to Microsoft for repairs if you're still covered.
B) Send it to a trusted Xbox Repair center. I currently run one called DRAGONF1R3 REPAIRS.
C) Go online and purchase a RROD X-Clamp fix kit. This should come with instructions on how to fix your X-box 360 by yourself and the Hardware you will need.

These are your three best options. If you need more information on my Repair service feel free to e-mail me. (my e-mail is in my description)

I hope I helped you out.

Jan 24, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Playing game, game froze 1 red light appeared! HOW DO I FIX THIS? PLZ HELP

This is a common fault with the 360, it says that its a "general hardware failure" which could mean anything
really. In truth its the lead free solder that cracks with so much heat and as a result the Xbox 360 fails
causing the 3rrod (3 red rings of death) or e74 or even no sound but graphics or sound and no graphics just like you are reporting.

you need to look up the 3rrod repair fix and either attempt yourself or get someone to do this for you. If you want me to provide a free guide just email me and ill gladly help all i can.


Sep 28, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Have not got ring of death and no red lights showing, green light not showing either. have no picture on tv screen and tried on different tv just incase. Please help!

well if you have no green light you have no power check on the big ol brick and see if theres a light on it if no light present try another elecric plug ....still nothing you may need a new power supply they run abouth 20 bucks on ebay....if you ahave a friend that lives close buy take your 360 over there and hook it up if it works your power supply is bad if still nothing you have a power issue with your 360

Feb 22, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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X Box 360

This exact thing is happening to not only me but to also a friend of mine. You will probably notice that the fan kicks on really high and then goes to 2 flashing red lights, this is because the 360 is overheating or thinks its overheating. My friend's 360 starts up with the fan kicked on high and then only plays for a minute or 2, followed by the 2 red lights. If its under warranty send it back to Microsoft, I took mine and my friends 360 apart and replaced the thermal paste with arctic silver, but it kind of only helped a little for mine and not at all for my friends. SEND IT BACK!!!!!!

Aug 30, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360

Call Microsoft. There was a deal they put out to fix the red death you are getting. Only certain manufacture dates apply, so best to search on this.

Jul 17, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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If the lights are red, this means that your 360 has had a hardware failure. This failure is also known as the "Red Ring of Death." If you have bought your XBOX 360 with in 3 years of posting this, your will still have free 3 years of warranty from Microsoft. Call them at 1-800-4my-xbox. (1-800-469-9269)

Hope this helps :)

Jan 20, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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