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Red Ring Around the Green Button

Will not work at all, the red ring flashes constantly

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The standard procedure of operation is to unplug all cables from the unit, reinsert them, and try booting the system again.

The ring is made up of 4 quadrants
Each quadrant on the set of flashing red lights indicates a different issue.

  1. If all of the lights but the first section are flashing, this means a general hardware failure has occurred. There is little to be done other than trying to unhook and reattach your cables. This problem is a sure sign a visit to the repair center is in your console’s future.
  2. If the problem is indicated in the second quadrant of the system, it is merely overheating. As too many hours of play will do that to a unit, the proposed cure here is to unplug the unit from the power supply, let it sit to cool down.
  3. A problem indicated in the third quadrant of the Xbox 360 ring of light is diagnosed as a hardware failure. Once again, try re-inserting all of your cords and cables, but this problem should definitely be dealt with by the repair center.
  4. If all four lights are flashing on the front of your console, this is perhaps the easiest problem to fix. This is an issue with the AV cable not being properly inserted into the back of the console. The cure? Just make sure the cord “clicks” once it has been inserted into the unit.
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RED RING OF DEATH syndrome

CLICK HERE for information about getting it repaired by microsoft.

Basically it involves dis-assembling the unit and replacing the thermal paste between the CPU and Heatsink.

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