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Red Ring of Death: Red Flashing XBOX 360 Lights Explained
Common Xbox 360 Red Ring Errors
The XBOX has a reported 54.2% failure rate which makes the XBOX 360 gaming consoles' worst "lemon" to date. If you find yourself with the red flashing lights error,
follow this guide to try and pinpoint the problem with your XBOX 360.
1 Red Ring = Serious Hardware Failure I f your XBOX 360 has a 1 red flashing light error, you're more than likely in big trouble. The 1 flashing red ring of light can be due to GPU or CPU failure, RAM overheating, a DVD drive error, or some serious problem with your Xbox 360's internal components. The most common 1 flashing red ring lights error is the E74 error. The E74 error is no easy fix for the Xbox 360 and usually has to be repaired by the manufacturer [though some have managed to repair it with the heat gun trick - but be careful]
2 Red Rings = Overheating Mostly all red flashing lights on the Xbox 360 rings are due to overheating in some way or other, but the 2 red rings singles out overheating as the main issue. When doing the X-Clamp fix the 2 red rings are required to fix the Xbox 360 by overheating the CPU. If you get this Xbox 360 error without doing the X-Clamp fix, you probably just need to let your Xbox 360 cool down for a few hours. Make sure that all vents aren't blocked off and that your Xbox fans are working properly in order to repair this problem.
3 Red Rings = Basic Hardware Failure The most common error on the Xbox 360 is the 3 red rings - also known as the Red Rings of Death (RRoD). This flashing lights problem is the main cause of Xbox 360's 54.2% failure rate. The 3 red flashing lights can be due to lots of different errors but is mainly due to the X-Clamps in your Xbox 360 and overheating. Fortunately, lots of people were able to fix this issue using the X-Clamp and heat gun fix. Follow this list of error codes to find out the real issue with the 3 red rings because there are quite a few of them.
You have what is commonly known as the "Red Ring of Death" There are a few different types of rings (denoted by which actual quadrants of the ring are lit), the most common one can TRULY only be fixed by an experienced tech. You should eject any discs, turn it off, eject the hard drive, take out any other storage devices, unplug all cables from the unit, and mail it to Microsoft for repair. Hopefully it is still under warranty. I got a refurbished unit sent back to me just a week after I sent my own off to them when this happened to me a couple years ago, I had a custom face plate on mine so I had to remove that as well when I sent it in because I was not guaranteed to get my actual unit back.
I had this problem with my Xbox 360 with the three red rings. I did a Google search and found alot of the
fix it yourself websites. I tried it and not only was I not able to fix it I
made the problem worse. So then I started looking for repair places. I came
across www.videogame911.com. I filled out their online order form and sent my
XBOX repair off. Within days of shipping it out
I had my system back. They were very quick and affordable and they provide a
warranty. I've had my system back for over 3 months now. I play it for at least
3 hours a night and I have had absolutely no problems with it. I would highly
recommend them if your looking to have your video
just got mine fixed call1-800-469-9269 took one week to get it back one of the first xbox 360 to come out . red death ring is because it over heated .didnt cost me anythang they even sent me the boxes to ship it in
What you are experiencing is known as the Red Ring of Death. You 360 has malfunctioned for one reason or another and no longer works. You can call 1-800-4-MY-XBOX (1-800-469-9269) or go to the support page listed at the bottom and click "repair my console" and they will repair it for free. The only downside is that you will have to wait a couple weeks (usually no more than two) for it to come back. Everything is paid for by Microsoft, including shipping. Sorry about your inconvenience.