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Immediate RROD and fans only run for a second

This unit came to me 3RROD, its the dual socket HDMi/Tv model unit.

i have repaired successfully several other 360s using the Xclamp fix bolts and washers. someone had already done the fix on this one but the paste was very thick. i cleaned it all off thoroughly, used new washers and new Artic 5 Past, and i have now done this twice on this Xbox.

when i hit the on button the rear fans run for about 1/2 second and stop with 3 reds. i replaced the fans thinking perhaps one might faulty either drawing too much r little current, but the same result persists.

i have left it on for a couple of hours but its not getting hot enough to affect the solder (as claimed in the towel trick).

the psu indicator returns to orange after initially flashing green on start up.

i tried a known to be working PSU brick too

so any idea's/suggestions i would be grateful

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  • coppab Feb 13, 2009

    I just repaired the red ring with the washer method and now I have 2 red rings doing the exact thing that you explained. I have added thermal paste and no change and have played around a bit with some other things.


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Hey i had the same prob after x-clamping took it all bk out of the caseing same, then i unpluged the dvd player it worked fine pluged it bk in and havent hade a problem yet defantly worth u trying

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It is shorting out the motherboard. Somewhere on the board is in contact with the metal case. Try putting the pads back underneath the motherbaord.

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Why the X-Clamp fix is useless - How to really fix the RROD

If you Google “Xbox 360 RROD” you will find countless web sites about the “X-clamp fix”.

Every web sites you find will say “MS screwed up only have the x-clamps hold the heatsinks on”

But if you have disassembled your Xbox 360, then you should think about that! All the X-clamps do is hold the heatsinks to the circuit board so that it’s easier to put the screws in!
The black screws hold the heatsinks in place, and when those are in there is no “wiggle” of the system.

The only reason some people report success with the X-clamp fix is that they “bake” the GPU. This is really what is fixing the system, NOT the bolt replacement.

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Reflowing is THE ONLY THING that will fix this problem.

There are several methods of reflowing. Here they are:
1. The “towel trick” – Wrap your system in a towel so it gets hot and reflows. This is dangerous because you have no control over what components get hot!

2. The “fan trick” - Stick something in the left fan so that it does not spin. This causes the GPU to overheat and reflow itself, while keeping the rest of the system cooler. This is still not ideal but much better than the towel trick!

3. Heatgun reflow – With the system disassembled, Wave a heatgun over the GPU for 40-60 seconds. This method is better because it offers localized heat only.

4. Hot air/Infrared Reflow – This involves using a rework station to reflow the solder. Ideally, flux is used to make the solder “stick” better.

All of these methods can potentially fix the RROD, but none will PREVENT it from happening again!

There are several ways you can improve the cooling of your system to prevent the RROD from ever happening again!

1. Buy an external fan. Stay away from the ones that use the Xbox 360 power connector. A USB or self powered fan are best.

2. Run the system without it’s case – Not pretty, but it works!

3. Cut the metal mesh out from behind the fans. The air being forced through those holes can really limit the air flow.

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So to summarize:
Replacing the X-clamps does NOTHING except cause you headaches.
Reflowing the GPU in 90% of cases is what’s needed.
Preventative maintenance of some sort is required to keep your system running. In other words, better cooling.

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