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Xbox360 red 3 lights on front of console.

I just started a game when the screen froze, and around the 'on' button 3 red lights started flashing. I have switched it off and disconnected the cables at the back, and left it for 3 hours in case it had overheated, but it is still doing the same thing. It won't play or respond.

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You have the proverbial "Red Ring of Death"

Your X-box has encountered a critical error and must be sent to Microsoft for repair.

Good luck man, my friend had to send his back twice before it finally started working right.

-Captain Jake

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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