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360 when i put my xbox 360 on either by the main button or by the controller, i am getting no start up, only red led flashing around the main startup button, i have checked all connections and they seem fine, this only happened 2 days ago. help?

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I too suggest calling Microsoft. They are so much aware of this particular problem that they have extended the warranty (for this problem only, meaning the red rings) to 3 years. I had the same thing happen to me. Call them and explain the situation. They then send you an empty box via UPS. When you send your 360 to them, you send JUST the 360. Make sure the hard drive is removed, and that there is no disc in the tray. It took about 2 to 3 weeks to get it back, but when I did, I received a newer model, which quite frankly, seemed more quiet and a little faster (reading the discs) than my prior 360.

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Your xbox 360 most likely needs to be shipped back to microsoft for repairs. You can contact them at 1-800-4MY-XBOX.

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The power button has a blinking red light, what does this mean?

4 flashing red light = av cable not connected. double check id av cable is connected properly. try using different av cable.

3 flashing red light = hardware problem . may require repair

2 flashing red light = overheating

1 flashing red light on bottom right LED with error code = hardware failure may require repair

Jul 04, 2011 | Buck Legendary: The Box for Xbox 360


XBox360 error codes (Three Red Lights of Death, Red Ring of Death, X-Clamp)


XBox 360 error codes are displayed with flashing lights in the ring of bi-color LEDs located around the start button, like in the picture below:


They are often called lights of death. The technical name from Microsoft is Light codes.

LEDs located around the start button can be green or red. When they get red it means that there is a problem.
When the XBox is operating normally The leds will be green. The number of green segments indicates the number of controllers connected to the Xbox.
Here a working Xbox with one and four controllers connected to the console:

If the lights are red instead of green, then there is a problem. Here the four common error codes:


A: The code in picture A, with only one red segment on and flashing on the fourth quadrant, means that there had been an hardware failure. The internal component failing is often not specified.
The light code is accompained by an error message on display, telling a numeric code that can better address the cause of the fault. The best thing to do is contacting Microsoft to find out the reason for the code. Depending on the code you may also be asked to perform a secondary error code retrieval procedure.


In the Example above E74 means that there is an hardware fault on video connections or GPU.

B: If the first and fourth quadrant LEDs are on, that means that there had been overheating. Internal fans, CPU and board must be tested.

C: General hardware failure. This means that the console detected an internal failure, but no error code is displayed on screen. Call Microsoft to get instructions on detecting secondary code or sending the console for repair.This error code is commonly called Three Lights of Death.

D: The last error means that there is a problem with the AV connection to the monitor or TV. The code is not displayed if you use HDMI connection, in that case you get an on-screen error code. Test using different cables. If that does not fix the problem, this error means that the XBox Gpu is fried. This error code is commonly called Red Ring of Death or RROD.

In the near future I plan to publish a new article explaining how to troubleshoot secondary error codes. In the meanwhile, if you need more support, you can ask a question to our experts or contact Microsoft.


on Apr 08, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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How do i sync the wirless controller to the xbox

There's a button on the front of your 360 and the same button is on the front of the controller. You hit the button on the 360 and the green lights around the power button start to circle. Then you hit it on your controller and the green lights around the xbox guide button start to circle. In a second or two they'll find each other and both will flash at the same time, and it's synced up. I've linked a video for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim.

Jun 27, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller

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Whenever I try to turn on my xbox 360 I get a red ring around the power button.

These red leds(also know as the red ring of death or RROD) around the power button is a way for the xbox to tell you that something is wrong. Different combinations usually have to do with different errors. I recommend that you send it to a repair shop or back to microsoft if the warranty is still good. Don't forget to give them any relevant information and which leds were flashing. Also an error code would help them alot.

May 28, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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Has 3 red blinking lights

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, --> lg.php?category_id=15&content_type=article&content_type_id=2663399&key_page=682482001924178892&site_id=1&bannerid=11791&campaignid=3153&zoneid=23&loc=1& 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.

Jan 07, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Trying to turn xbox on and getting blinking red ring around power button

If you are having three red lights flashing around the power button with upper right corner not flashing, it means that your Xbox 360 is having a general hardware failure. This is caused by the internal components of the console experiencing a malfunction. You can contact Microsoft Xbox Support for it to be repaired.

May 10, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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When i turn my xbox 360 on it starts running hard then the controller lights on the device start flashing red.

Four lights around the power button flash red on your Xbox 360 console. Four flashing lights indicates that the console does not detect an audio/video (AV) cable.
Note Four flashing red lights will not appear on consoles that have both an AV port and an HDMI port.

Mar 24, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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One flashing red light on xbox360 ( not red ring)

The specific type of hardware failure can be determined by a "hidden" error code
Turn the xbox 360 on, and wait till the 3 red lights are flashing.
Press and hold the sync up button (the small white one), while holding that button press the eject button.
The LEDs will now blink the first number in the code (as described below).
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will now blink the second number of the code.
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will now blink the third number of the code.
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will now blink the forth number of the code.
Release the eject button and press it again.
The LEDs will go back to the 3 red flashing lights.
You should be able to determine the difference between the 3 flashing lights and the error code lights by the rate in which they flash.
Here is how you interpret the LEDs to get the code number:
All four lights flashing - 0
One light flashing - 1
Two Lights flashing - 2
Three lights flashing - 3

Once you get this code, go to:
To get the reason for the code.

Sep 15, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Third LED lights up then, turns off and A button doesn't work

Change battery, or by new battery slot thingy and put it in.

Mar 28, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller

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Wireless controller wil not sync with xbox 360

turn on the console. let it start up all the way. turn on the controller. on the console to the right side of the two memory card slots is a little button. press and hold it til the green lights start flashing around the power button. there is a little button on top of the controller. when the lights around the power button are flashing, press and hold the button on the top of the controller til the lights around the center button start flashing and then it should sync together

Feb 18, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

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