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Can you fry your xbox 360

One day my Xbox 360 shut down and two red rings lit up the left quadrant or side. I heard that meant overheated so I put my Xbox in a well ventilated area and left it alone for three days. And when got to plug it back up and play the rings come back. Someone please give me some answers. Also I had my Xbox for a year in a half if that helps.

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    echelon09 May 11, 2010

    how long before it shuts off?

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It has been overheated and needs to be reflowed. So if its still under warrenty send it in. If not pony up the cash to send it in and get a new one. You will most likely get a newer version motherboard and they stay pretty cool...

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The two red lights is an overheating issue. It correlates with the 3 red lights. First check with Microsoft if your warranty seal is still intact and ask them if its under warranty. also there are some vary qualified technicians who guaranty their work up to 90 days.

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Once this happens you will receive the 2 red lights. Even before you get the 2 red lights you may have noticed your games freezing and this is caused in the same way, by overheating. As the chips take more heat they shut off to prevent lasting damage, although they can only do this a number of times until you get the Xbox 360 2 Red Lights.

To fix the problem you need to stop the level of heat the motherboard takes and you can do this in a number of ways, but it will involve opening up your Xbox and working on it. In addition, you could always send your Xbox back to Microsoft as they are offering free repair for this error, you will just need to wait 3-4 weeks that's all.

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