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2 ring of death

I turn on my xbox 360, and everythings green, even the ac adapter plug in thing, and it starts to work normally. but after 5 to 10 minutes of play the screen goes black, the xbox starts flashing 2 red lights, and my controller flips out, acting like its still on but flashing. what should i do??? i thought it was over heating the other day, but when it did this the last time, everything was cool. plus, i already a small fan blowing toward the xbox! please help!!!

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  • originalpran May 26, 2009

    thank you. i have my xbox standing up next to my t.v. on a wood surface, next to my door, in a corner. and the ac adapter thing is on top of my t.v., could the place where my xbox is just be the problem? or is this just not helping with the problem?


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MS is one of the worst companies I have ever seen in reliability. If something of theres doesn't work they say woops! Buy a new one.. and they move on to steal more ideas.

I got the 2 ring of death and tried the xclamp fix- worked for 30 min. Doesn't run more than 5 mins now. There is no dust in it and the fans are working fine.

I've read that my xbox my have gotten so hot with the default config that it melted the sodder off itself. WTF

If someone finds a GOOD solution (versus the typical MS resonse given by localwonder)

Also I have run my xbox with a fan blasting air into it and this doesn't affect the 5 min uptime.

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This is heat related and your Gpu chip is experiencing (Thermal Interface Material) failuer.

Alternatively Overheating can be cause by the console locking up or "freezing" after a set amount of time. Lockups that occur at a specific point in a game are generally problems with the game itself and not caused by overheating.


1. Let the Xbox 360 console cool.
Note You may have to wait several hours for the console to cool enough. Do not turn on the console when the console is hot.
2. Verify that the console has sufficient ventilation and that the fan is operating. For more information about ventilation, see the "More Information" section.

To try to prevent this problem, use the following precautions:

* Do not block any ventilation openings on the Xbox 360 console.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well-ventilated.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier.

Some people think that doing this might help "fix" an overheating console, in fact doing so could cause even bigger problems. Electronic devices like your console are made to function at and around room temperature, extreme cold temperatures can often cause just as many problems as extreme warm temperatures (such as overheating). Also if the console is located in a dramatically cold area while running, the difference in temperature between the hot console and cold air can create condensation which in turn will short out your console making the situation far worse. Condensation will happen more quickly if your console is overheating due to the greater difference in temperature. In short... DON'T DO IT.

A more aggressive Solution to overheating is to improve the cooling system of the console. The best solution is to replace the thermal compound. If you attempt this you do so at your own risk. If you're console is still under waranty it is recommended that you contact MS for a replacement before attempting to fix it yourself.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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    Michael Masters May 26, 2009

    The location of the unit may have caused this. due to the overheating, the GPU chip may be damaged. i would move it and put it in a well ventilate area on a flat surface.

    Try to run a game or movie this way. hopefully, there will be no residual damage.


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What has happened is obvious when you see what the
heat sink compound does when the box is on it's side.
It slowly seeps away from the chips ,due to heat and gravity.
Till a slight warp-age of the board breaks the thermal seal.
and you get a fast fan and 2 reds.

The solution is to remove the both heat sinks ,and reapply heat
sink compound and put the X clamps back on this should remedy
the problem. but it will void the warranty.

If you need more info, just ask.


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You know what you could do to fix your overheating problems!?

open your xbox and switch the fans so the air will be sucked in not out! that way the system gets more cooling performance! of course the fans are designed to be place one way only, but with some brains you can switch them and make the cold air cool down your gpu! i did this to my xbox and its working like a charm! this is TRUE!

Microsoft did this so you would have to buy a new one or send it to repairs! why not do it yourself?

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It is a over heating of the x box try checking the fan for dirt or move it in to a wide open area

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