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I tried to fix the three red lights using the x clamp removal method and putting in the rubber washers and screws. It worked for 20 minutes, then the screen froze, I shut it off turned it back on, then the 3 red rings came back on. I took it apart and repeated the x-clamp removal method, but now the fan shuts off immediately and the rings come back on and the board wont reheat the power to it is shut off. what could be the problem? I even tried reheating it with a heat gun!

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Thats the three rings of death dude i feel bad for you right now my brother had the same problem with 2 diffrent x-box 360 just buy a ps3 dude

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How can I fix my Xbox 360 if I have one red light on. It was running fine all day and then it just kind of froze so I turned it off and then when I tryed to turn it back on it said E74 error.

this is the beginning of rrod and can be fixed for $40 parts and tools get tutorials from remove thermal paste from gpu and cpu and from cooling units using hand sanitizer and cutips making sure they are mirror clean get 1/2 long 10-32 screws (8 of them and 7/16x.200x1/16 nylon washers 16 of these to replace the x-clamps . then put back together except for pluging in fans turn on and you will see 3 red lights leave on for 2 minutes or untill only 2 red lights continue leaving it on for another two minutes then turn off and go back in to xbox after 20-30 minutes and tighten the 8 screws that should have only been hand tight the first time this will fix your console permantly if it dont go right the first time try it again or as many times as it takes as long as it starts to get hot this will fix it i work on xboxes and ps3s all day long

Oct 13, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite Console - Black

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E20 error, what does that mean?

  • Get the washer laying on it's side and using the access hole on the bottom carefully remove the screw clamp holding the large hole of the rubber housing to the tub drain (it will be obvious all other clips are green compression clips).

  • Carefully work the strainer out of this flexible rubber drain housing through the large hole.Clean it out and replace you will be good to go. Also remove all the hoses and check for a buildup of gunk. Hope this will fix your problem.

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Jul 31, 2010 | Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer

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E 20 error code cleaned out the rubber boot thing it was stopped up put it back together still not working right getting e 20 still

  • Get the washer laying on it's side and using the access hole on the bottom carefully remove the screw clamp holding the large hole of the rubber housing to the tub drain (it will be obvious all other clips are green compression clips).

  • Carefully work the strainer out of this flexible rubber drain housing through the large hole.Clean it out and replace you will be good to go. Also remove all the hoses and check for a buildup of gunk. Hope this will fix your problem.

May 31, 2010 | Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer

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Xbox 360 has three red lights and the power supply light is red.I know its not the power supply because i got one off eBay.Any help?

Microsoft will not repair consoles that have broken seals.

If you got your console of ebay it's probably got lots of screw and
washer as a replacement for the x clamp . If your lucky
and they used washers then the P.C. board may still be true and
straight , so then you will simply need a hardware up grade.
aka Conformal Compression Assembly . this is a heavy gauge steel
plate with a hard rubber pad that replaces the x clamp and will
often time get a solid recovery from x clamp moded consoles.

if you would like more info feel free ask.


Mar 27, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I changed the x clamps with rubber washers and bolts put new thermal past and fixed the three red lights but now the center light turns green but i am not getting any signal to a monitor or tv.

It is suggested to use nylon washers, not rubber, in combination with steel washers, as well. Try using two nylon washers on each side of the motherboard, and two steel washers on each side of the nylon washers. So that it will look like this:

Steel washer
Nylon washer
Nylon washer
Steel washer

Of course, with the screw through all of those. And if you take the heatsinks off again, you'll have to redo the paste. Did you perhaps put too much paste on? Only a rice grain size is needed on each chip.

Are you using the correct M5 washers? Did you use Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste?

Did you allow the GPU to "bake? After you do the xclamp fix, it is good to position the fans onto just the CPU and let the xbox run so that the GPU overheats, and this "reflows" the solder. Let it do this for about 20 minutes, until the GPU heatsink is extremely hot.

I would recommend doing the above because it seems like you may have fixed it from overheating to the point that it red rings, but the root problem hasn't been fixed, and allowing the GPU to bake usually solves this.

Dec 07, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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3 red lights on xbox 360

What is the Red Ring of Death?
When Microsoft designed the Xbox 360, they attempted a innovative method of mounting the heat sinks to the motherboard. During normal operation, the temperature within the case is very hot. Which in turn causes the motherboard to flex against the x clamps. It is this flexing, which results in the soldered joints around the processors coming away from the motherboard. The fault is indicated by the now infamous 3 red lights!
Recent Xbox 360 Elite's have been upgraded with a stronger epoxy resin to glue the processors down. Whether this will work, only time will tell!
The X Clamp fix
The modification detailed in this guide, alleviates the flexing of the motherboard and maintains uniform pressure on the processors, this in turn ensures the heat sinks are far more effective in dissipating the heat build up.
Kit list
Torx Screwdrivers T8 & T10
Artic Silver Thermal Paste
Thermal Paste cleaner (nail varnish remover!)
Thin flat bladed screwdriver
8 m5 10mm bolts
8 m5 steel spring washers
24 m5 1mm width washers
Step 1 - disassemble the console
Stop and take a look at your warranty, is it still in date? If so contact Microsoft for a replacement! If not, then proceed.
Remove the front face plate by placing your thumb into the USB door, applying pressure on the side panel, you will be able to lever the cover off. Do not force it!
Once removed this will expose the Microsoft warranty sticker. Next, we need to remove the side panels.
They are kept in place by 3 lugs on each side, which can be seen by looking through the ventilation holes. Using the thin screwdriver (or wooden skewer), push the lugs through the holes, whilst gently levering the grey side panel up. Once you have released a couple the panel will lift up quite easily. You will have to remove one of the rubber feet, to access one of the lugs and the hard drive if you have one.
Once both panels have been removed, we can move onto the case itself. On the rear of the case are 6 retention slots and 4 clips on the front of the case.
Unclip the front clips using the thin screwdriver, and gently lift the front up about an inch.
Now locate the rear 6 retention slots, and again using the thin screwdriver, push gently into each slot, you should hear a click each time.
Once all 6 have been released, you will be able to lift the top halve of the case off.
Flip the console over, and you will notice 14 silver screws and 8 black screws, remove these using the Torx screwdrivers.
Once all removed, turn the console over and remove the case.
This will expose the motherboard and DVD drive. To remove the DVD drive, simply lift upwards and unclip the cables from the rear of the drive.
Now you will have access to the white plastic fan shroud, which lifts out by unclipping the retention hook at the top of the shroud. Unclip the cable to the fan.
At the front of the console, you will notice a daughter PCB, by the power button. Unclip the white power button cover and remove the 3 screws with the T8 screwdriver.
Unplug the daughter board, this will enable you to lift the motherboard out carefully.
Once you have the motherboard out, you will notice on the underside 2 x clamps.
To remove the x clamps, you will need to pry the clamps off the metal studs. Insert the thin screwdriver into each corner of the clamp, gently levering each one until they are released. If you do 2 corners at a time, it is easier. Take your time, it is essential we do not damage the motherboard.
Once the clamps are removed, flip the motherboard over and gently remove the 2 heatsinks by lifting them up. The low profile one is the GPU heatsink, the main cause of the problem!
Using the Pliers, or small spanner, remove the four bolts on the underside of each heat sink. The bolts are no longer required.
Now we need to remove all traces of the old compound from the heat sinks and processors. Start by using a plastic scraper, usually supplied with the thermal paste or an old credit card! Take extra care when cleaning the processors.
To remove the remaining compound, use the nail varnish remover or if you have it compound cleaner, only a little is required.
With the processors, we are trying to obtain a mirror finish on them!
Now apply a little dab of compound to each processor and spread with the plastic card, we want a thin film across the top of the processor, no more no less.
Now we start the process of re-fixing the heat sinks.
Place a spring washer on each bolt (m5 10mm) followed by a steel washer, insert the bolt through the underside of the motherboard and then place 2 steel washers on the bolt. It is essential we have the correct width between motherboard and heatsink.
In order for the bolts to stay in place whilst attaching the heat sink, I stand the motherboard on its side and screw the bolts in a couple of turns until they have purchased.
Once all 4 have been attached, we need to systematically tighten each bolt, so start top right, then bottom left, bottom right and top left. This ensures the heat sink is uniformily tightened and not one side at a time. Repeat on next heat sink.
We can now plug everything back in, apart from the fans.
Turn the console on, we want it to overheat in order for the changes we have made to reset. Looking at the power bottom, wait for the 3 red lights to go to 2 red lights, this could take a couple of minutes. Once we have 2 red lights, leave the console on for about 5 mins.
Now turn the console off and let it cool down for about 1 hour.
Now we come to the test, plug everything back in including the fans and turn the console on. You should now be looking at green lights.
If you have green lights, re-assemble the console.
If you have red lights, we have a couple of procedures to follow, do not worry, some consoles take a number of attempts before the fix is successful.
First, loosen the screws holding the heat sink in place and with the fan disconnected run the console with 2 red lights for another 5 minutes, then allow to cool.
Once cooled try the test again with everything plugged in. still getting red lights?
Check the thermal compound is not too thin on the processors and before tightening the screws up, run the console again for 5 minutes with 2 red lights. Tighten screws up and allow to cool. Run the test again after an hour. If you still have red lights, run the console again with the fan disconnected for a longer period of time on 2 red lights, before allowing to cool.
It is normal for the console to take about 3 attempts to get all green. If none of the attempts work, gone back to the beginning and start again. Do not give up, this fix has been 100% successful for me.
Once you have green lights and you have put everything back together, run another test to ensure you still have the green lights, remember you will not need the 8 black screws for the case.
It is advisable, to run the console on low settings for about 20 days and keep it well ventilated. Fan upgrades are available, which run more efficiently.
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Sep 26, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I suggest using three copper pennies per Ram chip.
Use a slight amount of reusable adhesive to stick the pennies together and then to adhere to the ram chips.
Also use pennies made before 1983, they're %100 Copper and make better heat sinks.
Note: If problems persist, remove the black screws on the bottom of 360, but keep the silver screws.

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