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Xbox360 power cycles by itself

My xbox 360 arcade edition is going through power cycles by itself. By this I mean It will cut on for about 15 seconds they cut off for about 45 seconds. It has been doing this all day. Here are some more details.
-I recently bought new hdtv
-Just hooked up hdmi cable b/c arcade doesnt come with one
-I have another xbox right next to this one but it has been there since december and this problem just started
-Nothing is plugged into my system but MC and power/av cable/ethernet.

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  • rjay0890 Jul 31, 2009

    While I am grateful for your help I already found this page and went through those steps and the problem persists.

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Do any lights flash etc, if so check below;


Two red indicator lights flash on the Ring of Light, or no lights flash on the Ring of Light. xbox360 power cycles by itself - uparrow.gifBack to the top CAUSEThis may happen in the following situations: The auto-off setting is turned on,... loadTOCNode(1, 'cause'); This may happen in the following situations:

  • The auto-off setting is turned on, and the console has been inactive for six hours.
  • The console is too hot.
  • There is a problem with the power supply.
uparrow.gifBack to the top THINGS TO TRYTo identify and fix the problem, follow these steps:To begin troubleshooting thi... loadTOCNode(1, 'whattotry'); To identify and fix the problem, follow these steps:
  1. To begin troubleshooting this problem, check if the auto-off feature is turned on. To check if the auto-off feature is turned on, follow these steps:
    1. Start the Xbox 360 console without a disc in the disc tray.
    2. In the System section of the Xbox 360 Dashboard, select Console Settings.
    3. In the Console Settings area, select Auto-Off.
    4. Examine the option to see if it set for auto-off. If it is set for auto-off, change your selection.
  2. If the auto-off feature is not turned on and this is the first time the Xbox 360 console has turned off unexpectedly, let's do a simple test before we continue troubleshooting.

    To do this test, turn the Xbox 360 off for about 10 minutes. Then turn the console on and see if the problem occurs again. If the Xbox 360 console turns off unexpectedly again, make a note of how long the Xbox 360 console is on before the console turns off automatically.
  3. If the auto-off feature is turned off but the problem happens again, check the appearance of the Ring of Light to determine what to do next.
    • The two lights in the left quadrant of the Ring of Light flash red: The internal temperature of the Xbox 360 console may be too high. In this case, turn off the Xbox 360 console, and let it cool down. It may take several hours for the console to cool enough.

      Also, make sure that the ventilation openings on the console are not blocked. (For example, the ventilation openings may be blocked if you place the Xbox 360 console on a soft surface, like a bed or a sofa.) Also make sure that the console is not located in a poorly-ventilated place, such as an enclosed bookcase or stereo cabinet. For more information about what to do if the two red lights in the left quadrant on the Ring of Light flash red, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 907533 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907533/ ) Two of the lights on the Ring of Light on the front of your Xbox 360 console flash red
    • No lights are flashing on the Ring of Light: In this case, we should check the lights on the Xbox 360 power supply for hints on how to fix the problem. A green light indicates that the power supply is correctly functioning.

      For more information about the power supply light, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 906103 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906103/ ) Troubleshooting your Xbox 360 Power Supply when the light is not illuminated 906102 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906102/ ) Troubleshooting your Xbox 360 Power Supply when the light is orange 906101 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906101/ ) Troubleshooting your Xbox 360 Power Supply when the light is red

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