Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
Why is the redlight coming on, what does it mean? what can we do to fix the problem?
The red light indicates a hardware error, and could have many causes. If you get three red lights the unit will stop working. The probable cause is overheating, which causes the circuit board to warp thus cracking the solder and disconnecting components.
Microsoft have recently made a $1bn provision against their 2007 accounts to deal with faulty XBoxes because it's a manufacturing problem. They have also extended the warrantly on all XBoxes to three years, even if they only had one year warranties when they were sold.
The new XBoxes have a different chipset which operates at a lower temperature, so if you can get it replaced under warranty that would be ideal. The new XBoxes have also got a proper HDMI socket, rather than a combo VGA output.
In the meantime, some users have got their units working again by blocking the vents with a towel to overheat the unit again, which sometimes gets the solder to run and reconnects the component, but that doesn't sound like a long-term solution! Microsoft have also produced a fan system which you can buy as an add-on to keep the unit cooler.
Posted on Dec 02, 2007
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