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When i am playing my xbox 360 during the middle of a game lines verticle lines show up on the screen. i can still play the game but i cant see what i am doing. whats the problem is or how to fix the problem?

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This is usually the first sign of an issue with the GPU overheating (RROD, and Error 74 issue). The GPU overheating is an extremely common problem with the XBox and can cause the vertical lines you are seeing. Once the GPU has been on and is being taxed with a graphics-intensive game, it will over heat and stress the X-clamps. If left unfixed, you will lose all video output and will have to do one of the following anyway.

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If the console is less than 3 years old and the seals haven't been broken at all, you can send the machine into Microsoft for free repair. Otherwise, you can fix they problem yourself by performing an X-Clamp replacement (instructions all over YouTube). It takes a bit of time, but isn't impossible by any means. Or, if you are like me (I just didn't have the time to fix it myself) you can send the unit in to a company like 360-pros (dot) com. I just sent one of mine in last week for this same issue and it runs around $90 (+shipping) to have it repaired.

Sorry it wasn't better news, but at least it gives you a heads-up of the issue so you can prepare yourself for fixing the unit.

Hope that helped! Good luck!

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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