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RRD-how do i get this repaired. I have the infamous Red Ring of Death (three of four ring segments are red and steady) when powered up. i am in the states and no longer overseas (as my email adress my falsly indicate) and it is an american specification console that i have.

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I have three red lights on the power button on my x box 360 an Its not working wat does this mean an how can i fix this.

that means you have the infamous red ring of death. just call microsoft and they will get it fixed for you for free.

May 21, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games


XBox360 error codes (Three Red Lights of Death, Red Ring of Death, X-Clamp)


XBox 360 error codes are displayed with flashing lights in the ring of bi-color LEDs located around the start button, like in the picture below:


They are often called lights of death. The technical name from Microsoft is Light codes.

LEDs located around the start button can be green or red. When they get red it means that there is a problem.
When the XBox is operating normally The leds will be green. The number of green segments indicates the number of controllers connected to the Xbox.
Here a working Xbox with one and four controllers connected to the console:

If the lights are red instead of green, then there is a problem. Here the four common error codes:


A: The code in picture A, with only one red segment on and flashing on the fourth quadrant, means that there had been an hardware failure. The internal component failing is often not specified.
The light code is accompained by an error message on display, telling a numeric code that can better address the cause of the fault. The best thing to do is contacting Microsoft to find out the reason for the code. Depending on the code you may also be asked to perform a secondary error code retrieval procedure.


In the Example above E74 means that there is an hardware fault on video connections or GPU.

B: If the first and fourth quadrant LEDs are on, that means that there had been overheating. Internal fans, CPU and board must be tested.

C: General hardware failure. This means that the console detected an internal failure, but no error code is displayed on screen. Call Microsoft to get instructions on detecting secondary code or sending the console for repair.This error code is commonly called Three Lights of Death.

D: The last error means that there is a problem with the AV connection to the monitor or TV. The code is not displayed if you use HDMI connection, in that case you get an on-screen error code. Test using different cables. If that does not fix the problem, this error means that the XBox Gpu is fried. This error code is commonly called Red Ring of Death or RROD.

In the near future I plan to publish a new article explaining how to troubleshoot secondary error codes. In the meanwhile, if you need more support, you can ask a question to our experts or contact Microsoft.


on Apr 08, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console


XBOX 360 Error Codes

There are several error codes you can get with an XBOX 360, the first step to resolving any problem is finding the root cause. The fault codes are primarily shows on the "ring" on the front of your console (this is the ring split into 4 segments that shows when controllers are connected and what player position they are).

  • 1 SEGMENT FLASHING RED - Thisindicates a displayable error code, the specific error code will bebeing displayed on the TV you have it connected too.
  • 2 SEGMENTS FLASHING RED - The console has overheated.
  • 3 SEGMENTS FLASHING RED - This is the somewhat infamous RROD (Red Ring Of Death).
  • 4 SEGMENTS FLASHING RED - AV cable not detected.

If you have 1 segment flashing red indicating a displayable specific error code then you can identify the fault from the list below.

  • E45 - Update Error.
  • E64, E65, E66 - DVD Drive Error.
  • E67, E68, E69, E79 -Hard Drive Error.
  • E71 - Update Error.
  • E72 - Unknown.
  • E73 - General Hardware Error.
  • E74 -AV cable error.
  • E76 - Unknown.
This is a basic overview of all the fault codes for the XBOX 360, for more in depth information on the faults and how to repair them please see my other tips!


on Mar 25, 2010 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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My console freezes and a red light glows around the power button instead of it glowing green like normal

You have the infamous red ring of death.
There are many ways to repair this. Just Google "Red ring of death repair" and you'll find many articles and videos explaining how to do it. It'll be tough, but it's a doable repair. Hope this helps!

Apr 13, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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The red ring of death

As I understand it, the red ring of death warranty is good for 3 years. Follow this link to check this for your console:

There are also independent companies out there who claim the ability to repair this issue if your console is out of warranty. I have not had any dealings with any of them as most rrd problems are fixed during the warranty period. A brief search of this site will find at least one under local repair.

Good luck.

Mar 05, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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How do i get my red eye fixed

First make sure how many lights are red, red ring of death with light up the player 1,3,and 4 slots. If all 4 are glowing try an av cable (sometimes rrd will look like all 4 are lit but look carefully and often the fourth slot is only reflected light). next log onto and enter your console information. If the rrd warranty is still active, they will repair it for free (rrd is warranteed far beyond the normal console warranty, so be sure to try this before opening your console).

Mar 01, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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My xbox has three red flashing lights, what can I do to fix this?

What you have is called the RED RINGS of DEATH. Also known as RRD. If it is still under waranty, I would send it off to Microsoft to have it repaired. If it is not under waranty, you can find people on Craigslist that can repair the RRD for about $40-$50.

Most of the time the RRD come from the inside of your XBox 360 getting too hot. Once your system is repaired I would invest in a cooling fan. About $20 at WalMart.

Nov 02, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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3 red lights on ring what is the poblem


Thats is known as the Red Ring Of Death! (RRD or RROD)

If this happens 3 times you MUST send your x-box into microsoft so they can fix it.

Oct 18, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360 2 rings

One red light signifies a major hardware failure or system error[4] , depending on which hardware failure or system error it is depends on how the problem can be fixed but in some cases there is no easy recovery and the console must be repaired or replaced. Two means the console is overheating and must be switched off and left to cool. Three, the infamous 'Red Ring of Death', means a general hardware failure and the console must be sent to Microsoft for repairs. All four red lights simply means that the console cannot detect its AV cable.

Nov 23, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Won't load game keeps blinkng red light

If the XBOX 360 is blinking the color RED in three of the four quarter of the ring around the power button, you will have to contact Microsoft for a replacement. This is what is known as "Red Ring of Death." You can find plenty of information on it if you Google it.

Click HERE for a video of the Red Ring of Death.

Click HERE for Microsoft's support system for the XBOX 360 and get in touch with Microsoft to get your replacement started.

It's the ONLY way.

Good luck.


Dec 10, 2007 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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