Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

4 Answers

Successful x clamp replacement but still has problems

Here's the story for me so far..

I have replaced the x-clamps, used no washers underneath or above the board.
It worked fine, shows green lights when i boot up the console.
I was able to play for 3 minutes or so then 2 red lights show up.
I put silicon compound on the GPU and CPU dies.
I boot it up again, still fine, and was able to play for 5 minutes or so.
Then I decided to clean the heatsink and GPU and CPU dies, removed residues of thermal compound underneath the heatsinks, on top of the dies and also on the sides of the dies (black gooey thing).
When I turned the console on, 3RLOD.
I also noticed that the board is somewhat bent, and when i look under the board, there is a curve or lump where the CPU and GPU are soldered.

I am currently using the shim method, placed 1 washer underneath the board, 2 washers above the board.
When I boot the console, still shows 3RLOD for about 3 seconds then 2RLOD.

So, was it wrong for me to clean the processors of any residues of thermal compound? Another thing, is that artic silver thermal compound on the sides of the cpu and gpu dies?

Posted by on

4 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 69 Answers
Re: successful x clamp replacement but still has problems

Try Again, tighten the screws a little .
Equal loading of the heat sinks for both
the GPU CPU then burn in . keep the fan on
the CPU .
takes 3-5 min for fan get to full speed
and i like to see at least 3-5 more min before
two reds over heating

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 3 Answers
Re: successful x clamp replacement but still has problems

Of course, then he would have had to deal with the rrod issue a few days/weeks/months after it was "repaired," since microsoft "fixes" the rrod with a reflow and a heatsink on the southbridge. imo, microsoft needs to stop saving face and admit that their engineers were more interested in the aesthetics of the clamping system than stability, then do away with the x-clamps entirely. horrible design.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

Re: successful x clamp replacement but still has problems

Yeah it needs to be cleaned off and replaced with arctic silver 5 dude. if you didnt have any compound on there it could have got HOT HOT HOT!

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Expert
  • 121 Answers
Re: successful x clamp replacement but still has problems

Well if you would not have opened up your console nd messed with it you would still be covered by the 3 year warrenty and would be able to recieve a new console from xbox support now i think you must pay a fee for repair you can call them at 1-800-4myxbox

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

3 Answers

My x box keeps on freezing

The freezing happens before the red lights.

It happens because the main chips inside the Xbox 360 are losing connection - you need to stop the heat build up between these and you will be able to fix it.

You can either send it in or use a good repair guide to fix it from home.

Apr 23, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console


The Truth About X clamp mods/ repairguides

What is an " X Clamp Mod" and does it work?

First the X clamp mod kit / guide ,
Are all variations on a theme ,which are to
Remove the X clamp , replace with screws and washer
to force the G.P.U. down to the board and then intentionally
over heat the G.P.U. only.

This will probably get your box working . But the P.C. board
is under stress and starting to warp away form the G.P.U.
After some time, heating/cooling cycles the connections
under the G.P.U. will fail again and now that the P.C. board
has a permanent warp in it and will prove difficult to straighten.

on Apr 17, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

It wont turn when i do turn it flashes red

This is common problem 1 red , 3 reds , no video , video distortions . The culprit is the G.P.U. loosing contact
to the main P.C. board. There are a few viable repair options.

1 have the G.P.U. reflowed ( resoldered ) and replace the
x clamp hardware. This is Microsoft's standered repair.
cost 100.00 . or have a local shop do it for 70.00-90.00
This repair will last anywhere from 3-9 months .

2 have the G.P.U. reflowed . Then have the x clamp replaced
with a Conformal Compression Assembly aka G.P.U. clamping
bracket this will provide you with the most durable repair
and should last 9-18 months ,depending on the age of the box.

3 The repair kits/guide will have you replace the X clamp
with screws and washers and then have you force the G.P.U.
to overheat . I consider this as a last resort since it will
warp the P.C board . and after it fails again will become less
and less dependable.

I hope that help . If you have any questions feel free to ask


Oct 24, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

How to fix the error code e 68 in xbox 360

First remove the Hard Drive and power up .
If you still have E68 1 red then the problem 99/100
is the G.P.U. disconnecting . There are DIY kits and tons of
guides . The kit is nothing more then 4 8-32 screw and washers
that you could buy from a local hardware store for 5.00
and the repair proses simply requires you replace the
X clamp with screws and washers and replace the heat sink
compound . and then force the G.P.U. only to over heat.

This may get your console working , But the P.C. board is
now being used to compress the G.P.U. to the heat-sink after
some time the P.C. board will start to develop a concave warpage
right under the G.P.U. some console will run 1-3 months on average before getting R.R.o.D and will prove difficult to
repair with a standered reflow repair.

There is a better solution to compress the G.P.U. only with out
distorting the board . Just Google " Conformal Compression Assmbley" this is a hardware up grade for a seriously
lacking clamping system "Microsoft's X clamp" . And you can install it yourself.

If you have any questions please ask before you rate this tip


Oct 20, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

E74 problem how do i fix

You have 3 options.

1 have a shop reflow the G.P.U. cost 60.00-80.00
this repair may last ,it depends on the proses and
ie reflow and proper clamping of the G.P.U.

2 Do it your self kit is no-more than a few washer and some
screws . with instructions to replace the X clamp with
screws . This is not recommended since the G.P.U. is
being compressed against the board ,witch will warp the
board marking a proper repair difficult to imposable.
However it will probabley get your console working for awhile.

3 Replace the X clamp hardware with what's called a
Conformail Compression Assembly this will reconnect the
G.P.U. and keep constant pressure over the entire surface
of the problem Chip ( G.P.U.) if you would like more info
just Goggle " Conformal Compression Assmbley"

If you have any qustions feel free to ask before rate this tip

Thank you


Oct 12, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

2 Answers

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

2 Answers

My xbox 360 has the"blank screen of death"

take your xbox apart and replace the x clamps bud

Feb 26, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

E74 message

1st things first, ALL CREDIT goes to lawdawg0931 for this method, please stop sending me pm's thanking me as i'm not the genius, he is. If you wish to send him a pm thanking him please do so by clicking Here

Please use this thread to discuss lawdawg0931's X-Clamp Replacement Tutorial.

Update 29/01/09 - video tutorials available here Here

The tutorial is available Here or Here

you may discuss things like, alternate parts, troubleshooting etc.

The original X-clamp replacement thread is available Here, it contains much valuable information.

I do not want to see ANY posts which say "Which method is better" or similar, both method's are proven to work, other may find one method easier than the other etc.

Once you have performed and X-Clamp replacement, It would be appreciated if you could report your success in This thread.

If you have used RBJtech's tutorial and wish to discuss it, please use the specified thread Here

Feb 17, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

Two Red Lights On A Cool Xbox 360

i have the same problem. the problem is the x-clamps. the x-clamp are these stupid x shaped clamps that keep the heatsink touching the CPU and GPU, over time they weaken and the heatsinks lose there connection. 
you need to look up the x-clamp repair kit. all it does is replace the x-clamps with screws and washers (no need for drilling the holes are already there) anyway it a simple process and anybody can do it and it'll save you money, it's only about £3.
in most kits you also get thermal paste, all you do is scrap the old thermal paste off the CPU/GPU with a cotton bud or q-tip and put a little bit of the new stuff on. the kit has about a 90% success rate and fixes your problem and the red ring of death problem some people get.
look it up on you tube theres loads of instruction videos on it
also make sure you get a kit that does NOT have nylon washers because these just get squashed or melt. 
just type "x-clamp repair" into e-bay to find a kit
you can also find the screws and washers in hardware shops, but your better off getting the kit to make sure they are the right size plus you get  a sachet of thermal paste with it, othwise your would have to pay about £10 to get can of the stuff. 
i'm getting my kit in a few days
if you still have your warrenty call microsoft (number is in the instruction book) lie and tell them you got 3 red lights and they'll repair it for free, if you tell the truth they'll make you pay so it's your choice. they never check it anyway. they just replace the parts and send it back to you.
hope this helped

Nov 20, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

Not finding what you are looking for?
Microsoft Xbox 360 Console Logo

855 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Microsoft Video Game Consoles Experts

Troy Gorman
Troy Gorman

Level 3 Expert

508 Answers

Pablo Gonzalez

Level 3 Expert

733 Answers

Martin Murray

Level 3 Expert

1614 Answers

Are you a Microsoft Video Game Console Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides