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After playing a game for 5 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was...

2 red lights is overheating, try giving it a dust out and if this does not work you will need to stop the heat build up inside.

To do this you can send it in or use a good Xbox 360 Repair guide to fix it.

Jan 20, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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When I out any game in it works for like 5 mins then freezes

Yes the freezing is the GPU overheating, you can fix it yourself with ease, or you can send it in to have it fixed.

Just stop the heat it is simple.

Dec 16, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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What's wrong if it just frezzez less than 5 min after turning it on

If you are getting freeze ups then this is because the GPU and the CPU are overheating, you can stop the heat and fix it yourself or send it in to get it fixed.

Dec 09, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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After playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console

Hi. This two light error code is signaling that the console is overheating.

Overheating can be cause by the console locking up or "freezing" after a set amount of time. Lockups that occur at a specific point in a game are generally problems with the game itself and not caused by overheating.


1. Let the Xbox 360 console cool.
Note You may have to wait several hours for the console to cool enough. Do not turn on the console when the console is hot.
2. Verify that the console has sufficient ventilation and that the fan is operating.

To try to prevent this problem, use the following precautions:

* Do not block any ventilation openings on the Xbox 360 console.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well-ventilated.
* Do not put the Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier.

Some people think that doing this might help "fix" an overheating console, in fact doing so could cause even bigger problems. Electronic devices like your console are made to function at and around room temperature, extreme cold temperatures can often cause just as many problems as extreme warm temperatures (such as overheating). Also if the console is located in a dramatically cold area while running, the difference in temperature between the hot console and cold air can create condensation which in turn will short out your console making the situation far worse. Condensation will happen more quickly if your console is overheating due to the greater difference in temperature. In short... DON'T DO IT.

A more aggressive Solution to overheating is to improve the cooling system of the console. The best solution is to replace the thermal compound. If you attempt this you do so at your own risk. If you're console is still under warranty it is recommended that you contact MS for a replacement before attempting to fix it yourself.

Nov 02, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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2 ring of death

MS is one of the worst companies I have ever seen in reliability. If something of theres doesn't work they say woops! Buy a new one.. and they move on to steal more ideas.

I got the 2 ring of death and tried the xclamp fix- worked for 30 min. Doesn't run more than 5 mins now. There is no dust in it and the fans are working fine.

I've read that my xbox my have gotten so hot with the default config that it melted the sodder off itself. WTF

If someone finds a GOOD solution (versus the typical MS resonse given by localwonder)

Also I have run my xbox with a fan blasting air into it and this doesn't affect the 5 min uptime.

May 26, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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2 flashing red lights

That red light setup means that the system is overheating. You should be able to leave it off and just go again, but if it keeps doing it consistently like you say, I have to ask: is the console or the power supply box on a carpet? I recommend leaving them on a hard surface to prevent insulating any heat. These parts are prone to overheat. If that doesn't help, I dunno. Ask Microsoft. Probably an internal issue with heat sinks or heat compound, I'd recon.

Oct 05, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Two red rings

The 2 flashing red lights may indicate that there is a hardware problem with your Xbox 360 console. The main thing that causes the 2 red lights to start flashing is because of overheating and as the motherboard within the console takes more heat it actually warps and bends until the solders become loose.

Once this happens you will receive the 2 red lights. Even before you get the 2 red lights you may have noticed your games freezing and this is caused in the same way, by overheating. As the chips take more heat they shut off to prevent lasting damage, although they can only do this a number of times until you get the Xbox 360 2 Red Lights.

To fix the problem you need to stop the level of heat the motherboard takes and you can do this in a number of ways, but it will involve opening up your Xbox and working on it. In addition, you could always send your Xbox back to Microsoft as they are offering free repair for this error, you will just need to wait 3-4 weeks that's all.

There is one more option available in the form of DIY Video Guide, that will explain you step by step approach to fix red ring of death within one hour without any technical knowledge.


Jul 18, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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