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Red light flashing what do i do? my xbox manufacture date is 8/16/07

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How many lights are flashing?

1 light - General Hardware failure.
2 lights - Your XBOX is overheating.
3 lights - The Headsinks on your CPU and GPU are not cooling them sufficiently
4 lights - The A/V cable is either not connected properly or is not being recognized by the XBOX.

There is an X-Clamp fix which can be used to fix the 3 red lights.

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X Box 360 Arcade - when you turn on a flashing red ring around the on button comes on.

If all the lights around it are flashing then most likely you have the red ring of death problem. Microsoft covers with warranty from 3 years after the manufactured date which you can find on the back of the 360. If it's still covered have it repaired otherwise you may want to consider selling it for parts and buying a replacement.
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Red Ring of Death: Red Flashing XBOX 360 Lights Explained Common Xbox 360 Red Ring Errors The XBOX has a reported 54.2% failure rate which makes the XBOX 360 gaming consoles' worst "lemon" to date. If you find yourself with the red flashing lights error, --> lg.php?category_id=15&content_type=article&content_type_id=2663399&key_page=682482001924178892&site_id=1&bannerid=11791&campaignid=3153&zoneid=23&loc=1& follow this guide to try and pinpoint the problem with your XBOX 360.

1 Red Ring = Serious Hardware Failure
I f your XBOX 360 has a 1 red flashing light error, you're more than likely in big trouble. The 1 flashing red ring of light can be due to GPU or CPU failure, RAM overheating, a DVD drive error, or some serious problem with your Xbox 360's internal components. The most common 1 flashing red ring lights error is the E74 error. The E74 error is no easy fix for the Xbox 360 and usually has to be repaired by the manufacturer [though some have managed to repair it with the heat gun trick - but be careful]

2 Red Rings = Overheating
Mostly all red flashing lights on the Xbox 360 rings are due to overheating in some way or other, but the 2 red rings singles out overheating as the main issue. When doing the X-Clamp fix the 2 red rings are required to fix the Xbox 360 by overheating the CPU. If you get this Xbox 360 error without doing the X-Clamp fix, you probably just need to let your Xbox 360 cool down for a few hours. Make sure that all vents aren't blocked off and that your Xbox fans are working properly in order to repair this problem.

3 Red Rings = Basic Hardware Failure
The most common error on the Xbox 360 is the 3 red rings - also known as the Red Rings of Death (RRoD). This flashing lights problem is the main cause of Xbox 360's 54.2% failure rate. The 3 red flashing lights can be due to lots of different errors but is mainly due to the X-Clamps in your Xbox 360 and overheating. Fortunately, lots of people were able to fix this issue using the X-Clamp and heat gun fix. Follow this list of error codes to find out the real issue with the 3 red rings because there are quite a few of them.

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My xbox has 3 flashing red lights on front. What does this mean

It means your system has the dreaded RROD Or Red Ring Of Death,

If you turn the system on and hold the sync button and then hit the eject button, You can find its code you will have to do it 4 times, 1 light means 1 2 lights means 2 3 Means 3 and 4 lights means 0.

You can usually get a code like 0020 0102 and so on, below is a link that will tell you what each error code means,

also look at the back of your system locate the manufacture date, If it's within 3 years of that date don't open the system call microsoft and have them fix it for free.

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I have a E74 error with 1 red flashing light

What is the date of manufacture of your XBox 360? You have a warranty up to THREE YEARS against E74 errors with Microsoft. If it's beyond 3 years, I know of a company that can fix it up for you pretty cheap and give you a decent warranty.

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Xbox red flashing light e74

What is the date of manufacture on the back of your XBox 360?

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My son's xbox 360 console has a red ring flashing

The console has a general hardware failure, if the console is less than 3 years old, and has not been tampered with in any way ie:the console has not been opened,microsoft will repair this issue FREE of charge, click on the link to book a repair,you will need the serial number, and the date of manufacture, these are on the back of the console.
If this helps, thumbs up, if you need further assistance, comment .

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We have three red flashing lights on the on/off button when we turn the xbox on. The Xbox will not load.

3 red lights is the most common error it is caused by the GPU and the CPU overheating and to fix it you need to either get a good xbox 360 Repair guide or send it in.

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Call Microsoft. There was a deal they put out to fix the red death you are getting. Only certain manufacture dates apply, so best to search on this.

Jul 17, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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There are three red lights flashing


That is affectionately know as the Red Ring of Death!

Never fear, Microsoft provided an extended warranty on this fault! On the rear of your Xbox there should be a label with a date on, this will tell you the manufacture date.

Goto Xbox Support

and follow the link on the right for the repair process.

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I think this is affectionately known as the Red Ring of Death!

Never fear, Microsoft provided an extended warranty on this fault! On the rear of your Xbox there should be a label with a date on, this will tell you the manufacture date.

Goto Xbox Support

and follow the link on the right for the repair process.

Mar 22, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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