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Red lights flash around power when I turn it on

I have everything plugged in correctly but after I turn it on it just flashes red around the power. What am I doing wrong?

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It sounds like the red lights of doom, this is because the GPU and the CPU have overheated, and to fix this you need to stop the heat build up getting to the chips.

You can fix this yourself with a good Xbox 360 Repair guide or you can send it in but bear in mind you might not get it back till after Xmas now.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

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I recently had the E74 system error (1 red light) which started with as ‘black snow’ on the screen. There is an extended 3 year warranty that covers E74 and 3 Red Lights/RROD errors only. It seems to have been put down as a graphics chip and/or over heating problem.

I looked in to fixing it myself but thought might as well let someone else graze their hands getting the case off!

Despite the horror stories of it taking forever MS seemed to have pulled their finger out and made this a very efficient process, I got mine back within a week (I live in the UK and repairs get shipped to Germany).

Here's a quick breakdown of the process:

1. Go to www.xbox.com/support and click on the relevant link relating to your problem.

2. Go through the walkthrough. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS IT COULD JUST BE A LOOSE CONNECTION. If you've still no joy you can click a link to pick whether you are a US resident or not.

3. Type in serial number of the console (you don't need any receipts, I bought mine off eBay).

4. They send you a shipping label and a link to arrange UPS to come and pick up your console.

5. Bite your nails and rock manically in a corner until your console comes back (you can track the whole process at xbox.com).

I've sent back a first generation 360 and an Elite. Certainly worth considering as they will repair or replace your console!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907534 3 Red Light (Red Ring Of Death/RROD)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941377 E74 Error

If you want to attempt to fix the error yourself (and have no guarantee of sorting it and invalidate your warranty) search YouTube for ‘E74’ fix or ‘xbox towel trick’. This is supposed to overheated the console and re-solder dry solder joints. Only try if your warranty has run out and/or you own a bricked console!

Please rate me if any of this helped J

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

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