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How could i break the xbox360 without it be noticable and voiding the warranty? my xbox wont work with the towel or hairdryer it just turns off.

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Troubeshooting links
http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/repair/Xbox-360-error-codes.htm
http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=484726
http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=462099

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

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Red Rim of Death when I switch on my XBOX360! It's no longer covered by warranty! Please help


Log into the xbox.com site and register your xbox for a replacement, after entering your serial number on your xbox you can check if the xbox is really out of warrenty, because of the regular accurance of Red Rings of Death Microsoft has extended warrenty on xbox's that fail because of this

if your xbox is even out of the RROD extended warrenty
the only things you can do is buy a new one or do the towel trick

please check your extended warrenty before attempting the towel trick as it will void your warrenty

the towel trick overheats your motherboard so the thermal paste melts back onto the motherboard, please note this is a completely temporary trick to get your xbox working again

to do the towel trick, unplug everything from your xbox (hdd, Video cables) just have the power cable plugged in, wrap your xbox in 3 or 4 towels and turn it on, either by pushing through the towels or by using your controller, leave the xbox on for 5-10 mins

unwrap your xbox and turn it off
leave the xbox off with everything unplugged for 2-3 hours if not longer (the longer the better, you want to make sure your xbox has completely cooled down) then after it cooling down completely (remember, 2-3 hours minimum) turn your xbox on and it should work, it may experience a fault or two, but a couple of resets generally fixes this, remember this is temporary, might get another month or so out of your xbox

Mar 21, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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The 3 most popular fixes for the Xbox 360


These are free fixes I found on the internet and tried myself I have rated them as well with my recommendation:

The Towel Trick:

Pros
  • Fast and easy
  • Opening console is not required - does not void warranty
Cons
  • Might make things worse
  • Usually works for 2 weeks only
  • Not recommended to use repeatedly
Recommendation - Do it only if you are not technical and afraid to open the console, use warranty if still permitted.

The Heat Gun Solution:
Pros
  • If done right works for long (longer than the towel trick)
  • Simple to do
Cons
  • Opening console is required - Void Warranty
  • Might make things worse
  • Not recommended to use repeatedly
  • Usually works for a fews weeks only
Recommendation - Its involved voiding warranty and hard to make it a permanent solution, use only if you don't have a warranty.

The Eraser Trick:

Best solution here at Fixya:

The Eraser Trick

Pros

  • If done correctly works permanently
  • Very simple to do
  • Requires only a simple eraser
  • Can used repeatedly
Cons
  • Opening console is required - Void Warranty
  • Usually does not used right and not works permanently
  • Requires some technical knowledge
Recommendation - Read comments on the thread to know what to expect and do it only if you don't have your warranty.

Conclusion
- These fixes are great, but from my experience there is no stable fix for this problem since the Red Ring of Death will come back even if fixed by an expert. Therefore those fixes are good as any but also void the 3 years warranty. If you do have your warranty I recommend on using it.

on Nov 01, 2007 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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The exact same problem..


You can open it.. there are pins, you got to hit em... If you google opening an xbox360 safely you will see. But be careful you will void the Warranty then.

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Xbox 360 wont turn on


If your ring up microsoft and explain your problem without shouting at them, and your xbox has not been opened at all which leads to a warranty void they will fix it for your for free.
Regards Dont forget to rate my solution :D

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Having Problems Burning Xbox 360 Games


You have to modify the firmware of your DVD drive to allow for this. It voids your warranty and is very complicated. It involves taking apart your xbox360.

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Red Ring of Death : 1 Red Light


Well the why part of your question can be answered here - http://www.xbox.com/en-US/search.aspx?keyword=one+red+light

They go into many of the error codes, as to how to fix it without voiding the warranty; If it's under warranty send it in to be fixed, or if you're dying to play right now try the 'towel method' shown here -
http://www.xbox360rally.com/the-red-ring-of-deathcure-found/

Beware- purposefully overheating your xbox 360 may damage your system further.

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the "3 rings of death" or the so called "3 red lights" is actually caused by GPU overheating and mainboard flexing. When you need to do is open your xbox360 (warning, this will void your warranty) add more cooling fan inside your xbox360, you'd want to use 80mm fans coz they fit perfectly. you can fit up to two 80mm fans inside your xbox360.

Also, if you notice that your xbox360's mainboard is warped you need to fix this by disconnecting all the connections from the board. then place the board on a flat surface. then use a hair drier to heat the board and flat it out. its kinda complicated. hehe, at least you now have an idea on whats causing the 3 red lights...

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3 Red Lights: General Hardware Failure

This could one or more of many different problems. Before doing anything rash, I suggest you just send in your xbox provided it is still under warranty. If it's not, then there are ways. The most heard of way that I know of is knows as "the towel trick." Below are links I have found providing more information on this "trick".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_technical_problems

http://three-red-lights.blogspot.com/2008/01/towel-trick-how-to-fix-your-xbox-360.html

BEFORE YOU GO AND DO THIS: I urge you to not leave your xbox alone as it could potentially start a fire. Not likely, but possibly.

I personally believe this to be quite possible. There have been numerous cases reported to verify that this can work. It is not 100% full-proof. I can tell you that it will not void your warranty. If you have a warranty, it may just provide a quick fix for you while you wait on the packaging.

Other than that, you can find more info online on ways to fix it but may involve voiding your warranty.

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and if you do try to fix it yourself, or you've voided the warranty ( by already opening it) make sure you DON"T do the " towel Fix " it will only make things worse. you need to do an X Clamp repair. It's simple. I had no experiance whatsoever.with electronics. and I was able to figure it out the first time I tried it. I did it three weeks ago and my X box is quieter than ever and it works fine. so serach on you tube " X Box 360 X clamp fix " and you should see what you need to fix your problem.

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