Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
The loud noise could have been a result of ALOT of dust in the cooling fan. (you said it was a used system). It would have held the heat in and caused the internal parts to fry.
Posted on Mar 23, 2008
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".
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.
Posted on Mar 22, 2008
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