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Our X-Box is flashing 3red lights around the power button. Usually the screen freezes, too. We already have unplugged/restarted...all of that...if you have to take out the "hard drive" we're not sure how to do that. Thanks.

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Send the unit back to Microsoft for warranty repair.
Call 1-800- 4MY XBOX to set it up.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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