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When i try to turn my xbox on, the power button turns red with 3 out of the 4 quadrants, what is wrong with it?

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Hi, you have got the red ring of death problem, if you google the following you will see exactly what im talking about:

how to fix rrod free guide

then hit search then that will list loads of sites that offer a guide on fixing this problem.

now the problem itself is to do with the fact that either the gpu chip or the cpu chip on the main circuit board has over heated, now if you have any warranty left i would take it back and get an exchange.

when microsoft made the xbox they used some cheap lead free solder and it is very brittle, and over time the solder cracks and you get the red ring of death, now their is an xclamp fix you can have done to solve the problem, but it wont be a long term fix, it may last a week it may last 3 or 4 months but in the end its going to fail again and be un-repairable,

i have done many xclamp fixes on 100s of xboxes and 8 out of 10 of the times it solves the problem and gets them working again, their is also a trick you can do using a towel but this is only a very short term fix, what you need to get done if you want it working again is get it taken apart and have the old heat sink paste removed and new paste put on the cpu and gpu chip then the heat sink needs replacing with the xclamp fix this will then get your xbox working.

i buy damaged xboxes all the time that have your problem and they are fixable but the fix may only work for a week or two so you need to bare this in mind if your going to have the work done, failing that you would need to get a new xbox.

let me know if you need further assistance ok

plz rate this solution as i have a whole page of unrated posts, thanks

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The "x" button is the xbox guide button that is in the center of your controller.
1. First, turn on your console by pressing the power button on the console itself.
2. Next, press the xbox guide button that's on your controller. (The button that lights up and flashes when you press it).
3. On the front of your console, just to the right of the memory card B slot & just below the right corner of the DVD tray, there is a small, round connect button.
4. With the both the console & the controller on,(lights flashing) press and release the connect button on the console first.
5. Then on the controller, press the connect button (green arrow, circled in red) that's between the Left Bumper button (LB) and the charging port (blue arrow).
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6.The lights on the controller and on the console should continue to go in a circle and stop.
7. The upper left quadrant is controller # 1, the upper right quadrant is controller # 2, bottom left is # 3, and the bottom right is # 4.
8. Once the controller connects the the console,you're all set. Then the next time you go to turn it on, just press the xbox guide button on the controller and it will turn the power on to the console for you.
9. If you ever take your controller and use it on another 360 console, you have to go through the same connection steps as you just did. And then again, when you get back to your console

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It breaks down to this:

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Two Lights = 2
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Turn on your "dead" xbox. Wait for the 3 red lights. Once you get them hold the "Synch" button and the eject button down simultaniously. All four lights flash. (0) Press the eject button again and only one light (1) press again and all four light up (0) press again and two lights (2). Error code is 0102. compare this code to the table below to find out what is wrong with your X360. Is it overheating? Power Cord? Hardware?

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Is this a new controller?
Are the batteries new/recharged?

This is the sequence summary on where you are going to focus:
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Assuming your controller is a wireless version, Lets start!

Step 1 | Press and hold the Xbox Guide button until the controller turns on. The Xbox Guide button is the round button with the green "X" near the center of the controller.

Step 2 | Make sure that your Xbox 360 console is turned on. If your Xbox 360 console is not turned on, press the power button. The power button is the large round button on your Xbox 360 console.

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