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My xbox stops running and makes a strange sound through the speakers while starting up... and the screen freezes and pixelates

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Yes this is because of the heat being taken between the GPU and the CPU you can fix it by stopping the heat build up using a good repair guide or you can send it in and they will fix it for you.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010

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My xbox stops while starting and theres a sound.. then the screen freezes and pixelates

This is very common problem . This is always caused by
a open connection under the G.P.U. spisificley the color /texture
data feed lines to hana/ana chip

You have some options .

1 do what's called a X clamp fix where you simply replace
the X clamp with screws and washer , and then force your
G.P.U. to over heat . This will more than likely get it running
but this type of repair tend to be short lived and warps the

2 Have a local repair shop Re flow the G.P.U. and then
properly secure it to the heatsink, P.C. board. cost is
around 50.00-80.00 with a 90 day warranty.

There is a 3rd option It's called a C.C.A. aka G.P.U. clamp
this is a heavey duty bracket with a special pad that will
compress the G.P.U. back to the board and prevent warping
available for

if you have any questions feel free to ask.


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Well thats very hard to do, the problem is that the xbox is overheating, more specific the GPU, thats why it freezes. The easy way would be to open your xbox an leave it that way, I have a xbox that works just when is all open with the parts expose. Very strange but it works. Also put some new thermal compound on your GPU and heatsink.
You could make the room where you play very cold so the xbox will not overheat or put some big fans near the xbox hoping they cool it down. Or stop playing like 15 minutes every 2 hours so it cools.

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Does this happen with all games or just one. If it happens with all games then try moving the console into an area where it is better ventilated. The best way to do this is to prop the thing straight up and on a hard surface (no carpet).

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