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3 light red ring of death repair - Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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  • tobinm2 Nov 15, 2010

    for instance, what needs to be done in order to fix the problem. i am familiar with electronic circuitry would i be able to diagnose the problem myself with a multimeter and basic shop tools? and what exactly "is a heat sync problem"? is that a problem that could be fixed with a component swap?



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I CAN FIX IT! There are links that show you how to repair this issue yourself (but they are not very clear and every thing is very fragile inside the XBOX 360) or you can contact me via reply on here and we can discuss the issue further as I recently repaired my XBOX 360 with the same issues and it works better than when was brand new. It is a heat sync problem that has to be repaired by someone with indepth electronics knowledge.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010

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    Stormi Paulk Nov 15, 2010

    This is the link online that I used to obtain all the information to repair my XBOX 360. It goes indepth to all red light issues. 360/articles/332/One Light Two Lights Three Lights More.

    I ordered the repair kit from an electronics store on ebay for 30.00 (XCLAMP REPAIR KIt IT CONTAINS ALL THE PROPER TOOLS SCREWS, ETC..) with all the tools needed and step-by-step instructions, it includes the artic paste you will need as well (the paste MS provides for repair dries out and causes overheating, the artic paste remains flexible and does not cause the over heating). Yes the heat sync can be fixed by a sort of component swap. When I did mine the kit I ordered did not include extra heat syncs which I ordered additionally and they totally prevents the console from falsely sensing over-heating. Make sure your fans are running too. Please do not use the methods that some people recommend as forcing overheating with hair dryers or heat guns cause it can warp the motherboard and then that would have to be replaced. The way mine was repaired it was done in July and has run flawlessly since the repair. The kit includes all cleaners for the GPU CPU and the problem is the XCLAMPS holding the heat sycs to the units causing the board to flex over heat and give the faults, it is a Microsoft design flaw, seeing that you understand electronics go to the link that I provided and read through it and follow through with your repair from there, it's a simple repair and with your familiarity with electronics it should be a breeze for you to complete.

    I apologize if I sound scattered on my response right now but my 17 year-old is sitting here trying to put her 2 cents in, if you need further clarification I can get my husband to provide it clearly and concisely as he was with me step by step as it was repaired and our daughter won't bug him...

    Let me know if the website link I provided answers your questions and please let me know if I helped at all when this happened to my console I thought there was no hope at all for repair.


  • tobinm2 Nov 24, 2010

    THANK YOU!! i am happy to report that i followed your advice and swapped the x clamp pos.. took a couple hours being cautious and i am back up on cod..



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