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X box over heating

Runs for about 10 - 15 minuts then quits as if it is over heated

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You may have a software failure when mine did that it worked for a while shut down and then you had to restart it after a minute or so and sometimes it turned on straight away again after about a week of this it got 3 red lights the ring of death or software failure send it to microsoft and get fixed

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Overheats after about 5 minutes then 2 lights apear red

This is a heat issue.The x box is shuting down on heat.
1 Remove console from area,disconnect all cables.
2 Using a can of compressed air,blowout the x box remove dust and dirt.
3 It may be a good idea to remove covers and blow off internal parts also
4 Relocate x box in a well ventilated area,remember to clear fan of dust also.

5 Reconnect x box and try it out.

You may need to reapply thermal paste to cpu,suggest taking it in for repair if you need to.

Oct 11, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Every time i try and load a game on my PS3, it comes up with an error saying cannot get trophy collection and then quits the game, what do i need to do to sort this?

Hi, its not good news im afraid the reason it shuts down and gives you a ref light is due to damage being done to the circuit board inside the ps3.
it could be that it has over heated which is often the case this could be down to dust build up or if the heat sink paste on the gpu and cpu chip has gone brittle or if you have been using the ps3 on carpet or in top of anything else that gives off heat such as dvd or sky box, these cause it to over heat really quick.

right now you have a couple of options if you have any warranty left take it back and get a refund if your warranty has run out then you could try getting it repaired but their is no guarantee the repair will work or how long it will work after the reapir.

as you have got the red light this does mean the console has over heated and their is a fault with the board so its not going to work again the way it is.

now i repair these for 25 quid plus parts so you need to look around if you want it repaired and see what the best price you can get.
let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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

Sep 22, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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After playing 15 minutes two red lights flash and xbox shuts down

the xbox 360 is overheating. Try to clean the vents and have it elevated off carpet or anyhtign that will not allow it to get a airflow.

Check the fans in the back of the 360 to be sure they are running ok and not blocked up.

May 16, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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3 red lights fan works for a few seconds then stops.

If adjusting the screws on the heat sinks and using different size washers does not fix the problems you will need to reflow the motherboard. The absolute best reflow is performed using a rework station, although these are so expensive they are out of the realm of most hobbyists. I have a repair shop with a station if you want to be sure. I'll give you instructions on a possibly cheaper alternative, I fixed a bunch using this method when I first started way back in the early Xbox days.

You can also reflow using an oven or a heat gun. I've had better success with the heat gun.
The goal here is to heat the chips to about 260 C, the problem with the heat gun is it is a very imprecise method... Surprisingly though if done correctly it can work quite well. I must warn you though that if done incorrectly it could damage the MB beyond repair. I will give instructions below, let me know if you have any questions.

Essentially you will need to cover the outside of the board, including all the plastic capacitors with 5-10 layers of thick tin foil. You want to leave the CPU, GPU, RAM chips, and southbridge exposed for reflow. Put the foil on gently so as not to bend the capacitors, but firmly enough so it does not get blown off by the heat gun. Put the motherboard on a flat non-flammable surface.
Take your heat gun and start on low holding the heat gun about 4-5 inches away from the board. You cannot bump into or touch the motherboard during this process, you are basically liquefying the solder balls in between the SMDs. If you bump the board it will seriously mess it up so be careful.
You will want to move in a circular motion heating the board up evenly, do not stop moving the heatgun in the horizontal circular motion above the motherboard during this whole process. Do this for 2 minutes, then switch the heatgun to high and continue for 3 minutes, then switch back to low and go for 2 minutes. Keep the heatgun moving across the top of the board the whole time about 4-5 inches away. After you are done let the board sit for about an hour. Reassemble and test it out! Hopefully you will be greeted by the wonderful green lights! Haha.
Sorry this would be easier if I could post pictures.
Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck!

Mar 05, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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The box boots but after short time no video

If your Xbox 360 does not have display you need to stop the heat getting to the chips. You can actually do this yourself as many have in this forum using the recommended Xbox 360 Repair guide.

Basically the guide will show you how to stop the heat build up with videos and household items, of course if you are in doubt send it in.

It has a preview video on the website.

Or of course you can send it in to have it fixed.

You will need to stop the scaler chip taking so much heat.

Feb 19, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I need to know how to fix the e74 error on xbox 360 without microsoft or buying one of those guides if you have one just tell how to fix it!

Well you can do a conservative x clamp mod
on it .This will more than likely get your system
running again , but there's a catch . It may not
last long 2-3 months is average but some unit run
longer. It's quite simple actually. Strip the unit
down to the P.C. board . Remove both X clamps
and both heat sinks clean the chips and the
heat sink Put a thin coat of articsilver5 on
the chips . remove all the studs from both
heat sinks place the heat sinks back on and
line up the holes and get 8 10-32 x 3/8 pan head
Philips screws thread all the screws in evenly and
then tight (not to tight) put the unit back together
but leave the fan hanging out . place half the
fan over the large heatsink . Ready to cycle-
plug in the power and the audio/ video and power on
after 5 min the fan should be at full speed and 4-5 min more you should get 2 red lights -unplug after 10min weather you get 2 red or not . wait 15min
and reassemble your unit should be working . that's

Hope that helps . if you get 3 red and no fan before
you try to over heat , don't worry just back off
the screws in the G.P.U.'s heat sink.

This is not recommended for console that are under warranty


Feb 02, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Whats wrong with my xbox?

The x-clamp or repair kits, are quite efficient And effective.
But the actual Torque/Tightness of the Bolts Are very Important.
Usually when a 360 Overheats, with the original X-Clamps fitted. The motherboard Warps. The method is to :- repair the cpu/gpu heatsinks, apply a small amount of thermal Compound, And gently pinch-Tight the bolts. Then Run the xbox without the Fan Connected for a few Minutes to heat-up the Motherboard. then clamp the bolts a little tighter. these can be awkward, but with trial and error are usually repairable.
Also to be noted, are the older style heatsinks ( without Copper heat-Pipe ) are not as efficient as the newer or revised version.

Mike @ compurepair.

Nov 06, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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X box not reading games discs

This is getting quite common normally it is not the DVD drive but the sensors on the back of it are overheating.

You need to stop the heat build up, you can either send it in to do this or you can repair it yourself

Nov 02, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Ps3 is quitting by itself

Your system has overheated. The thermal compound has heated and moved away from the CPU/GPU and the heat sync keep the heat from being dissipated via the heat sync. Eventually you will get the YLOD which is the equivalent of the Xbox 360 RROD. This is due to heat sysnc problems. Your CPU and GPU will more than likely need to be reflowed. I got the YLOD on my PS3 around the first of March 09. I also fixed my PS3 in about an hour. I have had no problems since. You can slow the YLOD but i dont believe it can be stopped. It seems it will eventually happen to all PS3's. One tip do not stand the PS3 on its side keep flat. This will help keep the thermal compound from moving as much when it heats up.

May 16, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Console freezes and we are unable to do anything. No red lights just green. Anyone any ideas?

You are in dangerous waters!!!!! The problem with xbox's is cheap tin solder. when this solder gets hot your connections start to get bad. Slight problems cause freezing which almost always turns into bad connections leading to the ring of dealth. If it is in warrenty send it in!!! If not, Take it apart and use a heat gun on it. I have tried every thing on my first box after the ring of dealth. Tried, xclamp mod, eraser mod, cut out metal fan shroud mod, cooling plenum divider mod and others with no long term solution. I finaly took it apart and gave it about a minute of even heating with a heat gun on low and I have been playing the box hard for a couple of months now!!! Knock on wood!! Also I recommend the intercooler 2 to help with cooling your box down. It's load but it cools the box down dramaticly. Good luck

Sep 22, 2007 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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