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Original xbox amber flashing lights, no error code

I had only played my brand new (original) Xbox a few times before I had the following error:

Red (amber) flashing indicator light; no error messages (in fact, no audio/video on screen at all).

Now it is has been well over a year since I have turned it on (a few in fact), yet I am still having the same error. It can't be overheated after having a few years to cool off!

I've tried replacing the A/V cord but it did not help...

What do I need to do?!

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  • sexyallaroun Apr 14, 2009

    i was just playing need for speed thin just out of no where a orang light started flashing i let it cool down for a few months so it cant be over heated and im stillhaving the same problems pleas help me im 13 and really board and my mom wont buy me a 360 or ps2 or ps3 or a new xbox

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Sounds like maybe the video on the xbox itself
what connector are you using?

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