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    JamesOver900 Mar 25, 2011

    Well that depends. What parts of the ring of Light are flashing?

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It depends on what kind of red flashing it is doing. The red flashing indicates some sort of error on your Xbox and the type of flashing is important as it tells you what the error is.
I suggest referring to this Wiki page to see what your console is telling you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_technical_problems
If you're having problems deciphering it, I can help you walk through it if you can provide a bit more detail as to what kind of flashing you're getting.

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Im sorry bout the xbox, trust me i know how it feels for a system to mess up and ive read the Xbox 360 flashing red, is indicating some major trouble is about to go down.
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The AV cable cannot be detected

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  1. Make sure that the AV cable is correctly connected to the Xbox 360 console.
  2. Disconnect the AV cable from the Xbox 360 console, and then reconnect the AV cable to the Xbox 360 console.
  3. If the four flashing red lights continue to flash, try wiping the metal area of the AV pack with a dry cloth. The metal area is the end that plugs into the console. Wipe the metal area thoroughly, and then try the AV Pack again.
  4. If the AV cable is correctly connected but the four red lights are still flashing, substitute a different AV cable if you have one available.

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The 2 flashing red lights may indicate that there is a hardware problem with your Xbox 360 console. The main thing that causes the 2 red lights to start flashing is because of overheating and as the motherboard within the console takes more heat it actually warps and bends until the solders become loose.

Once this happens you will receive the 2 red lights. Even before you get the 2 red lights you may have noticed your games freezing and this is caused in the same way, by overheating. As the chips take more heat they shut off to prevent lasting damage, although they can only do this a number of times until you get the Xbox 360 2 Red Lights.

To fix the problem you need to stop the level of heat the motherboard takes and you can do this in a number of ways, but it will involve opening up your Xbox and working on it. In addition, you could always send your Xbox back to Microsoft as they are offering free repair for this error, you will just need to wait 3-4 weeks that's all.

There is one more option available in the form of DIY Video Guide, that will explain you step by step approach to fix red ring of death within one hour without any technical knowledge.

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Microsoft can be contacted by finding the number listed on the back of your video game booklets.

Good Luck to you and Happy Gaming.
Source:
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Hello simmaz,

I flashing red light may mean you have an hardware failure. Here is a link to Microsoft support for the Xbox 360.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907536

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

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Make sure that the AV cable is correctly connected to the Xbox 360 console.

Disconnect the AV cable from the Xbox 360 console, and then reconnect the AV cable to the Xbox 360 console.

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