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My xbox 360 wont show a picture but it has sound

When i boot my xbox up the tv will stay blank but i will hear the sounds that it usaully makes when it logs into my account.

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My Sons Xbox had sound but a blank screen. at first i thought it was the video leads.. Borrowed a set from his friend but still the same.. blank screen but sound. I thought about the towel trick but was wary.. so instead i went to a comp repair shop. He suggested the towel trick... he said it may or not work. So being out of warranty with nothing to lose , i gave it a go.
Remove your hard drive and video leads leave just the power lead attached. Wrap your xbox in three towels and switch it on for about 20mins (which i did). Switch it off (it may already have switched itself off ! leave it to cool for about 15 mins and then plug everything back in . I was amazed to find my sons xbox up and running agian. Hope it works for you !! It did for me and i still can't belive it!

Posted on Aug 08, 2008


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One red light - Error: E 68 - Problem code 0110

When I turn on my xbox it says the whole system error thing and to contact Xbox Customer Support. E 68 at the bottom of the screen. Does anyone know how to fix this? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

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i think i can solve this try this out

I just had this exact problem, E 68, and was about to call MS, I removed HD and let system reboot without it and it booted fine i rebooted one more time without HD for a total of two. I then tried to reinstall the harddrive and noticed that it did not want to snap in. I played with it a few min more and finally got it to snap in properly. I think it was not seated properly to begin with as it was down further on the back side than it was before i removed it. I also heard two distinct clicks as it clicked in at the rear and then at the front. Once i did that it fired back up with both my profiles and is now working again. my 360 is laying horizontally

not sure if this work but its worth a try

Posted on Dec 15, 2008


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xbox 360 open tray error

when i put in my guitar hero 3 disc it will load for a little bit then the dashboard will say open tray. the disc is scratched up just a little bit and i've tried all the toothpaste things and they dont work. all of my other games work and even one of them that works is scratched up more than my guitar hero game. So what should i do?

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How I worked around the "Open Tray" problem, where the game discs were not being recognized:

1. Open tray
2. Unplug power cable while tray is open
3. Plug in power cable
4. Power on console - tray closes
5. Open tray
6. Insert disc
7. Try your game

Good luck! Source: Someone else mentioned this in a forum somewhere, however I don't recall who it was or which forum. I'm just trying to get the word out so people don't send in their XBOX for repair, or open the case and void the warranty if this workaround resolves the problem.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009


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error code E73. Hardware issue xbox 360. problem with ethernet port. How do I repair this?

error code E73. Hardware issue xbox 360. problem with ethernet port. How do I repair this?

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After much searching I was finally able to fix E73 on my Xbox 360.

I cannot guarantee that this will work for everyone and personally it was a last resort for me but there don't seem to be many options to fix it.

Remove the A/V cord from the back of the XBox 360. Stick two sticks into the fans to prevent them from spinning. This will cause the system to overheat within five minutes. You will know its done when the first and third quadrants light up red on the system (indicating the system has overheated). Unplug the system, plug it back in and turn it on to see if it was successful. (Note: While this method does not void your warranty, if your XBox is still under warranty I suggest sending to Microsoft to fix.)

Good Luck.

Posted on Jan 01, 2009


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xbox 360 wont read it say open tray

xbox 360 say reading then say open try what could be wrong with it

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I learned this from a Youtube video and this did the trick for me. Hopefully, it will solve it for your X-Box 360 too! 1. Put disc into X-Box 360. 2. Turn X-Box 360 off. 3. Open tray. 4. Take disc out. 5. Slam Tray 6. Turn off X-Box 360 (Immediately after slamming the tray shut) 7. Turn on X-Box 360 7. Hopefully, it will work this time!

Posted on Jan 10, 2010


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xbox 360 controller won't connect to console

My console seems to work perfectly fine. I turn it on and try pressing both of the connect buttons on my controller and on the console so both have the spinning green lights. My console lights start to blink as if it recognizes my controller but my controller wont get the one green light in the 1st quadrant as it should. Instead it continuously flashes the green lights as if it still isn't connected and the console has no green lights around it to signify that the controller connected. I've tried new batteries and even a different controller, but neither of them will connect to the console. What should i do?

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If your controller is not assigned a position, and pressing the sync buttons on both the console and the controller don't fix it (i.e. they both spin for a bit, but then the console's lights turn off and the controller's return to a pulsing pattern), the the problem is actually likely to be your TV, believe it or not. The issue is HDMI -- it's a secure connection between the Xbox 360 and the TV, and if there's an issue with that connection, the Xbox won't even be able to turn on since it'll be unaware of the TV's resolution, color capabilities, etc. Try turning off the TV and then turning off the Xbox. Keep the TV off and turn the Xbox console back on. You'll see the same behavior; but now turn the TV back on and you should see the controller get assigned a position. As soon as the Xbox is aware of what it's connected to via HDMI, things start to work again.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009


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How do i fix laser burn on games

three small semi circles got burned into my timeshift game and now it wont read period. I have tried everything, cleaners, felt rags, water, and this jank game fixer that just told me it was broken. wow thanks for cleaning that up sony. So what do I do.

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to fix lazor burned disk the best solution is to use silver polish me and my friend did it with my MW2 disk and its works good as new

Posted on Jan 21, 2010


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my xbox 360 doesn't play my games

i put a game in my xbox 360 and when i close the tray it makes a weird noise like the cd is skipping or scratching then im at the home screen and it says "open tray" what is the problem and how do i fix it

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Hey guys this is what I did. I took out the game so it doesn't scratch, turned off the Xbox 360. and then (I put my 360 horizontal [laying down]) I smacked the top of it a couple times. When I put the game back in it worked perfectly fine. I hope this works for you guys works :)

Posted on Mar 03, 2009


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GPU Error. Code 0022 on my xbox 360

So I finally got the 3 red lights on my 360. Well, it's not under warranty. I attempted the "towel trick" as a last resort. Didn't work. After this, I got the error codes off the xbox. What I got was "0022". Which according to sources, it means GPU Error/GPU Overheating. Is there anyway to fix this problem without voiding any possible future warranty on it?

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There is a very simple fix to this issue and I am not sure why it is not being talked about. I will have to make a video and post it for everyone to see, but in short, you need to overheat the GPU while keeping the CPU cool.
Now, if you do not know what you are doing, I would wait until I make a video about it. However, if you are comfortable taking your Xbox apart then it is simple.
You will need to disaseble the box all of the way down to removing the top cover and exposing the board. You do not need to remove the DVD or the fan, however you will need to take off the plastic piece that vents the fan air into the heat sinks. After you get that far, take the fan out of the case. DO NOT UNPLUG IT, as you will need it. Just pull it out of its holding spot. Next, you will want to move the DVD drive off to the side, away from the GPU heat sink, but leave it plugged in. Then set the fan on top of the CPU heat sink, the taller one, so that it does not overheat. Then turn your system on and let it RROD, then leave it on for about 10-15 min. What this will do is overheat the GPU and reflow the solder underneath it. After 10-15 min, turn your system off, let it cool, put it back together, and you should be good to go! I have done this on 3 systems that came up with error codes related to the CPU or GPU, and all 3 are now working again. Good luck!

Posted on Oct 05, 2009


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xbox 360 0020 error code

hello everyone
has anyone who had this error code sorted it.

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here is a site i found that shows detailed fixes for this error with your 360's - here it is

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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