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My x box 360 won't work

3 red lights are flashing on my x box 360 when i first turn on my console.

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  • Dustin1987 Nov 18, 2007

    Console was only on a few minutes while playing a game and froze up and the 3 red lights came on. Please advise on what should I do.

  • kels5 Nov 24, 2007

    ho do you fix red light problems

  • semperfi23 Nov 24, 2007

    when i turn on my xbox all i get are flashing red lights. HELP ME PLEASE!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    red light turns on

  • Lawrence Sendejas Feb 23, 2008

    3 red lights flasing when I turn on my 360

  • marty3434 Apr 28, 2008

    i have three red lights and i love my x box but i caint play it help me i paid a lot of money for it so did every x box gamer help in the name of x box

  • ec0039 Apr 29, 2008

    I tried to play a game and my x box froze up. I turned it off and back on and now all i get is red lights and an error message.

  • jay5000 May 23, 2008

    my x-box turns on and then i will put my game in and all i will get is 3 rings of death and i need help

  • Anonymous Aug 03, 2008

    the same **** happend to my 360, 3 red lights what can i do.



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You have the RROD (red ring of death). Luckily it is now covered by microsoft warranty so call them up and send it back to be fixed. Alternatively, if for some reason you have no warranty (bought it used, warranty expired) I have heard there is a method to try and fix it by wrapping the 360 in a towel and leaving it on for like 5 or 6 hours. Some people have had success, others just made it worse. You may want to google it to find better instructions as I have never tried it. The most common cause of the rrod is that it overheats and part of the motherboad between the gpu and the cpu warps and they lose connection. So somehow by blocking the vents with a towel and leaving it running it reconnects these joints. However I have heard that it is likely to get the problem again after trying this method, so just send it to microsoft if you can.

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Follow this link for simple steps on how to fix this problem yourself i did mine and have had no problems since


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The towel method is a quick fix, but it's not going to solve the problem. Just open the xbox and resolder the joints with leaded solder. Microsoft was cheap and used solder that just doesn't hold up under the heat the unit produces, causing all the problems we saw in the first generation of 360s that hit the market.

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If you have the 3 red lights then this happens because the GPU and the CPU have overheated, you will need to send it back or repair it yourself, you should not perform the towel trick

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