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Problems with the Xbox 360
360 problems stem from the fact that Microsoft was in such a rush to put
them out, that the research and development stage; where they catch all the
bugs, was glossed over. This is what caused the 3 red light error and all the
problems that people have been having. It’s gotten so bad that Microsoft has
extended its warranty from 1 year to 3 years specifically for this problem.
The Cause Behind the
Red Rings of Death
The Xbox 360 is not properly vented to cool and as a result
overheats. This causes a phenomenal amount of problems all in itself. Because
of the inability to cool the solder (which is also made of material not suited
for high heat) gets small cracks in it. As the motherboard extends and flexes
during play the small cracks in the solder quickly become large cracks that
eventually separate the GPU and possibly CPU from the motherboard causing
How to Weed out the
Red Ring of Death
The lights in your ring of lights will determine if you have
the Red Ring of Death error. The lights in quadrants 1,3, and 4 are normally
green, if yours are glowing an angry red, then yes you very well may have the
Red Ring of Death. First try the following tests to rule out any other
Your power supply light should be glowing green. If it is
glowing red or orange then your console may not be getting sufficient power. If
the power supply is fine then try simply rebooting your system. If the lights
are gone when it turns back on then you are fine. If that doesn’t work try
removing all the cables, shutting the console down and rebooting. If you have
tried everything else you can remove your hard drive. Shut the console down and
remove the hard drive. Once removed reboot the console without the hard drive
in it. If the lights don’t do anything then replace the hard drive and reboot.
The Red Ring of Lights should be gone.
These are not commonly things that actually fix the problem
and more often then not it is the Red Ring of Death error and not any of the
How to I Repair My
If Microsoft covers you under warranty it is highly
recommended that you send your Xbox 360 in to be fixed by them. If you have no
warranty left then the good news is that you can repair the problem
yourself. This will cost you about
$150 and can leave you without a console for a couple months. This is fairly
simple and with the proper guide and tools you can do this in about an hour or
To repair the Xbox 360 yourself you will need to do
something called the “X-clamp” fix. You will also need to adjust the cooling
system. You must remove all power chords and controllers prior to beginning the
repair. You then need to remove the hard drive and such to get down to the GPU
and motherboard. Once you have removed the X-clamps and the heat sinks, you
will also need to clean the residue off. You can then apply new thermal paste
and make sure when you remount the heat sinks they put significant pressure on
the GPU and the CPU to maintain connection with the motherboard.
1 Red Light Error
Other common errors in the Xbox 360 are the 1 red light
error. When the 1 red light error appears you will see it in the left quadrant
of the ring of lights. Below are some common error messages you may get on your
E45, E64, E65, E66, E67, E68, E69, E71, E72, E73, E74, E76,
These errors can all be attributed back to the Xbox 360
overheating and having the GPU detach itself from the motherboard. The X-clamp
can fix this problem as well though this error is not covered under Microsoft’s
extended warranty plan.
The E74 error seems to be the most commonly found problem.
This code is a result of the GPU loosening from the motherboard. The AV cable
or ANA chip may fail it is far more likely that the overheating has caused the
Does the Xbox 360
Have Other Errors?
There are many other errors that the Xbox 360 can encounter.
Some problems come from an incomplete download of software updates. If this
occurs you can perform a full system reset. Another very frequent error is a
disc read error. If you have a lot of disc read errors happening try cleaning
out the DVD. If that doesn’t work and you are still receiving a lot of the
errors you may need to purchase and replace the DVD drive.
Scratching of the discs is also a very large problem. While
the discs may be being handled properly, it won't matter if you are moving the
Xbox 360 with a disc in it. Chances are it will become scratched, as there is
nothing holding the disc down once it is in the console. To maintain your game
playing from your discs make sure your console is always empty before you move
The “black screen of death” is another very common problem
that seems to be happening more frequently. Some warnings signs you may see
before this happens is, flashing bars, trailing streaks, pixilation, and poor
image quality. While these may show up before the “black screen of death”, many
times you will have no warning at all
The first reason for this can be the AV cable. This does not
happen very often but is possible and worth checking first. Try a different set
of AV cables. Also make sure you try the Xbox 360 on a different TV to
eliminate TV failure. Check the HDTV and TV settings on the AV cable to be sure
they are on properly.
As a general rule most of these errors still have the
underlying problem of the overheating. Once you have performed a full fix, you
will be able to enjoy your console.
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