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Old 07-26-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Fixing the xbox red ring?

Anyone fixed the red ring of death? mine is the 3 red lights. Easy fix? can someone explain it to me?
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:20 AM   #2
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It is an easy fix but time consuming to take the machine apart.

Couple of fixes from heating the unit up to tightening the heatsink up.

Best bet is to google it as there are numerous videos.

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Old 07-26-2011, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thanks, My buddy has done several, he said he would fix it for me. I'll watch.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:46 AM   #4
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I have had three RRODs, two on one unit and one on another. All three times fixed for free by Microsoft. In the end they really stepped up to the plate by extending the warranties and making it super easy to get the warranty repair.

Easiest and fastest RMA process I have ever dealt with. Plus each time they had my unit for a week they returned it with one month's free xbox live.
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You could also try the towel trick. A couple friends said it really works and will fix it for a couple months.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:21 PM   #6
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You could also try the towel trick. A couple friends said it really works and will fix it for a couple months.
What's the towel trick?
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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Got microsoft to fix ours for free.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:54 PM   #8
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same here they repaired it twice and so far so good
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:03 PM   #9
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What's the towel trick?
Wrap the xbox in a towel and let it run. The console will heat up and melt the soder on the affected part or chip or whatever and reconnect it (completely technical explination). Its said to work. I stood in line an
d got one of the first run models and never had issues. Guess I was lucky but still worry its gonna die every.time I turn it on
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:38 PM   #10
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You can buy a ps3 and never have to deal with it,
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #11
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You can buy a ps3 and never have to deal with it,


Ok, putting on my flame retardant suit. Maybe he doesn't have little kid hands!!


Just kidding, but I think most people buy what their friends have or they have both.

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What's the towel trick?
What you do is disconnect all of the plugs except the power cord. Take a couple towels and wrap them around the xbox for a couple hours and turn it on. It was determined early on that almost all of the RRODs was caused by the low grade solder that MS used and what would happen was the xbox would heat up enough to slightly melt the solder and loosen it causing bad connections which eventually caused the RROD. The towel trick, as already mentioned, remelts the solder and allows it to make connections again but only for a limited time. The only true fix for this type of RROD is to fix it yourself or have someone else fix it.

MS as since changed the type of solder that is used, put in a bigger fan and a bigger heatsink so it's not as common but it does still happen.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:40 AM   #13
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You can buy a ps3 and never have to deal with it,
Not everyone has the cash to own multiple gaming systems. I wouldn't mind owning a ps3, but right now I have my 360 and my pc (which is about due for an upgrade)
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:10 PM   #14
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You can buy a Xbox 360 and never have to deal with system hacks??


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Old 08-03-2011, 10:24 PM   #15
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:40 PM   #16
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You can buy a ps3 and never have to deal with it,
Bought my PS3 and XBox 360 the same day. My PS3 stopped reading disks a few months before my XBox finally died. Bought a new XBox, but didn't buy a new PS3 as I only used it for Blu Ray. PS3 has its problems, too.
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What you do is disconnect all of the plugs except the power cord. Take a couple towels and wrap them around the xbox for a couple hours and turn it on. It was determined early on that almost all of the RRODs was caused by the low grade solder that MS used and what would happen was the xbox would heat up enough to slightly melt the solder and loosen it causing bad connections which eventually caused the RROD. The towel trick, as already mentioned, remelts the solder and allows it to make connections again but only for a limited time. The only true fix for this type of RROD is to fix it yourself or have someone else fix it.

MS as since changed the type of solder that is used, put in a bigger fan and a bigger heatsink so it's not as common but it does still happen.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:41 AM   #18
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bump. i'm going to try this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-...-towels/#step1

thanks to irocnroll for the link!

looks like I need to buy some screws/nuts/washers. some thermal paste and steel scrubber, and I think i'm set.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:25 AM   #19
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bump. i'm going to try this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-...-towels/#step1

thanks to irocnroll for the link!

looks like I need to buy some screws/nuts/washers. some thermal paste and steel scrubber, and I think i'm set.
Did yours go down the shitter?
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:38 AM   #20
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I did the towel trick on my 360 and it worked for a few months after that. It didn't work on my friend's though, so we did the removal and clamp down of the GPU heatsink that PoorMan linked up, and that fixed his. I would try the towel thing first. It's pretty easy.

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Bought my PS3 and XBox 360 the same day. My PS3 stopped reading disks a few months before my XBox finally died. Bought a new XBox, but didn't buy a new PS3 as I only used it for Blu Ray. PS3 has its problems, too.
If you still have the PS3, you can buy a new laser for like 50 bucks and replace it yourself. The first model of PS3's used the same laser instead of two different lasers (or vice versa, I can't remember). It's an easy fix. Just Google-fu it.
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Did yours go down the shitter?
it's been down for 2 years. just been really busy with life, to try to fix it. lol and I moved to computer gaming for a little bit. played star wars the old republic for a while. but i'm about ready to go back to console, now that talk about the next gens are everywhere. makes me miss my xbox. plus I want to get madden 25 for the free sunday ticket. lol maybe pick up a used forza 4.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:42 AM   #22
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I did the towel trick on my 360 and it worked for a few months after that. It didn't work on my friend's though, so we did the removal and clamp down of the GPU heatsink that PoorMan linked up, and that fixed his. I would try the towel thing first. It's pretty easy.



If you still have the PS3, you can buy a new laser for like 50 bucks and replace it yourself. The first model of PS3's used the same laser instead of two different lasers (or vice versa, I can't remember). It's an easy fix. Just Google-fu it.
i'll have to look up the towel trick. I keep hearing about it, but never cared to look it up.

and like I said, it's been 2 years since I've even tried to power it on. maybe it'll work for a while, without doing anything to it. lol
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i'll have to look up the towel trick. I keep hearing about it, but never cared to look it up.

and like I said, it's been 2 years since I've even tried to power it on. maybe it'll work for a while, without doing anything to it. lol
I had a friend that did the towel trick and it ruined the whole GPU. I wouldn't personally try that one.
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ok, thanks for the heads up.
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I had a friend that did the towel trick and it ruined the whole GPU. I wouldn't personally try that one.
I dont see how the towel trick works other than overheating the system. Solder needs close to 400 degrees to melt. That thing needs to get pretty damn hot to fix solder connections without blowing one of the chips.
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