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Xbox 360 Repair Guide That Works

By Jessica Colby

If your reading this then you probably have the red ring of death. Unbelievably, almost half of Xbox owners have had to deal with this, often more than once. Not to make too big a deal of it, but this is one of the most irritating things that can happen. Your in need of an Xbox 360 repair guide.

The problem usually hits just as you have sat down with the most anticipated game ever. Or even worse, half way through the best game you have ever played. One minute your immersed in a different world, the next, staring at a blank screen. No problem you think, just turn it off and on again and away you go. But no, the red ring has struck.

So what is the red ring of death? Also known as three red lights, when you power up your console the circular green light has changed to a gut wrenching three quarter circle of red. Do not fret just yet, there may be an instant fix.

The console can be reset to it’s original settings. This could be all that is needed. Make sure there is no disk in it and shut it down. Power the console up using the controller. This is done by pressing the large button in the centre of the pad until you hear it starting up. Just as it starts running hold the y button and the right trigger simultaneously. Continue to hold these buttons until it resets.

No luck, then your going to have to get inside. Opening up the console is fairly easy once done a couple of times but quite tricky for the novice. It is basically just a load of screws and some locking panels. But some of the screws are hidden and when unlocking the panels, it can sound like something is breaking. You should definitely consult a guide if it is your first time.

There are a variety of things that can cause the red ring of death. By far the most common is over heating. The G P U chip and the C P U chip become very hot when in use. These are attached to what are known as x clamps. The x clamps in turn are fixed to the motherboard. As the chips get hot they cause the motherboard to bend and the soldering to come loose.

To mend this problem is pretty simple and virtually anybody can do it. There are some small parts and tools you will need, all of which are available in any hardware store. They are also inexpensive items. If you send your Xbox away to get repaired then your going to be waiting at least a week, usually more. Repairing it yourself takes no more than an hour for much less money. Just think, you could be back gaming today.

There are lot’s of guides out there claiming to work. All most all of these are at best short term fixes, if they work at all. You have probably heard of the towel trick. Wrapping your console in a towel and letting it overheat not only does not work but can also cause fires to start. You have been warned.

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