three red lights

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by zoozoo60, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. zoozoo60

    zoozoo60 Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    okay so one of my friends gave me a 360 with the red ring of death so i reset it with cotton swabs by jamming the fans worked great played for 15 mins went to town bought cables for monitor and sound got some games etc. get home works for 2 mins then gives me 2 lights so i took the whole thing apart replace thermal paste then do the penny trick put it all back together then i turn it on i get 3 red lights so i overheat it to fuse the thermal paste i let it cool for a hour then i turn it and i still get 3 lights
    HELP ME!!
  2. zoozoo60

    zoozoo60 Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    is there no one smart on gbatemp really?!
  3. Cartmanuk

    Cartmanuk GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 20, 2010
    Never stop fans working its a bad idea.

    This three red lights issue is actually a common Xbox 360 issue, also known as the Red Ring of Death.
    Caused by a solder problem, where points on the GPU/CPU have worked loose, overheating or power issues
    (Never stop fans working its a bad idea.)

    TO FIX:

    If your X-Box is still under warranty, DO NOT DO THIS!

    Switching off your Xbox and letting it cool down before playing on it again. Ensure that the vents are not blocked and that the Xbox is not in contact with any heat generating item. Overheating can cause the three red lights to appear on your Xbox 360.
    (So undo you bad fix)

    Buy X-Clamp kit About C $5

  4. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    he already opened the 360 so unless he used a hair dryer to remove the warranty sticker, not much you can do about sending in other then buying a new one
    but im guessing its a old phat one which is most likely out of warranty anyway

    overheating the system is only temporary and isnt really doing anything to fix it
    the way the 360 works is there is only a thermal sensor on the CPU chip and not the GPU, if the CPU gets to hot the system will display 2rrod, however is the cpu stays cool the gpu can get as hot as it wants and wont shut off the system
    the trick to overheating is to keep the cpu cool while the gpu heats up
    about 15 mins then let the cpu overheat
    as I said, only temporary, might last a few hours or days but will break again

    only way to truly fix it is get it reflowed but your looking at a $100 bill + shipping for that

    other cheaper methods are x-clamp fix along with heat gunning the system
    along with various internal mods to try and keep it cool
  5. BORTZ

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    Even fixing it the heat sinks and reassembling your console will only fix it temporarily. Which is discouraging. But eventaully youll end up having to buy another xbox.
  6. kthnxshwn

    kthnxshwn Banned

    May 2, 2010
    United States
    You're screwed and you deserve it.
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  7. AceWarhead

    AceWarhead "Must Construct Additional Pylons"

    Apr 9, 2011
    United States
    That's harsh, but... yes. Why on Earth would you want to jam the fans?
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