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Argggg I got the Ring of death on my xbox

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SquirlyNutz, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. SquirlyNutz

    SquirlyNutz Power Member

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    I just booted up my xbox only to see a frozen screen and 3 red lights flashing :( Whats the best fix for this? i have searched around and from what i gather my only options are:

    1. Send it to microsoft for repairs (which can take 3-4 weeks and cost a few hundred) or

    2. Fix it myself.

    I think i would rather fix it myself although not sure what to do.Most stuff on the net,you have to pay for instructions and im not even sure what 3 red lights mean.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. CallItLikeIseeIt

    CallItLikeIseeIt BANNED BANNED

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    http://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-the-Red-Ring-of-Deathwithout-towels/
     
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  3. ericsson

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    There is plenty of videos on youtube how you can fix this.
    Search for it, and you will find thousands of tutorial to get rid of that.
     
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  4. SquirlyNutz

    SquirlyNutz Power Member

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    yeah i looked at a lot of the youtube vids and seeing way too many "Thank you for f--ing up my machine" replies LOL....need to find sometyhing else.


    EDIT: Still looking..


     
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  5. flowi

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    Oh man, this suxx so bad! :(
     
  6. tonlilaz

    tonlilaz Executive VIP Premium Member

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    the same thing happened w/my xbox. the xbox was about 2 years old, but microsoft still fixed it for free because it was a defect on their end.

    so, it wouldn't hurt to go to xbox's site and see if your error/damage is covered....you might be surprised to find that it is

     
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    R.I.P

    i had mines replaced 3 times over the course of 2 years.
     
  8. SquirlyNutz

    SquirlyNutz Power Member

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    My xbox is 4 years old and never had any problems up until today and i doubt im covered under warranty. :(

    Its taken me 40 minutes just to remove the casing without breaking it....man this is so depressing,if i cant get this fixed i will just go into a corner and cry.
     
  9. tonlilaz

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    did you even try to see if your system is covered? all you have to do is go to xbox live's site type in your serial, enter the error code, and it'll tell you whether or not you can get your xbox fixed and/or how much it'll cost...

    if your system is 4 years old like you say it is, then there was a defect with the older xbox 360s that microsoft owned up to and was willing to fix for free....all you gotta do is check to see if your system is eligible

    you basically have 3 choices....

    plan a: get your xbox fixed for free or pay some $$ to get it fixed
    plan b: try to fix it yourself but then risk the possiblity of destroying the system further
    plan c: toss it and just get a new system...

    if you decide to go w/plan B and aren't really sure what your doing, then you better be prepared for plan C..

    personally, if i was in your position i'd either go with plan a or plan c....

    good luck...
     
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  10. footfall99

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    How old is your xbox?
    I got mine fixed for free because they have a 3 year warranty on RROD issues...Call up support first and tell them your serial and they will tell you if you can get it fixed for free.
     
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  11. Given

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    DO NOT OPEN YOUR XBOX TO TRY TO FIX IT OR SEND IT TO GET FIXED WITH SOMEONE! This will result in loss of warranty if you still have it. Call support and ship it in, I got a free xbox because they couldn't fix mine.
     
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    I ran into the same problem last year, back when Microsoft didn't cover the E74 error under their warranty. Fortunately, being quite tech savvy, I managed to tackle and fix the issue myself.

    The main issue with the XBOX 360 is the GPU which often overheats and defects; there are several reasons and theories behind why this is...

    Firstly, it's reported that rather outsource the building of the GPU chip to specialist companies such as AMD they decided to cut manufacturing costs by producing their chips in house, resulting in poorly manufactured chips.

    Secondly, the solder which was used to fix the chip to the motherboard is cold soldering. From what I've heard, this results in bubbles between the bottom of the chip and the board, which burst under immense heat, and thus would explain why this crap happens so often.

    The main issue here is the fan at the back of the XBOX 360. It produces such a low air flow that keeping the GPU cool is an extremely hard job for it, and therefore it begins gradually breaking down and eventually causing the 3 red light error.

    Fixing it is simple, but be warned. The chances of getting a permanent fix are quite unlikely, probably equally still if you send it back to Microsoft. Due to the hardcore heat the GPU has endured, it will never function as new, however you can definitely keep your XBOX 360 going for a good while without seeing the problem arise again.

    My short and sweet advice;

    1) Find a good quality video on YouTube showing you how to go about with a fix, how to use thermal paste, how to apply alcohol to the chip etc. Sounds like tricky stuff, but if you're good at listening and figuring shit out, you'll learn quick.

    2) Once your XBOX 360 is back together and running, make sure to grab yourself some additional cooling. I'd keep the unit outside of the case with additional fans on it to try and cool down the chip as much as possible.

    3) Get some money aside so that if your XBOX 360 does eventually fuck up completely, you can purchase a brand new one the same day ;).

    Hope this helps mate.
     
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  13. SquirlyNutz

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    It green light !! :)

    Thanks a lot guys for your help.Before even checking if my xbox was under warranty,i took it apart like an idiot and broke the seal which automatictly voids the warranty.

    I found a fix from doing a search on this forum and basicly it was just taping erasers to the processers.i did this and its been green light for 2 days :) Only problem was i was not able to put one of the case sidings back on lol doesnt look so great but who cares,its running and it works !

    Thanks again for everyones advise,im off to get my gaming fix !! :)
     
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    Damn hip hop thats pants...plenty of clickbank shows to sort you out though :eek:uch:
     
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    MS used to do free repairs for that issue until they realized that it happens to one in five Xboxes...

    It's a load of bullshit, but hopefully you can find a free guide to fix it yourself. If not I have some clickbank guides I can hook you up with :rolleyes:
     
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    Good luck following any of the DIY videos on Youtube. More than a fair number of people have fucked up trying these fixes. They rarely stay fixed for long. Your best bet if it is under warrantee still is to send it away to M$...
     
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    I fix Xbox 360s at work maybe I'll make a quick video on my phone on how to fix one and post it up for you. Would that be helpful?


    Edit: I have 4 in my basement now that I can break open for a quick tutorial, just let me know.
     
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    Try the towel trick it's a temp trick but works sometimes it worked for me a few times lasted about 6 more months before it messed up again until i bought one with the new processors :)
     
  19. soccerelvn

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    Here's my Co-worker breaking open an xbox in 5 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PVty12nDgA (I was recording)

    Don't wrap it in a towel...Doing so warps the board.
     
  20. SquirlyNutz

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    Do people even bother to read replies ? :rolleyes:


    MY XBOX IS ALREADY FIXED