Fix Xbox 360 Red Ring Forever – You Don’t Have to Pay an Arm and a Leg to Fix Your Xbox
If you’re an Xbox 360 owner I’m sure you’ve heard of the Xbox 360 red ring. In fact, that’s probably why you’re reading this article. This article is intended to answer some of the most common questions about ways to fix Xbox 360 red ring.
Q. What causes the red ring of death?
Believe it or not, Xbox 360 red ring of death is caused by very simple problem: too much heat. Because of inadequate ventilation and a very obvious engineering flaw, the Xbox gets too hot inside. This causes internal parts to be under much more heat than they were designed for. To make a long story short, this heat causes internal parts to bend and solder connections to break. This is why you see the three flashing red lights.
Q. Does the Microsoft warranty cover this problem?
Yes. The Microsoft warranty does cover the three flashing red light problem. There are a few things you should know, though, before you send your Xbox 360 back to the manufacturer.
First of all, Microsoft has been known to replace systems with refurbished models. In fact, some gamers report that they actually get the red ring of death again shortly after receiving the console back from the company. Secondly, if your console is not under warranty be prepared to pay a hefty fee for Microsoft to fix Xbox 360 red ring. Lastly, this whole process usually takes 4 to 6 weeks before you will see your Xbox 360 again.
Q. Are there alternative solutions to fix Xbox 360 red ring?
Yes. There are some very popular alternative solutions to sending your console back to the manufacturer.
Although it is highly looked down on, there is a repair method called the towel fix. Because it can actually make your Xbox worse, many people advise against it. This involves wrapping a towel around your Xbox while it’s running, and superheating the console in order to re-melt broken solder connections. I would not ever advise you to do this to your 360, though.
Another solution is to fix your 360 yourself. Do-it-yourself repair has become more and more popular because it guarantees you will fix your Xbox 360 correctly. Most gamers can have their systems working again in about an hour with no special tools or special knowledge.
Q. Do these repair guides really fix the red ring?
I hear this question quite frequently. If you follow the guide step by step, whether it’s a PDF file or a video, there’s a 96% chance you’ll fix your 360. Most guides that you find cost about a fourth of what you would pay to have Microsoft repair your Xbox 360 and even offer a money back guarantee if it doesn’t fix the problem.
Q. My Xbox has another problem besides the red ring of death; will a repair guy work for me?
Since repair guides show you how open your Xbox 360, and fix the internal components that cause an overwhelmingly majority of the consoles common problems, they are also usually adequate at fixing two red lights, overheating, graphical glitches, and the E74 error.