Xbox 360 Three Red Lights of Death – What You Need To Know To Fix This Common Problem on Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Three Red Lights of Death – What You Need To Know To Fix This Common Problem on Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 Three Red Lights of Death has become a common annoyance among Microsoft console owners.  Those gamers are unfortunate enough to have to deal with this issue are searching far and wide for a repair that doesn’t cost them $140 (like Microsoft’s repair proceedure).

For those of you looking for that fix, read on.  This article is going to cover some basic knowledge you need to know about the Xbox 360 Three Red Lights of Death.

The Cause

The basic components inside of the Xbox 360 are just like a computer. There is a DVD drive, a processor, a motherboard, and a graphics card. The cause of the Xbox 360 three red lights of death is actually pretty simple and straightforward: Heat. Too much heat is bad for anything. Especially anything electrical.

Because of the way Microsoft engineered the console, it doesn’t get good ventilation. This causes the components inside of the unit to heat up much hotter than they were built to withstand.

The Effect

The graphics card is held in place by a clamp called the X-clamp. If it gets hot enough, this X-clamp will actually flex slightly and since it holds the graphics card in place it causes the solder joints on the graphics card to disconnect or break.

The Fix

But don’t give up hope on your gaming buddy. Before you trash it, there are a couple of ways you can fix this problem and save yourself the cost of buying a completely new system.

1. Microsoft offers repairs for the Xbox 360 three red lights of death. This repair is expensive and can take up to two months for you to get your console back. And sometimes it’s not even a guaranteed fix because they just send you a refurbished system back.

2. You can fix the console yourself with a little time, patience, and online Xbox 360 three red lights of death guide. These guides are easy to follow, and usually provide step-by-step video instructions on how to take it apart, re-secure the graphics card, and then put it back together. You won’t need special tools or knowledge as these guides are completely idiot proof (trust me).

Not everyone may be up to fixing their Xbox 360 themselves, but if you decide to it’s a worthwhile skill that will save you lots of time and money. Once you get your Xbox 360 back up and running, you should definitely invest in a cooling system for it. Make sure it always stays in a well ventilated area.

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