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    XBOX 360 Three rings of death

    Hey there

    Got the dreaded 3 red rings of death on my 360 on the weekend. Short of sending it back to microsoft for a warranty repair, anyone managed to get round this? I have seen a few links on google about how to get round it but didnt know if anyone had tried this?

    Thanks in advance

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    Just send it back. It's a relatively painless procedure.

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    I looked at this when it happened to my box, i seen that people was doing all sorts to try and avoid sending them back including someone purposely over heating the system for some reason.

    Personnely i would just send it back as at least you know it will be fixed properly as mine was.

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    My friend returned it to the game shop he got it from and that was painless enough.

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    I didn't know there was anyway around the RROD. It's related to overheating of the GPU (I believe) and newer consoles come with a larger heatsink.

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    Also when you get a replacement you may get a hdmi port on it if its a newer refurb/replacement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I didn't know there was anyway around the RROD. It's related to overheating of the GPU (I believe) and newer consoles come with a larger heatsink.
    Would disagree with you regarding the larger heatsink on newer consoles as my Elite just got the dreaded RROD over the weekend, so I am not pleased

    With regards to RROD fix I have a friend who fixed his before trading it in for an Elite. It involved him wrapping his 360 up in a towel and switching it till it overheated and switched itself off. He then let it cool down before switching it back on and amazingly enough it worked. Not sure how long for though because he traded it in the same day!

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    It depends.

    If it's out of warranty, you're pretty much limited to buying a new one or trying to fix it.

    I did the overheating trick (wrap in a towel, tuen on for half an hour, unwrap and let it cool) and that worked for a week or two then it went again so bought a new one.

    Or you can look up on the internet and there is some kit for about £20 that you can use.

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    Right....dumb question, but why does making it overheat fix it?

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    I thought that they re-designed the mobo for the RRoDs and if they had any in they swapped them over. Or was it just a rumor? if so then maybe they bloody should have.

    It's amazing how frequently this has been an issue and that it is still going on, and even more amazingly that people still buy the flippin things even though they are bust! It's just a badly designed machine.

    From the noisy drive, to the crappy over-priced HDD to the ultimate kick in the teeth for the hard-core gamer RRod. If this was Sega they would be out of the console business (oh, wait a minute...)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Right....dumb question, but why does making it overheat fix it?
    It must reset something in the system to say that the temperature has exceeded the norm and thus resets the error. That's my guess

    Is there not a button combo like there was for the original xbox to get into the system engineer mode?

    It's been a while since i looked at MS and their Xbox systems.

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    If out of warranty buy an xclamp repair kit from ebay which is what i did with mine at the weekend which got me back up and running. All it does is replace the existing fixings for the gpu "the xclamp" with some bolts and spring washers. Just clean off old thermal paste from gpu and cpu and the heatsinks then put new paste on and reassemble. Took me a bout an hour from start to finish and has been fine over the weekend and also a lot quieter as the fan isnt working as hard as it was prior to the 3 red lights as the gpu is a lot cooler now. The kit cost £4.50 and came next day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Right....dumb question, but why does making it overheat fix it?
    I read somewhere it was that they started using some lead free solder, and the connections are somewhat lame. Heating the box up causes the solder to reseal itself.

    Could be rubbish I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Also when you get a replacement you may get a hdmi port on it if its a newer refurb/replacement
    can confirm this, my brother in law sent his off, paid his £65 fee got a brand new one back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryITGuy View Post
    Would disagree with you regarding the larger heatsink on newer consoles as my Elite just got the dreaded RROD over the weekend, so I am not pleased
    How old is your console if you don't mind me asking?

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