Red Ring of Death
I just got the red ring of death, anyone know of a way to fix it? Or a place to send it off to fix it? Might i add, it no longer has the three year warranty.
The Xbox 360 is the second game console made by Microsoft, and was released November 22, 2005.
You may want to look into something called the X-Clamp Method, it required replacing the X-Clamps, which are brackets that hold the CPU and GPU heatsinks in place, These will warp over time, to the point where they put uneven preassure on the CPU or GPU causing it to form a cold joint (Where the chip is not fully connected to the motherboard causing it to malfunction) This causes the red ring of death. If you are comfortable doing this, it required replacing the clamps with screws, and opening the Xbox. You can buy kits that include the screws and washers, and maybe the thermal compound (Which also needs re-applyment)
Go to xbox.com and sign in with your windows live ID (If you don't have one, make it) and then select the register a console option. You will need to enter your consoles serial number (Under the faceplate above the USB ports) and register your console. You can then go to the "Request a Repair" option, and select the option to have your console repaired (It has a 3 year warrenty for the 3 red rings[3/4 Ring Red] and the e74 error as long as the silver "Microsoft" Sticker under the faceplate hasn't been tampered with or removed.) They will mail you a box, shipping label, packageing, and instructions, then you can package it, and take it to a UPS store where they will ship it for free as long as you attatch the included shipping label. Once microsoft has repaired it, they send it back (The repair process ususually takes 14-21 days) and give you a free 1 Month Xbox live gold card (If you have an Xbox Like Gold Membership) I have repaired my own 360, but since microsoft will do it for free, I would reccomend sending it to them, unless the microsoft warrenty sticker is damaged, or missing.
I run OSG and we don't fix 360's that old. The X-Clamp method does work, at least 65% of the time. And 50% of the time it will work for more than a few months.
It is not what we would call a reliable fix. But if it's your own time, and you spend little on the kit, you've got little to lose. Just remember this, you are doing a quick fix on a design related heat fault, on a unit with a DVDrom drive that is more than 4 years old. (the DVDrom lifespan averages 4-6 years). I'd use a unit like that in shop, but I'd NEVER let it go to a customer.
Well. from the accepted answer i'd highly recommend you dont replace the x-camps with screws. i learned that the hard way just dont do it.
it can cause flexing, break the heatsink(depending on how long the screws are) and it could cause uneven pressure if you screw them on wrong.
Gamestop does this fix and a whole bunch of other repair services. if the xclamp fix is done to your xbox the problem will come back in 4 weeks tops maybe even 2 months if your really lucky. so if you send it to someone ask for some pics of their work station and make sure thay dont do an xclamp fix on your xbox.
the best fix anyone could do is reball with LEAD solder balls(make sure its lead!!), add an extra fan to reduce heat on the heatsinks, and a 12v fan mod. doing this to and xbox will make sure you have the best long term fix.
there are many bad fixes out there like the towel fix, xclamp fix,
+ more. if your repair man does reflows be careful with them. they have to have the right equipment. a hot air reflow station is good. id recommend you get someone who reballs then reflows. reflows just melts the solderballs under the chip to make them join again. this fix will last at least 2-4 months depending if they did a proper reflow with flux, make sure they use flux if your repair guy does reflows. reballs is a whole other story. its just like you got it out of the box. if they use lead free solder the xbox will last about 3-5 maybe even 6 months. if they use lead it could last 4-12 months depending if thay did a great job.
THANK YOU AND REMEMBER THE XCLAMP FIX IS BAD!
Works like a champ!!! I used this site to mod my 360 and hard wired my fans to run them at full voltage in 2006. Then a little over a year ago I got a red-ring error, and used their repair kit and the following walk-through: http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/repair/rin...
No problems since!
I don't mean to pull people from this site because this site is very very helpful but there is a HUGE database of RROD Repair and diagnosis information that would take months even years to accumulate here.
The Xbox Experts Site even has a step by step guide to diagnose your xbox and then a list of possible fixes.. I have repaired over 50 xbox's with this and had great results.
Removing the xclamp and replacing the leg bolts with washers and bolts is a horrible idea.
A proper reflow with insat super flux and a good reflow station,not a heatgun will ensure a better quality repair.
Albeit,a reball is the only permanent fix.
Dont be suckered into buying xclamp rrod repair kits.
They are garbage.
Reflow with the proper flux,repaste the gpu and and put the xclamps back on.
Retention can be established by placing steel washers on the side close to the motherboard before reattaching the x clamps.
Sorry, but I disagree with the comments on not using the X-clamp repair. That is the only way I repair Xboxes. I don't have a reflow station and don't plan on purchasing one. I imagine the cost to reflow the Xbox is more than my customers are willing to pay for their old console.
I always caution my customers that the RROD repair may only last a few weeks to a year or more. I give them a 60 day warranty against future RROD's. As old as the Xbox 360 is becoming, if a customer can get another year out of their console for $50, they are happy.
Using the right length screws and careful application has proven successful for me more times than it hasn't.