In order to prevent your Xbox from overheating, there are many things you can do. 1st, permanently keep a fan by the back of your Xbox. 2nd, don't ...
Don't you just hate it when you get the red ring of death (rrod) on you xbox 360? Well I do. That's why I've made this cheap and easy guide to help you get rid of and prevent the rrod on your xbox 360.
***THIS IS MY FIRST INSTRUCTABLE. PLEASE THINK BEFORE COMMENTING***
Step 1: Identify the problem of why it possibly overheated
If you find out why your Xbox overheated, you can make sure it won't happen again. For Instance, the problem with mine is that it was in an enclosed area with only a little hole in the back. this prevented good air circulation and therefore caused the whole area to overheat.
Step 2: Unplug your Xbox 360's power cord
This is the single most important step of the whole process. To do this, press on the two tabs on the top and bottom of the plug.
Step 3: Remove all memmory items
You want to remove your memory items. These can be either memory units, or hard drives. I have both. You want to remove them so it opens the Xbox up more, to allow for better air circulation to cool it. Also, the heat can probably cause damage to your memory items.
Step 4: Take off front cover.
This step is optional, but definitely helps A LOT. To do this, stick your fingernail in the top corner, and pull apart. Then, slide your fingernail down the front side so the gap moves throughout the whole side.
Step 5: Cool it down
There are many ways to do this. The way I did it was by placing it vertically and cooling it with a small fan. Obviously, if you have a bigger fan, than use that. Another technique is to just let it sit overnight (minimum) to let it air cool. I used a fan for about an hour, than let it cool for about 15 hours.
Step 6: Prevention
In order to prevent your Xbox from overheating, there are many things you can do.
1st, permanently keep a fan by the back of your Xbox.
2nd, don't put your Xbox in an area that doesn't get enough air circulation.
3rd, don't play your Xbox for so long that it lets it heat up.