Introduction: Xbox 360 Ring of Death Fix

This is a fix if your getting the 3 red lights on your xbox 360 this is a hardware failure and overheating fix...


savior (author)2008-07-22

Success at last!!! Do not be scared to dig into your machine! (If the warranty has run out) Mine looks like a beaver chewed on the back for awhile its been opened and closed so many times! (the hardest part is openng and closing the cabinet!) The bolt fix never worked for me but I just bent the x-cross's that hold the GPU and heat sink abit more. Did everything according to the video but after heat up I left it in the steel cabinet and then tightened down the 8 screws that hold the cross's into the steel cabinet. When you get it apart you'll see what I mean. Let it cool down for an hour, put it back together, and game on!! YAH!! I did use a good helping of nexxtech heat sink compound when I put the heatsink and GPU back on though. Xbox 360 is tough! The mother board has seen printer head cleaner, a couple of blasts of ether (starting fluid) Damp paper towel and not very kind handling! Don't get too carried away though! lol Long live xbox 360!!!

blaze.ninja42.0 (author)savior2013-03-13

yes, they are durable aren't they? mine was set fire to and the only thing that messed up was the cd tray, and the eject button is useless now, doesn't work. it had to have been on fire for a while too, almost burned down a camper (drunk guy lit a candle and then went to slepp)

fazil (author)2008-11-24

well it worked but, I didn't apply do thermal compound and left on do x-clamp it showed 2 red lights after a while .then i cooled it 4 an hr.wen i put it on 2 red keeps appering, wats ur advise on dis?

blaze.ninja42.0 (author)fazil2013-03-13

if you get an answer besides send it in i'd really like to know one of my three xbox's (one rrod, one that overheats instantly-two red lights- and a working one) has that issue, probably cause it was literally on fire, had to replace the disc drive, swapped PCB out for my old one since they were the same model drive, and turn it on and less than thirty seconds it flashes two red lights, gonna try this on it, since i cant mess it up anymore than it is now

miss_ashley (author)2009-02-15

okay so i have a question. i did everything in the tutorial and i got 4 flashing lights and it shut off. any help?

Fridge Gnome (author)miss_ashley2009-05-25

4 red rings indicates that you AV cable is disconnected if that is not it then you have a super rrod

or the graphics card is not working correctly

2+2=5 (author)2009-07-29

My xbox had the 3 red lights and I decided to fix it by removing the x-clamps and replacing them with screws, long story short I scratched the motherboard just slightly, twice. The console still gives me 3 red lights, does this mean that I didn't mess up the motherboard (I assumed I'd get 4 red lights then)?

blaze.ninja42.0 (author)2+2=52013-03-13

four lights is most likely the AV cables aren't plugged in, or the graphics card is shot, two is overheating, one is E74, or E73 idr what one, three is of course the infamous RROD

2+2=5 (author)2+2=52009-07-29

BTW can I still send it to microsoft without having to pay for a whole new console?

rolandbassett (author)2+2=52009-08-10

no you voided the warranty when you opened it... that wasnt a very good idea...

2+2=5 (author)rolandbassett2009-08-11

My warranty was already out. I was asking if I could send it to them and have them fix it for a fee.

rolandbassett (author)2+2=52009-08-11

oh well they still wont even touch it bc it has been "tampered" with. my advice is to send it to game stop to fix or maybe you didnt "scratch" your motherboard... did u remember to overheat without the fans and get the 2 red light error before letting it cool and then trying to fire it up? bc that step is what gets rid of the error... it resets itself on the cool down

2+2=5 (author)rolandbassett2009-08-24

My xbox is actually working now, the thing is it has a desktop fan cooling it :). It is not very practical but I'm gonna replace the stock fans and look into placing a real fan over the CPU heatsink but that requires soldering and cutting :S

egammoc (author)2010-11-07


joelyboy94 (author)egammoc2011-06-12

lol do you think if you took your xbox apart but when you put it back together you put the sticker back on Microsoft would notice when you sent it for repair??

yeah, unless somehow you get the tamper sticker perfectly back on, no corners peeled up or bent from being pulled on, its usually obvious when tamper proof stuff is messed with (not always, some things i can or have seen cheated)

BiosTerminator (author)egammoc2012-02-21


KingDubya (author)2008-01-25

You do know that by opening up the Xbox, you void the warranty, right? That means that if something else happens to your box and you can't fix it, you can't send it to Microsoft for them to repair. You'd have to buy a brand new box. Of course, this method is perfect for those people who have expired warranties.

Or take it to Play 'n' Trade...

Seikojin (author)KingDubya2008-10-18

And a modded box.

bogdan_mihai58 (author)2010-05-28

When you get Red ring of death on Xbox, BSOD on PC, And errors on other Consoles and computers, just take a look at the thermal compound...If it's older than 2 years and looks solid, remove it and apply the BEST thermal compound you can will last another 2 years + no errors..... 

imaseahawksfan (author)2010-03-28

Flawless bro! Works awesome! Repaired for less than $20. 5/5!

NetReaper (author)2008-05-24

Can't you just send it to microsoft for repairs. a lot safer (and maybe cheaper)

fadead (author)NetReaper2009-02-20

I am on my six 360 seven now that it broke.. No BS now my warrenty is void.... then a ps3 and now im on my second... Bad luck long game play dust? What is it ....

Turboelf (author)fadead2010-03-05

Gonna try and repair my 360, since the people at M$ Europe returned it to me unfixed! They claim it has been tampered with and my warranty is void. On opening it up as shown in related articles, the security seals looked just fine to me! (well not anymore since my subsequent taking apart).
If that doesn't work, I'll be forking out about 20GBP to get it fixed at a local repairer!

kownedwards (author)2009-08-26

VERY GOOD VID but one question...well maybe you have to put more thermal compound BACK on once you remove the old stuff...and since you use the screws do you not need the x clamp anymore??

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-25

Seems kind of hard, I'm not going to open my Xbox 360 up anyways.

Trinity (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-25

if you are not good with computers and the like i suggest for you not to do this...but if you have some experience with them it isnt that hard if you use common sense (not a shot at you gorillaz)

GorillazMiko (author)Trinity2008-01-25

How rude. Just kidding. Well, it looks quite hard for me... haha. :P Oh wells, but you did do a great job. P.S. Andrew, EGGS ROCK!!!

Briguy9 (author)GorillazMiko2009-07-25

How about I take your eggs and Andrew's ham and make myself breakfast.

ransomnator (author)2009-04-28

This works i just finished it (whooo!) .. just be patient and dont rush n e thing your're not sure about.. keep searching the internet until u find your answers
Before starting make sure you have a overheat failure (top left light is on in 3 rings - fixable) and not a general hardware failure (top right ring is on in 3 rings - not fixable) -- google it

This video is a little fast and loose and here are the links I looked at aswell:

ransomnator (author)ransomnator2009-04-28

this trick is phenominal aswell -- getting the xclamps off without it would of been impossible

NinJa_RaiZer (author)2008-12-21

I Love the NFS Carbon soundtrack, rock on.

fireFEIND67 (author)2008-11-25

.... dude? how 2 back up games? do u have 2 mod ur 360?

fazil (author)2008-11-24

well it woked but i didn't apply d thermal compound and i left d x-clamp on,wen it woked i cooled it 4 an hour and now 2 red keeps apperaring wats ur advise on dis?

braveheartofglasgow (author)2008-11-21

What do I apply the Artic Silver to?

wufe_natuku (author)2008-11-05

I have used this video to fix three xboxs so far. Marvelous video and if you follow the instructions it should have you up and running. One thing to pay attention to is that the red ring on the front of your xbox matches the solution. This solution is for the more common overheating problem. Also the cleaning part is very important. I had a little trouble with the alcohol but found that a little thermal compound loosens up the old stuff and it then wiped clean.

fallingapart (author)2008-10-15

i was wondering after you clean the heatsinks what did u with the x clamps an what screws did u use the screw them back on

crazyguy12 (author)2008-09-25

it didn't work all i got is the center green light then minute later overheating lights. i need help bad please someone point in the right direction.

xGLORY AND GUNSx (author)2008-09-20

Very helpful!

Benm (author)2008-08-20

some one tell me everything i need to have to fix the three red lights please.

chinnerz (author)2008-07-28

nice work!, that is a killer soundtrack what song is playing?

miltonbek (author)2008-06-23

the two red lights never comes up for me it just continues to blink 3 red lights. What should i try?

robishairycheez (author)2008-05-24

hey, while doing this i accidentally scratched the motherboard, it is a very very small scratch, will it damage the motherboard?

Depends how deep the scratch is and where it is. If it is very small then probably not.

omg fear (author)2008-05-14

My Cousin and I attempted this feat, failing miserably. Until now, we had just a print-out "how to" of this video. Whomever accomplished this task, "high five!" You deserve it. Now then.....we will go try it again....wish us luck.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2008-01-25

u no the red ring of death is most of the time caused by the processor(s) overheating witch actually can deform the board (is it called a motherboard in a 360?? lol idk w-e.) so really if you keep your system cool, it should not have these problems. ........P.S. ham rocks!!!!!!

I dont get it cuz i've been punished for ovver 3months for getting trouble in school and i havnt played my xbox 360 til now and its giving me the red ring of death.soooo i bought grand theft auto 4 for no reason! but it still works after i mess with it for 5-10 mins.

webova (author)2008-04-01

I was having a difficult time trying to find a good and simple way to fix my xbox from the red ring problem. I talk about it on my blog, it may not be the best choice for everyone but I got my to working right and pretty fast too.

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