Fix Your Xbox 360 Easy!! No X-Clamps or Towles Required!




A few weeks ago my buddy's xbox 360 got the RROD, but, because he was getting an elite for his birthday, if I could fix it, I could have it. And so I started a desperate crusade to find an easy, cheap and lasting fix for the dreaded RROD. THIS IS IT!!!

(Note: this fix requires you to open the console, THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY! if your warranty is still valid, just send your xbox to Microsoft.)

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Step 1: So What Is It??

This is known as the penny fix. I know some people imediately think that 8 pennys cannot fix an xbox hardware problem and now think my instructabe is a load of bull. please just read one step further and i will explain exactly how and why this works.

Step 2: And So Why Exactly Does This Work??

The reason this works as apposed to alot of other methods is because it kills mulitple birds with one stone
over heating-> there will be some space under the board so the board doesnt get as hot
bad Ram connection->obvisouly the ram will get pressured back on to the motherboard
GPU/CPU issues-> with the released unneeded tension off the x clamps they dont seems to come unsolderd

Step 3: What You Need

You will need...
8-12 pennies
electrical tape
various screwdrivers for xbox disassembley

Step 4: Take It Apart!

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just watch this

Step 5: Make the Penny Stacks

simply wrap 2 or 3 pennies in electrical tape so no copper is showing. Use as little tape as possible

Step 6: Put It All Together

Step 7: OVER HEAT!!!!

this is the step most people who fail at this method seem to miss.
overheat your xbox then cool it down completely. You have 3 options for overheating. 1. Towles, Not recomended. 2. unplug the fan, Better than towles but not great or 3. leave the fan plugged in but reloate it soit cools cpu but overheats GPU. BEST OPTION.

Oveheat for 10-15 minutes then cool down.

Step 8: PRAY!!


Step 9: Test It Out.

plug in your power cord and AV cables and...


congrates you are the owner of a newly repaired xbox

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    51 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey sorry but I live in Australia and pennies aren't particularly easy to come by down here, what should I use?

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Got any old half-pennies? Metal washers should work much the same but they must not be iron or steel or aluminium, non-conductive metals such as brass are best.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You could use anything non conductive, flat, disc shaped, approx 1 mm in thickness cut to the right dimensions for your shim.


    7 years ago on Step 6

    Lol, a song where he's singing "I've got a bad feeling about this..." doesn't bode well.

    It works because it puts pressure on the motherboard, therefore securing the "link" between the CPU/GPU and their respective heatsinks. The x-clamp fix works much in this same way.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Worked beautifully for me!

    Added 2 pennies, wrapped in electrical tape, used the foam glue already on the heatsink. Although, I didn't like the way you described to force an overheat reset, so I stopped the fan with a naked cotton swab stuck in the fan blades; worked out great. Good as new! Jet Set Radio Future & Vanquish run like champions for hours on end!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i did this and im at the over heat stage. what am i supposed to do? when i turn it on to over heat it just sits there and blinks with the RROD not getting hotter or anything

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Introduction

    No offense, but the penny trick is by far the worse fix. You are causing alot of flex and pressure on the board, you can crack a ram brick making your 360 almost unrepairable, never do this trick, the Xclamp fix is the best cheap fix, the hybrid fix is the best before reflowing, reflowing is best unless you can reball


    9 years ago on Step 7

    So... helpful information also should include correct spelling, and spacing. I'm not dogging, flaming, or Trolling, but I am telling you that if you read this, and cannot read between the lines on some of the words it becomes a little hard to understand.

    "3. leave the fan plugged in but RELOCATE it SO IT cools cpu but overheats GPU. BEST OPTION."

    Believe it or not, just those two parts alone can have someone confused. Download Mozilla, and use the spell check it has.


    9 years ago on Step 6

    :d lol I don`t have that screwdriver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Where did you find it?????

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Introduction

    although this method appears to fix the rrod, you are in fact making the problem worse by putting more pressure on the delicate BGA's of the ram chip.


    10 years ago on Introduction

     it worked! you just saved me $75 and 3 months! thank you!