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About repairing the RROD on xbox 360's Answered

Okay, I am thinking about getting me an xbox 360, but it is a bit over my budget so I am going to get a faulty one from ebay.

But then when I look up some RROD (red ring of death) repair guides, I got suspicious about how you repair the xbox's, all  you just need to take it apart, replace the thermal paste between the heatsinks and the chips and put it all together. That just doesn't seem right...

Does anyone have personal experience using this technique to repair their xbox 360?


Heres the thing I did it, and I didn't use arctic silver, just regular grade material, and I got it fixed... for about a month then I sold it on ebay for about $50 (with no cords etc.) then I bought a new xbox 360 arcade on amazon.com with a free $25 gift card (and a discount coupon). So basically the cost of my new xbox 360 was a little more than $100, hardly worth it to do RROD fix.

actually now that the new xbox 360 is out, the arcades only cost $150 now, and like i said you can still find coupons and grab it for $100 or $125.

The thing is I don't have a hundred dollars to throw around, fixing an faulty xbox would be much cheaper and more fun too! :)

I just got a RROD'd 360 on ebay, gonna try the x-clamp fix it. (It won't be here for another week or so, and I'll be away from all computers for a week. :(  )

If it works, my total investment will be about... $70.
That includes the parts for the repair, the console, controller, and cables.
All were bought in separate auctions.

The technique I'll be using replaces the "X" clamps that hold the MoBo with some screws and washers. Apparently this holds in it place better, without the warping involved with the X clamps. After I do that, I'll have to replace the thermal paste also.

I'll let you know how it goes, might be a while before I do though.

I wouldn't do it. First, the Xbox can be 'broken' for several reasons, only one of which is the overheating problem. Second, if it has overheated, many things could have happened: the thermal paste could have dried, the fans could have become totally nonfunctional, etc, and consequences could have risen: the CPU melted, the GPU melted, some other IC melted, a capacitor melted, etc. Third, the problem could be totally unrelated to overheating: maybe the PSU fried, maybe the motherboard short-circuited, maybe maybe maybe. Fourth, overheating never fixes anything. It's like saying "I threw my Xbox against the wall with brutal force, so I'll fix it smashing it with a sledgehammer. tl;dr: You never really know what caused the RRoD, so it's EXTREMELY risky to buy a broken Xbox to try to fix it - especially overheating it. The new Xbox just came out: it's way smaller, it's HDD is bigger and it's god damn smexy. :) Just do some lawn mowing and gardening for your parents and soon enough you'll get the money (that's what I did to buy mine, anyway).

I have enough money to buy a brand new elite xbox, its just I want to use my money for other projects :)

Well... you have to make a choice. :) You can't just buy the console, games are a must too. And they ain't cheap. :O

the right way to do it is to remove the heatsinks and heat up the chips with a heat-gun. This melts the solder underneath reconnecting the chips to the board. THEN once that is done thermal paste is used to prevent it from happening again. I don't have an Xbox myself but I know enough about flow soldering to understand how this works. You may have also herd about the towel method, I would advise against that because even though the chips will re-flow and connect, the cooling system will still be in th same state as before and the system will RROD again. Go onto Google and search for Xbox 360 heatgun reflow, or something similar. there should be plenty of guides about it. I wish you good luck with your system and your repairs.

Okay, that makes a lot more sense, I saw on one of the guides saying after you have changed the thermal paste and put the heat sinks back on, you should run your xbox with the fan DISCONNECTED to get the chips to over heat for about 30 minutes. Then reassemble the xbox.

that way works, sort of. However the heat-gun method is preferred, as overheating the core like that can damage other critical components on the board. I hope that you fix your xbox. :)

Yes, I will use heatgun method, it seems very sensible, although, I would prefer to use the hot air soldering thingy if it didn't cost so much money..! (and I would not have not to bother putting foil over other components that may melt) :-)


8 years ago

Yeah, if you replace the thermal paste then you should re-solder the chips or heat them up to ensure that those connections are good. After you fix those solder joints, and put on some new thermal paste, you might want to consider getting some more fans in there, possibly by cutting a few holes in the case and putting some fans in there for extra ventilation. And while you're in there, you should also consider doing a thing to prevent your disks from gettting ringed, I saw in ible somewhere, but I cant seem to find it anymore, but I'll keep looking.

Yes, I heard some guy had a very good idea of keeping the xbox cool, he takes the plastic casing off and puts the xbox in the PC desktop tower case with loads of silent fans. Ever since, he never got overheating problem.

Well when an xbox 360 overheads due to poor ventilation the the processor heats up as well. When the processor heats up it causes the heat conducive paste to dry out, making it no longer conductive. So when you turn your xbox on it imitiatly over heats causing your xbox to shut off. So replacing the past will allow it cool. BUTT IF THE PROCESSOR WAS DAMAGED FROM OVERHEATING REPLACING THE PASTE WILL NOT WORK. So its a bit of a risk, good luck getting it to work.