The worst Xbox 360 problem is the red ring of death, and that is exactly what this article is going to help you with. If your Xbox 360 problem is that your system is freezing and you are getting red lights on the power button this article is for you.
You are going to learn:
-the cause of the red light Xbox 360 problem
-what you should NOT to do when attempting to fix your Xbox
-a guide on how you can fix your Xbox 360 problem yourself, and get rid of red light errors once and for all!
First off I will acknowledge how pissed off you may be to have this Xbox 360 problem. It is a royal pain, it ruins you game time as you are in constant fear of freezing. Worse, it drops you from online games (hurting your game score) and you constantly lose level progress.
This red light Xbox 360 problem essentially turns your system into a paper weight.
However, no matter how frustrated you get, don't resort to desperate quick fix tricks (like the towel trick I will show you in a moment). There is a safe and fast way to repair your Xbox 360 problem permanently, and you will see how you can do that.
The cause of the red light Xbox 360 problem
Heat! The cause of this red light freezing Xbox 360 problem is heat!
Here is the technical explanation: The heat sink (the cooling unit) was made too small by Microsoft. They made it small to make room for the DVD drive. Now what happens is this heat sink is too small to keep the motherboard cool. As the motherboard heats up, it vibrates. These vibrations cause the GPU (graphics processing unit) to come loose. The cause of your Xbox 360 problem is the GPU coming loose and your system locking up.
The fix to this Xbox 360 problem is explained below, but basically what you need to do is lessen the vibrations of the motherboard and allow it to breath more (thus keeping it cooler). Don't worry, this is not as hard as it sound, and you can fix your Xbox 360 problem with basic house hold tools.
No technical experience is required with a safe Xbox 360 repair, but in your frustration do not resort to the towel trick!
The towel trick will not fix your red ring of death
Some blogs and sites are saying you wrap your system in a towel (leaving it on and over heating it) or using a hair dryer and over heating. Do not do this.
You saw above how heat is the cause of your freezing Xbox 360 problem, so more heat will only make your Xbox 360 problem worse.
You have been warned.
Your Xbox 360 Problem Resolution Guide
Before doing anything, I suggest you take a look at a professional Xbox 360 repair guide. These guides have videos and step by step instruction to guide you through the whole process. They make it very easy to follow along.
Also, do not be scared to take your system apart. 94% of red light error Xbox 360s don't need new parts, they just need a small tweak to get them up and running. It is not hard to take your system apart and do this repair. Besides, it's broken now anyways isn't it?
Also, you CAN fix this Xbox 360 problem by sending it in to Microsoft, but it will cost you $140 and it will take 6 weeks. This Xbox 360 problem resolution guide (and a professional Xbox 360 repair guide) are very easy and a lot cheaper. Choose what works best for you.
So with that and mind (and my strong recommendation to watch a repair video) here is how you fix your freezing Xbox 360 problem once and for all (note: the arctic silver thermal compound can be found at any computer store and it only costs about $1):
1. Remove the face plate and casing. You will find slightly grey circles among all the holes on your system. Poke these with a sharp point. Also, at the back, there are 6 tiny box shapped holes that also need to be poked in order to pop your system casing.
2. Remove the DVD drive and unplug it's cables
3. Gently take the motherboard out.
4. Flip the motherboard over and look at the 2 X-shaped clamps. The heat sink is a big silver box on top of one of these X-clamps. Pop that X-clamp off and unscrew the heat sink.
5. Now clean the CPU and GPU with rubbing alcohol (remove all the thermal compound).
6. Once clean, put new arctic silver thermal compound over the CPU and GPU.
7. Before putting the heat sink back, put 2 nylon washers under the heat sinks holes above the motherboard, and before you screw in the screws, put 2 washers on them as well. This allows your motherboard to breath and is a very important part of fixing your Xbox 360 problem.
8. Put the motherboard and DVD drive back. Put the case back on, and power it on for 15 minutes. Just leave it. Then power it off for half an hour or so.
9. Turn it back on and you are done! No more Xbox 360 problem.
Now you know how to fix your Xbox 360 problem, I suggest you take a look at a professional Xbox 360 repair guide if you need help through this Xbox 360 repair. Just don't do nothing, your Xbox 360 is too expensive to become a paper weight.
Best of luck fixing your Xbox 360 problem!