There is no end to the different ways that one can attempt to fix the dreaded red rings of death on the Xbox 360 and the penny trick is one of those ways that seems to be popular. However, does it really work?

What is involved in the Xbox 360 penny trick?

The penny trick requires 12 pennies, some electrical tape and a hot glue gun. First, you need to open up your console and remove the motherboard. Next you need to turn the motherboard upside down and locate the 4 black RAM chips around the GPU.

The next step involves making 4 stacks of 3 pennies and then wrapping the tape around each stack so that no copper shows. You then stick the 4 stacks to the 4 RAM chips using a little glue. When you turn the motherboard back over the pennies should stick to the RAM.

Does it really work?

The reason this is supposed to work is because the pennies that are attached to the Ram chips have created a space under the motherboard giving it more breathing room while at the same time keeping the RAM chips firmly attached to the motherboard ensuring good connections.

Although this sounds like a good fix, unfortunately, it only seems to last a couple of months before you get the ring of death again!

This could be due to the fact that copper is a good conductor of electricity and HEAT, and heat is the last thing you want because of the Xbox 360's overheating problem! So it would seem that the penny trick is really a poor man's X-clamp fix and is not a permanent fix!

A permanent fix for the red ring of death!

A far better solution to the red ring of death is to invest in a professional Xbox 360 repair guide. These guides help you get to the root of the Xbox 360's overheating problem and show you how to fix it permanently.

The great thing about these guides is that they have been developed by professionals in the industry, not by some techno geek or would-be technicians! A professional repair guide will include a set of high quality demonstration videos so that you can see exactly what is involved.

So rather than using unapproved methods to fix the red ring of death, the best advice I can give you is to buy one of these guides. They only cost about 30 bucks which is a small price to pay when considering that they will show how to permanently fix the ring of death in less than 1 hour!

Source by Steven B. Chappell