XBox 360 Red Ring of Death

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  1. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    As a new XBox 360 owner I have been reading a lot about the dreaded Red Ring of Death. Over the last few years i've had a few friends online tell me about how they've all experienced it and how they don't know anyone whose every owned an XBox 360 who hadn't.

    Now I have a friend who just had his give him the RROD after owning his XBox 360 since the night it came out. He never had a single issue with it till then and got years of game play out of his.

    My nephew has had his 360 since right about the time they released and he's yet to experience any issues with his.

    So what I'm wondering is if there is anyone here whose had to deal with the RROD.

    If so how long did you have yours before it happened?

    Has it happened to you more than once?

    What did you do to fix it?

    Are there any tips people could provide to help prevent this issue?

    I'm curious cause it sounds like it really sucks to have this happen and I'm curious as to how the likelyhood of the problem can be lessened and such.
  2. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    have had 1 since the orig launch and one since the launch of the elites no rrod
  3. Rampage

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  4. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Thanks but that wasn't really helpful. :p
  5. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    My brother and I each bought one at launch, which was like 5 years ago or something. His RRODed last fall, and mine went a couple months ago. I think there's a 2 or 3 year warranty if you bought it after a certain date, but a lifetime one if you bought it before. Mine was before that date, so I didn't have any issues getting it replaced. Got it back in about 10 days.

    But when I went to the UPS store to send it back -- which Microsoft pays for BTW -- the guy in there said he didn't think he'd gone more than a couple days without seeing one shipped out. I didn't even have to tell him what I wanted. Basically walked in there, laid the box on the counter, he printed my tracking receipt, and I left. :laugh2:
  6. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    on point i know a guy that has had it 3 times, the last time it was 2 weeks after the second time
  7. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    My wife got it at Hastings and they don't do the extended warranties there so I've got the 1 year warranty that comes automatically with it but I've got to call, or something, and find out what I've got to do in order to extend the other 2 years onto it.
  8. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    The early Xbox360s had the problem bad. Microsoft is a software company making hardware. Oops. They changed the design, so that the RROD doesn't happen nearly as often. Estimates I saw of the early design failures were in the 30-40% range. And they were losing money selling them to begin with.

    If you got a new one, you shouldn't have a heightened chance for disaster, only the usual standard chance for it....:)
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I know a guy who's never had it and has owned multiple consoles.
  10. Bob Sacamano

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    I know a guy who had Nintendo.
  11. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    I have had it before

    Heat and dust are generally a contributing factor to RROD the add on fans can help plus in general Electronics last longer if you dust them often and keep them cool that includes laptops and PC's
  12. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    I had it twice. The first time was after about 2 and a half years, and the 2nd time was about a year after that. No issues since (thought I rarely use it anymore). To "fix it" I just called Microsoft, got a box sent to me, sent it to them, let them take care of it and wait 2-3 weeks to get it back.

    RROD still has a 3 year warranty even on new machines I'm pretty certain.
  13. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Thanks for all the information everyone. I've found from reading, and whats been said, that it seems like, to me anyway, that a lot of times people had these problems because they didn't do one of a handful of things.

    1) Didn't keep it cleaned up from dust regulary, 2) didn't keep it in a well ventilated area, 3) didn't keep it cool to help with overheating, 4) and playing for insanely long amounts of time and/or leaving the machine on for hours at a time. (This seems like the thing that most did them in)

    So I'm going to try and do everything i can to reduce those issues, as I've seen from tips online, and with my unit being one of those with the new Jasper Chipset in it I'm hoping I'll have a really good run with the unit.
  14. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Bottom line... If you just recently got your xbox, especially if its an xbox arcade, its all good.
  15. Ren

    Ren Well-Known Member

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    It's mostly a problem with the old models i've had it once my self but i also had 2 disc drive failures

    I've had it inn for repairs 3 times the last time they just gave me a new one which i've had no problems with what so ever
  16. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I've had two X-Box's, one from the launch and an Elite I got a few years later.

    They've both gotten the red rings, the one from launch actually got it twice. Well actually 3 times, it's dead as we speak and I don't care to take it apart again.

    The first time I sent it in and Microsoft fixed it (took about two months at the time) and sent it back.

    The 2nd time, I ordered a repair-kit off ebay ($20) and fixed it myself. Turns out it's a cooling issue with the video card.

    Took about an hour, cause I was being ultra-careful and making sure to note where everything went but if you've ever worked on or built a computer, it's pretty straight forward.

    The third time it got it cause I took it out of the country and the voltage seems to have short circuited it, it's not really the red rings, it actually starts fine and then just turns off and starts flashing. I have my other x-box so I haven't bothered to take it apart again.

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