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Red Rings of Death
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:36 AM »
So, the other day my Xbox red ringed... it was a sad day for me. I almost cried. I called Gamestop to see if they'd replace it and even with my womanly charms I couldn't convince them (Gamestop doesn't do returns on xbox's with the RROD), so then I thought I'd try Microsoft/Xbox... went to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, clicked the "Flashing Lights" tab under Xbox, took the Flashing Lights Wizard, which told me "your xbox needs service", well no duh! I already knew that!! So I hit the "request a repair", registered my console, filled out all the fields and answered all the questions and apparently my xbox is no longer under warranty, which isn't surprising considering I've had it for like 4 years, but what was surprising is how much it was going to cost to repair it... wanna guess? $99.99 PLUS Shipping and Handling! Seriously?!! I can just go out and buy a replacement for cheaper than that (refurb, of course but still)! That's ludicrous!

I had 3 options from there:

1.) make a "rage quit" video featuring my 360 (google "tryhardninja rage quit youtube")

2.) either pay the outrageous fee to have it "fixed" by microsoft or buy a new xbox

OR

3.) fix the damn thing myself

So, I did what any other person would've done.... I fixed the damn thing myself. =)

It took me less than 25 minutes, 2 blankets and no tools. I found a youtube video on a RROD solution. What you do is "smother" your xbox so that it over heats, effectively causing it to do a hard reset and fixing the problem. I don't know yet if it's temporary or not, or how long it'll last (the guy in the video said he's done it 3 times and it worked every time). Just take an ass-load of towels, or 2 big blankets, and wrap them around your xbox making sure to block all the air vents (make sure it's turned ON - leave it on), then let it sit for about 20 minutes or so (it'll make a noise like it's shut itself off when its resets itself), unwrap it (you'll notice the red lights are still there), shut it off. Wait about 2 minutes then turn it back on. Voila! Problem solved!! And, you get the satisfaction of pretending to smother the piece of sh*t so it's win-win.

Oooh! Almost forgot, when I refused to pay the $100 to have my xbox serviced they asked me "why" so i filled out the survey and told 'em exactly why ... and ok, I may have used a few colorful words and said something about taking my business to Sony. =D
 

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Re: Red Rings of Death
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 10:47 AM »
LOL!

My husband and I have been lucky that our x-box has yet to fail on us. It's that old white one that they don't even sell anymore! I think we've had it for 5 years? I'm unsure, but whenever people come over and see the white x-box, they freak out and ask if it's red-ringed on us yet.

If it ever does (and I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't) I'll probably either buy him a new one or smother it like you, depending on our finances at the time.
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Re: Red Rings of Death
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 01:38 AM »
I'm sorry that you had that "Red Ring Of Death" on your Xbox360, jessadia.  But I'm glad you managed to repair the problem.  I'm not sure if there are these types of accessories for the Xbox360, but you can actually get cooling fan attachments for the Sony PS3.  They work like industrial heat exhause fans drawing the heat away from the PS3.

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My husband and I have been lucky that our x-box has yet to fail on us. It's that old white one that they don't even sell anymore! I think we've had it for 5 years? I'm unsure, but whenever people come over and see the white x-box, they freak out and ask if it's red-ringed on us yet.

Its the luck of the draw really.  Somebody may have purchase a white Xbox360 with parts made by a inferior manufacturer, others may get one made with parts from a good manufacturer.  The same principle applies to the Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3.

The best thing to do is ensure that you store your games console in a place, which does not block the air exhaust ports, and be sure to clean it every once in a while.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2012, 01:43 AM by DarkGuyver »
 

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Re: Red Rings of Death
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 11:58 AM »
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I'm sorry that you had that "Red Ring Of Death" on your Xbox360, jessadia.  But I'm glad you managed to repair the problem.  I'm not sure if there are these types of accessories for the Xbox360, but you can actually get cooling fan attachments for the Sony PS3.  They work like industrial heat exhause fans drawing the heat away from the PS3.

Its the luck of the draw really.  Somebody may have purchase a white Xbox360 with parts made by a inferior manufacturer, others may get one made with parts from a good manufacturer.  The same principle applies to the Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3.

The best thing to do is ensure that you store your games console in a place, which does not block the air exhaust ports, and be sure to clean it every once in a while.

yeah, they make 'em for the 360 but you don't understand... my xbox is CLEAN - like pristine- no dust whatsoever plus I hardly ever use it, it has good air flow on all sides, etc. It was just... dumb for lack of a better word. Stupid Microsoft. We are a family of video gamers, have a total of somewhere near 20 consoles (including handhelds) in our house and out of all the different ones, the Xbox's are the only ones we've EVER had a problem with. Sony, Nintendo, Sega, now THEY know how to make game consoles! Microsoft could learn a lesson from them! Seriously, we even have an Atari and a NES that both STILL WORK after all these years! and over the years we've had to replace 5 360s. 5!!! All of 'em Red Ringed. *Sigh* You think they'd fix the F-ing problem when it first started happening but No, that's too much work and pointless in their eyes, since they're still selling like hot cakes. I've thought about smashing my xbox into pieces but, for some reason that I can't explain, I have a strange affinity for Xbox over all the other consoles that actually work... I think they put some kind of mind altering device in their consoles that works somewhat like crack  ;)
 

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Re: Red Rings of Death
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 06:55 AM »
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yeah, they make 'em for the 360 but you don't understand... my xbox is CLEAN - like pristine- no dust whatsoever plus I hardly ever use it, it has good air flow on all sides, etc. It was just... dumb for lack of a better word. Stupid Microsoft. We are a family of video gamers, have a total of somewhere near 20 consoles (including handhelds) in our house and out of all the different ones, the Xbox's are the only ones we've EVER had a problem with. Sony, Nintendo, Sega, now THEY know how to make game consoles! Microsoft could learn a lesson from them! Seriously, we even have an Atari and a NES that both STILL WORK after all these years! and over the years we've had to replace 5 360s. 5!!! All of 'em Red Ringed. *Sigh* You think they'd fix the F-ing problem when it first started happening but No, that's too much work and pointless in their eyes, since they're still selling like hot cakes. I've thought about smashing my xbox into pieces but, for some reason that I can't explain, I have a strange affinity for Xbox over all the other consoles that actually work... I think they put some kind of mind altering device in their consoles that works somewhat like crack  ;)

Well, Jessadia, you have just done a fine job of describing the Microsoft Corporation!   :bravo_2:  But 5 360s, damn that not just bad luck at the draw.  It sounds more like a curse, I've heard that allot of people have been having problems with the Red Ring Of Death with the Xbox 360 from the early to the current version being sold today.

If worst comes to worst you could just take it to a videogames retailer and ask how much it would be to fix the problem.  I'm sure they won't rip you off like Microsoft.
 

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