Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
After playing a game for 10 min. or less playing on an xbox 360, the screen turns off and the xbox has 2 red lights on the ring of light the console is still on and the controller is still doing what it was doing such as vibrating the fans shut off after a couple moments but there is still lights
THIS IS HOW U FIX THE 2 RED LIGHT PROBLEM 100%
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i found out that the best way to fix the 2 red light problem is to first go to google and find out how to open up the 360 properly,once u know that then open it up get a hoover and hoover all the dust from inside and wipe everything down with a dry cloth.Especially where the two cooling fans are.Please note that if u do open it to do this that it breaks any warranty u have on your xbox but wot the hell its fixed.The reason for the two red lights is the console is over heating,In my case i found out that my cooling fans were clogged with black dust which actually stopped them from working,ever since i did this techniche myself my 360 has never had the 2 red light problem again and everything works much better .
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
2 red lights mean its getting overheated i noticed this was happening 2 mine whilst i was playing halo 3 so every 30 - 40 mins i saved and quited and placed a fan infront of the back pannel for about 5 - 10 mins this cooled it down and could be played for longer without thret of over heating
p.s saveing and quiting can be frustrating every 30 mins so do it after that level 30 mins through. :)
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
I'm having the 2 redlights also. But my xbox 360 will only run for 20 seconds and then cut off and the 2 redlights will show after it shuts down. At first it was having the 3 lights. I replaced the 4 rubber pads as shown on this site. after I put it back together it started doing 2 lights. atleast we got it to run but for only 20 seconds....could this be over heating in that short of a time...please help
Posted on Nov 25, 2007
My boyfriend's XBOX 360 just had the 2 red light thing start the other day. The fans would cut off like 3-5 seconds after cutting on. The system wouldn't turn on at all. It wasn't an overheating problem though. We also noticed on the gray box, that's with the cord that plugs in, that the light wasn't turning green, it was staying yellow. We got on here and looked at some solutions and after he took the entire console apart...he decided to start small and check the silicon in the gray box of the cord. He fixed those and checked the system. To both of our amazements, it worked! The green light came on with the gray box cord thing, the red lights went away, and the fans stay running now! My reccomendation to people in the future with this problem, check the inside of the gray box on the cord that plugs into the wall first before taking the whole thing apart. It very well could be that. Our problem had nothing to do with overheating. :) Good luck to all
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
Umm well what i did for the 2 flashing red lights is that i sucked most of the dust out with a vacuum not any old house vacuum but a tough one like da big ones u see at home depot and stuff but i put the vaccum so it sucks the air out of all the holes on the xbox the ones on the side on top the back and on the bottom it works fine now
Posted on Nov 10, 2007
Fixed mine. Had two red lights flashing after I repaired the three red lights with the x clamp fix. Turned out the heat sink on the GPU wasn't making contact after I replaced it. When I took the heat sink off to look at it I noticed the thermal paste I put on wasn't making contact because the heatsink was almost completely clean. I took off one of the metal washers I put on the heatsink side to make it drop lower. So far it has been running for 5 min straight now. Here's a link to the x clamp fix http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/263/62/ . I only ended up using the nylon washers, don't overtighten. Hope this helps someone.
Posted on Mar 05, 2010
Ok so i had this problem for about 2 days after i fix the red ring of death every time i would turn on the xbox 360 it would work for about 3 second and the fans would get really loud for those 3 second and then the 2 red lights would pop up and the fans would stop and the 2 red lights would just keep blinking and the screen would be black..... so heres what my problem was
I open up my xbox 360 and notice that the GPU was not touching the processor o there was a little space between the GPU and the processor. So i put a washer in between the x-clamp and the mother board so that the GPU would be tight and pressed up against the processor but not too tight and then i check too see if the 2 red lights were gone and they were gone and now my xbox 360 works.
So i figured the 2 red light means that your GPU pressed up against the processor and the system is trying to tell you that its over heating because it cant detect the GPU... and this could probably be the same with the CPU
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
For the people with two red lights on the xbox360
Firstly i should point out if the lights appear TURN OFF YOUR CONSOLE FOR IT TO COOL DOWN, ignoring this will serouisly mess up our console
1. Move Xbox360 into a area where it can breath lay down
(DO NOT PUT ON CARPET AND DO NOT STAND UP!!!)
2. Do not buy intercoolers, most peoples houses have gone up in flames because they are not that good
3. That massive grey power brick, is it too hot??? have it lay on a cool surface such as wood or stone, DO NOT LAY ON CARPET
4. If you can get a decent amount of gameplay out of xbxox before lights come on, try using someone elses grey power brick instaed of your own
5. With the new look dashboard you can copy the game off disk to xbox hard drive since most people have two red lights while playing most HD games the harddisk may be a way around it
DO NOT WRAP IN TOWELL, it will overheat and damage it
DO NOT PUT IN FREEZER this will damage it
And now for those who cant even load dashboard, your console has a very bad hardware fault due to it overheating, ways around this are to repait the heatsink (although it may be too late)
Xbox shrunk this down in older 360's to make room for the DVD player, in the newer 360's the heatsink is a "floater" which is at least a bit better
For those of you who have given up hope and are considering throwing in the towell, threaten microsoft repair line with "im going to buy a PS3!" or for the repair charge which doubled is the cost of an xbox anyway your choice, i hope this has helped some people out any q's my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
I had the same problem with the two red lights error. My xbox was only a year old and Microsoft told me they only cover 3 red lights. so i resorted to fixing it myself. I pulled the xbox apart and removed the x clamps removing the heat sinks. cleaned the chips and re-greased with arctic silver. also used bolts and drilled the case out to space the motherboard away from the case and more secure mount on to processors. put it back together and this worked for about 3 months. there wasn't much dust inside my xbox event the first time i took it apart but obviously cleaned it anyway. after getting the 2 red lights another 3 times each time disassembling and re-greasing I decided to take more drastic measures and cut a hole in the case over the heat sink and mounted a processor cooling fan and wired it into the xbox fans. FYI STILL didn't work! reading through some more websites and stuff I decided to take the power brink out to the garage and blow it out with compressed air. So far the Xbox has now been running continuously for an hour now. So It seems dust in the power brick was the problem!
Posted on Nov 16, 2009
This problem usually happens when you have already had the 3 red lights fix and normally it happens because whoever fixed it didn't screw everything back in correctly and tightly so make sure everything is screwed back in correctly. But I have also heard that it could be the first signs of overheating so if that true get it fixed and get yourself a fan there only about a tener.
Posted on Sep 21, 2008
The problem might be your `Transformer` ( I think thats its name) , you know, the big black box thing which you plug into the wall sockets and then plug your xbox into the transformer, try cooling that down. I dont know why but when I get 2 red lights I cool the transformer with a fan (yes I unplugged the transformer first) then plug it back in, the last time i did this it worked for about 3 hours before it broke again.. this is just a temporary fix not a permanant one. The only other thing I can suggest is send it in!
Posted on Jun 14, 2008
Great job, tips saved my xbox just in time for Christmas;
one thing i think needs to be stressed, and that is to NOT over tightening the screws as you reassemble your xbox. Mine did not work initially after the eraser fix, but after loosening it works like a champ
again, wonderful walkthrough thx so much
Posted on Dec 23, 2007
I have found that if your xbox 360 is getting the red light problem the best thing to do in order to help it cool down if you are in a room with not enough ventalation is get something like a electric fan and turn it up to tbe coolest and just hold it over your xbox for a few mins and it should help to cool the system off
Posted on Sep 29, 2007
I had to put risers under the motherboard and also had to put a intercooler on the back vents and now my 360 works fine
Posted on Jun 16, 2008
If you try all the other suggestions available, then I have a solution. My xbox was doing the same EXACT thing as yours, so I opened up my 360, (voiding the warranty) and saw that the entire inside, especially the intercooler (or w/e it\'s called) was COVERED in dust! If you\'re out of options, then this is going to be your fix. So far I have had no more trouble with mine. :)
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
Ok here is how to fix the 2 and 3 light do the x-clip fix and make sure you use arctic silver 5 on the chips so that it stays cool i did mine two day ago and have had no problem with it sence
i hope this helps
Posted on May 16, 2008
Yea. you defenately need to clean out the cooling fan. Your problem was overheating.
Posted on Mar 23, 2008
For me i did very small i can use any games easly even near kitchen oven !!!!
just fix a small fan like used in pc processor with stick in upper panel .
Posted on Aug 08, 2007
What you need to do is open the xbox up and remove all components ( there is a good video on you tube on how to do this) once you remove both heat sinks you will expose the gpu and cpu chips. You need to thoroughly clean them with arctic silver remover first then with qtips and alcohol until they have a mirror finish. Go to radio shack to buy all of this. Now you apply new arctic silver to both chips using a credit card to smooth apply liberally (make sure there are no bubbles) now replace the heat sinks and x clamps and all the rest of the hardware. you may need to use a towel trick to trick the xbox into working. It should work fine for about 1 year after this so be prepared to do it again oneday. Hope this helps, kids make sure your parents help or approve before starting.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009
I've had this problem, that for some reason (possibly increased GPU/CPU demands of the game) only happened with COD World at War. I couldn't even get past the beach battlefield at the very beginning without the 2 left-hand quadrants (with the console lying in the flat position) flashing red and freezing up the machine.
I'd read elsewhere to try blowing out all the dust with a powerful hairdryer on cold (there's sometimes a button you can hold down to disable the normal hot air flow to just cold...) So I took the console outside the house and plugged in an extension lead and put the the hairdryer on full blast, and about 2yrs worth of household dust flew out from the thing....I blew it out from all sides for a couple of mins...plugged it back into the TV and 'Voila'....success!!
Been playing on it for over an hour now whereas previously, I NEVER got more than 5mins. Try it....
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
I had this problem and it is related to overheating issues, in the GPU to be precise, I was able to fix it by replacing the factory THERMAL COMPOUND (which was totally dry) with a high quality thermal compound, after that my console has been working just fine!! I know this is not the answer but it will give you an idea as to where to start.
There are plenty of guides online to open your Xbox360 and take care of this issue.
AGAIN IF YOUR CONSOLE IS UNDER WARRANTY, STAY AWAY FROM OPENING YOUR XBOX AND VOID YOR WARRANTY, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT AND SEND IT BACK IN!!
Posted on Apr 14, 2009
This problem is really simple but the thing you want to avoid leaving the console on for more then 5 minutes if the power brick is green if its yellow its on stand by and your fine you just want to take apart the console and take off the x clamps and heat sinks for the gpu and the cpu then clean the thermal paste on the gpu and cpu and apply new thermal paste which you can buy at most computor stores. Also make sure your fan is working and also have the fan cover on before testing it .the fan cover directs the air flow to the gpu and cpu now turn it on and it should work no problem.the xbox does not need to be very hot to be classified as overheating people confuse this by thinking that it gets hot enough to cause a fire and if you dont want to fix it you can send me your xbox and $50.00 i will send back a refurbushed one just go to GamerRepair.com and go to contact us and send me a message i use paypal only. I will also be putting up easy guides with pictures to fix you xbox 360 the right way without a charge
Posted on Dec 09, 2008
The two left quadrants of the Ring of Light flash red on the front of the Xbox 360 console.
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This behavior occurs when the internal temperature of the console exceeds the acceptable limits. You may think of this as too hot, overheating, and so on.
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THINGS TO TRY
1. Let the Xbox 360 console cool.
Note You may have to wait several hours for the console to cool enough. Do not turn on the console when the console is hot.
2. Verify that the console has sufficient ventilation and that the fans are operating. For more information about ventilation, see the "More Information" section.
3. If the two lights continue to flash red after you try steps 1 and 2, contact Xbox Customer Service.
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To try to prevent this problem, use the following precautions:• Do not block any ventilation openings on the Xbox 360 console.
• Do not put the Xbox 360 console on a bed, on a sofa, on a carpet floor, or on any other soft surface that may block ventilation openings.
• Do not put the Xbox 360 console in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless the space is well-ventilated.
• Do not put the Xbox 360 console near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier
Posted on Jul 24, 2009
The case of the 2 red lights that appear on the left side of the ring on the XBOX 360 is due to and over heating issue. There are a few ways to cure this problem. Please see below for more information.
The help article through Xbox.com can be found by following this link http://support.xbox.com/support/en/us/nxe/kb.aspx?ID=907533&lcid=1033&category=hardware
1. Purchase a spray can of air from your local retailer and try blowing it in all the air ports including the fan duct to remove the dust that has built up over time.
2. You can open up your Xbox 360 and use the air can to clean out all the dirt from all the hardware pieces such as the processor and so forth within the Xbox console, however if your console is still under warranty through Xbox it will VOID the warranty by opening the console up.
3. Send your Xbox 360 to Microsoft Xbox to have it repaired, However if your system is out of warranty it will cost you $99 to have this done. But if its still under warranty it will be covered free.
To learn how to send your console to Xbox for repair, just visit the below link to get instructions and how to do this.
and click the link located on the left lower side that says repair your console, but do note that you need to be signed into your xbox live account through the website to use this feature, or you could always just call the support center of Microsoft.
Posted on May 05, 2009
Its very simple to fix.if u have left it to cool down for a day and it still doest work you are going to have to ring mircosoft.they will fix it but it will cost about 80 bucks.i said that i got the 3 three red lights because they will fix that promblen for free...hop this helps
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
I had the same problem, I went to xbox 360 website and It is a heating problem so what I did was that I put the xbox rigth by the ac vent and it works fine ,I can play for hours and no more ploblems, but vacuum the vents of the xbox is a good idea1 ,im going to do it .
Posted on Feb 20, 2008
For the three red lights it is a possible hardware error
there should be a number to call in the manual and they will send you a pre-paid box
mail it to them and they will fix it and mail it back to you in 2-4 weeks
Posted on Jan 01, 2008
Pick up a xbox repair kit, and replace the heat paste
Posted on Sep 27, 2010
I also had the 3 light rod and did the thermal paste heat sink remount fix and then got the 2 light rod. I found that the problem was the washers I used were a little too thick and the heat sink on the GPU was not seated all the way unless the screws were really tight. We know that the screws can't be overly tight or the xbox won't function so the thick washers are a no go. I ended up just removing the washers and not tightening the screws too much, and now it fires up perfectly every time. I have been using it playing BF Bad Company 2 and streaming on Netflix for 2 hours without a problem.
Posted on Aug 25, 2010
IF YOU GET 2 RED LIGHTS AFTER 10 SEC OF TURNING IT ON AND THE INSIDE OF YOUR CONSOLE IS DUST FREE . TAKE IT APART REMOVE HEAT SINKS AND OLD THERMO PASTE GET A HAIR DRYER ON HOT SETTING AND HEAT THE CHIPS UP SO THERE HOT TO TOUCH REPACE HEAT SINKS WITH NEW THERMO PASTE THEN GET THE HEAT SINKS HOT WITH HAIR DRYER PUT CONSOLE BACK TOGETHER ..NO MORE RED LIGHTS...
Posted on Feb 03, 2010
I had this problem and actually found this site looking for a solution.
Though I didn't find an answer, I found one myself.
Sometimes, it's overheating, because it IS overheating.
You might need to open your console up.
1.) Find a video on how to open your console up.
2.) Get a can of compressed air and get all the dust out.
-Dust off the fans
-Don't forget to dust off the cooling unit
That's all there is to it. It does not void the warranty unless you mod it.
Good luck to you all
Posted on Dec 17, 2009
The 2 red lights indicate a overheating error of the CPU and GPU. In short the heat sinks that are attached to the processors on the XBOX 360 need to be 1) Reseated, 2) Have new thermal Grease applied and Reseated or 3) The exhaust fan needs to be replaced.
All of these options can be done personally with little to no cost to you. As long as you have a No. 10 and a No. 8 Torx Bit ( * ) similar to star bits. then you have the most difficult to find repair components. Other than that, just search for red ring fix videos and you will see exactly how to disassemble the XBOX 360 and repair the unit.
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
I'm sorry man. Your 360 has been infected with something called the red ring of death. Your Xbox 360 console becomes infected with this from playing on Xbox Live with other people who have it. It causes an inner meltdown of the system so I think you need a new Xbox 360. There is no known way to fix it. You're in luck if your 360 is still under warranty, but if it isn't, then you got to pay money for a new 360. Hope this helps!!!!
Posted on May 21, 2009
Rap the xbox in 2 towels for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes remove the towels and turn of the xbox. turn the xbox back on and it should work.
Posted on Apr 28, 2009
I had a similar problem. I opened up my xbox and found the air vents were blocked with dust. I simply vacumed evry bit if dust I could find and the box has not overheated since. SIMPLE.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
Its deffinly an overheating problem on the gpu or cpu i used to work for xbox in uk and fixed many many of these consoles at the repair centre allthough there are several solutions to fixin this problem that ive read about on the net. the best way i recommend is to clean of thermal paste on the gpu and cpu and replace with new paste and also buy a thermostatic cooling adapter or better fan for the back of the xbox and then it should continue to work fine also make sure the console is in a open a area so it can breathe , the biggest problem with this console i didnt understand is why didnt they didnt put a fan on the gpu heatsink and the cpu heatsink you dont see a pc without one or a good graphics card for a pc without one the cooling design is very poor and that dvd drive completely covers the gpu heatsink just think of all that heat in the plastic im supprised i never had one on fire lol, but now they have made some updates with new floating heatsink for gpu which is cool. best of luck people.
Posted on Jun 03, 2008
Move it out of any area where is it overheating!
Posted on Mar 25, 2008
Try cooling it down and then try turning it on again
Posted on Mar 24, 2008
Posted on Mar 10, 2015
What I did was I moved it into an area with a fan and I let it cool down for about 45-60 min and it worked for a while, but now I'm leaving it out for a few hours and am gonna see if that works better
Posted on Mar 31, 2010
Unplug powerlead and scartlead take your hard drive off and remove ur faceplate.. then hoover any visable vents/airholes and its done!!
Posted on Feb 17, 2010
I used the vacum it's seemed to have sorted the problem out
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
Two red lights means the unit is overheating. Take it apart and clean it with a shop vac on low. Anyone can do this.
Posted on May 02, 2009
Well for people that have it like an airplane quite at first then really loud and then goes to 2 red lights i have figured that it might be your fan, there r 2 fans in the back of ur xbox and one is not working i just ordered a new fan and waiting for uit to come in
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
Ok here it is the two light mean over heating to fix this problem you must fix the x-clip problem and make sure u put arctic silver between the heat sink ant the two chip this is what i did and now it is work great...did it yesterday and no problem with it played halo 3 for about 4 hrs and no problem with it at all
hope this helps...
Posted on May 15, 2008
Hoover all the dust out!
Posted on Apr 13, 2008
Thanx daniel for the wonderful tips. I hope this will save my console from going bad.
Posted on Jun 27, 2007
Great advice! thanx! I had this problem too, I just moved my console to an open place where it have more air coming in and out. Now it is working great and the console does not get stuck anymore!
Posted on Jun 26, 2007
Thank you for your suggestions, I was able to cool down my console and now it works great. I just hope it will never happen again.
Posted on Jun 14, 2007
The best solution is to VACCUM the dust out of the xbox before you get other problems. The collecting dust is making ur xbox overheat. So keep it clean before you get the 3 or 4 rings of death!
Posted on Dec 05, 2007
Your Xbox is overheating
Posted on May 13, 2014
Its not necessarily dust It could be your CPU inside the xbox.
Posted on May 08, 2013
All you havee to do to the xbox with 2 or 3 red rings most of the time is clean gpu and cpu reapply thermal paste but you have to put one fan over the dvd drive and one over the other heatsink and overheat for 15-20 min then let it cool down and enjoy it worked for me
Posted on Jan 31, 2011
My console originally had 3 red lights, but i was unaware of the extended warranty so i voided it myself unintentionally. I opened it up and replaced the thermal heatsink adhesive that was already there with some arctic silver 5 and replaced the x-clamps with bolts and washers (Always use nylon washers against the motherboard). I turned it on with the cover still open and all components in place. it was normal at first with e73 screen and red lights, but then quads 1 and 2 lit up and the fans got loud and fast. I placed t-shirts over the fans (careful not to start a fire with them on the heatsinks(?)) to do the old overheat trick. after a short while the fans stopped and the lights were still on. I pressed power, turning the console off. after a min i turned it back on and saw the marvelous xbox dashboard! the fans were still loud, though. I'm hoping/wondering if that will go away soon.
Posted on Aug 15, 2010
I fixed it! Wanna know how?If you do wanna know read here:
I fixed it by opening the whole XBOX360 Console until i got to the 2X part(which you need to unscrew) from there get the strongest most powerfulest vaccum you or your friends have and vaccum through all the holes try to get all the dustmites! put back together and walla its a fixed!REMEMBER ALL THE HOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It worked for me maybe it will work 4 U
Posted on Jun 15, 2010
After playing for 10 mins the screen goes off and 2 red lights. After reading posts here i took front panel, top and bottom and just the one side off. then took unit in garage and used my leaf blower of all things (i dont have a dedicated nozzle vacuuum to get into the unit itself) - out came a pile of dust and it worked after that!
Posted on Apr 10, 2010
You have to disconnect and reconnect the power cables to the 360. Orange/yellow light means that your power supply is on a standby mode and the 360 is not getting enough power/electricity inside
Posted on Mar 04, 2008
One red light signifies a major hardware failure or system error , depending on which hardware failure or system error it is depends on how the problem can be fixed but in some cases there is no easy recovery and the console must be repaired or replaced. Two means the console is overheating and must be switched off and left to cool. Three, the infamous 'Red Ring of Death', means a general hardware failure and the console must be sent to Microsoft for repairs. All four red lights simply means that the console cannot detect its AV cable.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
Well all that means is that your xbox has overheated... you're addicted and play too much. Just take a break. That is what 2 lights are and the fix is to STOP PLAYING!
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
The two red flashing lights on the left side of the circle indicate the thermal limit has been reached. (over-heating) Check to see if the fan on the back of the unit is blowing air. There are external fans that can be added to keep the GPU. (Graphics Processing Unit) and CPU (Central Processing Unit) temp down. Keeping the temp down can prevent the dreaded RRD. (Red Ring of Death) Here is link as an example of a cooling fan. http://www.gamerepairparts.com/xbox-360-cooling-.html
Shop around and find one that you like. Remember, when it comes to these computer chips, cooler is safer.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008