Are There Other Problems?
Yes, the Xbox 360 experiences several other problems. Issues such as game disc scratching can be chalked up to consumer ignorance, rather than an error on Microsoft's part, though. Inadequate cooling is also partially the responsibility of the owner. The console must be set up in location with adequate ventilation to ensure proper operation, not counting errors such as those covered above. Finally, loss of video output is the most recent problem to crop up in the consoles. This may appear to be a problem with the AV cable and the cable is the first thing that should be checked for proper operation. However, in many cases the loss of video can be traced back to a loose GPU chip on the motherboard.
How Do I Fix My Console?
Inevitably, the question of repair crops up. You have two choices for repairing your console, though your ultimate choice will be dictated by the type of error you are experiencing, as well as how long you have owned your Xbox 360. If your console is still under the 1-year manufacturer's warranty, you can send the console back to Microsoft for repair. Be prepared, the repair can take up to two months to complete. If your console is less than 3 years old and you are experiencing the 3 red light error, you are also eligible for warranty coverage.
However, if your console is not covered by warranty, or you do not wish to wait for the two-month repair process, you can take matters into your own hands. Repairing most of the issues that revolve around the Xbox 360 is a simple matter. In almost all of these cases, just making a small modification to the cooling system of the console can alleviate the problem. At home Xbox 360 3 red light repair requires nothing more in the way of tools than you likely have lying around the house already and can be performed by anyone at all (more specifically you will need a screwdriver and a poking device to open the case). There is no technical experience required as you won't be doing any soldering.
No matter what route you choose, you need to know that these errors do not go away on their own and you need to take the proper actions to fix the hardware issue. There are some rumors flying around online about a towel fix, but that only makes the problem worse (so you would be best to avoid it). To avoid running into these problems, be sure to keep your Xbox 360 in a well ventilated area and try not to leave it running overnight.
About the Author
Anthony Uccello is an avid Xbox 360 gamer and has been playing video games since Atari. He bought his Xbox 360 the day of the launch and was enraged when his Xbox 360 stopped working because of the Red Ring of Death error. It was then he founded http://www.Xbox360Repair.ca and has been helping people fix their Xbox 360's ever since.
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