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Xbox Ring of Death

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Mskwared, May 17, 2011.

  1. May 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    Mskwared

    Mskwared [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I had the three rings of death last week on my 360 and i tried the x-clamp fix. Now i only have two rings. Did some research on youtube and people take blow torches to the heat sinks to melt the thermal paste and trick the chips into think its within normal operating range?

    Has anyone been able to fix this? Microsoft was $140 to fix it. Dont even think they will now that ive opened the case though...
     
  2. May 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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    Just buy the new xbox and enjoy. The new ones are supposed to be free of the RROD
     
  3. May 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM
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    Fixed it. You take a heat gun to it for about 2 minutes and she fires up. Guess you have to trick the cpu into thinking its within normal operating temp? At first it wouldnt even boot and it went straight to the rings. Spent $15 on scres washer and thermal paste and got it fixed. Way better than what microsoft wanted
     
  4. May 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    Good post.. I'm sure a lot of members of the site have 360.. you should post the fix with some pictures.. i'm sure it would help out a lot of people.. I haven't had that problem but I keep getting the open tray when a game is already in there.. I open it close it and tell me to open it again.. LOL..
     
  5. May 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    Scrap that pile. And buy the new 360 "slim" one. Wireless internet connection built in.
     
  6. May 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM
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    My original xbox360 red ringed once already about 3 years ago, fixed under warranty. Now its starting to get to the point where it won't read the disc unless I let it warm up for a while. I guess another RROD is on it's way:rolleyes:
     
  7. May 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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    ok cool. I'll start looking into that.
     
  9. May 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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  10. May 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM
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    There's tons of videos on youtube on how to take apart your xbox and some on how to do the x-clamp fix itself. THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY!!! Theres also kits you can buy on ebay that has all the washers and stuff already in it but you can buy everything at home depot. All you need is a really small flat head and philips screwdriver and torx bits sizes 8 and 10. Rubbing alcohol or goof off to take all the grime off the CPU and gaming chip. Then some thermal paste ( got mine at Fry's for $3) and a hair dryer would work fine instead of a heat gun if you dont have one.

    Might do a full write up later tonight. There are sites that want you to buy a dvd showing how to do it for like $40 but thats still a rip off.
     
  11. May 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM
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    RRoD my first box just out of warrenty. Hot boxed it a couple times to limp me through to the purchase of my new one. Now the first box is just sitting in the closet not being used. Would love to get it fixed so that I could give it to my brother or use it as a DVD player. If you'd post pics of your work and links to where you bought your paste I'd rep ya!
     
  12. May 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM
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    I watched a bunch of videos and i think this was the most complete guide. It says to use 3 steel washers then 1 nylon but i only used 2 of the steel. I could see daylight between the chip and the heat sink so i figured that wouldnt cool it much if they werent touching haha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcyYG-boWvM&feature=related

    This isnt the exact paste i used but it will work and the price is reasonable.
    http://www.frys.com/product/6463192?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    I used the genaric frys brand. It had three small bags of paste and it was like $4. You only need a small amount. A drop the size of a grain of rice on each chip.
     
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