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- Directly from 3RedLightFix and/or our direct fulfillment by Amazon option.
- Authorized Arctic Silver Reseller! All repair kits include proprietary parts and supplies.
- Enough high quality exact fit hardware to fix both core processors (CPU and GPU).
- Easy to follow personally authored instruction guide with detailed pictures.
- No drilling required! Our kits will fix most "3 Red Light of Death" error codes.
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Are you experiencing the dreaded "3 Red Light Error" that is a result of your XBOX 360 overheating? Now you can fix this problem yourself with one of our xbox 360 X-Clamp repair kits. All of our RROD repair kits include proprietary hardware that is manufactured exclusively for us. You will receive enough hardware to fix both core processors (CPU and GPU). We have spent many hours developing the most complete instructional guides on the internet. Personally authored and very easy to follow! Our detailed instructions will show you how to easily fix most of the dreaded "3 Red Light of Death" error codes. We offer a wide variety of repair kits with different parts and supplies. Please see the item picture(s) and the condition note for everything included with this particular listing. To view our complete product line, simply click on the "3RedLightFix" logo.
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the Xbox opening tool would be better made of a stronger metal like maybe stainless. I am constantly having to straighten the long part and wish I could apply a little more force on it while opening the back.
arctic silver rocks, the cleaner solution is great and the compound spreads easily and washes off incredibly easy. soap companies could use this product to exagerate how powerful their soaps are in demonstrations.
do not follow the instructions to place a metal washer on the screw side, the cheese head screws are too thick for the Xbox case already.
better yet, replace the screws all together. you can find button head machine screws which are only 2.75 mm thick instead of 3.5+ (some with a 3mm hex for your socket driver like I got for the little tool set). that additional thickness causes flex in your Xbox motherboard which is as bad for it (if not worse than) the heat problem that plagues xboxes.
Regarding the components of the kit, the only part I had issue with was the cleaner. I usually use 100% acetone nail polish remover for cleaning gunked on thermal compound but I was out so I gave this stuff a try. It works, but not nearly as fast and it doesn't evaporate nearly as quickly as acetone. If you're as impatient as I am you may want to do your self a favor and swing by your local grocery store and pick up a bottle, or snag one from Amazon:
The only items I used which were NOT included in the kit was a screwdriver and cutips for cleaning the CPU/GPU.
Now, what everyone wants to know, did it work? Well, yes, for about 8 hours of use over a week and a half. Then the unit began to have the same distorted image problem it had before I got the RROD the first time. I haven't cut it back on since. I plan to take it apart again and try the repair one more time.
I'll try to follow up with an update once this is done, but for now I would give this product a 2 out of 5 stars.
That being said the directions can be improved (I was once employed as a technical writer). I would recommend downloading a few sets of instructions and read them through to give you the whole picture. It might also be worthwhile watching a Youtube video or two....but we made it work with written instructions only.
I can not yet vouch for how long the fix will last...if I remember to update the review in another month...I will.
December 15th, 2010...just wanted to say that we are still up and running. My son plays about 10 hours during the week...so not too heavy use....but so far so good!
April 15 (or about then) - we have a return of the three lights. But...since the amount of cleaner and Artic Silver required for the fix is very little we opened the XBOX up and in about an hour had it up and running again. As far as I am concerned, score another one for this product (and another dud against Microsoft). This time around my son did most of the work anyway.
So for 6 months (or more) of a working XBOX, plus the fact that the kit worked twice (with probably another two possible fixes on the shelf). If the kit extends the XBOX life another two years...I think we got our money's worth ...plus the added value of tearing apart a Microsoft product, ripping out its guts, and then putting it back to together.... Hey...priceless.