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- Repair your broken Xbox 360 Console at home in under 1 hour.
- Easy to follow instructions.
- Hardware is custom manufactured to fit your Xbox 360 console perfectly
- Permanent fix for your "Three Red Rings of Death"
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If your Xbox 360 console has stopped working, then this is the product you need! Included with the price you will receive the following: 8 Thin Head Screws 16 Black Nylon Washers 16 Lock Tight Metal Washers With the above materials, you will be able to fix your Xbox 360 consoles in under 1 hour. No experience is required to repair your console. Step by step instructions are included along with 24x7 support.
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My friend gave be his dead 360 with little explanation as to what he did to the thing (turns out he attempted a towel fix as well as what looked like a blow from a hammer). First it was giving me the 3 lights as well as an unknown error code. I was not hopeful about my odds of fixing this.
This fix was rather easy, I have had a bit of experience of taking these things apart which is the more complex issue here. All that is required is a flathead screwdriver and some torx bits (sizes 8 and 10). Pulling off the X-clamps requires patience and a bit more force than I liked. I used pliers on mine.
I recommend putting tape on the heads of the screws to hold them into the back of the board (makes things much easier for people who only have two hands). I also had some Arctic Silver thermal paste, so I did not use what came in the box.
One note on the bake-in cycle, if you get 2 lights instantly you must tighten the bolts slightly. When you have 2 lights, the console turns everything off and stops generating heat. Let it run with 3 lights for a bit and wait for that to turn into 2 lights.
The initial bake did not work for me, and from what I have read on the forums, it does not work with many people. This is because the problem is usually due to a GPU solder issue which does not heat enough when the CPU overheats. I heated my GPU by plugging the fans in and placing paper between the fan shroud and the GPU heat sink and between the GPU and CPU heat sinks. This let the CPU cool while heating the GPU. It only took about 10 minutes before I unplugged everything and let it cool off.
One last note, if after you do all of this you get a secondary code of 0020, try loosening the screws. There is a huge temptation to crank these things, but I found that they shouldn't be much more than finger tight. Just enough to keep the heat sinks from wiggling.
Find your secondary code by holding the sync button and pushing eject. As you push eject the lights will cycle through 4 sequences that spell out a code. One light is a 1, 2 lights a 2, 3 lights a 3 and 4 lights is a zero. Run a search after you get your 4 digit code and see if that narrows it down. I fought with my error for a while before I loosened the bolts to bake again and got 4 green lights.
Is this a permanent fix? Likely not unless you also fix your cooling as well. Either mod your fans to 12v (loud and possible to get banned if you do it wrong supposedly) or replace the fans. I did a fan replace and cut the metal mesh from the fan area to increase air flow. Also, if you do not have the upgraded GPU heat sink (one with the second heat pipe) grab one.
I would likely use this kit again if I was to fix another box. For $5, you really can't go wrong trying this before throwing your system away.
I was stuck. However, I found this and from what I've learned on the forums, this is a perm fix. I was amazed since this is just some washers and some screws that you can find at any hardware store. In fact, you can skip the shipping and go to Home Depot for it now. However, you will waste time and some money buying extra washers and screws you dont need and may end up getting the wrong size.
I suggest you buy this kit, prices may vary but I got it for $4 on Amazon. It works by replacing the x clamps that were pulling the motherboard away from the sides of the GPU/CPU. These screws squeeze the sides of the CPU/GPU together so they don't separate even when it gets hot. There is a guide to help you along bundled with the kit (it's just an internet url FYI). But this thing WORKS! I wish I went with this earlier than spending ~60 worth of cooling equipment. This, and maybe a small computer fan, was all I needed. Probably like $10 worth of parts total.
The down side here is if you over tighten and split you motherboard....... then your beat. So be cautious. It should also be noted that thermal paste is very much crucial to fixing the heat induced red ring. You get what you pay for. If you go cheep then expect red rings to be a frequent thing. Cheep paste is not designed for sensitive electronics, its made for things like making good electrical connections in relays in you car or ignition module. You need to buy thermal paste that is designed to make a connection to transfer heat. So buy the good stuff (arctic silver has flakes of metal in it to better conduce and better dissipate heat).
The kit included plenty of decent quality pieces did fix the RRoD I was having (I used my own Arctic Silver 5 instead of the provided thermal paste, though!). However, I'm not 100% confident that my machine won't overheat and RRoD again. This is just not an exact science given the poor cooling on the original Xboxes. Maybe I'll just need to re-apply new thermal paste if it ever happens again, or maybe I'll just try and sell the whole machine while it still works.
I'd already purchased the newer model Xbox (which is much MUCH better than my old Elite, by the way), but for under 5 bucks, everyone who has an original Xbox out of warranty should be applying this kit in my opinion.