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Title: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: 1nfinitum on 12:01 AM - 07/28/08
Don't try this at home, kids.  Only try this if you're sure you know what you're doing.

Also, I take no credit for this, I just found it, and it's claimed to work every time, or at least almost every time.

http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1271373/360_three_rings_of_death_fix_real.swf
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: aN4rK1 on 08:06 AM - 07/28/08
90% of the rrods are caused by the X-clamps pulling at the motherboard and separating the pcb layers. Thats a pretty good tutorial as me and my friend have done some fixes.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: Ub3rn00ber on 10:28 AM - 07/28/08
I want to mod my xbox 360 so that the red lights are blue.  That way, I'll never get a RROD and I won't need any fixes.  I'm so smart it's silly.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: 1nfinitum on 12:05 PM - 07/28/08
You should mod it so the red lights are both red and green and filled with christmas cheer!  That way the RROD will never be an omen, and you won't get that sinking feeling when you see it!  You will be filled with christmas cheer in hopes that St. Nick will soon be there.
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Post by: glenn37216 on 10:36 PM - 08/04/08
Crap ! Someone should tell her quick that carpet  is bad for electronics.
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Post by: skavenger216 on 03:16 PM - 08/06/08
I dont even care about the fact that the 360 was on the carpet, she can come over to my houe and fix my 360 anytime  ;D
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: shawnvd on 07:45 PM - 08/14/08
I want to mod my xbox 360 so that the red lights are blue.  That way, I'll never get a RROD and I won't need any fixes.  I'm so smart it's silly.
I modded my 360 ring of light blue :P

yeah, i fixed my 360 in a similar way, but i drilled holes through the 360 chassis, so that the heads of he screws were outside of the chassis.
good tut though
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: nickstudy on 01:40 PM - 08/24/08
She has nice nails.
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Post by: Hyperion on 02:01 PM - 08/24/08
  ??? There was an Xbox 360 in that video?.... I just don't remember seeing it  ;D
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: 1nfinitum on 10:11 AM - 08/27/08
Praise the fix, not the person <_<

I think the nails comment nickstudy made is the only one I can really agree with...

Don't hate me.  lol.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: onslotdos on 05:40 PM - 09/09/08
I want to mod my xbox 360 so that the red lights are blue.  That way, I'll never get a RROD and I won't need any fixes.  I'm so smart it's silly.
I modded my 360 ring of light blue :P

yeah, i fixed my 360 in a similar way, but i drilled holes through the 360 chassis, so that the heads of he screws were outside of the chassis.
good tut though

Yes I have done the same thing for five of my friends boxes. ;D
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: mist4fun on 02:36 PM - 09/29/08
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction 1nfinitum. I started getting the rrod every 2-5 minutes recently. I watched the tutorial, went to lowes for hardware and sure enough its been an hour without a rrod. This tutorial is put together nicely, easy to follow, and best of all the host isn't some 14 year old kid who cant sit still.. its an attractive female ! lol thanks again.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: Ub3rn00ber on 03:09 PM - 09/29/08
if i had actually done the blue light mod, I would have just gotten the BROD on Saturday.  Back to microsoft my 360 is headed.  t3h lamemess
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: mist4fun on 03:15 PM - 09/29/08
My warrenty was expired and this was my 4th replacement in 3 years. I decided to give it a shot and it paid off. I did however blow dry the warrenty sticker off incase it didnt work i could pay the 140$ repair fee.. Then again.. I think i'd prefer a brand new xbox for $200.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: Ub3rn00ber on 04:00 PM - 09/29/08
My warrenty was expired and this was my 4th replacement in 3 years. I decided to give it a shot and it paid off. I did however blow dry the warrenty sticker off incase it didnt work i could pay the 140$ repair fee.. Then again.. I think i'd prefer a brand new xbox for $200.

Did you have your xbox 360 replaced or they repaired the same one each time?  Pretty lame that you would have to send in the same xbox 360 3 times for the same @#$% thing.  Sounds like they weren't ever fixing it.  They probably just put some bubble gum and duct tape in there.

Also I mean if you did get the same problem, the RROD on a newer, replacement 360, and the newest 360 is less than 3 years old, it should still be covered under the extended RROD warranty.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: mist4fun on 05:15 PM - 09/29/08
The last xbox I got back was a supposivly brand new xbox replacement. Yet when I opened it up earlier this afternoon it had stickers from 2005 all over the mobo and dvd drive. Thats microsoft for you.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: nickstudy on 12:09 PM - 10/01/08
Yep. Lucily when my elite RRODed on me, it was only 2 months after they came out so I knew I would be getting back something new. Ubernoober got RROD'd this weekend which sux cuz I miss playing with him.
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Post by: Ub3rn00ber on 04:16 PM - 10/01/08
Yep. Lucily when my elite RRODed on me, it was only 2 months after they came out so I knew I would be getting back something new. Ubernoober got RROD'd this weekend which sux cuz I miss playing with him.


Awwww...I miss you too. 

But, I've found some new friends in the PC version of COD 2 in some modded TDM server.  AHG or some clan?  I forget what it is.  Some custom maps, red dot for crosshair.  I get like a 35ms ping to it so I'm able to go in there and get called a hacker in a pretty short amount of time.  Lucky for me, some of the admins specced me and are good guys and could easily tell that I wasn't hacking in any way.  So, I'll probably be playing more COD 2 and possibly some COD 4 for PC until I get my 360 back.  Kinda lame...but...still fills my game time .
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: x7rEmE on 09:05 PM - 12/14/08
Looks pretty promising, but I've never had a RROD but if i do i may try this hehe, but i don't want to have a rrod at the same time either.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: mist4fun on 07:01 PM - 12/16/08
I bought another 360 becuase this mod failed me. it worked for at least a month, after that the screws loosened and I had to retighten them. After re tightening them I still got the rings so I bought another 360. It could have been the type of paste i used, i used artic silver and another off brand. I did not mix paste, I used one brand on the cpu and another on the gpu. I doubt it though I did the application flawlessly. Anyway good luck to everyone else trying this and let us know if it lasts longer than 1 month.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: toysrme on 11:32 AM - 12/19/08
It's got nothing to do with the heat and everything to do with how it was assembled and what they used to assemble the boards. Not the heatsinks, thermal grease, overall temperature itself. You could run one with the entire board at sub zero temp and it will still fail just as fast.
Trade them at Walmart monthly to avoid a problem. If you cant do that, swap them at walmart. If you are hell-bent on keeping a single 360 until it dies. Use proper spacers and lock nuts to keep the correct amount of torque on the board. Beyond that the solder joints are STILL going to fail on the GPU or ramdac in short order. If not those the CPU. All you can do is prolong it. There is no actual fix for it. You can overheat it as many times or asmany different ways as you want. Same end conclusion.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: mist4fun on 03:46 PM - 12/22/08
I would have swapped motherboards at wallmart with a new 360 but my old console does not have an hdmi port so it would not fit in the new case. I thought about using half of my old consoles case but I chewed it up pretty good when I disassembled it.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: toysrme on 08:16 PM - 01/01/09
Shoulda done it anyway.

I swear to GOD I took a little cousin of mine into a ripoff EB Games/Gamestop one time and some guy came in with an RROD box. Yelled at the cashier and tossed it across the store - shattered into several pieces. My little cousin gave him $15 for it. Superglued what was left of the case back together (the faceplace was 100% trashed, the large chunks of the backside of the case were busted out).


His dad took it back to walmart saying he was in the amry, blah blah blah it got broken blah blah blah talked to the manager for 20 minutes . They gave him full cash back - no reciept, had maybe half xbox cables half BS random cables.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: ideez on 08:27 AM - 12/13/09
the music in that video is beyond happy.  He can't even flow right, and the beats are like what my cat throws up.
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Post by: Buttcheddar on 08:47 PM - 12/13/09
Actually there is a pernament fix. The Best fix I do for people is using Team Hybrids X-clamp method. (google it) Basically when microsoft makes the metal chasis for the case 2 stand offs for the screws are 1mm too high. Basically you have 2 tall stands that are 4mm high and the rest that are 3 mm high. Because the distances are not level, The board warps in a concave way toward the metal chasis, due to heat exposure. What their fix does,is making all the standoffs equal in height, so the board wont warp. That means making verything 3mm tall(you sand them down). I have done this to many other xbox's It basically fixes (RROD, E74 etc.)everything once you apply the fix and heatgun the board.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: pharrowboy on 02:10 PM - 12/14/09
i baked mine in the oven, a month ago. been working ever since
heres the guide i followed:
http://forums.llamma.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=27431&sid=7e10f94068db3f71af22de5a7bb97877
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: Buttcheddar on 11:46 PM - 12/25/09
If you have secondary error code 0110 for RROD you can fix your xbox 360 with a blowtorch. Just blowtorch your GPU heatsink for 1 minute. Worked on mine and I have been happy for almost half a year now.
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: Ub3rn00ber on 03:13 PM - 12/29/09
blowtorch hell.  Just use a flamethrower.  I recommend it for all electrical equipment, working or not. 
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: mist4fun on 03:18 PM - 12/29/09
Fill a super soaker with gasoline, flip the pump handle upside down and put a strike anywhere match in one of the screw holes. Pump it up. Light the match and get to business.

I never had access to a zippo lighter as a kid but I think that would work better..
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: zariaman on 10:11 AM - 02/18/10
Its funny I am reading this post now.  I got the three RRD just two night ago.  I had set aside a couple of hours to play and I was so disappointed.  I checked everything, cables, power supply. I got my xbox the first week it was out, I knew I had no warranty on it and I was ready to buy a new one.

I googled RRD and came upon the xbox towel trick.  While I was grabbing some food and getting ready to go get a new xbox I wrapped up my xbox with a towel and turned it on.  I even put it on the radiator to get it even hotter.  I thought it was the most stupidest thing I ever did; it got SO hot, I could have burnt my house down. 
You are suppose to wait for 15 mins after your do this to let the box cool down but I just bounced it, with the fans going full tilt I got green lights, it worked fine, played all last night.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/15/towel-trick-provides-temporary-fix-to-xbox-360s-red-ring-of-d/
Title: Re: Red Rings of Death DIY fix
Post by: glenn37216 on 06:27 AM - 02/21/10
Yup , I've fixed many RROD's by overheating the gpu . -Also known as the BGA solder connection trick.  ;)