Microsoft calls it “Three red lights flash on the Ring of Light”. You and I call it the Red Ring of Death or The Ring of Fire, or even “Son of a…”
But how do you know your XBOX 360 is going to die?
These are the symptoms I saw right before my XBOX360 got the Red Ring of Death.
First off, it happened really quickly, for me, over a matter of a couple of days. I made the symptoms bold to make them easier to pick out.
1) I got my first freeze-up playing Bioshock. I was in the middle of a gun fight, when all of a sudden the screen froze with no sound. At the same time, the light on my controller was going crazy. By this I mean the light was racing around the circle really fast, as if the controller was on but not connected. I had to turn everything off by pressing the button on the console, as the controller was non-responsive.
2) I played for about 20 more minutes that night, with occasional freeze-ups.
3) Freeze-ups increased rapidly. Soon I was getting them after only a few minutes of play, then after a few seconds of turning on my XBOX360. Each time I had to turn off the 360 by holding down the button on the console.
4) One time I got the Red Ring of Death. By this time, I was getting freeze-ups every time I turned on the console. Microsoft describes this as: “You see three lights on the Ring of Light (RoL) flash red on the front of your Xbox 360 console. The upper-right quadrant light is the only light that does not flash red.”
5) I also got an Error 71. This means a general hardware failure. The TV had white dots all over the screen.
Oh No! I’ve got Issues! Now What?
First, read this: Use this information at your own risk! I am not an expert in these matters, just a moron who can type. You are responsible for your own actions in this matter.
Before you do anything else, look at the power button, and the four quadrants that surround the button (the ring of light). Microsoft has published some solutions that may fix the issue. Below, I have linked the symptom to the Microsoft article online.
If those solutions don’t work, call Microsoft at 1-800-4-MY-XBOX (in the US and Canada).
In the next couple of days, I will post other solutions I’ve found online.
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