Free Xbox 360 3 Red Lights Permanent Fix Guide. Read Below for a step by step free guide to fix your Xbox 360 today!
In this guide I will show you how to get rid of the Xbox 360 3 red lights for good. This is not a temporary fix. It's a permanent Xbox 360 RROD fix. I will give you step by step instructions with pictures of the required materials to get it done. You need to disassemble your Xbox first. Yes, this will void your warranty and as I say below I am not responsible for any damage done.
NOTE* Doing this fix will void your warranty. Just a little heads up. I am not responsible for any damage done to your Xbox.
Causes: What causes the 3 red lights you ask? Well, when Xbox's were made they have what they are called X-Clamps which hold down the heat sinks that are sitting on top of the GPU and CPU(Graphics Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit). Underneath the motherboard is where the X-Clamps are located. When you are playing games, those tend to get hot and bend. That causes the heat sink that is sitting on the GPU and CPU loose which causes your game to freeze and thus causing your Xbox to overheat and get the RROD.
- You will first need to disassemble your XBox. There are a lot of guides online that show you how to disassemble it.
- Opening Tools
- Multiple Size Torx Screwdriver
- Masking Tape (Or any tape that doesn't leave residue will work)
- 16 #8 Nylon Washers
- 16 #8 Zinc Metal Washers
- 8 5mm x 10mm Steel Zinc Plated Phillips Head Screws.
- Thermal Compound
- Rubbing Alcohol(70% or Higher)To get rid of old Thermal Compound.
- Q-tips or pieces of cotton to use with the rubbing alcohol to get rid of old compound.
1. Disassemble the Xbox 360 until you have the metal chassis with the motherboard and DVD Drive inside.
2. Carefully lift up the DVD Drive and unplug the power and SATA cables from the back of the drive. Pull out the drive and put it to one side. Then take the other end of the power and SATA cables and unplug them from the motherboard and leave them to one side with the DVD Drive.
3. Remove the white cover that is covering the exhaust fans and put that aside. Then unplug the fans and remove them from the chassis by lifting the metal sheet that covers the top of the fan upward and pulling the fans out.
4. Now look in front of the chassis and you will find the Xbox Ring of Light. Remove the screw that is located on the upper left and upper right of it. Once those are removed, take off the white piece that is covering the Ring of Light and remove the third screw that is on the bottom center. Once all 3 screws are removed, unplug the Ring of Light board from the bottom left corner if your are looking directly at the Xbox. Put it aside for now.
5. Now that all the guts are apart you can now flip the chassis over and remove all of the remaining screws that are on the bottom, including the small black screws that are in the middle.
Once that is all done, the motherboard is free of the chassis and can be pulled out.
6. Once you pull out the motherboard, flip it over and you will find 2 X shaped clamps.
You need to use a flat heat screw driver to remove them from each corner. It might be a little hard to get them off but try your best not to damage the motherboard by hitting the screw driver on the motherboard. Once you have removed the X-Clamps, you can now flip the motherboard back over and pull off the heat sinks that sit over the GPU and CPU.
7. You will see 4 screws underneath each heat sink once you remove it from the motherboard.
Use the pliers to remove those screws. They might be a little tight so don't worry about anything breaking. Once you have removed all 8 screws from the heat sinks, you can start to remove the old Thermal Compound from the bottom of the heat sinks. Use the rubbing alcohol and try to make it as clean as possible.
8. Do the same as you did by cleaning the old Thermal Compound from the heat sinks to the GPU and CPU. Don't flood them with rubbing alcohol but do your best to keep the amount of liquid to a minimum. The GPU has 2 parts you need to clean, you will notice that when you see the 2 different cores(GPU and CPU). Once you are done cleaning them they should have a mirror finish look.
9. Once everything is clean and ready to go you can put those aside and get to work with putting the washers on the screws. Take all 8 of the screws and have them facing up so you can put the washers in them. First take 8 of the Zinc Metal washers and put them on the screws first. Then take 8 Nylon washers and put them on top of the Metal washers. So you should end up with 8 screws with the metal washer going first followed by the nylon washer on top(the nylon washer will be the one that makes contact with the motherboard, not the metal because it would cause a shortage.
Now with the motherboard flipped over to its back, place all 8 screws in the holes that were located once where the X-Clamps existed. Make sure that the nylon washers are touching the motherboard and not the metal ones. Now use the masking tape to hold the screws in place just for now, you will need to flip the motherboard back over to the front so you don't want the screws falling out.
10. Now that all the screws are in and are taped down, flip the motherboard back over to the front side. You should see all 8 screws sticking up from underneath the motherboard. Place 8 more nylon washers over the screws. Then place 8 more metal washers on top of the nylon ones. Once again make sure the nylon ones are the ones that are touching the motherboard and not the metal. Once all the screws and washers are in place, put a little dab of Thermal Compound on the GPU and CPU. The layer of Thermal Compound shouldn't be any thicker than a sheet of printer paper. Make sure the surface is completely covered on both the CPU and GPU.
11. Now start with either heat sink. Put on the heat sink then start to tighten the screws from underneath the motherboard. Tighten each side equally. Rotate simultaneously around the screws to get the same amount of pressure on each side of the heat sink. Once you have them all equally tightened, do one last turn but not with too much pressure. Now do the same with the other heat sink. Its time to over heat the Xbox one last time to reset the chips.
12. Now put the motherboard back in the chassis. The 8 black screws that were located underneath are no longer needed. Once the motherboard is back in the tray, use the other screws that you took off with the Torx screwdriver to tighten them back up so that the motherboard is in place. Now put the chassis in the bottom half of the Xbox 360 cover. Plug the DVD Drive back in place but don't put it in the Xbox just yet, the best place to keep the drive when its plugged is out of the Xbox and up towards the hard drive area. Its the only way the drive will sit out of the chassis, so it wont be hard finding a way to keep it plugged in but out of the chassis. Don't put the white cover over the fans yet. Keep the fans unplugged. Plug the Ring of Lights back in its slot and put the 3 screws back on it. Now plug in the AV Cable back in the Xbox along with the power cable. Turn on the Xbox and you will continue to see the 3 RROD. Make sure you stay by your Xbox throughout this process because every Xbox is different. Your Xbox will over heat in approx. 5-8 minutes. When you notice the 2 left lights of the Ring on, unplug the power cord from the back of the Xbox.
13. Let the Xbox sit for about 20-25 minutes. Once the Xbox has cooled, turn it on to see if it works. You should see the Xbox boot up and you are ready to go. Now all you have to do is put the Xbox back together and you are set. You will no longer get the RROD and your problems with your Xbox are long gone.
I made this guide to solve Xbox RROD problems. Enjoy the guide, Good luck guys!
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Disclaimer: We do NOT guarantee your Xbox 360 to be permanently fixed. We am not responsible for any damages done to your Xbox system. If you are unfamiliar with the Xbox 360 console, we advise you NOT to continue with the fix. By following this guide, you agree to take full responsibilities for any problems and/or damages made on your Xbox. We am in no way affiliated with Microsoft or Xbox. This is just a guide I put together to help you out, as it has solved my red ring of death for years now.
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