If the dreaded "red ring of death" has affected your Xbox 360 then you won't be able to play your favorite games, watch HD-DVD movies, or go on Xbox Live until the problem is fixed. Today you are going to get a basic introduction on Microsoft Xbox 360 repair, including whether it is worth sending your console away to have someone else fix it for you, or whether you can, and should, do the job yourself.
Before you can learn how to repair your Xbox 360, it is important that you understand the causes of the "red lights error".
Did you ever notice that when your Xbox 360 was working properly, it used to get very hot during gaming?
The answer to the above question is almost invariably a "yes"- this is because the powerful components Microsoft decided to put into the Xbox 360 produce large amounts of heat as a waste product. This heat then builds up rapidly, as there aren't really enough cooling devices such as fans and heat- sinks inside the case. Heat causes massive damage to electronic components, so the Xbox 360 detects that there is excessive heat that could be causing damage, and shuts itself down to protect itself, displaying the "red ring of death" to warn you that something quite major has gone wrong.
So how can you repair your Xbox 360?
One way to fix it is to send it to Microsoft for repair. They have acknowledged that the Xbox 360 does suffer from a number of problems, and therefore, will repair any console still under warranty free of charge. However, if the warranty has expired on your Xbox 360 then you will have to pay around $140 to have it repaired. Also, there is a large time delay between sending your console away for repair, and getting it back so that you can be able to play games again. Plan to be without an Xbox 360 for at least one and a half months.
The best way to fix your Xbox 360 is to carry out the repairs yourself. All you need are the following basic things-
1. Around two hours of spare time.
2. Basic tools such as screwdrivers etc.
3. An Xbox 360 repair guide.
Repair guides are basically collections of videos, pictures and text files that show you how to determine the exact fault in your Xbox 360, then fix it using the correct method for that fault. It really is necessary that you purchase one, as without one, you will not be able to navigate your way around the delicate components inside your Xbox 360, and will probably cause more damage than good. In case you're worried about the cost- don't! You can buy a good quality repair guide with high-definition videos for less than $30 USD.
Click here to learn more about an easy step-by-step Xbox 360 repair guide that will allow you to repair your Xbox 360 in under two hours in the comfort of your own home. Read honest, unedited customer testimonials, learn about a free bonus offer and download a free sample video chapter on Microsoft Xbox 360 repair. My Xbox 360 works fine- isn't it time that yours did too?
James Philipson has been involved in the electronics industry for over 10 years and has repaired more than 30 Xbox 360 consoles since the platform's release over two years ago.