It Doesn't Sound THAT Hard To Fix A Broken Xbox 360

Those with older Xbox 360 consoles know it's just a matter of when, not if, their machines give up the ghost and display three red rings. What's worse is that, if you've got an old console, chances are it's out of warranty as well.

Fixing one isn't as hard as you might think, though, as this report on HG101 attests. You can buy kits online that contain all the necessary parts and, with a little reading, most people who can hold a screwdriver should be able to make a fix.

If you're afraid, well...if your 360 is broken and it's out of warranty, what have you got to lose?

Note that this fix only obviously applies to the older console's notorious propensity to fry themselves. If you, say, just broke the console by dropping it, then you're going to need something a little more extensive.

Xbox 360 RROD repair [HG101]


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    That fixed mine, but only for a couple of months. It red ringed on me a week ago. I'll be trying it again to see if it fixes again but don't have high hopes.

    Those "band aid fixes" referring to all those x clamps and other "products" for sale are all TEMP FIXES!

    Only real fix is to reball/BGA the CPU/GPU/south bridge. M$ uses "legal limits" of cheap solder to hold down vital components, once reaching high 80s+ the BGA starts to melt and a cold solder is formed (CPU has no contact with mb)

    Had my launch console since 2004 - Present (JTAG MOD myself) got it reballed in 2011. Console runs like new.

    Tl;dr find a local BGA station or do a thorough read on "oven bake fix" and attempt that, it's better then the temp fixes.

    1tb internal hdd
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      I don't know what the hell u just said man, but how much does all that cost?

        Yeah its all very well and good but the point of this article was to illustrate that normal people could do it, and all those acronyms would put off normal people.

          What Dee is saying is that a proper fix needs special equipment, i.e. a Reflow Oven, that rejoins the CPU/GPU back on the motherboard properly. The X-clamp fix is dodgy at best and really a waste of time/money, when a better idea would be to take your system too a pro and get it modded at the same time. If you want a console for LIVE, get a new model S, then just fix & mod the old one (coz when Microsoft detects a modded console will ban that console etc.)

    I got a YLOD on my PS3, luckily my Dad had all the materials needed to fix it already however,the PS3 never stayed fixed and continually broke itself until I accidentally broke the Wifi module while trying to fix it and I eventually gave up, and ended up happily discovering the joy of Mario, Metroid and Zelda on my little brother's Wii. I ended up buying an Xbox 360 cheap which hasn't failed me yet and am looking forward to the Wii U. So ultimately, the PS3 breaking again and again ended up being sort of a good thing.

      What Dee is saying is that a proper fix needs special equipment, i.e. a Reflow Oven, that rejoins the CPU/GPU back on the motherboard properly. The X-clamp fix is dodgy at best and really a waste of time/money, when a better idea would be to take your system too a pro and get it modded at the same time. If you want a console for LIVE, get a new model S, then just fix & mod the old one (coz when Microsoft detects a modded console will ban that console etc.)

        Replied the wrong post - sorry Joh.

    I reflowed my fat PS3 when it YLoDed and it worked like a charm ... For 40 minutes. Now it serves no more purpose than a display console in Ikea.

    Not sure if this still works but I sent mine in well out of warranty and they still fixed it. Also it wasn't reading disks which isn't covered under the extended warranty like the RROD. This was a while ago so not sure if it still works but worth a shot.

    fixed mine with some hardware store supplies, the right size screws(i forget the size, it was years ago) and some rubber O rings. Then tighten it up, not super tight, and then fiddled with the tighness of each screw, and powered it up after each small change. Took all night, but fixed it good. Its only recently died totally, but has been used as a media extended for years! Still not really worth it for the older model, just get a newer model if you can afford it!

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