Almost every single Xbox 360 user is well are of what is often referred to as the Xbox 360 RROD (Red Ring Of Death). It is more common than you might even expect and has hit a huge batch of this console. Users that have been hit by the Red Ring Of Death can tell you that it is one of the worst things that can happen to your system as it ends up rendering the console completely useless and unplayable. And it takes quite awhile to get it fixed.
So, why does this happen so often? The biggest culprit appears to be when the console experiences overheating. Many users wind up putting their Xbox 360 into some sort of entertainment center that is cramped and this allows for a very fast build-up of heat in and around the console. As the system experiences this heat over an extended period of time it starts to cause damage to the system due to certain components melting. Other times it can be caused my cables inside the system coming loose, especially the cable that connects the video in the console to the motherboard (yes, your Xbox 360 has many components similar to a modern computer).
Now, many Xbox 360 users have heard reference to the notorious “towel trick”. This fix sounds simple enough. Take your Xbox 360 unit and wrap it with a wet towel, then you turn it on for a while and when it starts to emit an odor of plastic burning, you turn your 360 back off. This is supposed to help “re-connect” the cable that has come loose by melting it back to where it is supposed to connect. Honestly, this is one of the worst things you can do. The chances of having the cable re-connect through over-heating your system is very, very unlikely, and there is a good chance that even if it does work temporarily, it will still fail in the future. More heat isn’t the answer to fix your console.
Then what are your options? Well, plenty of users simply send their Xbox back to Microsoft for a repair. This takes at least a month (and often longer) and there have been reports that even then, players are sent back units that are still prone to experience a failure all over again. And if your warranty has expired, Microsoft will charge you approximately $150 as well as shipping fees for this repair.
You can try to fix it yourself. Try turning off the power to your Xbox 360 and let it cool down for at least an hour. Then turn it back on and see if you are still experiencing the 3 red lights. Often times, this simple technique will get the unit back to normal and keep you up and running for quite some time. Also, when letting the system cool, make sure you unplug any cables or devices that are connected to your console. Some users will open their console and use compressed air to remove any dust or build-up inside the system. Be careful when trying this as it may void your warranty.
You may want to look online for one of the many Do-It-Yourself repair manuals that will walk you through the process of fixing your console correctly, without damaging your Xbox 360.
The best guide to fix your Xbox 360 I’ve found is: Xbox Repair Guide [http://www.xbox360redringrepair.info]