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What Can Go Wrong with the Xbox 360?


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When it debuted on the technology market in 2005, Xbox 360 was the latest and greatest technological gaming advance on store shelves. Everyone wanted a piece of the action. With the popularity, came an open can of problems. Clearly there were aspects of the gaming system that needed to be refined if it was going to take the gaming world by storm. One of the common fears associated with users was the dreaded Xbox 360 3 blinking red lights. These tiny lights instilled fear in every gaming user and brought a game of Halo 3 to a screeching halt. Known as the Xbox 360 three red lights of death, the occurrence was a sure sign of hardware failure.

There is only one way available on how to fix three red lights on Xbox 360 and that is sending it to customer support. A panicked phone call to 1-800-4MY-XBOX between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 am Eastern Time and a few short question and answer sessions would confirm a user's worst fear - the Xbox 360 has failed. For the initial 90 days following the purchase date, Microsoft repairs or replaces broken gaming systems free of charge. After that, there is a charge of $140 per repair. The waiting period for repairs is approximately 4 weeks from start to finish.

The hardware failure problems are indicated by two of the four quadrant lights on the console turning from green to red. This takes place with the first and third quadrant lights. Hardware failures are the more serious problems with Xbox 360 3 flashing red lights indicators. A flashing red light in the second quadrant indicates a simple overheating issue. Clear any blockage surrounding the air vents and cooling fans found on the back of the unit. It may also be advisable to move the entire gaming system to a well ventilated area.

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