Anyone that owns an Xbox will have no doubt have heard about the problems that come with it. I have suffered the error reading disk and the dreaded red light problem on a number of occasions and to make matters worse the warranty on the console had expired when the red light problem happened the last time.
This article will hopefully provide you with some helpful hints on how to avoid the problems that come with owning an Xbox 360. Most of the Xbox red light problems are caused by overheating so we will look at how to avoid these problems:
* Allow your console to “cool off” at regular intervals especially if you keep it in an enclosed space like a TV cabinet. Take the console out of the cabinet all together if you can as the build up of heat from your console and other electrical appliances will cause the Xbox to overheat. If removing the console is not practical then I would suggest that you take it out regularly and leave the doors on the cabinet open as the heat being generated by the console, TV, DVD and whatever else you have stored in the cabinet will eventually cause a malfunction within your console.
* Keeping the power brick off the ground is another suggestion that has been made to overcome overheating. This allows the cooling system inside the power brick to operate properly and as such will reduce the chance of your console going into meltdown.
* Always keep your console dust free to ensure that any dust particles are removed, a simple dusting will take seconds and will ultimately help prevent dust build up that will result in overheating.
The hints given above should assist when trying to prevent problems occurring with your console, they are by no means guaranteed but they will help. However, if you are like me and were never made aware of the above until it was too late then you may be looking at a broken console. If you are in this situation you have 3 options:
Option 1 – send your Xbox back to Microsoft for it to be fixed with an estimated waiting time anywhere between 4-8 weeks depending on your luck. I would advise that you only do this if your console is under warranty as you will be hit with a sizable bill if its not.
Option 2 – assuming that your console’s warranty has expired then find a way of fixing it yourself. There are hundreds of people out there offering solutions to this problem, some work and some do not. I would advise using the the James Dean 3 Red Light Fix as this was recommended to me when my Xbox stopped working recently, my console was repaired and playing again with a matter of hours of making the purchase.
Option 3 – buy a new console.
To summarize the above I would suggest that if your Xbox is working fine then concentrate on keeping it cool and dust free to prevent any potential heat problems.
If you’re reading this article because your console has broken then I would suggest calling Microsoft if it’s still under warranty, if not, then invest in the James Dean fix. Upon purchasing this fix I found that the e-book and video were both easy to follow even for a technophobe like me but should you require additional help then full online support is available.
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