GamePolitics Digs Up Dirt on Xbox 360 Red Ring of DEATH!

redcircleoflight_peersblog.jpgGamePolitics has been personally motivated to dig up the dirt on the Microsoft Xbox 360 “red lights of death”. Like David who reported his loss earlier this week, they have been inspired to right an expose on the whole sordid mess while their Xbox is on its way to Texas for repairs. It seems that the number of machines afflicted must be higher than the 3-5 percent reported by Microsoft. According to repair specialists, its harder to repair than advertised and may be a design problem.

The article is very well researched and while I personally own an Xbox 360 and haven’t yet experienced this phenomenon (knock on wood), the whole business has really brought up some doubts about the way Microsoft is doing business. Check it out.

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120 Comments on GamePolitics Digs Up Dirt on Xbox 360 Red Ring of DEATH!

Lucian

On June 28, 2007 at 2:32 pm

When you get the Red Ring it doesn’t tecnicly mean your screwed, the Red Ring virus is when your Xbox is fried and cannot handle activity, if say you get the Red Ring notification then try to shut off then turn your Xbox on again and if it shows the notification after that then your Xbox bit the dirt. I lost a friend on Xbox Live from it. :cry: So I hope this is all cleared up soon even if we need a recall because this is obviously a hard-ware error.

Shawn Sines

On June 28, 2007 at 2:44 pm

True. I get the Red Ring quite frequently on my 1st Gen (pre-launch) Xbox360. Most of the time you simple power cycle it and it works – but this is a growing issue for a lot of people who don;t get lucky with the recycle trick.

Jack Coo

On July 7, 2007 at 9:37 am

Good thing they upped the warranty for 3 years. and are reimbursing all repair work people paid for. Looks Like M$oft is doing business the right way for once

FroggerDogger666

On July 7, 2007 at 1:50 pm

:twisted: I got this crap while listening to music on my hard drive…Did anyone else get the Death Ring while listening to uploaded music? :evil: :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :evil: :evil: :evil: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :grin: :mad:

FroggerDogger666

On July 7, 2007 at 1:54 pm

:evil: :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :twisted: Oh, while playing boxing…

jay

On July 7, 2007 at 10:52 pm

i got the ring last night when playing dirt thne i turned it off and it worked fine. then l8er on today when i was playing shadowrun( i was owning the match by the way lol) it froze so i turned it off and thne bak on after 10 mins and still the ring. Wut do ui do when u get this do u call microsft and then wut happens from there???? please reply

Shawn Sines

On July 8, 2007 at 7:36 am

Jay: My understanding is that when you call MS. They will check to see if your unit is in warranty and offer to repair it. You have to ship it in, often they will mail you a return box but I guess with all the problems that might be hard to get right now.

Call Microsoft support and see what they recommend. And remember to keep your hard drive when you send it in so you don’t lose your data.

jay

On July 8, 2007 at 9:11 am

Alright thx i also heard rumors that if u pay the extra 70 dollars or whatever it is u can get an xbox elite when u send in ur xbox i dont think this is true is it?

jay

On July 8, 2007 at 9:14 am

Thanks Alot. Another thing whne u send in ur xbox for the red light incodent i heard a rumor that you can pay the extra money to get them to give u an elite instead is this true i dont think it is but if anyoe knows is it??

dylan

On July 11, 2007 at 8:46 am

i think i know what causes this problem there are certain games that kill your xbox360 so far all i know of is elder scrolls oblivion this game i think only gives it to you if you use the multipication cheat becuse it causes a graphics error and the disc contains this virus and it leaks when you use it also deadrising gives your 360 a virus no matter what if you play itso be very careful

Kate

On July 18, 2007 at 3:11 pm

This happened to me at the end of June and they still have my box. Due to the flooding of consoles they recieved its takeing FOREVER for them to send them back. Mine was only 4 months old. I don’t think the games that are played on it matter. I also think they need to tell us EXACTLY what is wrong with these things. Some people are on their 3rd repair, and that shouldn’t be

Dave

On August 11, 2007 at 11:23 am

Mine was only 3 months old when it crapped out…sent it off and they sent me back a brand new one (in three weeks) and a free month of xbox live…so i am happy with a Box built in 07 as opposed to my 06 model..heck it is noticeably faster with graphics rendering and menu selection…talk about lack of quality control….
M$ is lame, but they did build the best gaming platform even if it doesn’t work.. lol

Jess

On August 20, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Mine is 2 years old lol and it ben doing it off and on for about 3 months now i have got it repiared twice but since a opend he system up to clean it a can send it back for a 3rd becasue i void the warrenty so i dumping my old one and buy a new one

Dan

On August 23, 2007 at 6:20 am

Hi all. Can anyone tell me roughly how much it will cost to get this red light
bull fixed by a repairer in australia?????

MS needs a kick up the ass, miserable s.

Norbit

On August 23, 2007 at 9:46 am

Hi Dan. It shouldn’t cost you anything because Microsoft have agreed to fix all 3rrod faults for the first 3 years of ownership.

Here is some info about it on the Australian website:

http://www.xbox.com/en-AU/support/xbox360/warrantyupdate.htm

and some troubleshooting tips:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907534

and Xbox support contact details for Australia:

http://www.xbox.com/en-AU/support/contact/

Young D202

On September 13, 2007 at 9:52 am

My xbox has a virus but not the red rings of death….I think its coming cuz my 360 just keeps freezing like every 5 minutes when I’m on xbox live….but if you have a hard drive, try formatting it….it is going to erase everything off of the hard drive but it should work after that…..if it doesn’t, then u need to pay about 150 dollars to get it repaired…..yea I was mad myslef :mad: ….I don’t know if I’ll buy the repair but I sure do wanna play online….not for only 5 minutes though :sad:

fortknox#9

On September 15, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Read this and reply because there is a possibility that this may be true

-My Xbox 360 has lasted me a while. I caught this virus a few days ago and I have heard the voices of others whose consoles have caught this illness. I have had my Xbox 360 for two months short of three years. I played it a lot. It has seen some very rough times. I am surprised that I have not caught this illness the first few months like most of you. This puzzles me. I can imagine that a few games might be causing this sudden “pandemic viris” as it is called. Before I was infected, I have played and currently own, the same games you say have caused this outbreak. The amount of time that it has taken this virus to infect me is far from the time it has taken many of you, considering I have Xbox live like many of you, and that we have played the same games. Technological mistakes like the usage of certain games is possible, but somewhat unlikely. Because all of these consoles are just about manufactured the same, the possibility of games taking a faster or slower toll on some consoles is extremely unlikely, but still possible. Now, my theory- I am a huge fan of Microsoft. I love all of their products. Based on the information on given by others and myself, I have a theory. It may be a possibility, but also my theory only, that this may have been done not as a hardware problem, but as a…profit. My guess is that maybe, as each Xbox 360 was manufactured, it was given a random code by Micrsoft. Maybe this code kept track of and accounted for how many days passed, or how long it was played, or how many times it was switched on, much like minutes on a cell phone. Once the minutes run out, the phone is inoperable. This may be said about the Xbox 360 virus. Once this code expires or the time inserted in the code for that specific Xbox 360 is reached, the Xbox 360 shuts down, giving you the pandemic “3 rings of death”, and forces you to send it to Microsoft where you must pay to fix it and all they have to do is reset the code. Again, this is only a theory. Online, people have talked about how they have gained access/created a disc that rescues your xbox, i dont know if that disc works, i dont know if my theory may be true, but i wish to further investigate this. Again, this is only a theory. Thank you and please reply with comments.

sincerely,
fortknox

Corey Rodrigo

On September 15, 2007 at 8:08 pm

my 360 had the ring of death yesturday when i was about to play madden 08. i was so mad! :evil: i heard that if you pay an extra 70$ to microsoft, they will sent you an elite. is that true? because i would want an 07 elite than my 06 xbox 360. (not to mention the 3-year warranty!)but ya know, microsft really neeeds to work better at there company, even thogh they are EXTREMELY rich, lol. :lol:

carter

On September 19, 2007 at 2:30 pm

i believe the copy of tiger woods 08 caused my red ring of death,my xbox worked fine till i got that game, it made my system think it was a dvd not a game it took longer and longer to get it to work then it died

joshua

On September 23, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Hey everybody, I need some help. Now keep in mind, I have had my 360 since it came out, and so it is old. And also understand, I play it alot. Like I can play around 10 to 15 hours a day sometimes. Its always on. everyday. I watch my movies on the thing too. So it gets alot of use. But today, it started acting weird. Now, I dont play online. I cant really afford to pay for highspeed and all of that, so I cant play online. But I do own the games that have been mentioned. Oblivion, deadrising. But it has always played without any problems. I popped in bioshock today, and it started acted weird. also keep in mind, This is like my third time played through the game, so it has gotten alot of use, and its been working flawlessly. Yet today, its started to sorta skip, you know? stop for a brief second, then continuing on. Like id be doing something, it freezes for a brief second, then allows me to continue on. and the graphics are screwed up. Like for example. The splicers look like their earlier stages in development, looking like crappy puppets. then when I walk up on them, and wait a second, they start to turn back into their finnished selves, if that makes sense to you. and when I walk, the walls are shifting back and forth from bad to beautiful detail. At first I thought it was the game. But it has never done this before. Also, when I bring up the pause menue, and click on “quit” so I can go back to the start menue, it freezes up and then I have to shut my 360 down and restart. So, like I said, I thought it was the game. then I pop in another game. Ultimate Alliance. It lets me play for a bit, then the screen turns red, and it forces me to reload. But it only does this one time. I unplugged my box from the outlit, to see if maybe that would help. But bioshock is still not working right, but The screen turning red on Ultimate alliance hasnt happend anymore. But still. How exactly do I know if my box is screwed up and needs repairs? Like I said, I dont play online, so I dont have the red rings. But still, im trying to figure out what is wrong. Please comment, it would mean alot. Do I need to erase bioshock from my hard drive and then restart it? would that even help? what about deadrising and oblivion and so on? I really dont know. any help you can give would be awesome.

DDanny

On September 24, 2007 at 11:51 pm

Hey i have a question today i was playing blazing angels 2 and all of sudden it made a loude buzz pop sound and froze, so i thought o well no biggie right well i restarted it and guess wut u got it red ring of death atleast i think. I say this because i had three red lights BUT they were solid not flashing, so i unplugged EVERYTHING and took out the hard drive, waited like 10 minutes and plugged it all back in minus the hard drive. And it WORKED so i turned it off and put the hd back in and tried again and it worked again! but i went to work and never got to play it came home and turned it on and it acted normal. so do i have the death ring or was it just a scare. HELP!!!!

DDanny

On September 24, 2007 at 11:54 pm

also if you have any replies for me please email me at metallica_trivium007@yahoo.com any help would be a help!!!!

bob

On September 25, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Had my xbox for almost 7 months i was playing the demo for madden 08 last wednesday and i got the ring of death. I heard rumors that the madden 08 demo may of caused my red circle is that true? please respond

Dan

On September 25, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Well after getting home from school today i went and picked up my reserved copy of halo 3… well i played the game for about 2 hours and my xbox froze while playing in a game… i go to turn it off and then back on and i get the three rings :sad: then later i hook it up and all without the hard drive in it or the internet chord for xbox live in it and it starts right up, lol. Well then i turn it back off to put it all back on (hard drive, internet) and i get the ring again. So i thought maybe i have to leave it awhile so i try and still i get the ring…. IT JUST HAD TO BE ON THE SAME EXACT DAY HALO 3 COMES OUT

Chris

On September 26, 2007 at 7:51 pm

my xbox360 just got the 3 red lights on it just as i was about 2 play halo3 2dday…anyway wat number do i call 2 get it fixed?

fortknox#9

On September 27, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Hey chris… you are going to want to call 1-800-4MY-XBOX and they will send you a box in about 3-5 business days. I know how you feel because mine has lasted for about 2yrs and 2 months and I am sending mine in tomorrow. I think that comment I posted a few comments up might be even more true than I thought.

respond with comments

bob

On September 28, 2007 at 1:54 am

oh ya box came fast for xbox sweet

bob

On September 28, 2007 at 1:56 am

Does anybody know how long Microsoft will have my xbox 360?

madgamerman

On September 28, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Hi everyone just trying to circulate a message in regards to a new class action lawsuit against microsoft that i am assembling. If you have ever experienced the red ring (general hardware failure) issue more than once and have a warranty claim for the problem you may be entitled to some type of recovery. if you are interested in being a part of this pls contact me at madgamerman@gmail.com I have been told by the firm that the more the better so if you know anyone else who has had this problem pls inform them and pass it along. pls include a brief description of your case in the email. Thanks for your support!!

Makavelian

On October 3, 2007 at 3:52 pm

The 3 red ring of death happens when the xbox overheats and the motherboard (circuit board) warps and the CPU and GPU chips pop off or come lose, google it there are a few websites that explain how you get the 3RROD

....

On October 3, 2007 at 11:36 pm

how are they 3 rings of death?!?!?!?! there is only 1 ring that is just incomplete :???:

milton

On October 7, 2007 at 10:14 pm

we were out side with my friends talking and we came up stairs.then my son friend came up to see if we could see a movie.i put the movie and it smelled like smoke and i went to the hall because i was scared something will happen.then i went back in and the xbox 360 had a red ligth and we thougth it was a new style so i had went to the computer to see what it ment and it said it was a death ring.

SO BE CAREFUL :evil:

havoc of smeg

On October 8, 2007 at 3:10 am

@bob

wen i phoned to get my 360 repaired, i was told 20-25 days, :twisted: plus 3-5 days traveling back and forth :evil: :twisted: :evil:

rediculous, i know!

bob

On October 8, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for answering my question havoc of smeg. I was told they would have my xbox 360 for three weeks.

havoc of smeg

On October 8, 2007 at 3:34 pm

your welcome bob, anything to help.

ToPhA

On October 10, 2007 at 4:53 pm

all of u people, wat r ur gt so ican add ya :P

fortknox#9

On October 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm

hey mine is Fortknox 13 and tell me if its wrong i just got my xbox back and i dont remember the gamercard as far as spaces. email at fortknox37@aim.com

Hunter

On October 15, 2007 at 7:13 pm

i got halo 3 and as soon as i put it in my xbox it got the death ring so i called them up and they said 4 weeks but all my freinds said 3 weeks……so im on the 3rd week hopefully my xbox comes back to me before friday because my cousins wanted to play halo 3

i live in florida the box came in 3 days so does any body know how long it takes for them to ship it back?

larry

On October 16, 2007 at 10:43 pm

:???: i dont know hwy but when i play like madden08 i have red lines poop up in the mainmenu can sombody tell me whats going on

ToPhA

On October 18, 2007 at 4:30 am

hey larry sum game discs hav been accused of causing the rings of death like madden 08 and dead rising.

Matt

On October 20, 2007 at 10:50 pm

I have the three rings, but sometimes i can turn my xbox off and then on again and it will work. Should i still send it in for repairs or what? Someone please answer!

Matt

On October 20, 2007 at 10:55 pm

Also, if i do send it in to be repaired, do i include my hard drive?

Brendan

On October 21, 2007 at 1:20 pm

i got the system error E 68, i have no clue what happened becuase my friends were playing my xbox and they said that while they were in the middle of a H3 game, the xbox crashed to the dashboard. They called me up and i came to see what was wrong, but i didnt know, so i just started up the game again, and there was message saying that there was an unreadable disk. I turned my xbox off and the same thing happened, so then i tried playing my old H2 game jus to check if it was the game disc, but i started up a custom game and the graphics were messed up. All i saw was shadows of weapons and of walls. Then thinking finally that it was my console, i tried to download a demo to seee how that ran and the demo ran just fine. I later deciced to call the number 1-800-4MY-XBOX, and the man had me do some stuff to my hard drive, but that didnt work. So now i have to send my xbox in and he told me that A.- they would fix the problem or B.- they would send me a new 360. :!: (((((1-800-4MY-XBOX))))) :!:

weclock

On October 21, 2007 at 1:23 pm

@Matt
Those are questions you should be asking Microsoft Technical support.

@Brendan
Your friends were kicking your xbox.

Jon

On October 29, 2007 at 11:37 am

Hi,
I am Jon Martinez of Waco, TX. I just bought my game system last Febuary. Up til now, i haven’t had any problems with this system. Granted, i only use it 3 or 4 times a week. last night my system started to act funny. the screen would freez up. So i disconnected the whole thing and let it cool down. then today, i got this “Red Ring Of Death” thing. Man, it sucks! now i’ve got to send the whole thing off to be repaired. i am currently on medical leave from active duty, and the system was the only thing keeping me from going crazy. so i wanted to know just haw many folks are going thru the same thing (red ring of death). How long has Microsoft known about this problem? Have they done anything to prevent the same problem from re-occuring? Are they doing antything to compensate for our troubles? I mean, i was sort of lucky, and still haveing a warrenty available. but i didnt purchase an extended warrenty. So if this happens again, I’m screwed.
Do the folks in the Microsoft headshed, know how expensive it for us down here on our end. Do they even care? or is it a glitch built into the system to draw more money from us. Look all i know is that as a soldier, money is limited in my family. my wife and i saved up a long time for this system. and now it’s down, for who know long. has anyone contacted the BBB?
I’m going to write them today. i figure if enough folks with the same issues voice their oppinions, someone from Microsoft might listen.
thank you for allowing me to vent and voice my oppinion.

Respectfully,
SSG Jon M. Martinez
TRP B 1-124 CAV

JASON IS PISSED OFF

On November 1, 2007 at 7:31 am

:twisted: my bloody xbox had the red ring today and i turned it off then back on again and it worked then i done it again to c if it would come up again and the 3 rings came on and it didnt work for like 10 Times then it is now Fn working fine again wtf is microsfot doin seeling these dodgey Machines We pay good money for them but yet they dont even operate porperly should i Call microsoft, incase it happens again to get it fixed???????

gabe913

On November 3, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I got the red ring of death a few weeks ago and i sent it in about 1 1/2 weeks ago.i was playing forge on halo3 and i had the red ring of death before. i think that halo is causing the massive increse of the virus. there can be two possible explanations for this 1) :idea: somebody hacked the game and made where after a set amount of time it went dead or 2) :idea: people were playing halo since it such a big deal. please reply if anybody else has the same thoughts and i am so mad :evil: because i checked xbox360.co*m and my best friend on xbox live removed me from his friend list! thanks,gabe913

JASON IS PISSED OFF

On November 3, 2007 at 6:50 pm

yes i fully agree with u mate i called up micorsoft yesterday and told them bout it and they are goin to fix it free of charge but to tell u the truth i dont even think that they no how to fix it so it wont happena again onli for it to just work temprialiry, i im sendin it aways today so hopefully i get it nxt week :neutral:

JASON IS PISSED OFF

On November 3, 2007 at 6:56 pm

:oops: MICROSOFT IS

JASON IS PISSED OFF

On November 5, 2007 at 1:03 am

well today i sent my xbox off to get reparied so they betta do a good job our ther mum is mine jks :lol: so if anyone here has xbox live my addy is YoUnG PaDaWn and that is it exactlly i ave 10121 gamre points lol

Pat

On November 9, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Yesterday i was watching a DVD and all of a sudden the screen went black and i got the RRoD. It was flashing on and off though. So anyway i turned it of for a minute and it worked for 2 minutes. I seen that the power cord wasn’t in properly, so I plugged it in properly in it worked for the rest of the night. Do you think it will happen again?
Cheers

JASON IS PISSED OFF

On November 9, 2007 at 5:00 pm

hey pat, yer tha it wat was happenin to me it was flashin like crazy then i turned it off then back on and it worked then a few days l8ter i got it again which was last week so i would think that it would possibly do it again soz to say tat but microsoft is . i get my xbox bac next friday so if u have live add me YoUnG PaDaWn and i get 3yrs extended warrenty aswell YAY

dylan

On November 10, 2007 at 8:05 pm

dude i was playing mlb 2k6 and it froze so i turned it off and then back on and that red ring was there. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: it sucks

JASON IS PISSED OFF

On November 11, 2007 at 5:33 am

yeer man it is fully crap wat a heap of the xbox is LOL

Brandon

On November 17, 2007 at 9:23 pm

My xBox 360 Broke after 18 months, It began freezing at first and now it’s just the three rings of death. I’ve always had my console standing straight up, never seemed to be the problem.

I Call Microsoft, they said it could be a power issue.
The external power unit acts as a surge protector, and if it is plugged into another surge protector, it could restrict voltage.

To prolong to life of your xBox 360 plug the unit directly into the wall.

JASON IS HAPPY NOW

On November 17, 2007 at 9:26 pm

yeer that sucks but i have good news I GOT MY XBOX BAC FIXED FREE OF CHARGE AND I GOT NEW DVD DRIVE FANS AND EVERYTHING AND I MONTH LIVE SUBSCIPTION LOL BUT YEER AND 3 YRS EXTRA WARRETNY so it is good in the end sorta

zaim sad why me

On November 18, 2007 at 6:19 pm

i was playing halo 3 put on some music and about a month ago iheard some screaming so i thought it was my cat i came back in my room and the the stupied red ring of death came on i called microsoft they sent me a box with stuff in it to set it up i sended it off they couldent fix it so they said they will send me a new 1 by wen thur or friday i dont think they send u a new 1 can some tell me that if they cant fix it they send u a new 1 is that true answer please :eek:

zack im sad why me

On November 18, 2007 at 6:25 pm

:mrgreen: :neutral: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?:

Derek Transue

On November 20, 2007 at 10:09 am

my xbox 360 had just got the virus. i am so mad. it was working fine this morning. then i took it down stairs and plugged it in. then it came up. i almost cryed. this sucks. microsoft better fix it or im going to scream

Derek Age 13 pennsylvanaia

Mark B

On November 27, 2007 at 1:28 am

:twisted:

I used to be an xbox fanboy. I say used to be because my xbox 360 rrod on me.

All that warranty crap statement of Microsoft does not apply to people living outside the United States.

That’s right. I live in the Philippines. I called Microsoft and they just referred me to the reseller who would not replace my crapbox 360.

Now i have a very expensive white plastic doorstop.

And it pisses me off to no end since PS3 is not an alternative for me! so until
they finally fix that crap, I will just drool over the games and the guys lucky enough to be in the 70% of the non defective crapbox 360 or is it 70% and counting down every month? 69%…68%….50%….?

derek

On December 4, 2007 at 8:16 pm

does any one know what it means when you only get 2 rings because i keep getting them

Bulldog

On December 4, 2007 at 11:03 pm

:mad: fortknox#9 you suck!!!!! I can’t believe you would even say something like that. MS wouldn’t scam us like that. I don’t have an xbox 360,but my friends do and I play lots of 360. I hope to get one for christmas. I think your theory is full of crap!

Jason is Happy Now

On December 4, 2007 at 11:09 pm

hey derek it normally means taht ur av cable is not pluged ion porpaly in the bac of ur xbox console take it out then but it bac in then it shouldnt have that problem mine used to do that. Whoever has live on 360 CHECK OUT THE NEW UPDATE FOR THE DASHBOARD IT IS MAD LOL.my addy is YoUnG PaDaWn

killer

On December 8, 2007 at 8:58 am

hi this has never happened 2 me befor and i got it last may but im really scared that it mite happen 2 me wt do i do

HELP!!!!!

killer

On December 8, 2007 at 9:04 am

I HEARD THE IDEA IS TO OVERHEAT THE XBOX WHEN THIS BUL HAPPENS WITH TOWLS FOR 15MINS ANDTHEN LET IT COOL DOWN ON ITS OWN FOR 15MINS ON ITS OWN AND APPARENTLY IT WORKS (I SAW IT ON YOUTUBE,THE RING OF DEATH WAS CURED BY DOING THIS).

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 8, 2007 at 9:06 am

u serious man omg lol i could’ve done that but o well happens Hope it dont happen to ya budd it is bull man lol l

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 8, 2007 at 9:10 am

http://www.xbox360rally.com/the-red-ring-of-deathcure-found/
yeer Killer i think u are right cause this site is apprently the cure for xbox 360 ring of death. nice work man

sherry

On December 8, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I bought the XBOX 360 for my son who is a straight A student and I felt he deserved it. Lot more money than I wanted to spend but what the hec. Had it for around 8 months and OH NO, dreaded rings of death. Sent it in, listened to my son complain for about a month and finally got it back right at a month later-same unit serial # matched. Everything was going fine until…OH NO, dreaded rings of death again!!! Now to a 11 year old this is the end of the world, especially at Christmas when 90% of his Christmas list was XBOX games. Called up support and they are sending us a box AGAIN and this time I demanded to talk to someone so I could vent. Spoke to a Matt, id# 6708 who asked me a question right away…is your unit plugged into a surge protector? I immediatley said yes, because it is and he informed me that that is the problem. Well, needless to say I got a little upset because as usual, somebody is blaming someone else for their problem. I asked why hadn’t anyone told me this before and why isn’t that on any of the sites I have looked at for suggestions on what to do and he informed me that it is in the manual. I proceeded to tell him “you mean to tell me that all of these millions of blogs of people like me complaining about this piece of crap product have all caused it themselves by using a surge protector” and he said yes, that most of them probably were. Well, I owe it to the world to let them in on this secret- that it is your fault, you the consumer who spent your hard earned money, you who wasted hours talking to XBOX support and weren’t told this secret, you, you are the problem!!! When I get this next unit back I vow to not plug it into a surge protector, I vow to leave it in a well ventilated area and I vow to read the owners manual as I was so smartly reminded by the XBOX support man, Matt id# 6708. This isn’t XBOX’s fault, this isn’t an inferior product, this isn’t a huge waste of money since they don’t send you a new unit, they just “fix” the one you have…which by the way, breaks again 3 months later…This is my fault and I accept responsibility…now its your turn!

killer

On December 8, 2007 at 4:32 pm

thx but how long ago did this happen 2 u

bobbum bum chicken

On December 8, 2007 at 4:38 pm

:?: :?:
im can sum1 be my boyfwend :lol: :oops:

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 8, 2007 at 6:51 pm

who me… weill it happend to me on novemeber the 1st i was bout to sell my xbox 360 then i turned it on snd it had the red ring of detah im like OMFG then i sent it away 4 days l8ters and i got it back 12 days l8ter it it was all free postage exxept the box i got to put the xbox in but yeer.. then i sent it to ther factory and they fixed, they put new fans,and Also gave me a disk Tray cause my old one was stuffing up so that was a bonus and i got 1 month xbox live so yeer it is easy to send away if u live in australia lol

sherry

On December 8, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Son received it for Christmas last year, got 3 rings of death in August, sent it off, received it back in Sept and died again w/ 3 rings today. I was told that surge protectors were causing the 3 rings of death in most cases…is everyone who has had this happen using a surge protector???

killer

On December 9, 2007 at 4:06 am

is this all 4 free this fixing thing and can u tell me how i can get it fixed wt do i do? :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 9, 2007 at 5:18 am

yeer it is all free man except the postage
just go to http://www.xbox.com.au or http://www.xbox.com and look for the support bar and it wil lgive u a phne number to call then u tell them bout it then they ask for a serial on ur xbox then u send it away so yeer talk to them about it just check out that site ok

uno

On December 9, 2007 at 11:47 pm

yea uhh… i think my xbox was stolen so what do i do if i have the red ring thing

xboxlenny

On December 10, 2007 at 4:17 am

i have not had any problems with the red ring of death, (knock on wood). but did get a disk ruined. i have to say the customer service was terrible, they blamed every other reason than the Xbox itself. I ruined a Rainbow six vegas disk. The customer care client blamed manufacturing in the disk. What a load of bull. he clamed the disk was warped and because of the high speed of the drive spinning ruined my disk. Lies!!!!

i can feel for the problems sherry has, the customer service was terrible in my oppinion. No support, no justification only excuses on causes other than the disk drive. honestly i have enjoyed my Xbox and if i had the ammount of problems others have had, Ya id throw in the towel, and PS3 would by my no other choice.

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 10, 2007 at 5:20 pm

yeeer man i agree i as thinkin in throwing in the towel aswell and getin a ps3 they are mors trsutworthly >

killer

On December 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm

:smile: Do u think its kk if i can put some music on my xbox or will it cause the 3 rings of death :shock:

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 12, 2007 at 6:56 pm

it will be alirght if u put music on ur xbox, or u can link ur xbx with ur pc if u are unsure and just stream the music that is wat im doin atm it is good this is the site that tell u how to do that :wink: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/howto/mp11/Xbox360toWMP11XP_StepbyStep.aspx

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 12, 2007 at 6:59 pm

if anyone wants my msn my addi is bangingsnickersbar69@hotmail.com
LOL

killer

On December 14, 2007 at 4:47 pm

kk thx 4 the advise jason

dizzy dan

On December 14, 2007 at 4:54 pm

hey guys wot do u reakon is the best game on xbox 360

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:00 am

KILLER YOUR

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:03 am

if anyone wants my msn my addi is bangingsnickersbar69@hotmail.com
lol
we can chat about nething if u want about xbx

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:04 am

:mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :lol: :mad: :sad: :?: :?: :?: :?: lol dis is fun

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:06 am

wots your favourite song mine is the babie girls lol im not lieing

killer

On December 15, 2007 at 5:06 am

ja r u or sumin cus ur acting wierd

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:07 am

NO IM NOT BUT IM AA WINDOW I CANT GET GIRLS CUS IM UGLY AND UNIMPLOYED

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:09 am

EVEN THOUGH IM UGLY AND SMELLY DOES NE 1 WANA BE MY GIRL FRIEND
OR BOY FRIEND THATS HOW DESPERATE I AM

KILLER

On December 15, 2007 at 5:10 am

4 GET U I WANA TALK BOUT XBX NOT A DATING WEBSITE SADOES GO THERE SO Y DNT U IF UR THAT DESPERATE NE WAY HOPE U GET A LUCKY WOMAN OR MAN LOL

JASON IS HAPPY

On December 15, 2007 at 5:14 am

HEY BLAD DNT MAKE ME BOX UR MOUTH
ILL CUM 2 UR END WITH MY FAAKE MERCADIES BENDZ N
THEN ILL CUM 2 UR MANOR N LAY U OUT WITH A 12 FOOT SPANNNER

JASON IS HAPPY OI U FUCKEN CUNT STOP SAYIN SHIT AND CHANGE UR NAME FUCKEN CHILD GROW THE FUCK UP

On December 15, 2007 at 8:17 am

oi everybody do not listen to that en taht is sayin stupied he is a got he is pissing u all off he needs to die in a fire and grow the up

JASON IS HAPPY OI U FUCKEN CUNT STOP SAYIN SHIT AND CHANGE UR NAME FUCKEN CHILD GROW THE FUCK UP

On December 15, 2007 at 8:18 am

killer man dont listen to them k sum needs to grow up. OH AND IM NOT lol

Markskie

On December 16, 2007 at 1:38 am

i got my 360 few days ago and it’s 16th of december 2007, i was curious if the new consoles are fixed after all the complains microsoft got?

KILLER

On December 16, 2007 at 4:52 pm

y u tlking 2 me like dat u noob who are u jason

Austin

On December 20, 2007 at 2:20 pm

yeah, while i was downloading a Halo 3 orientated video, my machine crashed, i turned it off waiting 10mins then turned it on again and i got the red lights all 3 flashing, so i turned it off left it for 2hours came back turned it on, i worked so i turned it back off…went to play it that night…RED LIGHTS OF BLOODY DEATH im not impressed and its close to xmas and im getting H3 for xmas and..yeah im buggered…

Austin

On December 20, 2007 at 2:21 pm

and also ive had mine for just about 2years now

Jason

On December 20, 2007 at 6:21 pm

yeer man that sucks :(

Aaren

On December 23, 2007 at 8:55 am

I got the ring of death about 4 weeks ago and i found out how to fix it for at least two weeks you hit the little white botton by the memory unit and then press the eject botton and hold for a secound then do it till the red light you had early then it should work! :!:

Angel

On January 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

I got the death ring again when i was signing into my xbox.i am 34 years old , not a young kid and i am very desipointed.i use to play playstation then i decided to get an xbox 360 , i guess i made a big mistake i should have stuck with the playstation.i dont mind spending money on games for me or my two kids but i expect that the product that i buy to be reliable. next time i am going to buy a game i will get it for my playstation. :evil: :mad: :!:

Angel

On January 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm

i found a new name for the xbox 360 JUNKBOX 360 or CRAPBOX 360 or WRONGBOX 360 or LAMEBOX 360 or DUMBBOX 360 or GARBAGEOBOX 360 or RAPEBOX 360 or SUCKBOX 360 or STUPIDBOX 360 or TRICKBOX 360 or EMPTYBOX 360.

IF ANYONE HAS A BETTER NAME FOR THIS PIECE OF *#@$*@ PLEASE TELL US.

ANGEL AKA MATON

Angel

On January 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm

PLEASE REPLY

bob

On January 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm

got ring of death first day what i do?

hunter

On January 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm

wats the # 4 microsoft cuz i got it while i was tryin to watch a movie

hunter

On January 24, 2008 at 8:32 pm

PLEAZ REPLY WITHIN 24 HOURS

Callum

On January 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm

why is microsoft so friggin we pay good money for wot 3 little red lights which do f**** all :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :!: :!:

Nate

On January 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm

well i get the red lights during NBA 2K8 and thats the only game it does it on… and it wont cut off you have to take the power cord out of the back to cut it off and then it works fine on every other game……. ahhh its ed up… is this power cord with the surge protector true?….

havoc of smeg

On January 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

@nate

as far as i can gather, yes, surge plugs do cause the RROD. but as far as i know, it doesnt cause it on specific games.

JASON IS HAPPY NOW

On January 30, 2008 at 12:37 am

Yeer man it is en bull but mine got fixed months ago
and i plaed NBA 2K8 and it didnt up my xbox it is just the fact that it will just die eventaly cause it is microsofts tecnology and they are l0l so yeer mine has been fine ever since november last year when it was fixed so yeer and it has got 3 more years of warrenty so i dont care to much anymores. Jason.

ASHLEY

On February 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: fuk sake i just got it last yr n it has fuked up how do i get in fixede

alex14638

On September 21, 2008 at 7:44 am

Well i bilive fort knox has a great theroy it can be very well a PROFIT if it was not i think micro soft would tell us about this problem.I myself have been getting the red lights of death/rrod for quite some time now. I have managed to fix it nomorus times this time im not sure if i will be so lucky. Most of the time i just let my xbox cool down overnight but it get very annoying when you play your xbox for about 2 hours and then get this viras. Its quite annoying and i still go with fort knoxs theroy. besides i heard that the elite dosent do this problem kind of my theroy but im not sure.MICROSOFT why dont you tell us what is causing this viras and mabby relice some new xboxes that dont do it? you have made a awsum product…even though it dosent even work :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

alex14638

On September 21, 2008 at 7:47 am

why dont microsoft jsut tell us WTF to do to fix this little error!!! :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:

alex14638

On September 21, 2008 at 7:49 am

can some one tell my what IN the system is this tecnological problem rather that just hearing oh it jsut happens !!! some one auta tell me whats happening INSIDE the system thats making it do this ED UP PROBLEM :razz: :razz:

alex14638

On September 21, 2008 at 7:51 am

PISS ME OFF360 JACK OFF 360 BOX360 box360

dave t

On September 30, 2008 at 11:21 am

:???: this ring of death has happend to my nephews 360 an hes well upset …BILL GATES YOUR RUINING CHILDRENS LIVES GET YOUR BILLIONS OUT AND SORT THE PROBLEM AS THESE KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE BILL GATESES SO STOP SHOWING THEM A BAD EXAMPLE IF THESE KIDS GROW UP BEING MULTI BILLIONAIRE BUSINESS MEN GOING ROUND RIPPING PEOPLE OFF .,.,.,.,THIS WILL BE DOWN TO YOU YOUNG MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

BILL GATES

On September 30, 2008 at 11:24 am

:evil: SCREW YOU DAVE T I WILL RIP YOU ALL AND SLEEP EASY KNOWING YOUR MONEY IS MAKING ME MORE MONEY SO IF YOU WANT TO GET RIPPED OFF BUY A 360 AND MAKE ME A LITTLE RICHER :lol:

JACK

On October 27, 2008 at 12:55 pm

ok now we all have 1 problum the red light it is fikubull u must what a day heat it in towe or by a new hard drive elets can git the vires now that dint tell u that dut it can be fex up short the power by unepluging the fuse in the room thin wipe it clean or a new hard drave bothe suck donky balls but thay wherk it tack a good day or to and to gite it on a elet it must be trasverd by anather x box and it not cerabul eltes never git red of it sarry

Daniel

On October 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm

hey guys, i just got the rings and a power cycle worked. after 5 difference instances, the ring stuck. Now every time i turn it on those three little annoying things pop up. I read that you can also get 1, 2, or 4 rings to turn red and that three rings is a hardware malfunction. i think thats just a nice way of saying, “sorry guys, but your xbox is trashed.”

mohamed

On November 25, 2008 at 11:50 pm

hi peeps i read most of the older posts and i got the same prob. i have a cracked x box yeah a cracked x box u heard me right i dont use xbox live but i get all the games for crazy low prices , so as it turns out even cracked xbox’s have the damn 3r’s of d prob so if any of u kind folks is willing to tell me wtf i gotta do now nowing i live in libya and there aint noting that even resembles a MS office or retailer or anytin here pleeeez help help help
mohamedayad1985@yahoo.com

Edgarism Frag

On December 3, 2008 at 8:54 am

this all started for me a few dyas ago. i was playing the elder scrolls oblivion and thought ill save and go on halo 3 for a bit. i save my oblivion and go onto halo 3, a warning pops up saying that the disk is unreconisable (ive had halo for well over a year never had this problem before) so i check my gamer profile and it says its corrupted so i delete it and recover it.

then i try halo 3 again still unreconisable and have tried multiple halo 3′s (all my other games work) so then i get error 68 (i think) which is HDD failure (i think) i take out my 20gb HDD memory unit and start up the console all fine and i can play halo 3. when i put my HDD unit back in its slow and cant play halo 3 but other games fine (some game saves have been erased)
any help is appriciated
- Edgarism Frag.