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Xbox 360 Freezing? Let Your Power Supply Breathe!

I had tons of problems with my Xbox 360 after I got it setup. First I had three red lights on the Ring of Light. After getting that fixed, my screen would freeze before the Xbox 360 dashboard would fully load. Eventually I got into Need For Speed: Carbon, but the Xbox 360 would freeze after a minute or less of gameplay. I also witnessed the E71 error message a couple times, fun fun. Microsoft has a page dedicated to freeze issues, although it didn’t prove to be much help in my situation. There are some good troubleshooting tips in there though.

Eventually, I was able to get my Xbox 360 to download an update from Microsoft. After the update was downloaded and applied, I had a totally stable Xbox 360. Downloading the update didn’t seem to work for everyone though. This guy claims his Xbox 360 started freezing after he downloaded the update.

I neglected to discuss the most popular method for fixing Xbox 360 freeze issues. There’s a very simple solution to prevent your xbox power supply from overheating. All you have to do is ensure your Xbox 360 power supply has proper ventilation. Don’t tuck it away back in a corner under a pile of dirty clothes or anything. Keep it out in the open, and let it see as much air as possible. Some people have turned to setting their Xbox 360 power supplies on top of an open box, that way there’s very little surface area touching anything. Setting the power supply on top of an open box will allow better air movement and will ensure air is able to move under the power supply, an area air wouldn’t normally reach if your power supply is just sitting on the ground. There’s some pictures of this method at the GameSpot forums, along with some other Xbox 360 Fixes. Unlimited Gamer has some more information on this method also. Blogcritics has a pretty good post covering a couple different solutions to fixing your Xbox 360 freeze problems.

One of the methods mentioned at the GameSpot forums that you should have your Xbox 360 plugged directly into a wall, not into a power strip or anything. Even if it is in the wall already, it might help to unplug your power supply from the wall for a few seconds and then plug it back in.

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    • Deathmatez

      Alright cool the Power Brick,why does my new 360’s Power Brick does not fit into my older 360.What the Hell,I love Microsoft,but seriously!!!

  • Melthius


    point taken……..fuck off.

  • ERIC

    ok so my xbox orginally got fixed for the red rings of death last november, and not to mention taking a month to fix (ship to texas???) All was well till i DL the new NXE update and then thought i would dl my Call of Duty WaW game onto my hd. it worked pretty well for a while until the next night i was playingn COD online and it froze then the red rings came 3 and i forget which one wasnt lite up so i thought it just overheated. so i stopped playing and waited the next day to play and i just keeps freezing or going black when i play online. but i have played through a good 1/2 hour of my arcade game N+ with my bro . WTF is up microsoft i used to love you i switched from sony to u just for the 360 and this is what i get a console in the year 2008 that still freezes!! even after you fixed it!!!!! and now my xbox isnt even registered!!!!WTF!!! i need help but most of all microsoft needs help making things that work the first time not the 3rd time. Not to mention ill wait 3 monthes with no system and no internet after i paid good money for a year of live . WTF Ive paid over 1000 dollars to your company in xbox stuff this better be a quick fix help me some1 before i go to sony and pay another 1000. Just checked again and now i really do have the red rings . the second light isnt lite up when its on its side. it wont even go to the main menu.should i risk sending it to microsoft again and have it work fine for another year then break or do i find some tech in st.louis to fix it???? help hhelppppp

    • Master Hwoarang

      Eric if you want to help the microsoft fans next time tell them the problem. I wouldn’t say tell write them a letter that everyone has had it. Say something like this I used to like the xbox 360 but i see you wanted to save money and cut corners like the design is one thing the heating clamps are to small and your running the aracade and pro versions on the same chip the xbox 360 elite runs on. Its like the saying 3rd times a charm and the elite holds up to hit because there is not the many problems with it.

  • thadjdj

    Yeah finnaly they fix the ring of death but whats this!!!!!!! YAAAAY new problems new report of overheating xbox 360 power supplies even catching on fire. I sent mine in about three four days ago, they said it will take at a max of two weeks. Oh yeah the xbox power supply also has been known to catch fire on the original xbox too. in one fire an infant was even killed sad!!!!! once again thank you xbox and keep up the great work dumb@$$e$

  • jagcivtec

    My HDMI 2007 xbox360 got the RROD. Fixed it with the X clamp fix kit and amazingly it worked perfectly for a month, then RROD came back. Tried the towel trick and it worked for a few days perfectly, then it started freezing after 1 hour play. Now it freezes during play and restarting it gives me 20 min of playtime before it freezes again. Console and PSU are kept cool by fans and elevation but still freezes. Simple, Xbox360 is worthless, im getting a PS3. Everyone should. My advice to anyone considering what console to get this Xmas, PS3……………..all the way, you ll be buying a headache with the 360, stay away.

  • cwxwwwxwwxwx

    well, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch 😉

  • Noah

    I got my xbix elite xmas of 08…so far it had frozen up on me 3times while playing FABLE 2. and i thought oh, must be a little problem, and i see that it isnt, thats how it all starts out!!! WTF! MS is a mother-rapist..we pay over 500 usually for this shit ass system and we get these problems! My nintendo 64 froze for the first time after 6 years of use man! although i think that their first xbox was much better than this one in the act that IT WORKED! if it wasnt for Halo, ms would be nothing. their pc’s suck and so does bill gates, his eyes are like a rapist out for money…i wanna sell my 4 day old xbox now.

    • Urrlaggy

      Same as me Noah, mines lasted alittle longer than yours in the fact I got to finish Fable 2 before it started being overly annoying. But lately it has been getting progressively worse and I’m sure i’ll soon see the RROD.

    • braden

      buy the pro if you read the elites are faulty not MS itself and fable causes problems.

  • psychic

    dude i got myn on the first christmas of the first year, iv had rrod n lyk 2 months ago it randomly starts freezin, im gettin so annoyed with this system, its jus hell for ppl tht wnt a gd gamin system tht lasts. iv spent nearly £600 on stuff n games for it n it all seems lyk a waste nw. tryin 2 look for a soloution for the freezin atm but nuffin, jus finkin of my 2nd 360

    • braden

      everybody above me if youre about youre games costing so much then send it in to microsoft and they’ll replace it and the replacements sre so reliable its ridicolous ive had my replacement for a few yaers and it’s fine stop being little batstards.

  • Mathue

    Good God people, does no one here know how to type or proofread? I’d elucidate about why this might be but I think the explanation would not be absorbed.

    > i got myn on the first christmas of the first year, iv had rrod n lyk 2

    It’s apparent the XBOX 360 is an unsound design, purchase this system at your own peril. It’s a time vampire in more than one way.

    • kj

      you are making comments about other peoples typing when you come out with things like “myn”, “iv” and “lyk”??

      • moomba

        stupid he was quoting another poster but he put > instead of “”

  • Chris

    My X-box 360 is just over a month old and it continuously freezes 15 minutes into a game! My X-Box is stood up vertically and has plenty of space so as to allow air to move freely.

    My Brother also bought an X-box around the same time as I did and he just got the red-rings of death!

    I called x-box customer service and they asked me to post the console to them. This does not look promising, my Brothers 360 as well as my own are not working; and as I go through the Internet it seems everyone is having horror stories!

    I also have a PS3 and have had no problems with it whatsoever! I would however prefer a working x-box as there is a better games selection but this has really put me off buying anything MICROSOFT AGAIN!

    • Master Hwoarang

      Hey microsoft xbox 360 fans you may have come across me on xboxlive Master Hwoarang soon going to be Tekken Prodigy. I have read up on some things to confirm my theroy since Mircosoft customer support did not give me any information I was looking for. There two problems everyone comes across I was asking my frined John who works at a gamestop. And we relized that one problem is that if you got the first release hunk of crap ones it was poorly made. If you want to no that it is a first release one the MFD has to be from 2005 up to 2007 and should not have a falcon motherboard in it thats one of the reason. But as i took apart the 360 to figure the problem out the cpu/computer prossecing unit/and the gpu graphical prossesing unit i belive is the name came detached it even happens with some of the newer models as well. As i said comes detached cause of the heating and the bord is flexing during the process witch leads to a bunch of problems later. But if you want no problem what so ever I would recomed bying the 360 elite. The elite has no problems what so ever because the hardware inside of it is more durible and the cpu can take the heat unlike the others. The arcade and pro are run on the same cpu as the elite and that like one of the main problems. They should have droped it to a 60kmz insted of keeping it at a 65. I just go a new xbox 360 i am turnning back in to gamestop for another till i can get my elite. If you want to no thats there something wrong when you pick it up your not supposed to hear something moving around in it.

      • Mr Xcitmnt

        The Elite being problem free is a myth. I have it and bought the Elite to try to avoid any problems and my console freezes ALL OF THE TIME. It’s not overheating because as I type this my console froze already and that after not even completing a level of Bad Company on multi-player. So needless to say I am getting quite irritated because this has been going on for months and this is my Second X-Box as well. I’m am starting to think that it has to be my hard drive because I don’t know what else it could be.

      • duke

        Hey man not trying to be a buzz kill but the elites mess up as well mine onlyu lasted 11 months

  • Alex

    I agree, I think it actually takes more effort to type like an idiot than it does to type well. Spelling errors are one thing, but come on, folks…

    And I just had an issue with my 360 freezing up while playing RB2, and doing so every time I had the game on for a minute or two. I got frustrated because this had never happened to me before with this 360 (I’m on my 3rd one, but have had it for a long while), until I came to this site. My wife had buried the power supply in her most recent re-organization of the cables. I’m pretty sure moving it will fix it. Thanks for the advice!

  • Dan – FREE FIX

    The problem is with a heat sink on the video processor. Heat is not being pulled off the processor by the fans in the back and by the heat sink extension. Even the accessory fans that clip on the back are not enough. A solution if you don’t mind the Xbox all opened up is to open the Xbox to access the DVD ROM (do this only on systems that no longer carry a warranty). The DVD Rom is covering the heat sink. Remove the DVD ROM from its normal location and set aside still connected. Either using CP cooling fans or even a small electric fan point it at the heat sink. The system will no longer freeze.

    • Nick Thanks!!

      Thanks a lot Dan! My xbox freezes up like 5 min. after i turn it on. So i opened up the box and moved the DVD drive and put a fan on it.

      End result is no more freezing! It doesn’t freeze anymore.

    • Reaper

      although is work with old ass cars i know enough about computers and such to try and work out problems, i took my 360 apart and placed a small CPU fan from an old computer within the console the fan blows air at the heat sink, and it hasnt froze yet it good advice for those of us who dont have a warranty any longer

      • Reaper

        sorry it should say i work with old cars

  • matthew

    i have had my Xbox 360 elite for about a year now, works perfectly fine,… untill today. i was playing castle crashers and accepted a video call of a friend, no problems. later i go back on my xbox and i go to game marketplace to look at a few things, it freezes.. i think oh must be a one of :S load it up again wait a few min’s freezes AGAIN so i think hmm lets try a game put in cod WaW get into a s&d just about to snipe somebody, freezes again, havn’t tried it since but after what i’ve read its not worth the hassle, DO NOT BUT A XBOX 360,; Unless you want problems :)

    • buttered

      nice spelling retard

  • Sam

    ok i have an xbox 360 pro 20gb
    i play my xbox now and then maybe a couple of hours on the weekend and 30 mins to an hour 2-3 times monday to friday.
    just recently it has been freezing without warning.
    i turn it off then turn it back on then after 5 mins it freezes again.
    now wen i turn it off it makes a noise like it just goes off not like what it use to.
    and when i turn it on it makes a awkward noisesame with ejecting and closing the disk drive
    should i send it in for repair or let it cool down for a while?
    even tho i dont think its over heating..

    • Deathmatez

      Alright cool the Power Brick,why does my new 360’s Power Brick does not fit into my older 360.What the Hell,I love Microsoft,but seriously!!!

  • john

    how about making a fucking system that works? These things cost upwards of 600$. withe the hard drive and the controllers and the games!!! the games are 60$ a piece and ive got 12 games! thats not a lot compared to some folks, but 600 for the system, 720 for the games(not including tax), ive got over 1300$ wrapped up in a system that lasts less than a year. its a crock of shit and microsoft should compensate all of us that love our xboxes, and are tired of their bullshit warranty and their bullshit machine. damn democrat bill gates!!

  • Matt

    I got an X-box on 01-01-09. I went to 3 stores to find a place that wasn’t sold out. I played for no more then a few hours, kept a fan on it, and kept the power supply in a cool location. After a month of playing it froze up. I called Xbox and they asked a bunch of irrelevant questions. They said i could send it in. Their e-label site wasn’t working. I called back and told them to send me a box from there, they did. I sent my crap in. A month later i got a BRAND NEW XBOX. they gave me a month of xbox live gold too. I played 4 hours total….FUCKING FROZE!!!!!! So now i have to do this all over again. I am demanding upgrades. If this happens again i will stop using Microsoft products. I will switch my 2 pc’s to linux and when i buy a new one in the future it will be a mac. I will buy an Ipod and ditch my zune. When they send me a new Xbox i will sell it and transfer the warranty to someone else.

  • HCL

    MY wonderful 360 strated to freeze again yesterday, after my local repairman had fix it some how two month ago.I am really unhappy.The big question have they ever tried to solve this problem with these pieces of crap.

  • alan

    what a genuine peice of the kids an xbox 360 for xmas. got them each wireless controllers and about six hundred dollars worth of games. got through opening up all the gifts cleaned up the wrapping paper and went to hooking this peice of garbage it hooked up. looking good!!! put the game in…. looking good. as soon as the game is finished loading this MOTHERFUCKING PEICE OF SHIT freezes. wtf? MERRY FUCKING XMAS YOU COCKSUCKING MOTHERFUCKING MICROSFT RAPIST BASTARD. FUCK YOU!!!!! ASSHOLES

    • Cheryl

      You sir, are an ass. I feel sorry for your kids and wife for the verbal tirades and abuse you must spew on a regular basis. Intelligent thought prevails over idiotic rants. Your wife may have already left you, and if not, she’s weak. And for your kids…you’ll reap what you sow when they grow. But you already know that, don’t you? Remember how your old man was…the apple never falls far from the tree.

      • jesse

        or maybe he’s pissed cuz he just wasted like an entire months paycheck on a christmas gift for his children that doesnt work. ive got a fucked up xbox too, and im pissed. and just letting you know, i swear probably 3 times more than he does on a daily basis, and im in highschool. oh and by the way, just cuz someone swears at a company for fucking up his kids christmas, doesnt mean he talks to his wife or his children like that. i swear more than that and i dont verbally abuse women and children. so yea, dont assume cuz now youre the one who looks like an ass. and also, my father is a complete greedy asshole who doesnt care about anyone but himself. and im nothing like him, so it depends who the apple is, and what kind.

    • braden

      you know what youre a retard why all the cussing this happens with computers (laptops especially) ps3s wiis or anything else machines aren’t flawless buddy.

      • Reaper

        yeah it happens with anything that has moving parts, electrical current or anything mechanical in general, cars do it,aircraft,boats,hell mechnicla toothbrushes will mess up aswell, microsoft is mad eup of people who work thier ass off to make these things at the expense of thier time to work and make these things, i promise you cussing at things while it may make you feel better doesnt help.
        i know i restore vintage cars that have set in someone’s yard for a decade, but just as things mess up they can also be fixed, a lot of the freezing has to do with the lack of adequate power being distibuted to the console, just like a big car with a inadequate engine it wont have enough power to do the things it needs to do, fans, cpus, circuit boards, they all require power and if you dont have enough it doesnt work quite well, i bought my first 360 when it first came out it lasted around two years of heavy playing daily playing, my second one has lasted till now and it continues to last, each product isnt exactly 100% the same as the last cars and vehicles are the same they may look they same, one car model with the same engine may have some seperate un anticipated things one may have 300hp the other may have 315hp and another may have 290hp, look at like this no matter how perfect you think something is there will always be imperfections in the design somewhere. nothing is 100% perfect.

  • pug

    Why after 4 years Microsoft hasn’t fixed the xbox 360 problems? It makes no sense. It is like they want them to fail and for them to keep fixing them.

  • Master Chief

    My son’s XBox 360 Elite was purchased off eBay in November 2007. He just got his first RROD 3 flashing light error yesterday (September 26, 2009). That’s almost 2 years without a hitch. He plays it fairly often but only after his school work is done and only for an hour or so during the week. On weekends he plays it about 1-4 hours a day.
    When I first heard it went bad I thought it was a bad purchase. But he had gotten a lot of use out of it already so it didn’t seem like a bad $300 investment.
    When I went to the Microsoft service website ( the site asks you to login with your WINDOWS LIVE ID. I had to dig up an old Hotmail account that was still active but it worked. At first glance it seems pretty straight forward to fill out the form with the Serial Number and your address and contact info. Also be sure to check the box about Agreeing to collection of your information on the web page for submitting the form. After you click the submit button it says the unit is out of warranty and it will cost $99 to fix it. If you read carefully it says that the warranty for the 3 Flashing Lights is 3 years. You have to go back up to the top of the form and make sure you select the 3 Flashing Lights problem from the pull down menu and type in the comment box what the problem is. I just retyped what it said in the pull down menu, “Console displays 3 Flashing Lights on the Ring of Light”. Once you do that it will recalculate and the cost at the bottom in the yellow box will change to $0.00. Hit the submit button again and you will be given a page to print out the shipping instructions and a shipping label for UPS. Microsoft will prepay the shipping both ways and will repair the unit for free. They estimate 21 days from the day you ship it to the day it arrives back to you.
    Seeing as how we will be shipping it tomorrow (September 28, 2009) I will have to report back in 3 weeks how the service went.
    I had read about the problems with the XBox and was considering getting a PlayStation, but the game selection for the XBox was more diverse and my younger daughters could also play games on it. My wife and I enjoy getting nostalgic by downloading Toe Jam and Earl. The LIVE Marketplace is also very nice and has many different areas to check out with sample games and movie trailers, to name a few.
    For the price I would say it is a good investment and has good value but that is IF you don’t have any problems with your unit.
    Ours sits underneath the TV, which is on a coffee table, on the slatted shelf below. The TV is a 50″ RCA rear projection with 1080p HD. Since the coffee table has a slatted shelf the unit gets plenty of ventilation. I also purchased an Intercooler which has been on the unit since day one. I do work with computers so I am keenly aware of the importance of proper ventilation and airflow around the CPU(s) which prompted me to buy the Intercooler after researching the issue with the XBox overheating.
    I have seen the design flaw with using the thermal pads instead of using copper thermal dispersion methods for cooling the CPUs and I can only hope that Microsoft will learn this lesson and improve the design to cool the unit.
    Once our unit does run out of warranty I do plan on using some of the methods I have found online to fix the problem permanently.(though I must say using the towel method was something I would never have dreamed of doing)
    As with all things in life you have to take the good with the bad and let the buyer beware. I’m sure there will be something bigger and better than the XBox down the road (Neurosky anyone?) but I’m sure there will be glitches for that system as well. Of course Microsoft is notorious for launching a product before it is ready (what company doesn’t these days?) but take advantage of the extended warranty for the RROD and fill out the form. I wasn’t asked for Proof of Purchase, or any type of verification of the problem. Give it a shot and see if it works for you.
    I’ll try to be back in 3 weeks or sooner to let you know how it all went down.

    • Master Chief

      Almost forgot, here is a link to the 8 Penny Fix for the 3-Flashing Light RROD:

      This appears to work. Also search for the Towel Trick to fix the overheat issue.

      • Spike

        AVOID THE TOWEL TRICK!!! It can cause more damage than good and even when it works, it’s works for about a week! Continually using it WILL damage your consoles internal hardware. HEAT + MOBO = Fried Console!! I speak from experience……Twice!!

  • DanOh

    Xbox 360 Elite
    MFRD: 2008.01.15
    Purchased: 2008.06.15
    Freezing: 2009.10.04
    Red Ring Of Death – 2009.10.09

    Hrs of Gaming = probably about 150 hrs.

    Console kept in well ventilated area.

    COST $499.00 (console + accessories)
    $100.00 (USB internet hook up)
    $980.00 (14 games @70.00 each)

    Seems as though all these people are in for at least $1000.00, for possibliy the worst consumer product ever devoloped. The consumer has the right to expect that the product they have paid for delivers what it is supposed to, for a “reasonable” length of time. Measured in years, not months. This product should be developed to a point so that the common, safe, recommended use of it, by the manufacturer, would result in a product that the user cannot ruin through “normal” usage. How can they be allowed to pedal this crap off. Consumers have to take a stand. As I intend to.

    • braden

      most xboxes last a few years actually…..

      • buttered

        I got my xbox the first day they came out and its almost 2012…. never an problems

  • Joseph123

    I have happily had my xbox 360 four lovely years without any problems. I have never had any problems with any of the appliances that go with the xbox 360. I havent had to replace anything except batteries. If you guys seem to have a problem dont BITCH about it. MICROSOFT IS RUN BY HUMANS! NOT MACHINES! They make errors and they FIX them! For FREE! Assembly errors are going to be made, maybe a peice of lent fell into your console and clogged it during assembly, you don’t know. Errors are made, just send it in, and have it fixed. Every console has errors. EVERY COMPUTER HAS ERRORS! Maybe they havent figured out the correct way to fix the problem. THERE ARE A MILLION reasons why a console can break! And the 360’s content is the best on the planet. STOP BITCHING GUYS.

    • Javier

      Easy for you not to bitch when your is not broken.

      • Andre

        Yeah, damn right, who is this clown to talk about broken xbox, dude if you never experienced pain of dealing with Microsoft you should not talk…its ridiculous its like me talking about how fun war in Iraq was and i never went to war

        • James Connor

          your an asshole. hope yours break soon. see if you think we’re bitching then

        • stacy

          exactly they need to speak english

      • jesse


        • Frankie S

          WAH WAH WAH, my xbox does have randoming freezing, but, people, we do make mistakes and i think you need to stop bitching about microsoft already & get a ps3 /stop qqing

    • Celeste

      Don’t protect Microsoft! There shouldn’t be any fucking “lint” screwing up consoles, or maybe they just have a massive “lint problem”, Do they have dust bunnies too?! If you had an Xbox for 4 years and didn’t have one single problem…EVER…You are one very lucky bastard. They should be making every possible effort to NOT have any “assembly errors” whatsoever! No other company in the history of anything, having to do with game consoles or computer systems, has EVER had a higher failure rate (16% of 1000… 54% out of 5000!!). Sure they “fix” them for free, but they don’t fix them.. They replace them! Which means you loose all of your data, unless you waisted $150 on a worthless hardrive.(game saves, player profiles, achievements) Which shouldn’t be an issue in the first place! I would rather have my same Xbox repaired, than have one replaced so “I can get to my gaming as quickly as possible”.(mocking tone) Xbox support doesn’t even have a clue about what they’re talking about either! When I was asking the idiot about my “repaired system” I asked her, “Is this the same console?” She said, “yes” I said, “But it has a different serial number..” She said “Yes?” I said “So, all of my save game data isn’t on this Xbox…” She rather quickly replied, “Yes all of your game data should be on that Xbox. Mhmm, is there anything else?” And so I turn it on, and I tell her “This is a blank Xbox.. It is brand new none of my save game data is on this Xbox” She said “Mhmm, that it because it has a different serial number, and it is a different system.” Like I am some kind of idiot. But in all honesty who is the idiot here? So, rather frustrated, I reply “So this Xbox has none of my information on it whatsoever.” She replies “Mhmm yes all of your data should still be on there” In a small moment of silence, I sit there in awe of the audacity, and stupidity of what I had just heard, Staring at my TV screen. So in my final attempt at redemption I say calmly, “Ma’am… none of my data is on this Xbox.. Why can’t I just have my original one sent to me?..” She akwardly answers my question with a.. “I’m sorry I don’t understand what you are getting at, Is there anything else you would like to discuss?” I replied “I would like to discuss getting my original Xbox back instead this replacement” she replies “I’m sorry sir there is nothing more I can help you with, goodbye.” And then.. of all things the bitch hangs up on me! That is ridiculous, an extraordinarily high failure rate and shitty customer service? I’m sorry Id rather stick with the PS3. (And for the “It’s too hard for them to track your original Xbox” excuse.. I was on top of UPS the entire way [via the internet], which they can too.)

      point served.

      Have fun with your time bomb

      • braden

        wow ps3 really xboxes don’t break down that much actually me a few of my have had thme for a few years and had very little problems and besides i got my xbox back with all my data and companies have errors i could nag sony about my laptop that was supposed 4-5 years and broke in two months and maybe the xbox you had a corrupt file? so don’t bash micrsosoft and ive had great customer service from microsoft.

      • oGod No

        Your “story” was completely false. It wasn’t even a good lie, either. If a service rep hangs up on someone, they lose their job. The calls are “monitered and recorded” for a reason, idiot. Shift managers randomly check calls to see how reps handled customers. Stop ragging on Microsoft, Bill Gates has achieved way more than you ever have, and could probably pwn you at any xBox game. Way to fail.

    • Brandon

      Yup I hope your 360 dies
      Fix it for free my ass
      the charged me 99$

    • Spike

      Considering the console is manufactured in a STERILE environment, I doubt very much that a “piece of lint” would get into the system and cause an issue. Microsoft never bothered to design it properly, like the xbox 1. They sourced everything as cheaply as possible EVEN almost using the memory chips the Xbox 1 was lumbered with. My console has had 3RROD, 2RROD, e74 and some video issues BRAND NEW CLEAN OUT THE BOX!! So don’t sit there talkin like you’ve got knowledge. Wait till your console breaks. Trust me, Microsoft will infuriate you to the point you put a hammer through it! And FYI most of the assembly IS DONE by machines designed by BETTER companies, who properly researched, designed and built them to do their jobs BEFORE selling them to the businesses they were intended for!!!!

  • Stephen

    nuff said close thread. haahaha

  • Alexander

    You are a 360 saver! About the power thingy, mine was all dirt and stuff in the holes… But before that, when i diddnt know about that i kept getting pissed of when it randomly froze. So i looked it up, found this, and cleaned it out, now it works perfectly… THANK YOU!

    • paleywaley

      I have been getting screen freeze and tried everything . Changing to separate plug . Deleting all cache , deleting all network settings and reinstalling , deleting and reinstalling router , nothing worked . decided to clean power brick and noticed a kinda black gunk on my hand . examined more and found all vents [that i didnt even know where there]where blocked with the gunk . i never cleaned brick in 3 years since i owned original xbox , and when box died I bought 2nd just as xbox only sticking back into blocked power brick THATS BLOCKED AND NOW I AM GETTING FREEZE AGAIN . i JUST PRAY DAMAGE ISNT ALL READY DONE FOR RED LIGHTS TO CREEP UP ON ME :( . Aparently the poer bricks also have fans in to draw air hence the vents and the sucking in shit to block em .. Nice heads up on that MICROSOFT. Any wys I came on net to see if any one else had this issue and looks like I might of cracked the problem . GONNA GO TEST NOW AND IF IT FREEZES [WHICH HAPPENS MOSTLY ONLINE] I WILL CRY LOL

      • paleywaley

        nope didnt work . but i took hard drive out today and it played for 4 hours without a freeze , gonna try again over next few days and see what happens … I think whilst trying timeshift [£4 bargain] i got a crash and from then on non stop , Must of knacked hd . gonna order a cheap memory unit of ebay save my games saves for my best games ] and try to reformat xbox hd. I fthat dont work buy a new one and if that dont work I will cry lol .. would be a double whammy cos my pc gaming hd has just gone knacked too :(

  • Greg Teft

    I have a X-Box Elite purchase in March of ’08, and have already had to replace the DVD drive earlier this year. Today, I was all set to ply a game after a couple of hard weeks at work and was presented with the ring-of-death. Apparently they couldn’t get it right in ’08 either. Good Grief. Knowing about the heating issues with the design, this unit (and its power supply) lived flat in the open on a desktop. When I started having DVD drive issues again, I put it on end as it gets the drive to spin again (there are rubber feet to do this, right?) and plugged my controllers in to charge. Went to play a movie and three red lights. The only thing I can say nice is that they look fancy against the black case.

  • braden

    when i put fable 3 in my xbox it showed th ring is replugged in the hard drive and it worked played fable for 1-2 minutes and it froze (this happens with all my games aswell)felt my power supply the big grey box right? anyway it felt room temperature put in the open it didnt change in temp. and played fable again for 1-2 minutes and it froze should i wait an hour or two before playing or what?

    • mgidds

      yo check this….my shit started freezing once a week, then once a day, then in 10 mins on the dashboard…it’s the GPU. a local guy in town will give me a new one for $35. ANYWAY. I SWITCHED MY XBOX TO RUN ON 720P AND IT HASN’T FROZE IN LIKE 4 HRS!!! DO THIS. YOUR WELCOME.

      • mgidds

        oh I’m playing NHL11.

      • stephen

        i am new to x box my first xbox kept frezzing so took it back shop and got it replaced then i went online and someone said pulg the xbox in your main wall socket working for me so far had it on all day no problems.

  • stevety129

    Xbox 360 SUCKS BIG go to PS3

    • gage

      yeah….UNTIL YOU GET HACKED!!!!!!!

      • buttered


  • Cameron Murphy

    OK, so I play on Black Ops for 2 hours… I just got back from playing zombies so I go into the Multiplayer menu to play some Search and Destroy and I click ‘XBOX LIVE’ then it says loading for 2 seconds and then freezed! My XBOX has did that 3 times today! My XBOX 360 is the newest model and I think I’m going to try to get my XBOX in a place where it can find more air.

    Thanks! :)

  • Cameron Murphy


    What XBOX do you have?

  • cody

    listen i have the old style… i have 3 of them.. one has a better fan.. and case and shit.. i went to mess with my other xbox cause it just had a disk tray prob and now it wont even get to the main screen.. i plug the other xbox in with the same wires and it works fine….

    • C2daW

      Try to not open xboxs your not an expert so why keep opening them thinking your bill gates then wondering why it doesn’t work anymore, any problems ring microsoft (of course if you have opened it already then will tel you to get to fuck) your problem now go cry to your mommy.

      • B1CBX

        @ C2daW, you talk really tough for replying to a 10 month old comment.

  • cody

    like i dont even get to get a game in… great as im tryping this is just got the 2 red ring of death

    • chuck

      try opening you disc drive to turn ur box on instead of the power button and leave it open till it reaches the dashboard

  • oGod No

    Ps3 has no good game selection. All it has thar is even remotely fun, is CoD.

  • dj

    the 360 will and always has had major problems since it was created. ive got an xbox 360 that works fine , but most of my friends cant say that. got a ps3 ZERO problems, it also has better graphics on my plasma(both HDMI yes the ps3 wins) and 3d blu ray! my advice (as stated below) go ps3. i know the xbox has great games but its an overheating , over priced FLOP.

  • Play and charge

    My X -Box freezes when i plug in my charge and plays help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • X fart

    Red ring of death. Watched youtube, fixed that, sort of. Now my games freeze 2-5 minutes in. Xbox is garbage, I’m about to hook up my Atari from 1980. Because I know it will work.