How to Fix the Xbox 360 Red Ring Of Death

If faced with the dreaded red ring of death, a few simple tips may save you a lot of time, money, and heartache.


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Whether you're an Xbox or more an Atari, you'll find information you can use in this gaming consoles video series from Howcast which includes step-by-step instructions on how to install a Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii.

You Will Need

  • A computer with internet access
  • Manufacturer's number


  1. Step 1

    Unplug and reinsert the cables

    Unplug all the cables, reinsert them, and then reboot the system.

  2. Step 2

    Allow the console to cool

    Allow the console to cool down, especially after prolonged use or if two of the four sections of the ring are lit.

  3. Avoid overheating by placing the unit in the open and keeping the power supply and other heat-producing devices a safe distance away.

  4. Step 3

    Check power supply

    If three of the four red lights on the ring are lit up, check the power supply pack. A red, orange, or no light indicates a glitch with the power cable -- not the console.

  5. Step 4

    Remove the Xbox hard drive

    Remove the Xbox hard drive, and turn the console on. If there is no error, turn the console off and reattach the hard drive. Restart the console.

  6. Step 5

    Unplug Memory Unit

    Unplug the Memory Unit and turn the console on. If there is no error, turn the console off and plug the Memory Unit back in. Restart the console.

  7. Step 6

    Contact the manufacturer

    Still stumped? Contact the manufacturer either through their web site or by phone.

  8. Did you know? Xbox 360 owners buy an average of 6.6 games, more than owners of any other major console.