Repairing my Xbox 360 at home was easier and quicker than I could have imagined. When the Red Ring of Death first appeared I did what most gamers do. I cursed. I screamed. I stomped around the house wanting to break something. Game consoles never break after you have gained the level, or completed the impossible sequence, or Lord forbid, beaten the game. No, consoles break down in the middle of the toughest sequence, just as you were about to conquer it. The frustration is enough to make you want to strangle something.
Then came the call to Microsoft. After patiently answering all of the tech’s questions (though I wanted to shout, I didn’t) he informed me that the Red Ring of Death is a known fault, and the fix is easy. All I had to do was wait for him to send me a mailing package, pack up my console and send it to the service center. They would fix it and mail it back to me in just a few weeks. When I asked clarification of the word ‘few’ he said that meant 4 to 6. Repairing my Xbox 360 would take 4 to 6 weeks. In 4 to 6 weeks I am sure to have forgotten the trick I had just learned to beat the Level 9 sequence that had been literally stopping me dead in my tracks for days now.
I knew there had to be a better solution for repairing my Xbox 360. So I went searching in the forums on the internet. Guess what I found? Tons of my fellow gamers had already repaired their boxes at home using a few simple tools. There were some spurious suggestions, including the infamous ‘towel fix’. The Red Ring is an overheating problem – I ask you, how will a towel actually help that? But ignoring the crackpot advice I found a really great repair manual with step by step instructions for fixing the problem that would get me back to my game in hours not weeks.
Well, in my book there was no contest – 4 to 6 weeks or just hours. I chose to fix the fault myself and I am really thrilled that I did. Repairing my Xbox 360 took less than 2 hours.
If you are like me and unwilling to wait 4 to 6 weeks for your Xbox consider doing what I did.
You can find out more just refer to the author’s resource box.
Sidney R. Shannon operates a website, http://us-xbox360repair.com for people in quest of fixing the dreaded Red Ring of Death on their Xbox 360s. Take a visit so you can get the help you need now. Be sure to watch the demonstration video at the bottom of the homepage.