Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death Cure - Towel Trick

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  1. drippy

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    I think it works because the soldering technique Microsoft uses on the 360 mobos is cheap, and tends to fail at certain contacts causing the ring of death. It basically re-heats the solder enough to make contact again.
     
  3. Atomsplitter

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    From everything i've heard, this is a temporary fix. Cool if you want to keep doing it every couple hours, or however long/short it lasts, but nothing permanent.
     
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    In the 80's, it was blowing into the Nintendo.
    In the 90's, it was turning your Playstation upside down/on its side to deal with skipping discs.
    This decade, it may well be the Xbox 360 towel trick.

    Never underestimate the ingenuity of consumers to find a crazy temporary fix to jankily manufactured video game hardware.
     
  5. Seth Buzzard

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    I wonder what made the first person who did that think to try it.
     
  6. Doctor Ingenious

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    Accidently threw a towel on it and it started working when he picked it off of it perhaps?
     
  7. cybertron2006

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    about the 80's, 90's stuff; here's my list:

    80's: Blowing into ur nintendo
    90's: blowing into ur gameboy cartridge
    late 90's: blowing into ur Nintendo 64 Game Pak
    early 00's: same as 90's. wiping off ur PS2 disk then putting it back in
    2001-2007: beating the living shit out of ur Gamecube.

    no pun intended for that beaten up gamecube i have.
     
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    How do people know the technique microsoft uses?
     
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    I don't know, I read it on here I think. Supposedly they use some type of "quick solder" flash-bake oven process that solders all the connections in one quick process, instead of a robot doing them all manually. I don't think it's a big secret or anything.

    It's cheaper and quicker to do it that way, but the quality of the connections suck - so the reason you hear about so many "rings of death" when the weak contacts fail.

    If someone had balls, a soldering iron, and a steady hand, they could probably fix the problem permanently.
     
  10. drippy

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    Looks like I'm out of luck.
     
  11. MegaMoonMan

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    Did yours crap out? Did you try the towel thing?

    I don't know if they still do this, but Microsoft was leaving the foil on the CPU heatsinks, causing them to overheat. Probably not the problem, but you could check. Of course, pretty much anything you do will void the warranty.
     
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    or you could just, you know, send it in to get fixed
     
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    It's a temporary solution for a long term problem. And yeah, the heat weakens the contacts which causes the ring of death. Just send it in to get it repaired. It'll take like 2 weeks or something but it's better than playing on a system that will go out all the time. They say it's getting repaired but all they are doing is sending you a refurb so don't expect to get back your exact box. Also taking the case off the case immediately voids the warranty cause that little sticker on the seam changes once it's peeled off, and they won't take it if it's in that condition. Mine was working for just over a year when it happened to me and now my newish one works fine.
     
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    That actually didn't do anything, it was the cheap/crappy contacts inside bending in a way that would prevent the catridge from connecting.
     
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    Well I don't know what's wrong with your GCN enough to warrant beating the shit out of it but I have a launch GCN that still works perfectly to this day. Same goes for everyone else I know that has a GCN.
     
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    How was you blowing into a NES in the 80s when you didn't even exist back then?
     
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    Then how come it worked? Answer me THAT, captain stacy!
     
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    interesting as for the gamecube, my friend has worked in a game shop for 6 years and since the gamecube launch hes only ever seen one faulty one, mines a launch one to and thats still fine

    the moral of the story? nintendo stuff is built like a tank
     
  19. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Will smack your bitch

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    Does that sound weird to anyone else haha.
     
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    Taking it to pieces and bending the contacts on the internal PSU so they make proper contact with the boards again.
     

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