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11 year old defeats the Red Ring of Death (Xbox 360)

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Xbox 360

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Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death Fix Kit

45 minuten - 1 uur


Mijn probleem

We were expecting it to happen at some point. An old Xbox 360, out of warranty. One day there's a loud POP, and it no longer works. Instead of the usual green glow around the on-switch, the dreaded Red Ring of Death appears.

Game over.

The options are limited in this scenario. 1. Get a new one (nope), 2. get another 2nd hand one (maybe), or, 3. lets see if we can fix it. What could go wrong? If we try option 3 and fail, then we can resort to option 2.

Mijn oplossing

We ordered the Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death Fix Kit from ifixit.com. Not really convinced it would work for us, but, hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

In the end, it was a breeze. The kit arrived, we read the online guide, then we got started. We weren't in a hurry, and since neither of us are at all electrically minded, we took it slow and steady.

First, you open the casing, remove everything until you are left with a motherboard. Then, the large heat sinks are removed from the two main processors. So far so good. Now to begin the fix itself. Removing the glue from the processors took us a while, but it wasn't difficult, we were just careful. Now for the best part. Using a heat gun, heating the motherboard around the processors to re-melt the solder, taking care not to damage any surrounding components.

Mijn advies

Did I mention that the work was carried out by my 11 year old son? I simply helped him with some of the screws.

Just do it. It will work, and you will be very pleased that you tried to fix it, and not just get a new replacement.

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Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death Fix Kit


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