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Are You Missing The Truth About Repairing The Xbox 360 Yourself

Jun 7, 2008
The Xbox 360 is a great new game console that offers a lot of features. It's also known for its problems. From the dreaded xbox 360 red ring repair (Red Ring of Death) to hard drive failures, overheating problems, and DVD drive issues, there are lots of reasons people are looking for Xbox 360 repair.

Of course, if your console isn't still under warranty, this kind of service can get pretty expensive. That causes many people to wonder if it's possible to repair an Xbox 360 yourself. In some cases you can, but it depends on the type of problem. Here are some of the most common issues an Xbox 360 might have, and the solutions.

DVD drive problems are common. If you hear a crunching noise when you place a disc into your Xbox 360, you'll know you need to send in your console for a replacement drive. Storing your console horizontally, instead of vertically, may minimize the development of this problem.

One of the other most common reasons people look for Xbox 360 repair is actually overheating. This may be responsible for as much as sixty percent of repair jobs. However, this is easily prevented. Just keep your console in an area that's cool and has good cross ventilation. That'll prevent burnout of your components.

If you haven't been able to do this, you're probably going to be looking for an Xbox 360 red ring repair. Three red lights appear on the front of the console when a fatal hardware error occurs, often referred to as the Red Ring of Death. In many cases, these lights indicate that there is something severely, and permanently wrong with your console.

You may be able to repair your Xbox 360 yourself in these circumstances, however. Just remember that if you open the console, you'll be voiding any warranties that may apply. If you're still within the three year warranty for this problem (which affects up to a third of Xbox 360s), send your box back to Microsoft for repair.

If the warranty is up, your choices are more limited. You can talk to a third party company, and pay for the repair, or you can try to fix it yourself using a repair guide. Remember that if you do it yourself, there's no guarantee it'll work again. You should have experience with tinkering, as you'll have to replace or reinstall the graphic processing unit.

Xbox 360 repair can be done on your own, but it's better use the warranty if at all possible. Prevent problems when you can by storing your console in a well ventilated location and keeping it horizontal instead of vertical. If you take care of your Xbox 360, it'll last a lot longer, and won't need repair.
About the Author
Bob Reed is an Xbox 360 fenatic who fell victim to the 3 red rings of death. He did his Xbox 360 repair and gives his story as well as directions at the link below: Xbox 360 repair myself. Check out my detailed finding at the link below:
http://www.squidoo.com/Xbox_360_repair
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