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How To Keep Your Xbox 360 Cool

Feb 4, 2008
Over the last two years, the Xbox 360 has been a big hit with a lot of people. This success has been tainted by a fault that has angered many consumers: "the red ring of death".

This three quarter ring of light around the start button indicates a malfunction of one of motherboard components. A number of design and manufacturing mistakes are the culprit behind this problem. The biggest design flaw lies in a cooling system that frequently allows the internal components to get excessively hot.

Various bugs and design faults within the console come to life with the excessive heat causing the red ring of death failure. So keeping the Xbox cool is the best preventative measure that you can take. The rest of this article will tell you how to do this.

Keeping the cooling vents free and unobstructed is very important. This will come across as obvious to many people but there are several ways in which these vents can be unintentionally blocked. This commonly occurs when the Xbox is placed on very compliant soft surfaces such as beds, pillows, shaggy rugs, and sofas.

The practice of placing the Xbox in an area that is closed in with no ventilation is yet another way in which people accidentally overheat their Xboxes. These areas include bookcases, racks, cabinets or being placed in a corner among a lot of other objects. This is a common type of oversight since this is how we arrange things to save space.

The simple precaution of setting the Xbox over on its side will allow more of its surface to be cooled. Also, a small fan can be used to blow cooling air on its surface.

Keep the Xbox away from all sources of heat. These are usually items such as radiators, heaters, stoves, and furnaces. Use the air conditioner when the weather is hot and humid. Try to avoid exposing your Xbox to direct sunlight.

Don't forget to keep the power brick as cool as possible. Excess heat is flushed out of the power brick by an internal fan. All too often, people will place the power brick in closed off chambers with no air circulation. This is definitely something to guard against. Place it off the floor away from soft carpeting which blocks natural air circulation.

The above suggestions are mostly preventative measures to be taken when your Xbox is new. However, if you've already experienced a "screen freeze", this is characteristic of excessive heat which has caused a chip to automatically shut down. Take this as a warning that greater effort is required to keep your Xbox 360 cool. Ignore this at your own peril since the "red ring of death" is sure to follow.
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Marc Sandford is a gaming enthusiast and writer. Get more Xbox 360 trouble shooting advice about fixing the Xbox 360 3 Red Lights Error.
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