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My xbox keeps freezing!! Please Help!?


I just got an xbox 360 from a friend. They have never played it and they bought it pre-owned. I just bought controllers and lots of games for it, and I went to go play it. Every time I play it is freezes up within the first 5 minutes. I don’t know a lot about xbox’s, but i’ve read online and I don’t have the 3 red line thing. it’s just green. What do i do?

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  1. You might need to send it to be fixed if there’s -“nothing wrong”- with it.

    Hmm, but have the xbox been taken good care of earlier?

    It haven’t fell to the floor or something?

  2. If your Original Xbox 360 starts freezing up, you can have two problems.

    1: If you are just experiencing the freezing in one game in or around the same spot, then odds are it is the actual game disc that is damaged with either scratches, bubbles, cracks or gauges. If you are really lucky, then it is just dust and fingerprints which can be wiped off with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol. If you experience the freezing with every game or even in the dashboard before a game is even played, then.

    2: When the system begins to freeze A LOT, then you are getting closer to the Red Ring of Death (RROD) which is a hardware failure. The freezing is usually caused by a bad connection of one or more solder joints underneath the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) or in some instances the Central Processing Unit (CPU). If there is a faulty connection, then you will get freezing because the connection might be good enough to work, then it can also lose the connection with the heat that is generated from the system and cause freezing. You will get the RROD eventually if the solder joints eventually lose all connection with the GPU/CPU.

    Normally, the RRoD can be temporarily repaired. I say “temporarily” because most fixes like the X-clamp repair (which is the most common and easiest fix) just tries to establish good connections of the solder joints, but the fault is in the design of the 360. You will always have the problem. So you may temporarily fix it, but odds are that it will come back. When I fix customer’s Xbox 360s, I can usually get them to last any where from 3-6 months, 9-12 if they are lucky. Unless you have an actual re-flow station and remove the chips and re-ball them with lead-filled solder, you will get the RROD again. It’s not a matter of “IF” you will get it, but a matter of “WHEN” you will get it.

    Repair kits can be found online through eBay and even Amazon now. They shouldn’t cost you more than $10-$15 depending on what you get and you can usually find guides on Google that walk you through everything if the kits already don’t come with directions. Alternatively, you could search your local Craigslist and see if someone is offering the service, but beware, the more times you fix the machine, the harder it is each time to get it back running again.

    The best bet is to bite the bullet and buy the new Slim Xbox 360 since it supposedly doesn’t have that hardware issue.

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