Essentially, when you get the Red Ring of Death you have 3 options. If the Xbox 360 console is under warranty you can send it back to Microsoft to get fixed. If the console is not under warranty, you can have someone else fix it or you can fix it yourself. I guess there is a fourth option, you can throw it in the trash, but that is not really an option so it will not be discussed here.
Your first option: Microsoft has extended their warranty so if your Xbox 360 is still under warranty then by all means have them fix it. Do not disturb the seal on the front of the console. If you do that voids the warranty. I know a lot of people say that it will take a long time to get it back but hey a warranty is a warranty and it should be honored. So be patient and let Microsoft fix it if the console is under warranty.
However, if the console is not under warranty or you have tampered with the seal, your options are limited.
Your second option: Have somebody else fix it for you. Expect to pay anywhere from $40.00 to $60.00 dollars for a third party repair service. The best place to find somebody is Craigslist. There will probably be more than one or two people offering their services. Ask questions! How many consoles have they repaired? How long will it take them? How long have they been doing it? What repair method do they use? How long will it take them? Do they have any kind of warranty?
Your third and best option: Fix it yourself. It is not very hard, there are a lot of good step by step instructions and videos out there that will guide you through the process. It is also by far the quickest and cheapest route. Typically, the guides use the X-clamp repair method. This will entail getting some screws, washers and thermal paste. X-clamp kits are available on eBay. Shop around to make sure you get the best deal.
So you do have options when it comes to the Xbox 360 Ring of Death Repair. It is still the best gaming console on the market and is well worth repairing. Good luck and good gaming!
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