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What the 3 Red Rings on Your X-Box Means

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

While generally speaking, the latest gaming consoles are built to withstand hundreds of hours of operation playing state of the art games for as long as you can handle them, even the best hardware money can buy will eventually break down. Such is the case with the Microsoft X-box 360. When the console encounters a hardware error, it will not power up like it usually does. Instead, an ominous 3 red rings will appear on the power button, indicating a serious problem. As a console user, I know this can be incredibly frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some steps to take to help get your X-box back up and running as soon as possible.

Contact Microsoft

Microsoft has been aware of this problem for sometime, and after months of dealing with angry customers, they're often willing to work with you. If your X-box is on the older side, it may have been included in a previous recall. If this is the case, they'll ship you a box for you to send them your console and fix it for you free of charge. If it isn't under warranty or covered by a recall, Microsoft will charge you a nominal fee for shipping and repairs. It isn't fun to shell out money for something that was working yesterday, but this is the safest and most reliable route to a functional console.

Fix it Yourself

If you don't want to spend the money to send your X-box off to Microsoft, and you don't have any warranties to void, then you don't have much to lose by attempting repairs yourself. There are a variety of sites and guides available both on YouTube and via a search in Google. You'll need some basic tools to properly dismantle the console and put it back together, but if you're handy, this can be a much more affordable solution.

Sell Your Broken Console

If popping open your console's case and fiddling with sensitive electronic equipment doesn't sounds like something that wold be up your alley, then you can sell your broken console on E-bay or Craigslist. Expect to sell it at a very steep discount to a functional X-box, but there are plenty of individuals out there who have fixed their fair share of consoles and will be willing to take it off your hands. You can then apply the funds from the sale toward a brand new console!

Dealing with a broken console is never a fun process, but rationally exploring your options can help make it that much more tolerable.

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