Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Two Dumbest Ways to "Fix" Your XBOX 360

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For anyone who doesn't know this, I repair computers for a living. I love ripping things apart, applying a fix, and then putting everything back together. In my quest for repair knowledge, I was bound to come across the XBOX 360 as an opponent.  In it's early days the XBOX 360 was a wreck, the poor interior design combined with Microsoft's cheaply lined pockets proved to create a device that was a ticking time bomb for most consumers. I'm referencing of course, about the red ring of death.


It was a nightmare trying to find  a solution to this problem on the internet. It seems like everyone trying to gain immediate website traffic would put up a section of their website that explained how to fix the issue. All of these supposed "fixes" came with one disclaimer, "This does not permanently fix your xbox!". Well sure, nothing lasts forever, but these sites were talking about adding another 3-6 months onto your toy that was barely a year old and cost (at the time) around $300.  I've perused over every fix imaginable and, while I've tried most of them, these are two "fixes" that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.

1. The "Towel" Trick


You know you're a redneck when the got-dang vidya game box stops working and you try to fix it by turning it on and wrapping it in 5 or more towels. That's right, the instructions for this fix include finding the fluffiest towels that you can and wrapping your XBOX in there until its so hot that the internal chips renew their bond with the motherboard.


To be a little fair, this trick supposedly worked for many people. However, this trick is one of the most unsafe things you can do to all the internal components of your XBOX.

2. Dipping Your XBOX in A Tub Of Water

Ok, so the name is kind of long, but the only other thing I can think to call it is "stupidity". The premise of this fix includes dunking your XBOX in a bath of water and vinegar. You then pull the XBOX out, let it drip a little bit, and plug the damn thing in and it magically starts to work again.

This fix is actually a hoax more than anything. But you'd be surprised how many people tried this, supposedly some kid died performing this stunt. That just goes to show, you can't trust everything out on the internet!

That's it for now, I'll have another awesome post up tomorrow.



26 comments:

  1. I've done the towel trick it actually works!

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  2. I don't know, I just bought a new one when mine started beeping with red quarter-circles :D

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  3. "You know you're a redneck when the got-dang vidya game box stops working and you try to fix it by turning it on and wrapping it in 5 or more towels"

    i lol'd, great article

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  4. Any tips you know that may work?

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  5. just banging on the top of mine makes it work!

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  6. That definitely the dumbest way to fix an xbox. If you repair electroñics you would know the towel trick will fix it for a short time bit than makes it impossible to do a proper fix.

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  7. Look at my profile at my other blog I have real info on repairinf them for anyone interested

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  8. I have several friends who swear up and down by the towel method

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  9. the towel trick is really dangerous for your 360. but it did work for me for a few more games.

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  10. i lived off that towel trick for the longest time

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  11. lol. not sure how running the xbox hot is gonna fix it. damage it is more like it.

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  12. My friend's been using the towel trick form onths now.

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  13. The ledgendary towel trick! haha love it! :D

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  14. Best solution is always the most complicated.
    Wrap it in a vinegar soaked towel and drop the lot into a bath full of water.
    Get in and then power-on the xbox.

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  15. wow, never heard of those tricks. course I never had an xbox 360 to fix either

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  17. I've put circuit boards in an oven before to achieve the same effect as trick 1.

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  18. LMFAO at the dipping one. I'll be checking back soon! alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  19. The towel trick is so craty but it actually worked for some...

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  20. funny thing is that even tho i was skepthical as hell the towel trick worked for us, but the RRoTD reappeard after a week or something

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  21. holy crap. i can't believe people tried these things... they are some of the dumbest ideas i've seen.

    my friends xbox had an on again off again relationship with the red rings. he'll turn it on, it'll have them, turn it off and it will work lol.

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  22. hahaha omg so stupid -_- there needs to be a real way to fix them that easily!

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