The three red flashing lights on an Xbox 360 is now a well-known phenomenon. The gameplay is fine and suddenly everything stops – the screen freezes, the graphics go strange, the sound becomes white noise or vanishes altogether and there is nothing you can do about it. Rebooting is ineffective and now you are completely lost. The system refuses to work, it is no longer under warranty and those three lights just will not stop flashing. They seem to be the only thing on the console that does still work.
This seems to be a very common problem and has been happening since the Xbox 360 was first released. Various warning signs rear up in advance, including sudden freezes and the system suddenly being unable to read various disks. You should fix this problem before the system completely collapses so as to avoid the stress.
So what actually causes all this to happen in the first place? Well, the combination of three flashing red lights is known as the Red Ring of Death and happens when your system's hardware dies, also known as a general hardware failure. The lights appear around the power button, replacing the four green lights that you see when things are going fine. You may get quite a lot of advance warning, such as the issues mentioned above, before the system goes completely, but it may also happen only once. So not all problems mean that you are about to experience a general hardware failure.
The Red Ring of Death issue has become so widespread in this console that a large number of web sites have appeared providing repair guides for this and other errors. These are software packages that can be downloaded and installed on your computer to provide you with a blow by blow explanation of the process you need to go through in order to fix your system. These usually come in the form of text instructions, videos, PDF guides, online technical support and access to parts of the site that are only available to members, among other things.
You should be aware that these guides, however, often do not work and can often cause more harm than good. If you are experiencing the Red Ring of Death and need to get your system fixed, find a professional with experience in solving this issue. You are more likely to get what you paid for and keep your system functioning properly.
Source by James C Ryan