Those of us that own an Xbox 360 console all love and admire the gaming experience it gives us. We especially love the online option that enables us to chat and interact with others who enjoy the same kind of games that we do. However, there are a few issues that come with owning an Xbox console system. These irritants are the blinking red lights on the Xbox console that every gamer dreads.
These red lights can be found on the quadrant around the power button and are associated with several hardware failures or just basic technical difficulties. They can range from one to four lights blinking, each representing a different technical difficulty.
These lights are usually quite easy to fix, but a scenario that terrifies a gamer the most is having to deal with 3 red lights on their Xbox. This is the most severe and the most frustrating of the red lights to fix. Many gamers attribute horror stories or poor gaming experiences to those 3 blinking red lights, also known as the red ring of death.
We must first make a distinction between the different red lights on Xbox and what they signify:
If you detect one red light blinking on your console’s power button, this is the result of one of the connecting cords being unplugged or not properly working. It is one of the easiest to fix and only requires that you turn off your console’s power button before unplugging all your consoles connection cords. The problem is usually fixed once you wait a moment before plugging your cords back in.
If your Xbox 360’s power button emits two blinking lights, then it is most likely the cause of overheating. Many of us play video games so often that we forget to turn off our Xbox consoles, sometimes leaving it on overnight or for a few days. Overheating can result from this. It is important that you turn off your Xbox console whenever it is not being used. Another common mistake is placing the Xbox on its side. By placing your console on its side you risk covering its air vents which in turn causes it to get hot. A way to fix this is to simply unplug all your console’s cords and place it in a well ventilated area for it to cool down for an hour or two.
If you see three blinking red lights on your Xbox, then you are unfortunately experiencing the infamous red ring of death. This means that your Xbox is suffering “General Hardware Failure”. On rare occasions you can try turning your Xbox console off and everything would be back to normal, but most people aren’t that lucky. Several ways to fix this is to send your Xbox into Microsoft for them to fix it, buy a new Xbox altogether, or get yourself a screwdriver and try to fix the problem yourself. Fixing the problem yourself requires that you have some knowledge of how the Xbox system works. For that, there are many Xbox repair guides that are available on the internet to walk you through that process.
If the red lights blinking on your Xbox happens to be the entire quadrant then you are only experiencing a problem with the AV connection. The way to fix this is to unplug that AV connection and plug it back it again. If this doesn’t work you might have to invest in a new AV connection cord
These red lights on Xbox are the game console’s main weakness. But don’t panic, it is fixable if you implement the right methods. The Xbox 360 has come a long way after being released in 2005. It is constantly being updated by Microsoft and although the number of red light incidents have decreased, they still pop up now and then.