What is the Red Ring of Death on the Xbox 360 Game Console?
If you’ve got an Xbox 360, the chances of you hearing of the “Red Ring of Death” is pretty high. But what exactly is this massive hardware error?
The “Red Ring of Death” refers to the light circle on the front of your Xbox 360. Generally, these light up when the console is loading and when other controllers are connected (each quadrant of the light circle corresponding with each player connected to the console), but most cases, the color is green. When you see a red light on the front of your Xbox 360 console, then you know there’s a problem.
You can figure out what is wrong with your Xbox 360 by the number of lights lit up in red on the front, and by any error codes you may receive on your television screen in conjunction with the red error lights. In most cases, the “Red Ring of Death” appears due to overheating of the motherboard, causing it to bend; problems with the powerbrick or GPU; a broken or disconnected AV cable; or any general hardware failure that keeps the Xbox 360 from functioning properly. In most cases, the Xbox 360 is unusable until fixed.
In most cases, Microsoft is good about repairing consoles still under warranty. But if your Xbox 360 game console is outside the warranty terms, you can plan on spending a good $150 to have it fixed—and be without your gaming console for quite some time. Or, with the right instructions, you can fix the Xbox 360 “Red Ring of Death” error yourself with some simple, accessible household tools.