Red Ring Of Death – The 5 Dangers Of Do It Yourself Xbox Repair

January 5, 2012 by John Andrews  
Filed under Computers

Think you can repair your Xbox by opening up the console? Some people have successfully done this but there are even more who have attempted self repair and failed. If you want a working Xbox instead of a piece of scrap, be sure to avoid the following 5 hazards:

1.) Using bad or incomplete information.

There are a lot of people on the Internet with their own ideas and theories about how to repair the red ring of death. Any adult, teen, or child with a Youtube account can upload a home made video and be an “expert”. All sorts of methods are shown from very radical Xbox mods to discredited techniques like the towel fix.

Even if the technique discussed is correct, it may be difficult or next to impossible to follow because the explanation and video was poor. Remember that the person providing this information doesn’t have to answer to anyone if his advice causes damage to your console.

Perhaps it may be worth your while to get a repair guide with a guarantee to refund your money if the fix doesn’t work. Before buying the guide, make sure that it has lots of favorable reviews.

2.) Static electricity.

Microelectronics are extremely vulnerable to static discharge. Static discharge is the shock that you sometimes get on a very dry day. This can happen when you shuffle your feet on the carpet and then touch a door handle.

If this should happen to a component in the console, it will be damaged. If it’s very dry, do your repair on another day. Try wearing an anti-static wrist strap and avoid working on carpeting.

The console should be on an anti-static mat or bag when doing your work. Keep all loose console components in an anti-static bag.

3.) Losing or breaking parts.

In addition to fragile parts which are easily damaged, you will end up with lots of small parts that may be misplaced. So take your time and be careful. Don’t proceed to the next step if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing.

4.) Using the wrong parts.

Some very common items are typically used in repairing your console. But this doesn’t give you a free license to use whatever you please.

For example, washers are commonly specified. If you are asked to use one washer, don’t use two. That extra washer can mean the difference between an Xbox that works and one that doesn’t. This also applies to the size of the washer as well as to the material that it’s made from. A metal washer is not the same as a plastic one.

5.) Sloppy application of thermal compound.

It’s a recognized fact that dried up thermal paste can result in overheating that leads to the red ring of death. Don’t apply new thermal compound before cleaning off the old thermal compound. Be careful of using too much because this will lead to overheating. Just use a very thin coat. Arctic Silver is best used for this.

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Is Your Xbox Behaving Badly? 6 Red Ring Of Death Warning Signs

October 18, 2011 by John Andrews  
Filed under General Video Gaming

One common concern that many Xbox 360 owners have is whether or not they will get the red ring of death. It is very common for your console to behave oddly before the ring of death happens.

Whatever you do, don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore these warning signs. You will have to face the fact that there is something seriously wrong and that it is not going away on its own.

Here is a list of some very common symptoms or warning signs of an impending RROD failure:

1.) The only thing that works is the button that turns the console on or off.

2.) The sound stops or there are sounds of static.

3.) The console freezes.

4.) You get problems with the graphics. There may be checker patterns, stripes, or any effects that don’t belong to the game that you’re playing.

5.) You see a message that says the disc can’t be read.

6.) Getting the 2 red light error (overheating) is a common occurrence.

Strictly speaking, the 2 red light error isn’t a warning sign of the red ring of death. However, too much overheating of the console will eventually cause the red ring of death because heat causes internal damage. This damage builds up until your Xbox malfunctions.

You can also get the RROD without warning of any kind. If this should happen, it may be possible that your console is just fine. It could be that a cable simply needs to be reattached or that the console isn’t getting adequate power.

Sometimes when the console overheats, it will flash 3 red lights (red ring of death) instead of 2 red lights. In this case it’s simply a matter of making sure that your Xbox runs cool by avoiding common user mistakes such as using the Xbox in an area that prevents it from getting enough air into its cooling vents.

Another mistake is operating the console next to other heat sources. If you aren’t making any of these mistakes and you’re still experiencing overheating, then you may have to get a cooling fan, preferably one that is external and has it’s own independent power supply.

Getting any warning signs that worsen over time is a bad thing because it indicates that internal damage has occurred and is steadily getting worse.

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Virtual Reality – The Games That Got Away

January 6, 2010 by admin  
Filed under General Video Gaming

Some time around the middle of the 1990s, there was a widely held belief that the future of video gaming was the Virtual Reality headset. In the future, we were assured, there would be a lot less watching a screen while playing with a video game controller which made things happen about ten feet from your face. No, you would play games that happened right in front of your eyes, and it would be like you were really there. It seemed quite a seductive idea, and it was quite an innovation, but it’s safe to say you don’t know many people who own one.

Virtual Reality headsets are still very much in use, but in a gaming scenario they really never took off. Mostly it was to do with the difficulty of writing a good game for them – all you could really do was stand in place, walk around a little and then wait for the headset to catch up with you. They work a lot better in a setting where the surroundings are more fixed and sedate, and they have become quite useful in a scientific application, but for the time being it seems settled that video games will mostly be played on screens.

The idea of being in a more “participatory” game has become more realistic, with gamers enjoying driving games that make use of pedals and steering wheels, golfing games with realistic putting and driving strokes, and other similar ideas. Maybe Virtual Reality will have its day, but the present seems to be far more devoted to other innovations.

Not Just For Nerds Anymore?

January 6, 2010 by admin  
Filed under General Video Gaming

The popularity of video gaming has been a comfortable source for many news stories over the years. They are something to blame if something goes wrong in a high school, for teenage obesity, and even in some places for the lowering in quality of outdoor sports. A poor supply of players in skill positions? It’s because they were playing the game on a screen rather than on a patch of turf somewhere, honing their skills. Is it valid reasoning? Almost certainly not. Does it provide a handy way of abdicating responsibility for the failure of a system? Sure it does.

The truth is that video games have their good and bad points, but it is entirely unfair to make baseless generalisations about them to cover for a deeper malaise. High school shootings have been blamed on violent video games, even when it is clear to anyone with an understanding of psychology that the tiniest fraction of people playing a video game will be unable to understand the clear difference between what goes on onscreen and what is acceptable in real life. Not only that, but if people are convinced by a video game that what they do in the game is OK in real life, then they can realistically think that about a TV show, a movie or even a news broadcast.

The vast majority of gamers are completely ordinary people, and anyone with any common sense realizes that. But the stories won’t go away, and we should probably accept this fact.