RROD Red Ring Of Death questions/need opinions?

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Ok so xbox 360 got the one red ring of death today now with a E 74 error code , basicly from the research I have done its probably the video scaler chip or the GPU. So to get it fixed I have to pay a hundred dollars send it to [email protected] and wait a month or so OR I can take my chances on this craigslist ad , with this guy who says he can fix it for fifty dollars in an hour? Honestly I dont know anything about craigslist really or getting my Xbox fixed so what should I do

A. Send it off to microsoft for a month or so, and pay up 100$ dollars plus shipping?
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B.Take my chances with craigslist and possibly get scammed but pay only 50$ bucks, and have it fixed in an hour?
 

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Mircosoft fixes RROD's for free now, at least for the next 2 or 3 years anyway. They even send you a free box to mail your Xbox in.

Anyways this is only thing other then price that keeps me from getting a 360.
 
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Fire2box is right. I've gotten the Red Rings of Death twice and each time it was repaired for absolutely free. Because of this being such a wide-spread problem, Microsoft extended the warranty specifically for issues concerning the RROD. It's really simple. You call them (or you can do it online now, which actually might be easier because the phone techs have very strong Indian accents which can get a little difficulty to understand), tell them that you've got the RROD, and they give you a box to send it in with step-by-step instructions within a few days. You drop it off at a UPS drop center and then just play the waiting game. Within a few weeks, you should get a refurbished console and a card for a free month of Xbox Live. Be warned though, that you're going to have to transfer all of your licenses for downloadable content to match up with your new console if you want to use the content offline. You can do that online once a month through the Xbox site.
 

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I fixed my RROD, and it's surprisingly not very hard, as long as you're willing to a) take the chance to fix it, and b) take the chance that you might **** up your Xbox. I wanted a challenge, and managed to come out with a box that works better than it did before.

I can lead you to some helpful online resources, if you'd like -- step-by-step guides, things of that sort. Otherwise, send it off. :)
 

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Best thing is too send it off, it does take them quite some time to get it back, or at least it did with my friends, though.

He just got his xbox back about 2 weeks ago and we played rock band, but quickly learned the disc was scratched. His brother then smashed it on the ground and then split it in half, it still had it's warranty -.-.
 

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I fixed my RROD, and it's surprisingly not very hard, as long as you're willing to a) take the chance to fix it, and b) take the chance that you might **** up your Xbox. I wanted a challenge, and managed to come out with a box that works better than it did before.

I can lead you to some helpful online resources, if you'd like -- step-by-step guides, things of that sort. Otherwise, send it off. :)
the RROD isn't always the same problem. Sometimes its the video card unit that over heated and died, that's been the 360's biggest problems.
 

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the RROD isn't always the same problem. Sometimes its the video card unit that over heated and died, that's been the 360's biggest problems.
It's not necessarily the video cards that are the problem as it is how they're attached. The overheating is indeed the issue, but the problem mainly stems from the way the chips are soddered in, related to the brackets that hold them there. The ways I used to fix mine I wouldn't necessarily suggest, but needless to say, it works great now, and won't happen again in the future.
 
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Yeah but what do you guys think of the craigslist ad for repairing it?
 

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I'd say don't go for Craigslist if you're going to have someone repair it. Either do it yourself or do it through Microsoft. No saying you might have some clown with a screwdriver jabbing big-ass holes in your Xbox and saying it's fixed, get his 50$, and disappear off the face of the earth when you're sitting there with a smoking console.
 

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My xbox is sent away right now. I bought mine the day they came out (first one in line hehehe) and its still under full warranty.
 

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Yeah but what do you guys think of the craigslist ad for repairing it?
Do not do it, go with Microsoft!! Their work on it will not void the warrenty & then if it fails again, you can send it back to them & they will do one of two things;

1) Repair yours again
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2) Send you a referbed 360,

in any case, you are covered by a MICROSOFT factory warrenty, something Craigslist can not say!! Microsoft will send a box, packaging supplies, & a pre-paid shipping label to your home!! All you have to do is pack up your 360(console only, nothing else) & take in into a UPS store & have them do the rest!! Wait it out while Microsoft fixes it & then in no time you have a working 360 back!! It is easy to do, I got "Red-Ringed" & my dealings with Microsoft were pleasent & they did an outstanding job on every aspect on getting things made right!!
 
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i got E 74, check ur cables going into console as it could be them is it one or all Red lights?
 

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*Jaw drops to the floor* I got RRoD about 4 months ago and for some reason i thought i was out of warranty. I just realized that I'm not.
 

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seriously...i got you covered in less than an hour...grab 2 of the biggest fluffiest towels you have...plug your 360 in and then wrap it up in the towels and leave it for 20 minutes...unwrap it, turn the power off and leave it for a further 20...turn it back on and you'll be blasting Covenant or Shredding on GH INSTANTLY
 

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Like the others have already said, do it through Microsoft. My friend had his fixed in their warranty and they were great about it! (they actually replaced it, and accidentally sent him the old unit too!)

The guy on craigslist (even if he is very knowledgeable and legit) will not have the tools and replacement parts to properly fix it... especially since those rings could represent many different problems.
 

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Ok so xbox 360 got the one red ring of death today now with a E 74 error code , basicly from the research I have done its probably the video scaler chip or the GPU. So to get it fixed I have to pay a hundred dollars send it to [email protected] and wait a month or so OR I can take my chances on this craigslist ad , with this guy who says he can fix it for fifty dollars in an hour? Honestly I dont know anything about craigslist really or getting my Xbox fixed so what should I do

A. Send it off to microsoft for a month or so, and pay up 100$ dollars plus shipping?
OR
B.Take my chances with craigslist and possibly get scammed but pay only 50$ bucks, and have it fixed in an hour?
i didnt read all the way through the forum (sue me) but i got the infamous RED RINGS OF DEATH yesterday. i called microsoft about an hour ago and they are going to SHIP IT and FIX IT for FREE. as long as its less than 3 years old, you are safe
 
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