Red Ring of Death - Research Poll, How did you get it?

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#1 Posted by Kruegmeister (537 posts) -
I started a Red Ring of Death Union for Those of us who suffered the Dreaded Red Ring of Death on their XBox360s. So this poll is here kind of as a Research Project to Answer the Question if an Intercooler will really help avoid the Red Ring of Death.
#2 Posted by jdukes247 (796 posts) -

it was sitting next to my big screen and I was playing mass effect for over 8 hours and it just went RROD

#3 Posted by killerfist (19835 posts) -
out in the open w/o cooling device
#4 Posted by SoulKillah (2171 posts) -
It happened once,while i was playing on LIVE for about 5 hours when all of a sudden my house's electricity went out.Next thing i know my X360 gave me the RROD...it still works fine though:)
#5 Posted by msjr78 (4004 posts) -
I don't think you can ever pinpoint THE reason behind it. It's just an inherent issue with the hardware.
#6 Posted by insomniac_half (27 posts) -
one night i was just playing bioshock and and it froze , i tried a few more times and it kept freezing then, it turned RED............
#7 Posted by bazanger (2838 posts) -
it was in my entertainment center, but it's not really enclosed, it's like a wide open entertainment center.. hard to explain i suppose.
#8 Posted by alienofwar (92 posts) -
Does having it in an open area really help though?? I personally don't think it will make a difference, if you play for over 8 hrs, no matter what, your not doing your system any good.
#10 Posted by theonlyGAMESTER (560 posts) -

I used the intercooler for some time, but then i stopped using it. Lasted me another year after that. Mind you I played ALOT when i played FFXI back around it's release on the 360( use to play on PC) then i stopped playing that, and lost the need for the intercooler. It kicked the bucket after I was trying to play my second play through on mass effect. Customer service told me that my Fan broke, causing the system to overheat. Got the same console back, with new, larger, quieter fan, and got a new cpu(falcon chipset). All in all, I am happy with the services rendered, and glad to know my 360 is protected against RROD until 2011, and other errors until 2009.

Does having it in an open area really help though?? I personally don't think it will make a difference, if you play for over 8 hrs, no matter what, your not doing your system any good.alienofwar

Yes, keeping it inclosed means your pretty much baking your console to death. Even a PC/laptop/PS3 would kick the bucket if it was in a tight enclosement. The heat would tear through the heat sinks and eat away the precious cpu, along with the rest of the hardware.

#11 Posted by Grandstream (484 posts) -
First two crapped out within 1-2 months of each other with Red Rings...third one lasted for several months with Intercooler before it crapped. Fourth had a same run, but then crapped out because my hard drive somehow got corrupted...Now, I'm on my 5th system that I've had since September. And yes, it's the new design. After 5+ hours of straight gameplay with it, not even putting out as high levels of heat that the original units were after an hour of gameplay...
#12 Posted by stokesy87 (14 posts) -

I quickly noticed the xbox gets very warm so i kept it out in the open to get as much ventilation to it as possible.

However my first 360 was from the early wave of consoles and it just gave up the ghost when playing the console breaking oblivion

#13 Posted by natsirt67 (891 posts) -
never got it but got something else .
#14 Posted by ebinion (6 posts) -
My system got it after about 4 months. . . ironically enough it was in a wide open area with an intercooler attached. I got the Red Ring several times with the intercooler on, but much less frequently with it off. Now I own an Elite and there's been no rings.
#15 Posted by sirkel28 (347 posts) -
I don't matter how or what you do you will get a ring of death at some point, because it is the constant extreme heat and cooling down that warps the motherboard back and forth under the poorly designed X-clamps that eventually will break the solder points to the GPU and/or CPU. Only real fix or prevention is to replace the X-clamps. http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=595746
#16 Posted by sirkel28 (347 posts) -
Maybe the new units have solved this problem, but the older units basically have a 100% falure rate.
#17 Posted by CorporateHammer (992 posts) -

My system got it after about 4 months. . . ironically enough it was in a wide open area with an intercooler attached. I got the Red Ring several times with the intercooler on, but much less frequently with it off. Now I own an Elite and there's been no rings.ebinion

I have an elite and died after 4 months. I still have a core system from launch with a blue moon fan installed and still runs fine. Very upset about my elite. I keep it on a small table I bought at walmart for $20 with nothing else near it so Im about to get a PS3.

#18 Posted by gameroz (2900 posts) -
i got it back in Febuary and i send it to Microsoft they receive it on the 26 of Febuary and im still waiting for it and i don't want to wait any longer :(
#19 Posted by msjr78 (4004 posts) -
i got it back in Febuary and i send it to Microsoft they receive it on the 26 of Febuary and im still waiting for it and i don't want to wait any longer :(gameroz
Hey, don't be surprised if you get it back some time this week. I sent mine to Texas on Feb 9th, it got there on Feb 15th, and I got it back on Feb 20.
#20 Posted by gameroz (2900 posts) -
[QUOTE="gameroz"]i got it back in Febuary and i send it to Microsoft they receive it on the 26 of Febuary and im still waiting for it and i don't want to wait any longer :(msjr78
Hey, don't be surprised if you get it back some time this week. I sent mine to Texas on Feb 9th, it got there on Feb 15th, and I got it back on Feb 20.

so you just had to wait about 5 days and you got it i wish it was like that for me
#21 Posted by i-rock-socks (3119 posts) -

i never got the RROD (i think i did once but i QUICKLY turned it off and on and never saw it again) mine just stopped reading any kind of disk (this happen shortly after i thought i saw the RROD).

sent it in, got it fixed, sold it, bought an elite:D

#22 Posted by Tribalice (140 posts) -

Yes, keeping it inclosed means your pretty much baking your console to death. Even a PC/laptop/PS3 would kick the bucket if it was in a tight enclosement. The heat would tear through the heat sinks and eat away the precious cpu, along with the rest of the hardware.

theonlyGAMESTER

i don't agree with u man, if it's in the open, the fan sucks more dust, small bugs, more humety of the air, etc., and it doesn't work on it's full capacity. If it doesn't work properely, the RROD is more likely to happen

#23 Posted by shadow8585 (2947 posts) -

Its also worth asking if your xbox was out in the open, was it plugged straight into the wall or did you foolishly use a surge protector? Mines been out in the open, no intercooler, plugged straight into the wall, no rrod ever, owned for 14 months.

I did however open my xbox up to add extra heat sinks to the ram and southbridge, replaced the stock fans with talismoon fans, soldered the gpu side fan to run at 12V, put a divider in the fan shroud and boxed up the gpu heat sink...my xbox runs about 50 degrees F cooler than all yours

#24 Posted by shadow8585 (2947 posts) -
[QUOTE="theonlyGAMESTER"]

Yes, keeping it inclosed means your pretty much baking your console to death. Even a PC/laptop/PS3 would kick the bucket if it was in a tight enclosement. The heat would tear through the heat sinks and eat away the precious cpu, along with the rest of the hardware.

Tribalice

i don't agree with u man, if it's in the open, the fan sucks more dust, small bugs, more humety of the air, etc., and it doesn't work on it's full capacity. If it doesn't work properely, the RROD is more likely to happen

I know everything there is to know about avoiding the rrod, the heat issues with the 360, etc. Thats why I never got the rrod and I never will (see post above). The reason why your fans are running at full capacity is because the gpu is hotter than his is...because yours is enclosed. Trust me you want it out in the open and dust? Dust does absolutely nothing to the system trust me

#25 Posted by Kruegmeister (537 posts) -
Mine personally was Out in the Open. I dust off ALL of my Electronics Regularly. I did not have an Intercooler. It was Plugged into Surge Unit. But that is not the cause of Red Ring of Death. Mine almost made it 2 years before I got the Red Ring of Death. Additional Red Ring Knowledge: 1) The Elite Units and Halo 3 Edition 360s have the NEW 65nm CPU in them. 2) The Real Problem from what I have Read is the GPU (Graphics Processor), which the New one is not due out until August. I refuse to Reward Microsoft for their Failure with an Additional 360 Purchase. I have talked to several people who Bought a New Unit. I personally buy All of my Multi-Platform Games for my PS3. So when my 360 dies, I will say goodbye. At that Point instead of having a PSWii60, I will just have the PSWii...
#26 Posted by def_mode (4079 posts) -
i got mine when i was playing DMC4 demo :roll:
#27 Posted by Kruegmeister (537 posts) -
I will probably do as Shadow did after my 3 years of RROD protection is up. (November...) Since at that point I will be out of warranty, I will Go Fan Crazy, Liquid Cool, Whatever I need to do.
#28 Posted by Kruegmeister (537 posts) -
gameroz If your into ESP Guitars Check One of Mine It's an Official Skull & Cross Bones Ouija.
#29 Posted by ag3ntz3rox0x (1534 posts) -
it was qworking fine out in the open with intercooler. i got sick and was in the hospital. my dad brought me my 360 to play while i was in there, turned it on and it had the rings,.
#30 Posted by Sublime87 (3 posts) -

My RRoD was a long process. It began with my 360 telling me that i need to "put this disc into a 360 console". it thought it was a dvd player. After about 5 tries it would work, then it turned to 10 tries, then 15, then about 45min worth of back-to-back tries. Then, sure enough, the rings set in.

This all lasted about 4 months and i just got my 360 sent back... and no big suprise... it thinks it a dvd player again, but usually works on the second or third try. no doubt the RRoD are just around the corner. again.

#31 Posted by AceCometh (1419 posts) -
I just happened to be watching a movie. I was watching Transformers with the director's commentary on. Micheal Bay was educating me in film making when the picture froze up. I figured it was the movie disc, but when I restarted my Xbox 360, I received the dreaded Red Ring of Death! I hoped it was merely a fluke and restarted the system again and everything seemed to be working fine. That lasted for about two seconds. As far as my experience with talking with Microsoft and the exchange process, I have that blogged on my personal profile page.
#32 Posted by draftrough (502 posts) -
Ive not gotten one but, I just got my Elite 2 weeks ago. Its got the Falcon chip sets and i hope its got a long life ahead of it cause ive got it well ventilated on all ports.
#33 Posted by Halochief_101 (402 posts) -
had the three red rings but it's because the power went out and for some reason the three red rings were blinking for about 6 seconds, it scarded the **** outa me, but it works perfectly fine
#34 Posted by Halochief_101 (402 posts) -
* the power to my house went out
#35 Posted by gameroz (2900 posts) -
gameroz If your into ESP Guitars Check One of Mine It's an Official Skull & Cross Bones Ouija.Kruegmeister
NICE!! never seen one like that before is it a custom built ?
#36 Posted by Brmarlin (2559 posts) -
I don't have it. About a year and a half of heavy usage. No RROD, cuz I took a fan and pointed it straight at it point blank. Try it.
#37 Posted by ramulux (2253 posts) -
i D/ poker smash and it broke my system when i went to play it
#38 Posted by Kruegmeister (537 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kruegmeister"]gameroz If your into ESP Guitars Check One of Mine It's an Official Skull & Cross Bones Ouija.gameroz
NICE!! never seen one like that before is it a custom built ?

There were only 100 Ouija Guitars made. 50 were Skull and Cross Bones Pearl Inlays. 50 were Moon & Star Pearl Inlays. Only 49 of each were sold. 1 of each type were given to the Artist (Kirk Hammett from Metallica) When I bought it I didn't even know it was such a limited edition piece.
#39 Posted by donnygorgas (2531 posts) -

My premium was RROD out of the box. It still makes me mad to think about it.

My Elite is still going strong, no issues.

#40 Posted by JC772 (26 posts) -
I had mine out in the open with a little desktop fan blowing on it and I had it sitting on soda caps to keep the bottom from getting warm but as soon as I got my HDTV it burned up in 2 days, maybe it had something to do with running my XBOX in HD for the first time idk. But the worst part of it all is when I got my XBOX back it was a different one so all my downloaded content would'nt work unless I was online plus the one they gave back to me had a bad disk drive that was making all kinds of noises. And when I called xbox about my downloadable content not working they played dumb and said they did'nt know why it was'nt working I found out they have been working on the problem since the elite came out they just did'nt have the balls to tell me that they can't do anything about it JERKS!!
#41 Posted by fordies (5829 posts) -
Out in the open without cooling device
#42 Posted by gameroz (2900 posts) -
[QUOTE="gameroz"][QUOTE="Kruegmeister"]gameroz If your into ESP Guitars Check One of Mine It's an Official Skull & Cross Bones Ouija.Kruegmeister
NICE!! never seen one like that before is it a custom built ?

There were only 100 Ouija Guitars made. 50 were Skull and Cross Bones Pearl Inlays. 50 were Moon & Star Pearl Inlays. Only 49 of each were sold. 1 of each type were given to the Artist (Kirk Hammett from Metallica) When I bought it I didn't even know it was such a limited edition piece.

yeah guitars like those they wouldn't make over a hundred of them
#44 Posted by FearTheRain (1470 posts) -

This thread fails to deliver...

The Xbox 360 breaks for one reason and one reason alone.....CHEAP PARTS.