Xbox 360 Repair: Meaning of the Red Power Supply Light

Published: 22nd November 2009
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Unfortunately, compared to other next-gen consoles, the Xbox 360's performance in the functionality over time department is rather abysmal. Something that gamers don't even want to think about are the three red lights, often referred to as "the red rings of death". When three lights flash red on the Ring of Light on the front of your Xbox 360 console, and if the problem is serious, the upper-right quadrant light is the only light that does not flash red. Here is some shed light on Xbox 360 repair of your power supply light.



When there may be a possible issue with the system, the power supply light will glow red. You can distinguish this when the power light changes from green to orange to red whilst using the console. The reasons this can occur vary, but it generally arises when the external power supply has detected a fault.



Built-in to the system are safeguards to help you and your system prevent damage to the console and the power supply itself. Depending on the severity of the problem, the power supply will radiate a red light or simple turn itself off when there is an abundance of current, when the voltage is too high, or when the temperature of the power supply is too high.



What are some available red light repair techniques? The first thing to check is coolness of the power supply. The red light is a potential indicator that the power supply is too hot. If this is the case, you should let the power supply cool off for several hours in a well-ventilated space--much like yourself after discovering the red light catastrophe. Soon after it is cooled, the power supply light should change from red to orange if the problem is indeed the power supply temperature.



A sometimes overlooked problem would be the power supply plug itself. If it is plugged into an extension cord, surge protector, or power strip, the amount of voltage has a possibility of being incorrect. If this is the case, try plugging the power supply directly into the wall outlet.



If none of the previous techniques work, try using a different power cord and power unit. If possible, try testing your console with the new power cord and supply. If the console fails to work, the issue is the console itself. If all three Xbox 360 red light repair methods listed in this article are unsuccessful, be prepared to dole up the money to get your console fixed by a professional.





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Eric Frey loves to play XBox 360, but he too has suffered from the Ring of Death. He searched far and wide to find out how to fix Xbox 360 3 red lights. A XBox repair guide walked him through the steps of the repair process. If you want to fix your XBox 360 without sending it back to Microsoft, you need a XBox 360 Repair Guide too. You can check out the 3 best repair guides at www.topxboxrepairguides.com

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