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Troubleshooting XBox 360  is probably one task that a gamer has to do at least one time during the life span of an XBox gaming console. Some unlucky souls have to do this more often than others.

This article will talk about some of the more common errors and quick troubleshooting tips to help you solve most of the problems.

The Most Common Errors

Xbox Freezes – This is an annoying problem where the screen will freeze without notice. There is nothing to do but to restart the console and hope for the best. It’s possible that the game itself is scratched or dirty. There may be problems with the laser itself.

Overheating issues – When this happens, many things can happen, usually the machine stops working and you may get an error message on the screen.

Flashing Red Lights – This is one of the more common ones. There are different flashing light combinations that appear. It’s not always easy to tell what the error is and a series of troubleshooting steps must be taken.

How to troubleshoot

Sometimes the problem is quite easy to fix and does not require any repairs. Below are a few steps to try.

1. Do a simple restart. Before restarting, take out the game disk and clean it. Pop it in and try it again. You may also want to try different games to narrow down whether it is a problem with the game or console.

2. Clear out the dust. Dust is one of the reasons a system overheats. Use a mini air blower and clear out the dust from the air vents and within the tray. Make sure to place the game in a well ventilated area.

3. Check the cable connections and hard drive. Remove the cables and reset them. Maybe even try using a friend’s cables. Remove the hard drive and re-snap it back in place.

If you’re getting the flashing red lights, it’s possible that the problem is much bigger. You have the option of calling Microsoft support. It will cost nothing if the console is still under warranty. If the console seal has been broken or the warranty has expired, you will be charged a hefty service fee of about $150 and you will get the system back in about 4 weeks. The other option is to fix this error yourself.

Using an easy-to follow repair manual for Troubleshooting XBox 360 issues.

When you get the guide, you will see that there are more troubleshooting steps you can try. More importantly, you will get the needed fixes in the form of a step-by-step pdf file or help video. You won’t have to second guess the fix and can have your system up and running within a few hours.

Don’t take my word for it. Why don’t you have a look at the repair guide for yourself? Visit: Xbox 360 Repair Guide To troubleshoot a problem, first try doing a simple restart, clean out the dust from the console and to check the cable connections. If you’re still having a problem, use the guide to quickly fix any problems.

Don’t you have better things than to talk to support? How quickly do you want your system back? Visit: Troubleshooting XBox 360.

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