The Xbox 360 comes with great graphics, a massive resource of games and some really incredible online play. It is really no wonder that the Xbox 360 has become the most popular gaming console on the market today.
However, there are some technical issues which a lot of Xbox 360 users could do without. These issues can be spotted by the color of the lights around the power button. When everything is working well, all of these lights are green - but in case of errors, these lights will turn red.
The red lights on your console indicate that your system is experiencing a form of error or problem. The amount of lights that actually lite up will indicate what your problem is. Some problems will be simple to fix and not require any additional parts, whereas others may be far more complex. Knowing what the different red lights on your system mean will help you determine how to fix your system.
If there is a problem with your scaler chip, it will be indicated with one red light. The scaler chip is the chip that sends the signal to your TV. This problem may require you to send your console into Microsoft for repair. It is a minor problem though and should not take long to repair.
If you have two red lights on your system then this indicates that your console is overheating. If you ever see two red lights make sure that you shut your Xbox off as quickly as possible and allow it to cool. There are a couple of ways to stop this error from happening again. First, clean out all of the dust that has gotten built up inside your system. second, do not keep you Xbox inside a cabinet while you play, the system generates tons of heat and needs room to breathe. Doing those two things should help keep your 360 from overheating again.
Three red lights is what is known as the "red ring of death." It indicates a hardware failure and it will need to be fixed. You can send it in to be fixed or repair it yourself. The CPU or GPU may be burned out.
Four red lights is easy. Go plug your AV cable back in. If your AV cable is plugged in securely but your system is still showing the four red lights then you probably just need a new AV cable.
These are the most common errors that you may come across while gaming with your Xbox 360. The majority of them are caused by overheating so make sure that you keep your system clean and in a well ventilated area.
keeping these few tips in mind will help you enjoy more time gaming with your Xbox 360.