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Xbox 360 "Red Ring of Death" Hardware Failure

Since the product's introduction in November, 2005, a significant quantity of Microsoft's Xbox 360 game consoles have experienced a field malfunction that is indicated by three flashing red LEDs on the front of the console. This error function, which designates a critical hardware failure and renders the unit inoperable, is known among gamers as the "Red Ring of Death" and has spawned numerous user forums and web postings that claim to offer easy "fixes" for out-of-warranty units or for users who lack the patience to return their systems to an authorized repair center.

This white paper contains findings, conclusions, and recommendations for the proper equipment and techniques needed to repair the consoles and eliminate future recurrence of the problems.

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