Solving the Xbox 360 Freezing Problem

Feb 18 08:55 2010 Jack Bush Print This Article

If you have an Xbox 360 freezing problem, you're not alone. Nearly one million Xbox gamers are faced with this freezing problem. Even Microsoft had to admit that there was a problem and in July of 2007 admitted that five percent of all Xbox 360 consoles are freezing up and it is probable that the rest may follow suit. This article is intended to help you to repair your Xbox 360 freezing problem, once and for all. Read the James Dean's Xbox 360 3 Red Light Fix Review for more...

If you have an Xbox 360 freezing problem,Guest Posting you're not alone. Nearly one million Xbox gamers are faced with this freezing problem. Even Microsoft had to admit that there was a problem and in July of 2007 admitted that five percent of all Xbox 360 consoles are freezing up and it is probable that the rest may follow suit. This article is intended to help you to repair your Xbox 360 freezing problem, once and for all.

Overheating is the primary cause of the Xbox 360 freezing problems. When your Xbox heats up enough it causes the graphics processing unit (GPU) to loosen from the motherboard, and the green lights on your console display three of them in flashing red. The overheated motherboard continues to heat up until it begins to vibrate. The vibrating motherboard in turn loosens the solder joints that hold the GPU in connection to the motherboard circuitry, and the Xbox freezing problem occurs.

This article contains information that will help you to deal with Xbox 360 freezing problems, and help you to repair any problems caused by the overheating. First, however, it's important to dispel a harmful suggestion that many gamers have fallen prey to; wrapping their Xbox 360 in a large towel to fix the problem. This is a terrible idea, and can cause your problem to worsen. In fact, it may damage your system to such an extent that you may lose any opportunity to fix it yourself, and will require Microsoft to repair it. Most of the overheating problems can be fixed using simple tweaks of components. I strongly recommend that before you begin tweaking things, you learn which ones should be tweaked and which ones should not. Get yourself a good repair guide. There are a number of excellent ones available from the Internet. The steps described below indicate the complexity of making repairs to eliminate the Xbox 360 freezing problems, but is not a comprehensive guide. Refer to your repair guide for exact procedures.

Xbox 360 Freezing Problem Repairs

The steps required to repair your Xbox 360 to prevent freezing up are similar to the following:

1. Remove the outer case. Use a fine tip poker to poke into the grayed out hole and at the back, poke the tiny rectangular holes, and remove the faceplate.2. Move the latch up on the DVD drive as you gently remove it.3. Unscrew the metal case located beneath the plastic case.4. Remove the DVD drive and unplug the cables.5. Remove the fan and the motherboard.6. Invert the motherboard and pry off the X-clamp below the heat sink, which is a big silver component with slits, by popping up the corners using the poker.7. Remove the heat sink to expose the GPU and the CPU.8. Apply a generous amount of Arctic silver thermal compound onto the GPU, and let it set for fifteen minutes.9. Place two nylon washers on the heat sink screws and reinstall them into the motherboard.10. With the screws protruding through the motherboard, place two more nylon washers on the screws.11. Reattach the heat sink onto the screws and tighten them.12. Replace all components in the reverse order from that shown above for removal.13. Turn on the Xbox 360.

If you've done everything properly, your Xbox should be running properly, and should no longer be susceptible to Xbox 360 freezing problems. By doing the work yourself, with the help of a good repair guide named James Dean's Xbox 360 3 Red Light Fix, you've saved yourself a considerable sum of money that might have been spent shipping the unit off to Microsoft, and you did it yourself in a short time.

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