Red Ring Of Death Thermal Paste Not Working
Okay, I bought an xbox 360 off ebay with the red ring of death. It is the three light one. I have thermal paste and I re applyed the paste. There are no x-clamps, as someone already tried this. I put longer screws in and drilled bigger holes in the metal box that the mother board sits in and the screws are driven through the metal box, through the motherboard, and into the heatsinks. I then tried to plug it in without the fan to let the paste cook. When it turns on, the green light is solid, and the three red lights blink. It doesnt act like it runs completely, therefore it doesnt heat up. So the paste isnt cooking to the heatsink. Why wont in heat up? Please help!
Alex, absolutely no reason to do this "I then tried to plug it in without the fan to let the paste cook." all it does, it puts on more thermal stresses on your processors. You want the thermal paste to remain soft and a paste, not dried out. This will absolutely defeat the purpose of it. I am not sure what modifications were made to remove the x-clamps. You might want to post an images with your question. Also, it will help if you tell us which three quadrant lights are blinking. Remember that any processor only takes seconds to overheat and trip any thermal protection. At this point I recommend that you use this kit. Follow this guide to install it, also consider a reflow of your IC's. Hope this helps, good luck.
Fix kit for Xbox 360 consoles with the "Red Ring of Death" (RRoD) failure. Replace, reattach, and reclamp the heat sinks on your Xbox 360. Usually fixes a RRoD Xbox—also effective as a preventative measure. Kit includes: tube of Céramique 2 thermal compou — 28 available at 29.95 each.
I'm stuck in a similar situation with the three red rings,I've applied the best of the thermal pastes and used the x clamps still nothing. I even cleaned all the dust out. It's funny u should say that u got u Xbox of eBay cause I did the same thing hoping that reapplying paste would have it working. if you find out anything before I do please let me know if not don't worry but thanks anyway.
You have your screws to tight or not the proper washers. Screws to tight=Three lights, loosen and it will go to 2 lights. then go from there.
Also you do not have to do away with the x claps, they do help with any warping. Instead use thin plastic washer on the top and the xclamp on the bottom as a washer and extra support when adding the new screws.
If this does not work and you still end up with 3 red lights, you have to reflow the board
DO NOT OVERHEAT with a towel or something stupid.
If your going to try a cheap method to re-flow you can preheat a oven to 205-220 and then set the motherboard only on the metal cover from the top of the 360.
Make sure to test your temp first, you want it about 217c but some ovens are stupid.
Make sure to place aluminum over the top to prevent direct heat but still retain the heat of the oven.
After you place inside the oven/toaster oven use a turkey thermometer and stick it through the door and close it. When it reaches about 205 wait a minute, turn off the oven and open the door. LEAVE IT there for about 30-45 minutes to completely cool.
It will take about 5 minutes to reach 205 on the thermometer if it doesn't just turn off after 5-8 minutes minutes. You wait any longer and you'll screw your whole board up.
Hope this helps you guys--GL