Introduction

A lot of us have heard about the red ring of death, E74, and other hardware errors and a very common question is "how do I prevent this from happening?"

Well, it's quite simple actually. It is very important that the systems are well ventilated. This includes other hot electronics to be away from your system. You want nice cool air to be brought into the system and hot air being blown out and away from it. We recommend six inches ALL around the console.

If you have dust build up in the system, the hot air can't escape due to a barrier of dust being built up on the heat sinks inside. Blow the system out once a month with a can of pressurized air that you use to clean your keyboard or any kind of pressured air that is strong enough to break up the dust build up. Some have used a strong vaccuum to suck the dirt out which will work as long as the suction is strong enough.

These are the two main factors that cause the errors. If you've done all this and the system fails, it is truly a hardware failure that you could not prevent from happening. All electronics fail sooner or later, nothing last forever.

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Very nice examples here of being well ventilated. Very nice examples here of being well ventilated.
  • Very nice examples here of being well ventilated.

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Don't have your system like this. Avoid having other electronics such as your tv or dvd player close to the console.
  • Don't have your system like this.

  • Avoid having other electronics such as your tv or dvd player close to the console.

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Conclusion

Follow these guidelines and it'll help your system breathe that much better.

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This guide should have steps and cover a single topic. You should split this guide in two, one for how to store the Xbox in a well ventilated area (not just examples, but directions) and another for how to clean the heat sink. The best guides can be referenced in any context and are detailed instructions to reach a goal, as opposed to guidelines or examples of proper use. Good idea though, preventing issues is better than solving them!

Alex Jansen - Reply

Good points made by Alex.

Most obviously, where should you blow into the xbox to clear out the dust? A couple red circles around the best holes to stick the straw into to blow out the dust would be very helpful.

maccentric -

I would also highly suggest leaving it laying down & using a USB powered dual or more fan laptop cooling unit. I have a 2nd gen I bought in 03.2005 that it still working beautifully!

Gekko8 - Reply

One should also take into consideration that dust and overheating are not truly the cause of a RRoD error unless it's simply overheating. I've reballed plenty on consoles, as new as 2009, with no dust whatsoever in the system. I've also done tray cleaning and lubrication on consoles that were filled with thick layers of dust without ever red ringing.

Mark - Reply

You should never use pressurized air, you will be blowing dust and tiny particles deeper into your system. lets put it this way, a particle of smoke is enough to destroy a hard drive. Use a vacumm.

jake - Reply

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