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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Xbox 360 Error Codes

So you go the dreaded Red Ring of Death. Did you know that not all RRoDs are the same? Yes, each RRoD has a 4-digit secondary error code. In order to find your secondary error code, first power on the console. It should, obviously, be flashing 3 red lights.

Now what you'll want to do is hold the sync button (little round white button near memory slots) and tap the DVD eject key to cycle through the 4 digits in your error code.



The 4 lights around the little green power light should change to display your error code. Use the following guide to decipher your code:

4 lights = 0
1 light = 1
2 lights = 2
3 lights = 3

Mine flashed 4 lights, 4 lights, 2 lights, 4 lights. That means my error code is 0020. Take your error code over to this page and ctrl+F to find an explanation of your code. Mine says:

0020 See Error E08

So I'll ctrl+F over to E08 and this pops up:

E08: Unconfirmed: General I/O Malfunction, could be caused by an error with any of the I/O devies such as A/V port, USB, Hard drive, DVD drive, etc. over torquing of the AV or heatsync bolts can cause this error.

Great! Now we have an idea of what might be wrong. Unfortunately my error code is very vague - I will most likely check everything and perform a basic reflow or reball on the GPU (in a future tutorial!). If you have an error such as this one, google around and see what other people have done to fix theirs!

Leave a comment with your error code! I've dealt with a lot of these and may have some insight to your issues. In my next post, I will be performing a simple GPU reflow to hopefully fix this Xbox 360!

Until next time...

58 comments:

  1. wow didn't know that. thanks!

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  2. Had an E74 error I think, fixed with a reflow and an x-clamp mod. Thanks for assembling the info with the page!

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  3. Wow I never knew that there could be so many types of RROD. Thanks dude :}

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  4. Will be giving 2 friends the link to your blog. Both have the ring, different problems i'm sure now that i know there is a difference.

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  5. I'm on to my third 360 myself, will be good to know what to do next time

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  6. i have 360 360s at home cause im selling these badboys. believe it or not

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  7. supertwiks, I have about 40 here :)

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  8. I had my first 3 get RRoD, but I just sent them back and got a new one. I got the slim though, and it's working great. Nice post nonetheless. :O

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  9. I had 3 different xboxes go red ring on me... 3... smh. Informational thread though, thanks!

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  10. the lights indicate binaries? brilliant!

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  11. This is nice, I'm going to be in the market for a used xbox360 now :D Assuming the status indicator doesn't lie, you can use this info to find one that you can fix !! :D

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  12. Thanks, already had this with my xbox. Got a new one though :D

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  13. thanks for the info!

    btw like your blog

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  14. Something I would have done if I hadn't castrated my xbox by removing all of it's components one by one with a soldering iron and some screwdrivers. :)

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  15. I didn't know there were different types, guess that's useful to know.

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  16. I had no idea! Thank you c: this will be useful.

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  17. Dang man that is some great help, the red ring is killer =/ got me 3 times

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  18. I've been lucky enough to avoid red rings so far, but it can't be too far away. I'll keep this on file...

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  19. So, mine got a RRoD, opened it up to take a look inside, and the saudering pretty much exploded, It was on the fan, and half the circuitry :(

    Needless to say i had to throw it away

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  20. Awesome post man! great blog!

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  21. I've had RRoD before but somehow managed to get out of it... hahaha. This will be helpful to a lot of my friends though

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  22. Amesone you helped me very much now I use my x360 and it is not more a brick

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  23. really wish i knew this earlier!

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  24. thanks for this guide...they will come in handy when i finally get my xbox ;p

    I have followed your blog, could you follow my blog too and +1 my blog? Thanks!

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  25. You said I'm about to get a RRoD. I haven't even had it hooked up since, so I guess it I need to whip it out so I can see how broken it is. Yeah, the Xbox is weird like that

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  26. Excellent post! Very informative, looking forward to more!

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  27. Very interesting, love your blog :)

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  28. I'll be looking out for this when I open up my new X360 :)

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  29. I really ahte seeing the red ring, but I have to give it to MS - It's a clever notification system they've created

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  30. Suuuoper informtive blog! followed!

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  31. Wow, never knew that, it's quite handy. Thanks!

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  32. I have a 360 that does not display anything. But, the weird thing is that it does not show any red Rings!

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  33. this is great... thanks for stopping by my page. I love your blog! Its really CLICKS with me, ya know? :)

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  34. Hm, I am not a Xbox fan, but good to know.

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  35. Update with some more information! It is always good to know.

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  36. This was very helpful! Thanks!

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  37. Great work. Make this really simple to understand. I've had to use this many times.

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  38. If only I had known this when my 360 got the red ring :\
    thanks for sharing!

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  39. Wow I did not know this!
    I ended up getting the new slim 360. Here's hoping THAT doesn't red ring ;)

    Following.

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  40. Seems like Xboxs are having a lot of problems lately.

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  41. You don't know how i searched this.
    Thanks!

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  42. Nice info I didn't know about this lol

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  43. Thanks for the simple, straight forward guide to these error codes! I didn't even know how to get it to display the code!

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  44. This is a very useful post! I didn't know about Xbox 360 error codes, but I knew PlayStation 3 ones.

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  45. very interesting; has anyone here ever received a red ring of death that went away shortly thereafter? if so, did you ever figure out what the problem was?

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  46. dude how the hell did you figure that out?

    anyway, i did the towel trick thing on mine and it actually worked... good times

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  47. Awesome, these guides will be great if my Xbox ever red rings again.

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  48. keeping this handy, i know im going to need it

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