How to Repair One Red Light on an XBox 360

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How to Repair One Red Light on an XBox 360
Xbox 360 (A. B. Kelsey)

One glowing red light on an Xbox 360 indicates a hardware malfunction and is usually the DVD drive or the hard disk drive. The "one red light" error is a relatively easy fix because there are only a few components that need to be checked. You can save quite a bit of money by fixing this problem yourself instead of sending it out to be repaired. Read on to learn how to repair one red light on an Xbox 360.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Xbox 360 console and unplug it from the electrical socket. Unhook all cables from your console.

  2. 2

    Error codes reading "E67," "E69" or "E79" signify a malfunction in the hard disk drive. Carefully remove your hard disk drive. Clean the contacts with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Reinstall the hard drive and reboot your system. The error is fixed if no red light reappears. You will need to buy a new hard disk drive if the one red light is glowing again.

  3. 3

    Error codes reading "E64," "E65" or "E66" indicate a problem with the DVD drive. Remove the DVD drive and clean the contacts with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Hook the DVD drive back up and close the eject door. Make sure the cable is connected properly to the console. Reboot your console. You will have to purchase a new DVD drive if the red light is still glowing.

  4. 4

    An error code reading "E81" might indicate a failed update. Turn off your Xbox 360 console and turn it back on while holding down the sync button on the console. This should fix all failed update errors.

  5. 5

    The one red light error might lie in the memory interface if no error code appears on your screen. Remove the memory and gently clean it with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Put the memory back into the slot and turn your system back on. The error is fixed if the glowing red light is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • One red light will sometimes glow if the DVD drive door is not shut completely. Check to make sure this door is closed correctly before removing your DVD drive.
  • Xbox 360 components are fairly inexpensive and easily available. Don't panic if you need to buy new ones.
  • You can still play on your Xbox 360 console if your hard disk drive crashes.

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