How to Fix the 3 Red Lights on Your Xbox 360

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How to Fix the 3 Red Lights on Your Xbox 360
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If you are an avid player of the Xbox 360 gaming console, you might at some point see three unfamiliar lights on the 360's "power" button. The three flashing red lights or the "three rings of death" indicate that there is an issue with your power supply or the console itself that must be fixed in order to continue playing your system. There are solutions you can use to fix the three red lights on your Xbox 360.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Checking your Power Supply Cord and Light

  1. 1

    Turn on your Xbox 360 gaming console.

  2. 2

    Check the colour of your power supply light. The power supply light is at the back of your power supply cord. If it is red, unplug it and reconnect.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the power supply from your Xbox 360 and from your wall outlet.

  4. 4

    Reconnect your power supply to your console and to the wall outlet and turn on your 360. If you still see the three lights on your 360, proceed to the next section.

    Connect Your Xbox 360 to Another Electrical Outlet

  1. 1

    Turn off your 360, unplug the power supply cord from the electrical socket and move your system into another room.

  2. 2

    Plug your power supply into an outlet in the new room. Do not plug it into a surge protector.

  3. 3

    Reconnect your power supply to your Xbox 360.

  4. 4

    Turn on your 360 and check your power supply light to see if is it the right colour. The colour should be green. If it is still red, proceed to the next section for another solution.

    Cool Your Power Supply

  1. 1

    Turn off your 360.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the power supply cord from your electrical socket and gaming console.

  3. 3

    Reconnect your power supply cord into your 360.

  4. 4

    Plug and reconnect the power supply cord into a different electrical socket. Position the power supply so that it receives adequate ventilation.

  5. 5

    Turn your gaming console back on and check the light.

Tips and warnings

  • If these steps do not resolve the 3 rings on your Xbox 360, contact the Online Service Center to request a repair of your gaming console. You can order a replacement power supply cord or repair your Xbox 360.
  • Register an account via the Xbox Online Center to have access to online services regarding your Xbox 360.

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