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Microsoft announced the cause of the infamous Xbox 360 "Red Ring of Death" failure

via:IT之家     time:2021/12/17 15:06:56     readed:98

IT House December 17 news, players who have owned Xbox 360 should know what is the "red ring of death", often referred to as RRUD, which is a sudden, fatal hardware failure, and a large number of Xbox 360 systems have this failure.When the Xbox 360 has a "death red ring" failure, the LED of its power button turns red instead of white, and the system refuses to boot.


While it has been speculated that the glitch was caused by its poor heat dissipation, the documentary Power On: The Story of Xbox shows that this is only part of the truth.

According to Leo Del Castillo, he has been a member of the Xbox hardware engineering team since 1999, and the "red ring of death" is caused by a broken connector within the console component.

These parts are solder balls used to secure the GPU to the motherboard, and while the cause of the break is thermal issues, the high temperatures inside the Xbox 360 aren't the only issues. Instead, according to Todd Holmdahl, Xbox's head of hardware from 1999 to 2014, the problem is that the temperatures of these balls often range from hot to cold.

"All these people love to play video games," Holmdahl says, "so they'll turn this thing on and off, and when it's on and off, you're going to have all sorts of stress." "These pressures eventually caused the solder ball to break, partially severing the connection between the Xbox 360's GPU and motherboard.

IT House understands that Xbox's solution to this problem is simple and straightforward. The company will repair every Xbox 360 sold for free for customers. However, this has brought huge losses to the company. According to Peter Moore, the former head of Xbox, the cost of repairs and lost sales caused by the problem was about $1.15 billion. However, steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, was quick to give Moore the money he needed to solve the problem and save the Xbox brand.


As the "Red Ring of Death" event is gone, in honor of Xbox's infamous failure. The Xbox Gear Store now has a poster with a red ring-influenced Xbox 360 Elite power button with the words "Death Red Ring" printed in the space below. The poster sells for $24.99 and has a slightly glossy "anti-fingerprint" coating. It measures 18 inches (about 45.72 cm) x 24 inches (about 60.96 cm) and is about 0.25 mm thick.

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