Xbox 360 Slim – "Red Eye" replaces "Red Ring of Death"

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Ask any Xbox 360 owner what their biggest fear is, and you’ll get a universal shriek of “Red Ring of Death”, the glowing sign that your console is giving up the ghost, an all-too-common occurrence. Thankfully, the RROD is no longer present on the new Xbox 360 Slim console. Frighteningly however, it’s been replaced with the “Red Eye”, a glowing red dot on the console’s front that appears when trouble is brewing.

The Red Eye also has a partner in crime too – an error message to prepare the user for the worst. It reads:

“The Xbox 360 is shutting down to protect the console from insufficient ventilation. You can turn the console back on after the power light stops flashing.”

Considering just how many people were affected by the RROD on the old style console, you’d think that Microsoft would have really worked at fixing this machine-killing ventilation problem. So far, it seems they’ve just repackaged the old menace, a wolf in a red sheep’s clothing.

Via: Kotaku

Gerald Lynch

20 comments

  • I have tried taking it out and putting it back in and it worked a couple of times but now it wont work but the consile will work without my hard drive in, i dont understand why it is doing this i have had it for 4 months and dont understand what the issue is, can any one help?

  • I have tried taking it out and putting it back in and it worked a couple of times but now it wont work but the consile will work without my hard drive in, i dont understand why it is doing this i have had it for 4 months and dont understand what the issue is, can any one help?

  • btw do not place your xbox vertically…cause u know hot air is going up and the air is not passing through the fan instead its accumulating in the console which give more chance of overheating…so place horizontaly so the hot air can get out of the console easily by the fan…

  • guys…if u take out ur xbox from the box and its not working it means you have to take out the hardrive and then reinserting it all the way in…those xbox gets shiped and bumped and all during the transport and the hardrive might gone loose a bit and thats why it result to a red dot of ”death”…so just pull out the hardrive and reinsert it…this should fix the problem..

  • Opened my daughters 360s in Xmas day. Connected all the leads, switched it on and after 5 or 6 seconds, the centre light on console goes from green to red. I don’t even get anything on the screen of the TV.
    This was brand new, out the box equipment. What a pile of S***.
    Not impressed, having also bought the Kinect and a multitude of games and accessoried to go with it. One little peeved girl on Xmas day.

  • Know many people with the new 360 s and no problem at all, great console and like the old PS3 Phat the now common YLOD
    the 360 has got rid of it’s problems to.
    Though if you read the internet there are always going to be some PS3 Slims and 360 S breaking out of the millions out there but in general they seemed to have both sorted out their problems.

  • Know many people with the new 360 s and no problem at all, great console and like the old PS3 Phat the now common YLOD
    the 360 has got rid of it’s problems to.
    Though if you read the internet there are always going to be some PS3 Slims and 360 S breaking out of the millions out there but in general they seemed to have both sorted out their problems.

  • Nope they have not fixed it!! it is red dot of death now the (the center of the power button). I bought my new xbox 360 slim OCT 4 2010 to replace my ELITE that red ringed and as of today DEC 5 2010 i have to send it back for repair. I am now 4 for 4 on BAD xbox’s. starting from my original to the PRO and now my latest 2 problems. I AM DONE WITH XBOX SCREW EM!!!

  • i only got the xbox360 slim so i can play the new fable 3 and halo 3 im not a fan of xbox360s im realy in two my ps3

  • Picked one up today, after 2 to 3 ours of playing Modern Warfare 2 I have a “solid red light” apparently meaning there’s an internal problem and needs to be sent off for service. Not impressed.

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