XBox 360 Repair Edinburgh

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The Microsoft XBox 360 console is subject to a number of technical problems that can render it unusable. Many of the issues can be identified by a series of red lights flashing on the face of the console; the three flashing red lights (nicknamed the “Red Ring of Death”) being the most infamous. There are other issues that arise with the console, such as discs becoming scratched in the drive and “bricking” of consoles due to dashboard updates.

Please bring your console in, we’ll take a look and provide you with a quote. The most common issues are priced below…

XBOX 360 3 red light repair:






Work involves re-flowing GPU and RAM chips to rectify cold solder joints –

Our infra-red re-flow station and other service equipment required for Xbox360 service/repair

The unit is stripped down to motherboard and placed onto an infra-red reflow workstation – the board is fluxed and brought up to reflow temp (210 c) this action reforms the solder underneath the CPU and should ‘reconnect’ all the pins. Unfortunately this doesn’t always work as it has become apparent that the tracks underneath the GPU are sometimes damaged – hence the machine is beyond repair.

This happens in 10 – 15% of consoles. Occasionally we get machines that fail once they have been returned and are under heavy use –  so we give a 3 month warranty on all re-flows … we will try the process again, if it fails to repair then we provide a full refund of repair costs.

Currently we charge £42 for this work – we don’t offer a ‘while you wait’ or 2 hr service like other repair companies … we like to test the machines for a full 24hrs to ensure it’s going to be reliable. Once the repair has been done – we don’t want to see it back ! =)

We now  ‘machine surface’  the cooling heatsinks as we’ve found that they start to distort in shape – causing poor heat transfer and overheating of the CPU / GPU.

XBox 360 drive repair

We keep a stock of all drives that are found in Xbox360’s currently there are a number of different drives used.

Microsoft Xbox 360 original drive

  • Toshiba
  • Philips Lite-on
  • Benq
  • Hitachi
  • Samsung

On most occasions the drive can only be replaced with the make that’s originally been fitted – to make things more complicated the drives are ‘keyed’ to the machine i.e. you can’t just hop on to eBay and buy one and fit it – it won’t work! .There is a ‘Drive-key’ that has to be extracted first and then programmed into the new drive. This complicates things greatly, if for some reason the ‘drive-key’ is lost due to a fault in the drive or due to a bad ‘upgrade’ then the machine is worthless …. the key can’t be recovered from the motherboard (to date).

Cost of drive repair (for all makes) is £42

We can also mod your XBox to allow backups

XBOX 360  console  mod: read this page

XBOX 360  mod upgrade: read this page

Please contact us if you have any questions about repairs, mods or more information.

360 Repair Edinburgh

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