The Xbox 360 console power button blinks red

Overview

The light in the center of the Xbox 360 console power button blinks red.

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You might also see the following message on the screen:

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A blinking red light on the power button means that your console doesn’t have enough ventilation. The red light will continue blinking until the console cools down.

Let the console cool down

  1. Wait for the red light on the power button to stop blinking.
  2. Turn on the console.
  3. When you turn on the console, you might see a message explaining why your console shut down and steps you can take to prevent the problem in the future.

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Move the console

  1. Turn off the console.
  2. Move your console to an open, well-ventilated area, away from all other electronic devices.
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  1. Turn on the console.

Tips for positioning your Xbox 360 console

  • Do not put the console in an enclosed space. Put the console in an open area with lots of ventilation.
  • Do not stack other electronic devices on top of, underneath, or against the sides of your console.
  • Make sure the console and its power supply are on a hard surface. Do not put the console on something soft (such as a bed, sofa, or rug).
  • Position the console away from heat sources, such as ventilation openings on televisions and electronic devices. Also, keep the console away from heating vents and direct sunlight.

Request a repair

If your console continues to shut down because there is not enough ventilation, even though your console is in a cool, well-ventilated location, your console might need to be repaired at our service center. Start the repair process online.

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