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Why the Xbox 360 Gets Overheated and How to Prevent Your Xbox 360 From Overheating

Microsoft's Xbox 360 competes with Nintendo's Wii and Sony's Play Station 3 as a seventh generation video gaming console.
When it was launched in November 2005, it was received with great acclaim.
But, soon its sleek design, powerful graphics and other great features were overshadowed by the amount of technical problems that the owners had to tackle.
One such problem is overheating.
In this article I will discuss why the Xbox 360 gets overheated and how you can prevent it.
Overheating of the console is indicated by flashing Q1 and Q3 on the ring of light.
When this happens, the console will shut off the CPU and GPU and run the fans at full speed.
Overheating can cause reduced system performance including crashing or failure of hardware and further lead to the most dreaded and infamous Red Ring of Death problem.
Then you may have to spend time and money in finding answers to the question "How to fix the Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death?" The Xbox 360 is like a powerful PC with all components packed inside the sleek body.
Hence, it generates a lot of heat.
The console is designed with vented openings and fans to dissipate heat.
But, these designed features not being very efficient, potential of excessive heat build up still exists.
Especially, if the console is in a confined space like media center or a closed cabinet the risk of overheating is more.
So, the first step is to site your console in an open and well ventilated space while playing your games.
The vented openings meant for air circulation can get clogged with dust accumulation which will reduce the cooling effect of the fans.
Dust on the body of the console also leads to inefficient cooling.
The next step to take to prevent overheating is to ensure the vents are not clogged, clean the console regularly with a soft cloth and always keep it covered when not in use.
You know, using electronic equipments for long durations is not good for health.
So, do take care of your health and the health of your Xbox 360 by using it for short durations and giving it adequate time to cool down.
This way both you and your Xbox 360 will remain healthy and the machine will give you enjoyable experience for a long time to come.
By following these simple steps you will not only enjoy the gaming experience of the Xbox 360 for long time to come, you will also not have to hunt for the answer to the most dreaded question of all "How to fix the Xbox 360 red ring of death?"

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