Halo 3 Presents: The Red Ring of Death!

Red Ring of Death

Thanks Microsoft.

I stand in line from 9 PM to get my pre-ordered legendary version of Halo 3. After having a great time talking to fellow fans of the game, picking up tips, and watching some guys play on a Hummer, I was all jazzed up to get my copy.

So the wait ends, and we get our games. Screams of joy are heard as people exit the GameStop with their copy in hand. I make it home and fire up the 360. And while I have heard about it happening to others, it happened to me.

Yup, the Red Ring of Death.

Of all the days for this effing thing to appear, why is it happening now. If I were the Average White Guy, I would have just chalked it up to the Hoy Factor, but instead, this is just one crap-@ss way to start your Halo 3 experience.

So, while the rest of the planet is talking trash, stomping brutes and finishing the fight, I’ll be collecting coins on Super Mario Bros for the Wii.

My Support Ticket Number:1045245799 – this may turn out to be a great customer service story, or nightmare. We’ll see.

UPDATE: I got my xbox back in under 2 weeks and they also gave me 1 month of Gold level Xbox Live service, but since I already have 2 accounts on Live, it doesn’t really do much for me. I will say that it was a nice gesture, but they should make it 6 months – that way I get addicted to it and will have to buy it. I know they want to keep the freeloaders away, but 1 month just isn’t long enough to get me to commit. Just my $.02

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21 Comments on "Halo 3 Presents: The Red Ring of Death!"

  1. pirosity September 27, 2007 at 3:04 pm -      #1

    I feel for you man… same thing happened to me yesterday. Got to the Halo 3 menu screen then everything freezes… restart and I get the ring

    pirosity – thanks for the feedback. Fortunately, I was able to get some cash together to go out and get an xbox elite and hook it up to the HDTV. Amazing.

    But, the worst part is, Microsoft still hasn’t even responded to me yet. I’ll be sending them a friendly reminder tonight…

  2. Matthias Wants to FINISH THE F****ng FIGHT!! October 3, 2007 at 7:30 am -      #2

    Exactly the same happend to me last night and again this morning, got about 30 seconds into the game n it freezes, reset n i get the rings. So far after resetting a few times it starts normally but as soon as i put halo 3 on, everything goes down the crapper. Cant possibly be a coincidence bro.

  3. LVGUY October 7, 2007 at 6:08 am -      #3

    You know, I guess Im not the only 1 who thought Halo 3 and all that processing power might be too much for the 360. I got to play it for about a total of 12 hrs (not straight, I have a life) and then I also got the red ring of death. Also happened to a friend of mine too. Coincidence, I think not. I know they are always trying to push the limits of these gaming systems and I think they pushed just a lil too hard. Just go buy a new 360 from somewhere and return within 30 days til your old 1 gets back. Thats what Im doing.

  4. BUDTHASTUD117 October 10, 2007 at 6:10 pm -      #4

    omg the same!!!! thing happened to me i got it in the mail after school play practice AND Football practice and i go running up stairs put it in and i have the RING??? WTFFFFFF SO i begged my mom and she got me what? a Xbox 360 Elite hell yes!

  5. camron October 22, 2007 at 9:59 am -      #5

    you just call microsoft and you send it to them there number is


  6. camron October 22, 2007 at 10:00 am -      #6

    i had the ring and they sent me a new one

  7. fatguy November 8, 2007 at 10:21 pm -      #7

    i just got a 360 n ive bin hearin a lot of stuff about the rrod how do u prevent it

  8. solid snake November 16, 2007 at 10:38 am -      #8

    i think if chief fought this he would die cause might kick jesus’s ass but not the red ring

  9. That Guy January 23, 2008 at 4:16 pm -      #9

    I think that the red ring could even kick chuck norris’s ass

  10. Aaron Benedetti June 24, 2008 at 7:51 am -      #10

    if you want to prevent getting a red ring of death do not use your xbox 360

  11. King Ghidorah OWNS! July 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm -      #11

    Thats the only bad thing about the 360. The red rings :twisted: :twisted: . My uncle likes playing Halo 3 & Call of Duty 4 on 360. Hes had to buy 4 360’s cause of the red rings :shock: . He got his 5th 360 :lol: 1/2 a year ago. And its gotten 4 red rings and survived them all. :eek: He just unplugged all of the cords and restarted it. It worked for him. My 360 never got the red rings. :grin:

    – After I got the Elite 360, no problems…knock on wood…Admin

  12. Draguss July 28, 2008 at 11:13 pm -      #12

    I was gonna get a 360, were it not for this, I’m too lazy to wait till it gets repaired.

  13. masterchiefwins October 29, 2008 at 7:39 pm -      #13

    thanks for the advice now i am asking for a elite instead of original for my birthday to avoid the red rings of death

  14. The One Sin November 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm -      #14

    I guess the reason I haven’t gotten the red ring of bad luck is that I have a hard time doing anything longer than three hours. Logically, overuse seems like a good way to screw up your 360. And I try not to go off and leave it running and set your status to “away” or “busy”, just turn it off. Using background downloading helps too. give it rest every little while and you will be thankful.

  15. That one dude November 4, 2008 at 10:16 am -      #15

    I think ill try to turn my 360 on again i haven’t used it for like a week or more. If it doesn’t, looks like theres no more halo parties for me. =( Curse you rrod!!!

  16. Lewis November 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm -      #16

    Guys, forget spending money on a elite.there like 200+ money. there is no at all proof of the xbox360 Elite version stops getting the rings ahead of any other console eg. core premium or even arcade. you should ring microsoft up immediatly dont fuck about with it yourself, that will just get you into more trouble. and more wasted money trust me on this. :smile:

  17. WTFMACHINE November 24, 2008 at 1:05 pm -      #17


  18. mohamed November 26, 2008 at 5:38 am -      #18

    hi peeps i read most of the older posts and i got the same prob. i have a cracked x box yeah a cracked x box u heard me right i dont use xbox live but i get all the games for crazy low prices , so as it turns out even cracked xbox’s have the damn 3r’s of d prob so if any of u kind folks is willing to tell me wtf i gotta do now nowing i live in libya and there aint noting that even resembles a MS office or retailer or anytin here pleeeez help help help

  19. hotshot November 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm -      #19

    what if you have the x 360 pro 60 gb will there be a red ring of death?

  20. admin November 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm -      #20

    @ hotshot – so far i’ve only heard about it happening to the ‘white’ xboxes – My Elite just got the frozen screen….;-(

  21. shadow2224990 November 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm -      #21

    it can happen to any xbox 360 but less likly for newer versions. most fixes are temporary unless done by a professional.

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