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Xbox Error Light Meanings

Published by Twisted.Penguin on 2005-06-16
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Written by: Twisted.Penguin

Introduction

Error lights can be cryptic, and little documentation is available on the reason these errors occur. When an Error light flashes, it means there is a problem with the motherboard said for the Orange/Green flashing which is due to the audio/video pack. Some error lights can be fixed by installing a Modchip, or replacing the eeprom, other times a new motherboard is needed.

Table of Contents

1.Green/Red Flashing

Problem: The Xbox will restart twice, and then flash red and green. This is known as the FRAG and can be caused by many reasons. Typically when you receive this error you will not have any video. Possible reasons you may get this is a bad bios image, a bad bios chip, the Nvidia MCPX chip is damaged, broken/damaged traces or solder splashes on the mother board.

Fix: If you were doing any kind of soldering work (adding a Modchip or other type of mod) on or around your motherboard, make sure there are no solder splashes or that there are not solder bridges connecting any traces. If there are, desolder them. If you have not done any kind of modding to the unit, then its likely to be caused from a bad tsop image, or a bad chip. Try installing a Modchip to see if you can get the unit to boot. If the Xbox still gives a FRAG then it means another major component is bad and the motherboard needs to be replaced.

2.Solid Green with no audio/video/eject

Problem: The unit will not show/give any audio, video, and will not eject the DVD drive. Nine out of ten Xbox’s with this problem usually have a problem with the system bios.

Fix: Usually installing a Modchip, and booting a hacked bios will fix this problem. If this error came about after installing a Modchip, check to see if all the solder connections are good. If so, try removing the Modchip to see if the Xbox boots alright off of the system bios (TSOP). If the problem only occurs when the chip is connected and the solder points are good, then it is possible the bios on the Modchip is bad. Some people have reported that their system was fine until they installed a Modchip and then received this error. After removing the chip, the error persisted. This could be due to a solder bridge on or around the LPC port, or D0 point. If this is the case, desolder the bridge and see if this changes the error.

3.Solid Green with no Audio/Video

Problem: The unit will not give any audio and video but will let you eject the DVD drive. It could be caused by a bad high definition pack, or disconnected a/v cables.

Fix: Check to see if the A/V cables are properly plugged in and the television is set to the appropriate channel. If you are using a high definition A/V pack, try using a standard A/V pack.

4.Orange/Green flashing

Problem: This is caused when the A/V pack is not connect or is broken.

Fix: Check to see if the pack is connected. If so then replace the pack with another. If this still doesn’t fix the problem, it may be possible the traces from the A/V connector to the IC are cut or damaged.

5.Orange flashing

Problem: If there was a mod installed then it is most likely due to a solder splash, solder bridge, or a broken trace.

Fix: Search around to see if you can find a solder splash, solder bridge or cut trace. If you find either of the solder problems desolder them.

6. Orange/Red flashing

Fix: Flashing Orange and Red (red and orange) usually means you have a lifted trace under the lpc pinheader(the reset signal for pin5) - especially on v1.0 motherboards.

Fixing red/orange tutorial:
http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/xbox-tutorials-174.html
According to xboxrepairguide, flashing red/orange error lights can also mean memory failure, but i would try this first. You do not have to remove the pinheader; you can simply make both connections on the bottom side of the mobo to repair this and hopefully it will work for you.

8. Solid Red

Problem: More then likely your system has overheated. If you continue to receive this error after letting your console cool down for several hours you may have had a hardware failure.

9.Green Flashing

Problem: Bad EPROM image

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