Does your Xbox 360 have the RROD, E74, or some other common error? Are you confused about which Xbox 360 fix is right for you?
Many owners are overwhelmed with the number of possible Xbox 360 fixes available to them all over the Internet.
Most people are out to find the quickest fix possible, but you need to be sure to watch out for those so called "quick fixes". Some of those quick fixes include the towel trick, which involves wraping your Xbox 360 in a towel, and the toothpick / paperclip trick, which involves stopping the fans with toothpicks or paperclips. The towel, toothpick, and paperclip trick are three very well known Xbox 360 fixes, and are found all over YouTube. Both so-called fixes are harmful to your system, and I would strongly recommend that you stay away from them. These fixes over-heat the entire system, instead of just targeting the problem areas, causing more problems than you even had before.
Both of the tricks I mentioned previously will give you a working Xbox 360 for about a week max. That is, if you do not damage the system during the process. The towel and the toothpick trick both are designed to heat up your Xbox 360 so that the solder of the GPU chip can reattach to the mother board. The GPU is a computer chip that is almost always responsible for causing the Red Rings of Death (RROD). Now most of the time you can somehow reattach the GPU to the motherboard with the towel or toothpick trick, but there are two major problems / risks. The first problem is that the system by itself does not generate enough heat to fully reattach the GPU to the motherboard. Another risk is that the motherboard is not properly insulated. Without the motherboard being properly insulated, you run the risk of damaging other components of the mother board. The Xbox 360 motherboard can never be properly insulated unless you take your console apart. If a fix does not involve opening your console, it is most likely not going to work, or it will last for a very short period of time.
So, if your warranty is up and you are determined to fix your Xbox 360 by yourself, stay away from the towel trick, the tooth pick trick, and any other so called quick fix that does not require you to open up your console.