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Virtua Hunter

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Hello

My Xbox 360 Slim S model suddenly shows a Red dot while powering it up, black screen of course.
The code combination is 4114 or 0110, reading online it seems a RAM chip issue.

Is is possible/worth to repair, or I better just buy a new one?
I need some in depth info about these:

1-The red dot and RAM issue is common to all Xbox360 S Slim or not? If I buy one new, in future it will surely break as well or I was just unlucky with my unit? I though Slim consoles solved the soldering issues that plagued the fat models XBox360...

2-For the RAM chip issue they suggest to reball or reflow, are those definitive solutions or it'll just last 1-2 years max?

3-Changing just the motherboard is viable? I mean without modding the console, HDD and DVD drive and every other parts will be recognized by the new mother board without touching anything?

Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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CygnosOne

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From my experience. It´s most likely an issue with the XCGPU.

1. It´s an common error with these devices. Fat´s more. Xenon, Zephyr, Falcon and the new Slim. Rarely i had these errors on Jasper consoles.

2. None. It´s most likely not an RAM Failure. In my experince. If you reball a GPU on a FAT Console. It will most likely get the same failure in a couple of days/weeks. On Slim consoles, most of the time it works for a long time after that (In my experience) if you do a reball. These old chips are dying because of c4 bumps problems or excessive heat on the die´s (Don´t have an Xray machine but a lot of experience). ATI and Nvidia had this problems often in 2000 - 2010 area. The Xbox 360 GPU is a custom chip made by ATI (now AMD).

3. Yeah, you can change the motherboard. But you have to reprogramm the DVD-Drive to match the dvd-key of your new motherboard. Depends on what drive you have. Some of these cannot be flashed due to hardware locks. But for you, the best way is to buy a new motherboard with a drive (parred). It´s cheaper if you buy a new or refubished console.

That whole reballing and reflow takes a lot of practise and Know How to get it right...

Hope i helped you a bit...

If not ask me :)
 

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Thank you

So if the Xbox 360 Slim are plagued by the same issue of 360 fat, I wonder what future Xbox360 has as retrogaming and for preservation.

I did some research and like you said, it seems the 0110 error is tied to XCGPU, don't know why some people say it's a Ram failure.

I discovered a shop that do professional reballing with a machine like this:

do you think a professional repair can be a definitive solution, or it's always a matter of luck?

I'd like to just get a new Xbox 360 (if they are still around), especially if the price in the end will be similar to a repair, but I don't want to risk another Red Dot in 5-7 years...
Slim's "Trinity" and "Corona" motherboards can both Red Dot?


EDIT: I forgot to metion that I noticed a rattling sound whan I move the console, something tiny and metallic, like a spring.
 
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