Is fanning your 360 a good idea?

#1 Posted by Jolly_Lolly (3537 posts) -

i have been a bit worried about my xbox RRoD'ing since im on my third one, so I've been putting a fan behind my 360 so that it cools it off.

i just don't know if this is ok or not. i think it cools it off, but it might just be pushing the hot air the 360 is releasing back inside.

what should i do? It froze on my last night and im getting worried.

#2 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

Try to play only a couple hours at a time, I go on gaming marathons but I'm sure you can try to break up gaming sessions. My idea is to just make sure the console has proper air flow, and if it is a bit hot in the locations of the Xbox 360 (as in room temperature) then just cool the room off with a fan. I would never directly put additional air flow of any type right near the vents. Who knows what dust could do if you disturb it.

TLDR: Proper ventilation, take caution when applying any methods of cooling.

#3 Posted by Jolly_Lolly (3537 posts) -
Vinchenzo said:
"Try to play only a couple hours at a time, I go on gaming marathons but I'm sure you can try to break up gaming sessions. My idea is to just make sure the console has proper air flow, and if it is a bit hot in the locations of the Xbox 360 (as in room temperature) then just cool the room off with a fan. I would never directly put additional air flow of any type right near the vents. Who knows what dust could do if you disturb it.

TLDR: Proper ventilation, take caution when applying any methods of cooling.
"
but what baffles me is that i dont even play that much. i usually have 30 minute sessions twice a day (1 hour total)

god i just don't want it to die on me again, im getting so tired of these poorly manufactured consoles.
#4 Posted by sdodd02 (722 posts) -

just don't get the intercooler...haha, but I don't see how a fan could hurt.

#5 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
Jolly_Lolly said:
"Vinchenzo said:
"Try to play only a couple hours at a time, I go on gaming marathons but I'm sure you can try to break up gaming sessions. My idea is to just make sure the console has proper air flow, and if it is a bit hot in the locations of the Xbox 360 (as in room temperature) then just cool the room off with a fan. I would never directly put additional air flow of any type right near the vents. Who knows what dust could do if you disturb it.

TLDR: Proper ventilation, take caution when applying any methods of cooling.
"
but what baffles me is that i dont even play that much. i usually have 30 minute sessions twice a day (1 hour total)

god i just don't want it to die on me again, im getting so tired of these poorly manufactured consoles.
"
Mine has only died once even though I play a ton. Just keep cautious, there's not much you can do about it and never use an intercooler. All you need is a bit of luck. Unfortunately.
#6 Posted by FoxHoleDelta (20 posts) -

A fan facing the console would get it more hot right? I am thinking to put the back of the fan facing the console would vent hot air away from the console thus helping it to keep cooler? Or doesn't it work that way.

I'm still on my first for like 2 years now. Done 12 hour sessions very often too and all seems intact.

#7 Posted by TLT21 (80 posts) -

my launch system is running still running fine. I've never seen the RRoD....


Knocks on wood

I really don't see how a fan could hurt..... maybe dust but highly unlikely
#8 Edited by Fosssil (627 posts) -
Jolly_Lolly said:
"i have been a bit worried about my xbox RRoD'ing since im on my third one, so I've been putting a fan behind my 360 so that it cools it off.

i just don't know if this is ok or not. i think it cools it off, but it might just be pushing the hot air the 360 is releasing back inside.

what should i do? It froze on my last night and im getting worried.
"
That probably won't help much, because you're blowing dust/hot air back into the case.

I have a miniature fan that I put on the left side of my 360 (if it is standing vertically); this blows cool air directly on the plastic side panel closest to the motherboard. I don't know if that technique has anything to do with it, but I've had the same 360 since launch.
#9 Posted by Soap (3530 posts) -

I very often game for 8-12 hours and mine is making some hoooooorrible noises. I really reckon my second console is on it's way out... sigh.

#10 Posted by TheOGVandalvideo (142 posts) -

Intercoolers are horrible. They actually instigate a red ring more than help protect against it. That said, an outside fan wouldn't hurt. It would help disperse the heat that builds up from the beast of the machine.

#11 Posted by Txheat (133 posts) -

put a fan near the back of it, thats what i do and i got mines at launch and has never died!

#12 Posted by MAV3R1CK (125 posts) -

If anything, I heard that actually helps the 360 coll itself off, however, you shouldn't do that everytime as sometimes it can affect the 360.

#13 Posted by suneku (2997 posts) -

I usually put it near it to suck the hot air the 360 emits away... not sure about having it blown at it though...

#14 Posted by LuffyUzumaki (453 posts) -

i have a whole sepearate table that my 360 is on so does not get hot

#15 Posted by MsCortana (429 posts) -

I have a fan blowing into my entertainment center to keep the air circulating.  Logically, it just makes sense. :D

#16 Posted by banksrob (1126 posts) -

i think my room is well ventilated so its ok, id never use one of those niko fans though with the stories i have heard

#17 Posted by Aaron_G (1603 posts) -

I have heard bad things about attaching those cooling fans to the console. I don't see a problem with putting a fan behind it. I limit my gaming time on it, so it doesn't get to hot with each session.

#18 Posted by Jolly_Lolly (3537 posts) -

i think the problem is that it is too hot in my room. i'm on the second floor, and don't have air conditioning. Opening my window does nothing, and the fan doesn't do much....

god sometimes i wish i had never bought the damn thing....it's like you have to nurture it.

#19 Posted by Wolverine (4269 posts) -

When it starts to get very hot stop playing and give the 360 a break, after the fall update you can just rip the games to your hdd and then your 360 wont get nearly as hot.

#20 Posted by Rowr (5239 posts) -

I used to put my fan on it from a metre away. Just by feeling it i could tell it was keeping it cooler.

#21 Posted by Wolverine (4269 posts) -

I don't know if placing a fan facing your 360 is a good idea, you should check if your 360 feels any less hot.

#22 Posted by gladestone (15 posts) -

Ive bought that fan stand thing...You know ive got a friend who had 3 rrods...Its odd im still on my first..Think maybe it has some thing to do with my fan...Cause i play my xbox every day for 2-3 hours...Should look into it...

#23 Posted by chazer127 (213 posts) -

my uncles 360 is on its last leg by the looks of it, and he got his on launch day. aparently he got one of those Intercoolers things.

#24 Posted by Iszdope (48 posts) -

Hmm...not sure.  Don't think she liked it honestly.  Haven't worked out in a whiles though...

#25 Posted by cepwin (36 posts) -
FoxHoleDelta said:
I have had a fan blowing towards my 360 and I think it keeps it cool.   I have not had problems with it getting overly hot.  I got my unit in Nov '06.

"A fan facing the console would get it more hot right? I am thinking to put the back of the fan facing the console would vent hot air away from the console thus helping it to keep cooler? Or doesn't it work that way.

I'm still on my first for like 2 years now. Done 12 hour sessions very often too and all seems intact.
"

#26 Posted by blackwolf (24 posts) -

Don’t get an intercooler they melt apparently.

Your 360 should not overheat

#27 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -

I put a fan near the right side, so it can intake cool air. I haven't gotten RR since I've done this.

#28 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I don't play my 360 long enough in one sitting for it to overheat.

#29 Posted by Jolly_Lolly (3537 posts) -

Just to let everyone know, I don't use the intercooler. It's just a regular fan, and I set it up so that it blows onto the back of the X360. I still don't know if I should do this though..

#30 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -
Jolly_Lolly said:
"Just to let everyone know, I don't use the intercooler. It's just a regular fan, and I set it up so that it blows onto the back of the X360. I still don't know if I should do this though.."
I'm pretty sure the hot air being blown out of the back of the 360 won't like mingling with the cool air being blown in from your fan. That's kind of how tornadoes start (not that one could possibly form back there...but you get the idea).
#31 Posted by Alynablaze (82 posts) -

I've had my xbox 2 years with an inter-cooler on the back and it works fine

#32 Posted by LightYagami245 (1117 posts) -

Just play it for a few hours(like 2-5), then turn it off and let it cool. Also, keep your room at a cool temperature.

#33 Posted by Jolly_Lolly (3537 posts) -
LightYagami245 said:
"Just play it for a few hours(like 2-5), then turn it off and let it cool. Also, keep your room at a cool temperature.
"
But that is impossible for me because I have no AC and my room is up strairs (which means it's 5 degrees warmer than downstairs)
#34 Posted by LightYagami245 (1117 posts) -
Jolly_Lolly said:
"LightYagami245 said:
"Just play it for a few hours(like 2-5), then turn it off and let it cool. Also, keep your room at a cool temperature.
"
But that is impossible for me because I have no AC and my room is up strairs (which means it's 5 degrees warmer than downstairs)
"
Well, then play for a little while(like 2 hours), then let it rest for 1 1/2. A fan would be ok, but it just might blow hot wind at it.
#35 Posted by LethalKi11ler (1400 posts) -

Just don't buy anything for the 360 (cooling stuff) my friend had one and still got RROD

#36 Posted by shadowjak (456 posts) -

Not really going to help. If you get RRoD, you get it, if you don't, you don't. I play for more than just a couple hours, I play for hours and hours and hours in a row. If I get RRoD'd, it isn't because of that otherwsie it would have happened by now

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