This is perhaps a strange thing for our basic computer help website, but it is a pretty serious matter to some people in the computer and electronics business. I couldn’t find a head quarters for information on this problem, so I figured I would try to make one here. Of course we also hope it brings a few new folks to the website.
I bought an XBox 360 about a year after they had been released. Along with my purchase I bought an Intercooler by Nyko. This is a device that plugs into the power of the XBox and blows air past the back fans. The idea and advertised claim is that it would improve the life of my system and cool the inner components.
A couple of weeks ago, my XBox began giving me “the red ring of death,” a series of indicator lights on the front that warn of hardware failure and/or overheating.
I was able to get past the problem by turning off the Intercooler. I told the guys at the local gaming store about the problem and they told me right out that it was a well documented problem on the Internet and it has caused many systems to fail.
After doing some research, I not only found that the problem is common, but it also voids the warranty of the XBox.
Even more research revealed that Nyko has not issued a recall even though the problem is an obvious fire hazard.
My XBox 360 is running fine as long as I have the Nyky Intercooler turned off, but as soon as I turn it back on, the system overheats.
I tried to remove the Intercooler, but it has melted into my XBox and it will not come out. I am hoping that it doesn’t burn down my house. We always make sure that the XBox is turned off when we aren’t in the room.
If you are an XBox user who has had similar problems, please post your comments. I would like to know how widespread this problem is.
I was going to post a bunch of links to sites where others are complaining about the problem, but you can find them all by typing in terms like, “Nyko xbox overheat” or “Nyko Fried xbox” or “Intercooler overheat problem” or Red Ring Nyko” into Google.