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How to Care for Your Xbox 360

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You now have an Xbox 360, but you don't want it to be smashed, scratched or mistreated. You may worry about it being scratched, but now you can protect your pride and joy.


  1. Don't get rid of the box the system came in, or the receipt for that matter. You will not have trouble with it or it won't shipped broken. This is no problem. Simply bug them until they repair it. Or you can take the clever approach and get a similar system.
  2. Keep paddles, games, instruction booklets, and any Xbox Live membership cards in a safe place. You can put them in the same box that you received your system in as well!
  3. Keep track of the cords. For recharging rechargeable batteries in the USB port, for power, TV hookup, Ethernet cable, any cords, and know where they are at all times.
  4. Apply a faceplate to your Xbox 360. If it accidentally gets scratched, the skin will take the hit.
  5. Attach a cooling device to the back of your Xbox 360. This will help the hard-drive not to get fused to the 360 while you play all night long, and will also help prevent the Red Ring of Death. Disclaimer: may be noisy.
  6. Place your Xbox 360 directly on a high surface away from dust, or clean it regularly following directions in manual.


  • Have a nice, soft piece of cloth handy to use with your Xbox 360. If your disks get dirty, you may want to give it a quick and gentle wipe.
  • Put all of your games back in the cases after you are done playing with your Xbox for a while.
  • Keep all the instruction booklets at all times! This will help you defeat a problem by looking in troubleshooting. If its not contained within the manual, research online, or at the company if you find that there is a serious error. It will also be helpful if you intend on selling/trading your game to a used video game store such as Gamestop or EB Games. Wal-Mart has added blue box kiosks in which you can sell your used video games, and you get a lot of money back. Try it out!


  • Never leave your Xbox 360 on for more than one hour without use. It is a waste of power, and could result in the overheating of your Xbox 360 if left on for more than a few hours at a time.
  • Never leave anything on top of the 360, such as a drink or a plate of food. It can damage the 360 or may catch fire if system overheats.
  • Do not have anything especially flammable near the cords of the Xbox at any time, unless cords are unplugged.
  • Do not play with frayed or damaged cords.
  • Do not move your console with a game in the system! This will damage the game inside it! If you have ever seen a perfect circular scratch on a game disk you played, you most likely moved it on accident.

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