Now it has changed a little and the 3 red lights error is actually free if you are still in warranty and the same thing applies for the 1 red light display chip error.
Well the standard way is to send it in and you will still have a long wait with most repairs taking about 4 weeks from start to finish so the repair guide option is still proving a popular way to get back up and running.
Let us have a quick look at the pros and cons of a good Xbox 360 Repair guide: Pros: It will enable you to get back up and running within a few hours if successful.
You can get started right away with no waiting time.
Most of them claim that you can perform the fix with a few household items.
Most also state that you will not need to be technical to complete the fix.
Cons: It can be hard to tell if the guide is for "real".
Some of the guides are way more technical then they would have you believe.
You have no way of knowing if it is a lasting fix or what you are doing with your console.
Will lose your warranty if you open up the console to try the fix.
So the main problems that we can see is making sure that you get a guide that will be easy to follow.
As long as you do your research and make sure that the guide has a full guarantee and also some sort of preview of the fix so you can see what you are letting yourself in for you should be fine.
Also a good idea is to send the customer support an email and judge from their response how good the guide might be.
For instance if you ask for help with the 3 red light error and they don't really send you much feedback this might be a tell tale sign that the guide will be low quality! I hope this has helped you understand a bit more about Xbox 360 Repair guides and if in doubt you should bite the bullet and send the console in.