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Can someone please explain the towel trick?
I don't have an Xbox.
If your Xbox get's the infamous "Red ring of death" the Xbox will not start, it will just conduct a circle of red rings on your light indicators on your console. So some genius ****** discovered if you wrap it in a towel, turn it on, and let it sit for 7-10 minutes; then turn it off, take off the towel, turn it back on and it will work. The first time I heard this, I laughed-but yet being desperate, I tried it. It ******* worked. It continued to work for about 6-8 months and it did it again. I did the towel trick again and hasn't happened since. I googled why it works and supposedly it gets the console so hot, it re-solders 2 connections back together- which some how came disconnected during normal use causing the red-ring of death in the first place- thus fixing your console. I can confirm, it does in-fact work. LAST NOTE- Everyone does warn to watch the x-box closely when you do this because it's a fire hazard.
When you have the RROD you wrap the Xbox in 2 towels. It basically heats itself to the point where the solder melts and resolidifies back into its original position.
I did the trick before I went to college and my Xbox has worked since, It's a release model.
Now that I'm a certified Avionics Tech I'll just replace any faulty components. Knowing what I do now I wouldn't recommend doing the Towel Trick. You could possibly get some solder bridges and cold solder joints, Which could cause short Circuits. A lot of the components are surface mount so there isn't much space between the pads.
Hope that offeres some insight.
Since you're a tech, how does the red rind of death occur?
Well I'm an Avionics Tech; I work on Aircraft electrical systems for the most part, although I'm going back to school to be a pilot.
Anyways, The RROD is just the Xbox's way of saying there was a catastrophic failure; The RROD has many causes, Faulty wiring, Bad components, Severe Over Heating, A bad solder connection.
UnaOWNED 's Explanation is feasible to. There were plenty of unforeseen problems with the console when it was released.
you just described exactly what i want to do after highschool
the aviation part, how long have you wanted to be a pilot?
Since I was in the 4th grade. A pilot gave me tour on a 737 and gave me a set of pin on wings, from then on I was hooked.
I became interested in Avionics because; A. as a pilot I'd use avionics every single day and B. because I want a back up plan for the future in case I run into some unforeseen problems that would prevent me from being a pilot.
If you're interested in becoming an Avionics tech there are a ton of great schools out there. Make sure to research them though, Some programs charge 2x - 3x the national average because the School has an old name. If you want to be a pilot make sure to research, then research again, then again. It's really expensive to become a pilot but its a very rewarding career. You wouldn't want to waste your hard earned money on a crappy program but you also have to be weary of "To good to be True" programs.
I was recommended a book from the Head flight instructor at Aerosim in Florida (Our parents met at a Hospital Meet). Its called "Professional Pilots Career Guide Second Edition" by Robert P. Mark. Its a little dated (2007) but it has tons of great information to get started and it has a lot of school reviews/ overviews..
I'd type more but I just got done grilling some steak for Mother's Day. Best of luck finishing school!
you have a nicer story
i played star wars rogue squadron when i was young and BOOM instant childhood obsession, i love stuff that flys
Don't get me wrong, I love flying in the Vidya games.
I want to fly helicopters for a living but I'v read its kind of hard for someone my size to get a job. But I'v been told otherwise, I met a helicopter pilot that was my exact height and maybe 10 pounds less than me and he told me its super easy to get a job. I'll stick with Fixed wing until I earn some money to afford Helicopter lessons though.
i would never fly a helicopter, they seem too dangerous, too easy to lose control
You'd be surprised. They are much safer than airplanes in many ways.
For instance, you lose power in flight.
In a helicopter you have auto-rotation, so you won't stall and can land (rather hard)
In a plane you can only hope your glide ratio is good enough for you to glide to a safe landing place. You have to manage your pitch angle so that you don't cause a stall while gliding and if you can't bank to much or you'll stall.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages but I really like helicopters. Being able to land anywhere, stop in flight and hover is very attractive to me.
airplanes get sweet maneuvers
your statement is invalid
Lol, I got to take Aerobatic flight lesson not to long ago. It was ******* intense, My pilot was a veteran F16 pilot (16 years flying them). He was so nice, he told me I was the most talented student he's had, he told me he liked how I was asking questions, he said most people take his instructions at face value and won't think anything of it. I was scared when we started getting suited up though, I had never worn a parachute before and man was it weird. The parachute acts kind of like a cushion in the 300L.
We did a Strap check and my head hit the canopy lol. Then when he walked me through a Tail slide he decided to tumble it at the end.. Holy Crap, I watched the color leave my vision and black tentacles started going over my vision. Then we pulled out and the color came back... Man I was kind of chuffed. I was talking with the other guy flying with us in another plane with his pilot and found out they hit 8 G's. I didn't check the meter at the end of my flight but that tumble and pull out made me feel terrible.
But it was a really cool time and I gained a lot of experience. It was cool being able to do these stunts having no training lol, He'd do something once and hand me the stick. I love showing the video to my friends.
I never fully understood it. I guess if it's broken let's try and overheat it so it'll work again.
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