Ok, so, me and my fiance bought a Xbox 360 and played it for about a month and suddenly it crashed a few times. This followed when we thought it might cool off and then we could simply reboot, we got the dreaded RRoD. I looked online for solutions and was told to unplug the cords and such, and tried that to no avail. We eventually stumbled across this forum and several youtube videos of people replacing the thermal paste and everything working ok after, I tinker with computers and had a nice tube of AS-5 on hand, and used that after we spent time cleaning up the goo on the GPU/CPU. However, I did notice something missing. The CPU and GPU on our console had no X metal bars on it.
Also it should be noted, we got it from a pawn shop for 90$ and it had been refurbished by GameStop (they informed us they would accept it for trade at 50$ and we would have to fork out another 100$ for a used old white one like we have now, we decided to go gutsy and try to save some money) and the original screws were not in the console, the ones holding the CPU and GPU in place were replaced with fatter top screws. We eventually got it put back together, plugged in and powered on, and suddenly it still gave the RRoD. I read you should leave it on to let the paste burn in, we did that and was able to turn it on slightly, it powered on and then killed with E 079. I removed the HD from the Xbox 360 and turned it back on again to receive the RRoD again. I tried laying it flat, placing a fan in front of it (with the case and all, I have yet to try it without the case) and we have tried leaving it on for a long duration to burn in the new paste, but still nothing. It boots up, no sound, no visual and then gives 3 flashing lights (0102 error code)
I decided to ask this community as we followed the guides in replacing the paste and taking the console apart and now we're hitting a wall, and maybe we can get some other tips from you all.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.