Xbox360 MOD/FIX/REPAIR fu mS

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Phrenetical, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Phrenetical

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    Okies, this is a follow on somewhat from the other thread i started about my bloody 360 overheating. This is the work log of everything i did to it to get rid of the RROD <-- red ring of death.

    Why i did this: Because my 360 was basically a 600$ paper weight. Plus when it worked my house was awesome for parties, as i have 4 controllers and lots of multiplayer games. And it was good relaxing fun playing it with my GF instead of watching tv <3. So i wanted my 360 back and working :\

    Basically i bought it off ebay cheap with a shed load of games and accessories, chipped with an NME chip for 600$.


    Anyway worked for about 2 months, then got the RROD not long after my GF started playing backward compatible games on it, like fable... So i did the towel fix, and it worked fine until she put fable in it again. After hours of yelling i managed to convince her not to play fkn fable <3. Redid towel fix worked for a while, she puts xbox1 morrowind in it and kills it a third time... im like ok, im a modder, i can fix this POS..

    (honestly it could just have been coincidental that it died everytime we/she used those games, but i doubt it.)



    So attempt 1.

    Order the aftermarket rear fans for the 360
    order a splitter for the 5v line to power a pc fan.
    find a green 120mm fan

    This didnt go quite as planned, couldnt find a green led 120mm fan anywhere, so had to settle on a clear one.
    After i ordered it i realised a 120mm fan at 5v was useless.


    Attempt 2

    Figure out how to power a 12v fan from the 360
    install the rear fans,
    cut 120mm blow hole
    apply Artic silver 5 to heat sinks

    Attempt 2 was a complete failure, i tried the 120mm fan at 5v, was useless, xbox would overheat and crash in a few minutes. The rear fans didnt help at all. The Heat sinks were burning up with the extra heat transfer, the cpu sink was red hot when i re-opened the 360 about 5 minutes later.


    Dissolusioned but not willing to give in.

    Attempt 3

    Got a mate to solder wires onto bottom of mainboard to get 12v connection for fan.
    Ghetto mod the fan duct for the 360 to split it into two air channels to help cool GPU.
    Reapply AS5
    Remove the silly metal covering in the top part of the 360.


    Even with the fan at 12v and the other mods to the 360, it was overheating after about 10 minutes now... Im like about to throw it off the balcony at this point :(


    1 week later, tonight,

    Attempt 4

    Did the Xclamp mod
    re-apply as5 etc..


    OMFG <--- my 360 is working again.

    played fusion frenzy 2, DOA 4, and marvel alliance all up about 2 hrs of solid gaming. No crashes, no lock ups, no issues apart from the first RROD which didnt happen the second time i booted it up.



    Here are all the pictures. Thanks to the guys in the console area that recommended the xclamp mode.

    I must say it has not been fun!

    Fan hole and fan attached
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    dremel fun
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    seperating the air flow
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    lead free solder really f'n sucks :(
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    xclamp mod
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    The GPU HS torn to pieces, this was very not easy :mad:
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    360 clean
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    green glow through the clear fan
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    working 360
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    I'd like to thank microsoft for wasting two of my weekends, and costing me close to 100$ in parts to fix your poorly designed fun machine.


    Anyone looking to fix their own xbox's needs to look at

    http://rbjtech.bulldoghome.com/pages/rbjtech_bulldoghome_com/XClamp.htm

    I was somewhat skeptical but it seems to work, extra cooling wont fix your issue if your already have suffered the RROD, and the xclamp mod, though difficult is worth it if it fixes your expensive toy.

    Parts you will need for xclamp mod

    - 5/32" 25mm bolts
    - 5/32" half hex nuts
    - 5/32" machine washers

    get a packet of each form your local hardware shop, and have fun modding.

    - needle nose plyers (for ripping up the GPU heatsink)
    - some hex drivers (plyers will suffice)


    I also noticed in my attempt at this i had to change the layout of the nuts/washers to suit my 360 from that of the tutorial i linked above.

    After placing the bolts through the bottom of it, this is how i attached everything.


    bolt -> bottom 360 plate -> 5/32 nut -> 5/32 nut -> motherboard -> washer -> washer -> heatsink -> washer -> 5/32 nut -> 5/32 nut

    (the last nut is just to stop any vibrations loosening the hold)
     
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  2. iAl3xi

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    i woulda made a ghetto mod and cut a hole and attach a arctic freezer 64 or something :p lol
     
  3. Kaine[zof]

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    ooh ooh i have that monitor!

    good link, too. I'm holding off on any modding atm though, at least until i find out if i'm actually covered by Microsofts new 3-year warranty on hardware failures. Anyone know if you need proof of purchase?
     
  4. SCopE

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    you know if my xbox fucks up im gonna send it to you to do this x-clamp thiing phren:p
     
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    Phrenetical

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    is that you big man?

    how ya been?
     
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    wow byebye warranty lol.

    looks good, only if there were a little more room in the case.
     
  7. Suki

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    They giving warranty on ebay these days?
     
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    lol chipped off ebay!

    sheesh dont underestimate my lack of caring for waranties ;)
     
  9. Butcher9_9

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    so that mod is to put more pressure on the chips?

    i would think that i would be easier to just do the shim method as described in the guide but without changing the bolts and all
     
  10. ojk007

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    interesting.. do you know why it fixed it? ie was it getting to hot or something?
     
  11. squall_leonhart

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    its simple thermaldynamics....

    the sink hasn't the pressure applied to meet properly with the spreader causing pockets of air to form, allowing the chip to heat up too high,... and RROD

    we do the same thing all the time with our different cpu cooling and stuff.

    i did a similar thing with a P4 once.
     
  12. Dynamite Dave

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    Good old xclamp mod works a treat untill u accidently drop a 1 inch long screw onto the mobo while its running :wired:
    Bzzzzzzzzzzzz good night 360, haha that was an expensive accident :weirdo:
     
  13. Scotty1991

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    Wouldnt happen with a PS3, mine been folding for 2 weeks, hasnt ever gone onto high fan, were as my 360 sounds like a motorbike when I load up a game :/, go figure
     
  14. ojk007

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    ah k so it was overheating... god MS failed badly there..
     
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    sorry. didnt read. pictures came first.
     
  16. samwise123

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    xbox 360 has a 16x dvd rom as teh ps3 has a 1x br dvd.. xbox spins faster making more noise.
     
  17. Mshake

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    u cannot compare dvd to br dvd spin speeds, kinda like apple to oranges.
     
  18. zNth

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    consoles are just like buying a dell, proprietary, expensive and rubbish.

    I guess there's no choice though since many fun games only get released there and not on PC.
     
  19. Beldin

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    Man if you spend that much money on fixing your Xbox 360 then why can't you spend $2 on some black paint for your monitors LED? I still see a hint of blue on mine but it doesn't burn out my eye's.
     
  20. spawn again

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    Not true.

    Consoles are fun for the living room. You can play with friends in the same room. Sit back in your comfy couch while playing...
    You can't really do that on a computer.

    Expensive? Blah. I could've bought three 360's with the money I spent on my dual 7900GTX videocards.

    /edit:
    Oh yeah, the reason 360s fail is because of rubbish work on putting it together.
     
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