Xbox 360 repair

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XBOX 360 – Three Red Lights of Death Repair Manual
This manual is copyright to 360repair.co.uk however the method used for the fix is an amalgamation of ours and other’s efforts to find a reliable way to repair faulty consoles without resorting to reflowing / reballing the motherboard / processors etc as the majority of the time this is simply not cost-effective. As such, we only reball / reflowwhen all else fails. Any similarities to other manuals on this topic are purely coincidental. The pictures in this guide are taken from various sources, some from Google and some from my digital camera. There are several measures taken in this manual to prevent unauthorised duplication. If you wish to resell this manual, please contact me first. I will pursue those that choose to ignore thiswarning and said resellers will be reported. By following this guide you accept that you will void any warranty that may remain on your console and that we can not be held responsible for any additional damage / problems that may occur from performing this modification. At the end of the manual there are additional tips and tricks you can try should you be so inclined.

Contents 1. Reasons why thisworks 2. Getting prepared 3. Opening the case 4. Removing the motherboard 5. Removing and preparing the heat sinks 6. Fixing the heat sinks 7. Check point 1! 8. Check point 2! 9. Other tips and tricks

Reasons why this works. When Microsoft designed the 360, they chose a slightly unusual way of mounting the heat sinks to the processors. When the console is running, there is a tremendous amountof heat build up inside the case. This causes the motherboard to flex against the X-Clamp support plastic (see picture 1) which in turn can cause the soldered joints on the processors to come away from the motherboard itself. This results in the Red Lights of Death. Due to the inefficient design of the heat sink clamping method, this is a very large problem. Although Microsoft haven’t (as of yet)come up with a decent design fix. On the latest ‘Elite’ versions of the console they have used epoxy resin to ‘glue’ the corners of the processors down to stop the flexing that causes this error (see picture 2). Whether their fix will stand the test of time remains to be seen. What the modification contained in this manual achieves is to alleviate board flexing and apply uniform pressure to theprocessors. This uniform pressure is enough to ‘remake’ the faulty joints resulting in a working console. Also, because the pressure on the processors is uniform the heat sinks do a much better job of dissipating the heat build up.

Getting prepared To perform this modification, you require some tools and some specific screws and washers. If you have purchased this document as part of the repairkit, you will have everything you need to perform this modification. Item T8 Torx Screwdriver T10 Torx Screwdriver 5mm Flat washers (B&Q avf-064968) 5mm x0.8x10 machine screws (B&Q avf-069918) Arctic Silver Thermal Compound Thin Terminal Screwdriver Wooden Skewer or similar (must be THIN) Qty Req 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Cost Each £3.00 £3.00 £1.30 £1.30 £4.50 £1.00 £0.50 Total £6.00 £9.00 £10.30 £11.60£16.10 £17.10 £17.60

Prices are for guidance only. Your mileage may vary – you can purchase sets of Torx screwdrivers for about £10.00. Do not substitute the screws/washers with a different brand or size. The size of these is crucial for the modification to work as intended.

Opening the case

Firstly, remove the front face plate from your Xbox: Take a look at the front of the Xbox 360 andinsert your thumb into the door that covers the two USB ports on the right of the unit. With your other hand squeezing the upper and lower sides of the face plate, pull out the face plate with your thumb. With not much effort, the face plate should come away from the unit with ease. I wouldn’t force it however –if it doesn’t want to come off easily it will be catching on something. You don’t want...
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