Cheap and Easy Fan Upgrade (Tut)

Tulvert Aug 11, 2012

  1. Tulvert

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    So in the spirit of getting the old Box section up on it's feet here is little Tut to help keep your Xbox cool. Now this does involve opening it up.

    What you'll need: A Torx 10 driver/bit
    A Torx 15 driver/bit
    A roll of electrical tape
    A sturdy pin or paper clip
    A Can of spray air (optional)
    Now that we have our supplies it's time to open our Xbox.

    Begin by making sure it doesn't have a game inside and that it is completely powered off and unplugged.

    Flip the Xbox over and and have your Torx 15 ready. The 6 long screws are hidden under the 4 rubber feet and the 2 stickers under our Xbox. Once you've gotten these screws out carefully flip the Xbox back over.

    Remove the top of our Xbox by placing your hands on either side with the front of the Xbox facing you. Now that we have the top off note the Hard Drive and the DVD Drive.

    Now we're going need to unplug the 2 wires running to our Hard Drive. Take your time we don't want to bend any of the pins on our Hard Drive. Get out your Torx 10 driver/bit. You're going need to remove 3 little gold colored screws. Two are positioned between the DVD Drive and the Hard Drive. The third is on the left front end of the DVD Drive.

    After taking out the 3 gold colored screws Gently lift out the Hard Drive tray.

    Next we're going to unplug 2 wires from our DVD Drive. Again take your time we don't want to bend any pins.

    Once you've unplugged the DVD Drive Gently lift the DVD Drive tray out from our Xbox.

    You're doing great. Take a moment and look inside the Xbox. Note where the rear fan is. This is also a great time to remove any built up dust or other things like pet hair from the Xbox. Now if you happen to have a Can of Spray Air, use it to blow out the dust or pet hair and the like.

    Our next step is Gently unplugging our Rear Fan from our motherboard. You'll notice it only has 2 wires leading from the fan to the little molex head adapter. One is a Red wire the other is a Black Wire. We want to focus our attention to the Black Wire.

    Using our Sturdy Pin or Paper Clip we're going pop that Black Wire up from it's little molex adapter head.

    On one side of the adapter head you'll see where both wires secure into place. Note it looks like two silver slivers. Take our Sturdy Pin/Paper Clip and apply pressure to where the Black Wire secures into the adapter and Gently pull the Black Wire out.

    Having removed the Black wire from the adapter go ahead and plug the molex adapter head back into place on the motherboard.

    Get out your Black Electrical Tape. Take the Black Wire and tape it to the Metal Housing on the inside of our Xbox. Make sure you tape it down real well. We don't want it moving at all.

    This effectively grounds the fan and boosting it maximum speed

    And that is it my friend. We have just finished upgrading our Fan, easy wasn't it.

    Now take your time and put your Xbox back together. Simply reverse all the steps we took to take it apart.

    Finished putting it together.......... Good. Now plug in, power on and lets listen to the sound of our handy work. Sounds good right lol.

    If you happen to have a Dash board that shows temps, you'll notice a difference which is what we were aiming for.

    Happy Gaming Folks.
     
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    Might just do this with the 6 consoles I have to repair. Buddy told me to keep them so will probably do the fan upgrade after fixing them then sell them.
     

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