How to Fix the Xbox 360 Power Supply

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How to Fix the Xbox 360 Power Supply
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Microsoft technicians have come a long way in improving the reliability of the Microsoft Xbox 360 since the days when gamers coined the "red ring of death" phrase to describe the hardware problems of early Xbox 360 devices. There are still a number of issues that create frequent problems for Xbox gamers, including issues involving the power supply. Xbox systems still under warranty can be sent back for repair, but for many gamers the warranty is long over and the only option is doing the repairs themselves.

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Things you need

  • Torx 10 driver
  • Torx 20 driver
  • Insulated screw grabber (optional)
  • X-Acto knife (optional)

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  1. 1

    Unplug your Xbox 360 from all power sources. Even an unplugged Xbox can still have electrical power stored in the system. Proceed with extreme caution. Avoid contact with the capacitors.

  2. 2

    Peel back the stickers to reveal two screws. Remove the screws using the No. 20 Torx. Remove a portion of the rubber feet on the bottom of the Xbox 360 to reveal the four screws. Remove the screws using a No. 20 Torx.

  3. 3

    Turn the Xbox 360 over and shake to remove the cover.

  4. 4

    Unscrew and remove the three screws holding the drives to the casing.

  5. 5

    Unplug the IDE cable attached to the hard drive. Loosen the power cord from the drive tray track. Lift the hard drive straight up to remove it from the casing.

  6. 6

    Remove the IDE cable and the yellow cord from the motherboard. Unscrew and remove the two screws at the front of the DVD drive. Lift the DVD drive straight up to remove it.

  7. 7

    Grasp the power cord gently by the wires; rock it back and forth to loosen and remove it. Remove the mounting screws, being extremely careful not to come in contact with the capacitors.

  8. 8

    Pull the power supply forward and upward to remove.

  9. 9

    Push the new power supply into the power supply slot.

  10. 10

    Replace the two mounting screws. Reattach the power cord to the socket.

  11. 11

    Replace the DVD drive. Replace the two screws into the front of the DVD drive.

  12. 12

    Attach the yellow cord to the motherboard. Attach the IDE cable.

  13. 13

    Slide the hard drive back into the casing. Reattach the IDE cable to the hard drive.

  14. 14

    Screw in the three casing screws to hold the drives to the casing.

  15. 15

    Replace the Xbox 360 cover.

  16. 16

    Screw in the four screws on the Xbox 360 footing mounts. Replace the rubber coverings.

  17. 17

    Screw in the additional two screws under the labels. Press down the labels.

Tips and warnings

  • Opening your Xbox 360 box will void your Microsoft warranty.

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