How to Upgrade the Motherboard in an Xbox

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How to Upgrade the Motherboard in an Xbox
Upgrade the motherboard of your Xbox and improve your gaming experience. (motherboard image by Ivonne Wierink from

You can improve the performance of your Xbox by upgrading its motherboard for a new one with a faster processor and a larger RAM memory module. A popular upgrade is to change the motherboard of an early Xbox with a 733 Megahertz Intel Pentium III processor and 64 megabytes of RAM for a new motherboard with a 1.4 gigahertz Intel Celeron processor and 128 megabytes of RAM. Although not cheap, upgrading your Xbox will significantly improve the processing speed of your Xbox and will add video and sound functions prepacked on the newer motherboard such as S-video, AV video, Dolby surround sound and an optical fibre audio port.

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Things you need

  • New motherboard
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Pick up your Xbox and place it upside down. This is the way into your Xbox's guts. Remove the pads covering the screws around the edges. Unscrew the six long screws that hold your Xbox together: four on the corners and two hidden underneath the labels.

  2. 2

    Remove the box cover. Remove the hard disk. Each hard disk is paired with one motherboard, so keep a record of the hard disk's serial number so you don't mix your hard drives when you install the new one.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the nine screws holding down the motherboard. Remove the Game Pad connectors. The connectors have a yellow cable connected to a corner of the motherboard. Pull off the multicoloured power supply connector and remove the motherboard.

  4. 4

    Install your new motherboard following the steps in reverse order. Screw the new motherboard to your Xbox, connect the Game Pad and power supply connectors, install your new hard drive and replace the six long screws.

Tips and warnings

  • You can sell your old motherboard, as long as it is not damaged. Protect it by placing it in an anti-static bag and place it somewhere safe.
  • Opening up your Xbox and replacing your motherboard will void your manufacturer's guarantee, and you can easily damage your Xbox's fragile electronic components during the installation.

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