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February 19, 2014
Wireless controllers would not sync with Xbox 360 and the power light would not come on.
The repair went well except for the Spudger tip broke almost immediately- very disappointed with that. IFixit guide was extremely helpful and assisted me in successfully installing a new RF Module board on my 360.
Don't be intimidated by changing the RF Module board in your 360 if you run into a similar problem. The IFixit guide is a very helpful resource.
February 18, 2014
February 2, 2014
A friend gave me a RROD'd original Xbox 360.
I read several guides and decided to use the 8-penny method (Pushing up the mobo at the RAM with make-shift stints) and then turned it back on and let it run with air-flow blocked to the GPU for ten minutes. After a couple hours, to let it cool, I turned it on and now I have an X-Box!
The metal on the tool bends easily, and you need the key section to push down on multiple latches simultaneously. If the backside of the shell doesn't come right apart you may not be hitting the latches.
The long Torx screws that hold the bottom half of the shell on stripped easily.
Be sure the case is fully lined up before reattaching the bottom half with the screws.
January 28, 2014
My friend's Xbox 360 Elite recently got the dreaded "Can't open tray" error. Unfortunately, he tried to manually remove the disk (incorrectly, but what can I say?), and the tray both came off-track AND managed to damage the tray motor. It was very clear that the drive was toast. He called me, asking me to repair his beloved Xbox. He would cover the consumable parts (in this case, just the DVD drive) and compensate me for my time.
The physical deconstruction of the Xbox went astoundingly well. Once you have the trim pieces off, it was only a total of like, 10 screws before I had access to the drive's daughter board. After nearly bricking the new drive while programming it to work with the Xbox (see "My Advice"), re-assembly was a breeze. I was even able to give it a nice air-blasting with an air compressor.
First of all, ignore the warning about the DVD drives not being swappable. The issue is that you need to replace the drive with an IDENTICAL drive (make, model, AND firmware version all have to be the same), and you need some special hardware (specific SATA PCI card, Southbridge chip, and/or USB debugging tool, plus a modified power cable). To top it all off, you need special software to dump the original DVD drive's encryption key (The drives use encryption! How about that.) and inject it into the new drive. The software and tools themselves are legal (as is what you're doing), but they can be used to do some seriously shady things.
TL;DR: Brush up on yer' seafarin' man's English, ya' landlubber.
May 14, 2013
I fix my Xbox 360 in order to save money if I can and I didn't want to recycle it unless there was a way to fix it.
It was little difficult to fix the problem but it help me get the Xbox 360 working again.
Just relax while repairing your console and take one step at a time and don't rush it.
February 19, 2013
September 18, 2012
I could hardly hear anything from my iPhone 4s earpiece anymore.
My repair went great thanks to ifixit's very detailed instructions.
Keep your screws together with each step that you do. A screw tray would work great. I didn't have one so I used upside-down sticky notes and wrote which part of the phone the screws and parts came from. Put the screws on the sticky part of the note. Worked very well. Thanks ifixit!!!
February 23, 2012
Several Tools required for repairs to Ipads/ipods/Ima
Toosl for apples products and some specialized tools for ps3/xbox360's can be hard to find!
Got all my tools in a fast expediated service, nice professional looking toolkits and very well layed out sets. They have supplimented my already growing apple toolsets with a number of nessisary items. Only problem is i cant buy the awesome heat gun you guys sell because i am in Canada and the Customs will not allow it accross the border(boo). Other then that ...awesome sets guys great prices and fast service!
Never disregard your own ability to learn and advance your own skills in repairs. many products these days seem unrepairable and way too advanced to even begin working on but unfortunately that is what the manufacturers WANT you to believe. The guys and gals at Ifixit.com have great advice an awesome database of assisted documents for viewing and tools of almost any kind you may need for specialized systems. Dont jsut throw that broken screen unit away and dont hesitate when you have the thought "hrmm maybe this can be fixed" you will never know unless you try. And unfortunately most technitions are trained to make you believe that ONYL they can fix your gear. try its the best advice i can give. PRops to Ifixit and thanks you guys. Keep fixinit!
February 2, 2012
August 16, 2011
After three good years of service it was my Xbox 360's turn to display a solitary red ring with the E79 error. A quick websearch suggested that this could be fixed by reinserting hardware peripherals, such as the hard drive. Upon reboot I got the dreaded three 'red rings of death', the night before the birth of my second daughter. Was this a message from on high?
$130 fro Microsoft to 'sell' a refurbished console was not acceptable. The iFixit videos proved that I could resurrect my console for under $17 with some household tin foil and my father-in-law's heat gun. So far so good. MY Xbox has been faithful to me.
Thank you once again iFixit for coming through for me with excellent thermal paste videos.
With the help of the iFixit Xbox 360 RROD tutorial, it was easy to dismantle my console saftely. It gave me a chance to dust off all the internal components too.
Placing tin foil around to capacitors helped isolate the GPU and CPUs from the intense heat of the heat gun. It was the only non flammable item I could find at short notice to reflect some of the heat. I appeared to work.
Wipes and isopropyl alcohol were great for removing the old thermal paste. Household plastic wrap was ideal for applying the artic thermal paste evenly.
I paused every ten seconds or so during the four minute heating of the processors, just to avoid overheating the capacitors. So in reality it was more like five minutes.