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Original post by: Leroy Virnich ,


Problem:  Fan never turned on resulted is Kinect overheating and power cycling.

I researched the problem on various threads and decided to take it apart and see if I could replace the fan, as already noted by others.  Before ordering a new fan I wanted to check the existing fan independently and determine if it was at fault.  Upon removing the fan and checking it with a 5V power supply, I was able to confirm that the fan worked correctly.  When reinserting the fan into the connecter receptacle, the connector broke off of the PCB.  I inspected the connector and PCB and did not find any damage on the connector or the pads on the PCB.  I cleaned up the pads on the PCB with a little solder wick, replaced the connector and gave the pins a fresh coat of solder.  Reassembled the unit and everything seems to be working fine.

Just seems to me to be a manufacturing issue where the solder screen machine did not apply enough solder paste prior to SMT resulting in connections that were cold/intermittent, failing over time.

I took some pictures but not sure how to add them to this post.