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Is this a sign of damage or is it fine?

Xbox 360 with a RROD, fixing it with a RROD kit from this site, it appears as if this might be something blown on the motherboard, I'm not too sure.

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This xbox also appears to be an older model or something because when following the repair guide, the components are different (my one doesn't have x-clamps at all).

The location of this is to the side of the taller heatsink

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Patrick, take another picture and zoom out on that one so we can try to properly identify the version of the motherboard. Also, if you can see it, the reference designator would be a great help. It is most likely something like O9XX

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Patrick, looks like one of your Mosfets is missing. It appears to be a NTD60N02R 62 A, 24 V, N−Channel, DPAK. Once you can add some more information as requested, I could verify this information.

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Patrick your board is a "Falcon" All Xbox360 Premium machines and Arcade machines manufactured august 2007 should have it. Xbox360 packages with lot number 0734 or higher will most likely be Falcon machines.Benefits are bigger and enhanced CPU cooler and fewer voltage regulators, capacitors and inductors. According to the schematic, those spaces on the motherboard are actually empty. See attached schematic and image.

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So, your board actually looks the way it should, component wise, but it needs some cleaning;-) use some isopropyl alcohol and a soft toothbrush for that. Hope this helps, good luck.

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Is there a reason why then that my xbox is still getting a RROD after installing the RROD fix kit? I haven't cleaned that off just yet but I don't think it would make a difference to it working or not?

Is there anything else I should check on after reflowing the motherboard, applying new thermal paste and reattaching the heatsinks with the new washers? I'm pretty sure I screwed them down tight enough as well....

The Xbox itself when reassembled does make a strange noise when booting up even after replacing the red ring fix kit (well I'm fixing this for a friend so I don't know if it actually is normal or not, but from what I can tell it doesn't sound right).

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Unlikely that you are having issues with the non-existent component or a messy motherboard. You do need to remember that your fix will only work if your RROD is caused by solder fractures and if they are not to extreme. Reflowing any board with a heatgun is not an exact science and as such does have a certain amount of failure. The proper fix for this would most likely be a professional reball. Anyhow, the biggest reason for failure to reflow is not enough consistent heat. There is a fine line between reflowing and absolutely melting the solder, so one needs to be aggressive without going over board. If nothing else, get a couple of temperature probes and see what heat you generate. You also need to make sure that you apply the thermal paste properly etc. Follow this guide and keep on trying. If at first you don't succeed....:). Hope this helps, good luck.

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How does the xbox exactly "know" that the thermal paste is applied correctly and stops it from generating a RROD?

I should add whilst reflowing, I did the back for 1 minute on low, but my heatgun doesn't work on high so I managed to reflow that area on the front of the motherboard on low for about 3 and a half minutes then my heatgun completely died so I need a new one now lol

So if I've applied the thermal paste well/correctly and tightened the heatsinks quite tight as well, what else could I need to do to stop it from getting an RROD?

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You may not have reached temps high enough to reflow your processors. I'd repeat it with the proper tools. Also, remember that even a reflow may feel depending on the solder cracks. The best repair for this is definitely a reball:-)

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what exactly is a reball? Haven't heard of that before

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