Is there any way to reuse the xclamps
I have seen several other guides for xbox mods where the xclamps are put back in-this is before RROD appears-basically they are trying to prevent RROD. so the question is.... do the guides recommend washers and bolts because the xclamp is useless or because they found another way of doing the same job?
I repaired my xbox with an online set of bolts, but have now been given a friends to repair and am wondering if we can get away with just redoing the thermal paste and reapplying the xclamps.
I don't recommend reapplying the x-clamps, as they are most likely a contributing factor to the RROD in the first place.
One bolt through the backside of mobo (no washers, washers raise the center of the mobo up more in relation to the standoff's that encompass the inside edge of the metal cage = instant flex)...on the topside of the mobo, one nylon washer, then one metal washer, then the heat sinks.
Speaking from experience, over 200 reflows performed, have never reapplied the x-clamps.
Sure thing. You'll want to use:
M5-0.8 x 12 mm Phillips Pan Head Machine Screws
M5 Flat Washers
M5 Nylon Washers
You can purchase all of these at Lowes or similar store. For bulk purchase, I recommend http://www.fastenermart.com/.
Tighten snug, until you feel that first bit of real resistance.