Introduction

This guides shows how to replace the Kinect's microphone panel. This should be done if the microphone doesn't pick up any sound regardless of what you do.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the two plastic strips off the bottom of the main Kinect housing using the metal spudger's sharper side. Peel off the two Xbox 360 stickers from the bottom of the case to reveal two hidden screws. Some force may be required to remove the adhesive. Applying heat to the adhesive may make it easier to remove.
  • Remove the two plastic strips off the bottom of the main Kinect housing using the metal spudger's sharper side.

  • Peel off the two Xbox 360 stickers from the bottom of the case to reveal two hidden screws.

  • Some force may be required to remove the adhesive. Applying heat to the adhesive may make it easier to remove.

  • Do not overheat as it may cause damage to the internal components.

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Unscrew the six 12mm T10 Torx screws.
  • Unscrew the six 12mm T10 Torx screws.

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Remove the top portion of the case from the rest of the body. Detach the side portions of the case from the body. Remove the fan piece from the side of the body. Unplug it from the logic board to fully remove it.
  • Remove the top portion of the case from the rest of the body.

  • Detach the side portions of the case from the body.

  • Remove the fan piece from the side of the body. Unplug it from the logic board to fully remove it.

  • When unplugging the fan, be sure to pull from the white connector at the end of the wire to avoid breaking it.

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Remove the bottom portion of the case by sliding it out from under the body.
  • Remove the bottom portion of the case by sliding it out from under the body.

  • The bottom of the case may be difficult to remove if there is any residual adhesive. If the residual adhesive prevents you from removing the case, apply gentle heat and wiggle the case out.

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Remove the four 7mm T10 Torx screws (two on each side of the metal body). Remove the four 7mm T10 Torx screws (two on each side of the metal body).
  • Remove the four 7mm T10 Torx screws (two on each side of the metal body).

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Remove the front portion of the case containing the lens coverings for the cameras. The LED component is connected to the front portion of the case. To disconnect it, just pull it out of its plastic connector.
  • Remove the front portion of the case containing the lens coverings for the cameras.

  • The LED component is connected to the front portion of the case. To disconnect it, just pull it out of its plastic connector.

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Unplug the microphone from motherboard.
  • Unplug the microphone from motherboard.

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Pull off the microphone panel and snake the cable that was connected to the motherboard through the hole on the camera panel.
  • Pull off the microphone panel and snake the cable that was connected to the motherboard through the hole on the camera panel.

  • Pull the cable out carefully to avoid damage.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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