Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the top panel on your Xbox 360 S.

Image 1/1: Take care when removing the fan vent not to break any of the plastic clips.
  • In the following steps, you will remove the top vent, secured to the top panel by the thirteen clips shown.

  • Take care when removing the fan vent not to break any of the plastic clips.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger between the top vent and the top bezel near the rear of the Xbox. Image 2/2: Rotate the spudger away from the console, prying the edge of the fan vent up until the two plastic clips come free.
  • Orient the console so that the words "XBOX 360" on the sides are right-side up, and the faceplate is facing to the left.

  • Insert a metal spudger between the top vent and the top bezel near the rear of the Xbox.

  • Rotate the spudger away from the console, prying the edge of the fan vent up until the two plastic clips come free.

  • Be sure to rotate the spudger far enough so that the plastic clips clear the silver rim of the top bezel.

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Image 1/3: In the same manner described above, begin prying the left side of the top vent away from the top bezel. Image 2/3: Continue prying along the left side of the device, freeing all the clips on that side. Image 3/3: Continue prying along the left side of the device, freeing all the clips on that side.
  • Insert a metal spudger between the fan vent and top bezel along the left side of the console.

  • In the same manner described above, begin prying the left side of the top vent away from the top bezel.

  • Continue prying along the left side of the device, freeing all the clips on that side.

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Image 1/2: Remove the entire fan vent. Image 2/2: Remove the entire fan vent.
  • Lift the fan vent up from the freed left side to disengage the clips along the right side.

  • Remove the entire fan vent.

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Image 1/2: Each clip can be undone by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip. Image 2/2: Each clip can be undone by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip.
  • In the following steps, you will be releasing the six clips highlighted in red.

  • Each clip can be undone by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger through the front-most slit on the left edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the left case, as described above. Image 2/2: Simultaneously rotate the spudger away from the console and pull up on the top bezel to free the clip.
  • Orient the console so that the left case is facing toward you and the faceplate is facing toward the right.

  • Insert a metal spudger through the front-most slit on the left edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the left case, as described above.

  • Simultaneously rotate the spudger away from the console and pull up on the top bezel to free the clip.

  • You will hear a "pop" signifying that the clip cleared its catch.

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  • Using the same method described above, free the two remaining clips along the left edge of the top bezel.

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Image 1/1: You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached.
  • Grab the entire top panel with your hands, lift up the entire left edge high enough to rest the separated clips on top of the left case.

  • You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached.

  • The top panel will not come free of the console yet.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger through the rear-most slit on the right edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the right case. Image 2/2: While lifting up on the top bezel with your fingers, rotate the spudger away from the console to free the clip.
  • Rotate the console so that the rear of the Xbox 360 S is facing to the right, and the right case is facing you.

  • Insert a metal spudger through the rear-most slit on the right edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the right case.

  • While lifting up on the top bezel with your fingers, rotate the spudger away from the console to free the clip.

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  • In the same manner as described in the previous steps, release the middle and front clips along the right edge of the top panel.

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Image 1/1: You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached to the console.
  • Lift the top panel off the device.

  • You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached to the console.

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Conclusion

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

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