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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the accessory antenna board in an Xbox Series X.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your console. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the console.

  1. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Uncover the back panel screws: step 1, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Uncover the back panel screws: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Before starting this guide, power down your console and unplug all cables.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker hiding the first screw on the back panel, near the base.

  2. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to peel back the large sticker on the back panel to reveal the second screw.

    • You only need to peel this sticker to where you can access the hidden screw. You don't need to pull it completely off.

    • Technically, these are tamper-evident stickers—but don't worry—Microsoft can't legally void your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. Have fun!

    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two 7.4 mm screws securing the back panel.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your console.

  3. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the left side of the base.

    • Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  4. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the right side of the base.

    • Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  5. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the back panel at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the shell to unclip the long edges.

    • During reassembly, press along the edges of the back panel to snap it into place.

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    • The back panel slots into a gap at the top of the shell.

    • Tilt the back panel up and pull it away from the top edge of the shell to release it from the gap.

    • Remove the back panel.

  7. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the fan screws: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three screws securing the fan to the center chassis:

    • One 10.5 mm wide-head screw

    • Two 8.8 mm screws

  8. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the fan cable: step 9, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the fan cable: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the center chassis.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

    • During reassembly, route the fan cable underneath its small cable guide on the fan housing so it doesn't interfere with the back panel.

  9. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the fan: step 10, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the fan: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the fan out of its slot to remove it.

    • During reinstallation, note that the fan can only be installed one way—make sure Master Chief is facing you.

    • If you are replacing the fan, a new fan will probably not include the plastic installation bracket. The bracket is attached to the fan with 4 T10 Torx screws. This is not pictured in this guide.

  10. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Unlatch the base: step 11, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Unlatch the base: step 11, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Unlatch the base: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift up on the locking tab holding the base to the shell.

  11. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Twist and remove the base: step 12, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Twist and remove the base: step 12, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Twist and remove the base: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the base and rotate it counterclockwise to unlock it from the shell.

    • You may need to hold the locking tab open while you get the base started.

    • Remove the base.

    • During reassembly, drop the base tabs into their holes on the shell and twist clockwise until the base snaps into the interior locking tab.

    • When locked in place, the "Hello from Seattle" line will be parallel with the device's sides.

  12. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the optical drive screws: step 13, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the optical drive screws: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two 8.8 mm screws securing the optical drive's vibration isolator to the shell: one on the base and one on the top of the isolator.

  13. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 14, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 14, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Lift up the optical drive's vibration isolator to remove it.

    • The vibration isolator grips the sides of the optical drive with silicone pads, so you may need to "walk" the isolator off of the drive to slip it off each side.

    • During reassembly, ensure the vibration isolator is pushed down and around both edges of the optical drive, so it sits flush with the rest of the center chassis.

  14. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the power and data cables: step 15, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the power and data cables: step 15, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the power and data cables: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to grip the edges of the optical drive power connector and pull up to disconnect it from the optical drive.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

    • Use your fingers to pull up and disconnect the data cable from the optical drive.

  15. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the optical drive: step 16, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the optical drive: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Grip the top edge of the optical drive and pull it out of its slot in the shell to remove it.

    • During reassembly, align the pegs on the bottom edge of the optical drive with the guide holes on the bottom of the shell.

    • If the drive is misaligned, the top vibration isolator will not be able to be installed correctly, and the disc reader will be misaligned with the front of the console.

  16. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the USB port cable: step 17, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the USB port cable: step 17, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the USB port cable: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • The ribbon cables and their connectors are extremely fragile, so always open locking tabs gently and pull cables slowly.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip open the metal locking tab on the USB port ribbon cable.

    • During reassembly, gently snap the metal locking tab back into place once the cable has been inserted.

  17. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull up on the black plastic pull tab to remove the USB port cable from the center chassis.

    • Pull only on the pull tab, not the cable itself.

  18. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the power button cable: step 19, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the power button cable: step 19, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Disconnect the power button cable: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to depress the metal tab on the side of the power button cable's board connector.

    • With the metal tab depressed, use a pair of tweezers to pull up on the pull tab to disconnect the power button cable from the center chassis.

    • Pull only on the pull tab, not the cable itself.

    • Don't pull on the cable without depressing the metal tab, otherwise you risk damaging either the cable or the connector.

    • During reassembly, the cable should lightly "snap" into place when inserted.

  19. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the chassis screws: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three 7.4 mm screws securing the center chassis assembly to the shell.

  20. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Peel up the USB port cable: step 21, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Peel up the USB port cable: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Gently peel the taped USB port ribbon cable off of the heatsink.

  21. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the center chassis assembly: step 22, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the center chassis assembly: step 22, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the center chassis assembly: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • The center chassis is aligned to the shell with guide pegs. These pegs will need to slide out of their slots to allow the chassis to be lifted out.

    • Grip the center chassis and pull it towards the top of the shell, uncoupling the guide pegs from the shell.

    • Lift up the center chassis assembly to remove it from the shell.

    • During reassembly, make sure neither of the ribbon cables get pinched as you lower the center chassis into the shell.

  22. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the antenna board screws: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three 9.6 mm screws securing the antenna board to the center chassis.

  23. Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the accessory antenna board: step 24, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the accessory antenna board: step 24, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Accessory Antenna Board Replacement, Remove the accessory antenna board: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the antenna board and pull it directly away from the center chassis to disconnect it.

    • During reassembly, align the board's connector with the port on the center chassis and press to reconnect.

Conclusion

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

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Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Xbox Series X Answers community for help.

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