45 minutes - 1 hour
my old roommate left an older xbox 360 that got the red ring. We sold all we could off of it so he could get some money out of it. I came across this page out of curiosity and was like wow step by step instructions. pretty neat!! Then the geek in me decided months later hey what do I have to lose! I just love ripping things open to see what makes them tick.
The repair went fairly well. It took me quite awhile and I had a few nerve wracking moments because my screw driver slipped when trying to take off the CPU and i scratched the board slightly. I was like DANG!! but the scratches weren't enough to terminate the board. I fired it up and got an error message. So I was determined and looked up a remedy which involved plugging av cable in as I fired it up and I got past the error message!! From there I updated the software and played a game to test it and it works. Now the fun part is I get to trim it out with a new face plate, hard drive and power adapter. You can piece it out and find parts pretty cheap. Pretty cool getting an xbox 360 for $30 but it will require about another 70-80 bucks to get it up to par with accessories.
yeah please wait to get the dang tool to open up the case or else you can get the housing a bit gnarly and dented. I had a blast with this project. Oh one other thing thermal grease is a FREAKING MESS!!! I used a plastic bag on my finger to spread it on the processor but still managed to get it everywhere!! hahaha