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So i have a release date 360 thats been seriously used to the max.
Its used all week to stream vids and watch Sky player and some light gaming by myself,its very rare its turned off.
At weekend it couldnt get used more as my son and his homies lay down some serious hours on Halo Reach and Kanes wrath.

Anyway last night it starts to freeze up in games so i clear HD cache check net connection,check disc for scratches etc.
After a few freezes it goes red...again.
Yup this is second time,it was revived 2 years ago with new TIM and a bolt kit and thats when i put it in a crystal case,its been fine since then and had no freezing or issues at all.

Well i stripped it down to mobo last night,cleaned it all down and little and applied new TIM to CPU and GPU.
Its been ok for last 24 hours,no freezing cool.gif

How much torture will this thing take before it pops biggrin.gif im amazed its still going and i thinks its pretty awesome that a release date console
thats been used as much as this one is still going strong...minus a few minor ops.

When she does finally pop im gona give her a great send off,the brotherinlaw has some wicked nasty fireworks and bangers that would fit just nicely inside the case,Kaboom,cya!

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Nice. Mine is both younger and much less used than yours, but hopefully it keeps kicking for a good while.
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Originally Posted by superj1977;15570034 
my son and his homies
I can't imagine my dad saying that. tongue.gif
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pretty close to re-timming mine and giving it some more fans..its starting to get laggy and sad.
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Mine is only a year old but is there an easy way to get better cooling in it? Preferably without ripping it open?
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I still have my release date one too, it' rrod'd on me last year and I still haven't gotten around to fixing it, maybe that will be the weekend project.
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Originally Posted by LazarusIV;15571011 
Mine is only a year old but is there an easy way to get better cooling in it? Preferably without ripping it open?
If you check pics of one open and think about how it cools then you will see its all about perfecting the air flow drawn over the heatsinks.
I myself have a plastic cover over the top of my short heatsink under DVD to force air to be drawn through the entire length of the heatsink front to back and not just to be drawn in earlier with out cooling the sink.

I also use black electrical tape to cover the gaps between the short heatsink and the exhaust tunnel as the gap is quite big and theres deffinetly great loss of flow at that point alone.

I used to have a twin fan unit([ame="http://www.amazon.com/Evercool-360-Cooling-X-BOX-Model-xbox/dp/B001DO5ZVQ"]X-Fan[/ame]) that mounted on the back over the built in rear exhaust,it helped to suck more air over the GPU/CPU and it ran on USB power.

There is a version that plugged over the back and ran straight from the power brick as the power lead to xbox passed through the fan unit.
I read all over the internet that this type that uses power straight from the lead are a no no and should be avoided as there are many many reports of crashing and red ring errors that cease to exist the moment the unit is removed eek.gif
Id reccomend to only use usb or externally powered powered fan units.

I used the X-Fan myself and its a great little unit,usb powered and does the job exactly like it should do.
Only reason i dont use it any more is it didnt match my case when i changed to crystal case and ended up butchering it for something else biggrin.gif
Bottom picture is the unit id recommend.
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Originally Posted by black06g85;15571097 
I still have my release date one too, it' rrod'd on me last year and I still haven't gotten around to fixing it, maybe that will be the weekend project.

Get on ebay,get a bolt kit and get rid of them nasty,girly,X-Clamps tongue.gif
Have a nice strong Turbo coffee,get tool bag/box out and get it cracked open,you can have the mobo out and stripped down within a half hour.
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SuperJ, you should add some little exhaust holes above the GPU/CPU, since those are the biggest culprits. You do lay it down right, not stand up?
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Meh, I am tired of fixing ours, RRODed at least 6-7 times, gone thru numerous motherboards and system trades... The first person we found who fixes them gave us a water damaged one so I stopped talking to him... So I gave it to a guy about 2 years ago and he used an infrared soldering station on it and bolt modded it and it ran like new up until two months ago (2 years is crazy for a repaired system).. So I took it back to him and no dice, then I took it back once again and he did a MB swap...

Oh well, I am not sweating it because this guy is amazing and he has a 1 year free repair warranty (only thing is that he puts a warranty seal on it...) so I guess I might just keep giving it to him until I luck out like I did the first time.

Btw his handle is "The X-Man" lol what a fitting name ninja.gif
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Originally Posted by Madman340;15576575 
SuperJ, you should add some little exhaust holes above the GPU/CPU, since those are the biggest culprits. You do lay it down right, not stand up?

Hey now thats not a bad idea for the right side heatsink ya know smile.gif air would get drawn in right above the heatsink and not have to pass ove the mobo,hmmm.

I dunno about holes for the left heatsink though as its under the DVD and my Xbox doesnt have the extended heatsink on the left chip.
Good idea though,maybe i can get some holes marked out on a rainy day.

Oh yes,i do lay my xbox down as i once had a disc scratch incident with it stood up,dont know exactly what happened other than my sons Halo ODST disc no longer works doh.gif
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water cool it problem solved
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