XBox 360 X-Clamp Replacement

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Sep 18, 2007

XBox 360 X-Clamp Replacement by martin88 at 2:34 PM (3,801 Views / 0 Likes) 22 replies

  1. martin88
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    Hi,
    I read the topic on xbox-scene, it seems that there are two method of replacing the x-clamp. I'm wondering which method is better.

    Also, does the two method uses the same part? I have a HomeDepot near me and just want to make sure that these:
    Are what I need to complete the fix.

    Also, should I replace the fan with Talismoon Whisper Fan? If so, what's the best place to order to Canada?

    Thanks a lot.
     


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    Use Lawdawg's method. A lot more straightforward (the other method requires drilling). My 360 is still very happy 2 months later. [​IMG]


    You also need these (sorry I don't know any good canadian suppliers):

    Conductive Paste: Arctic Silver 5 is recommended, but I used Ceramique which works just as well. website (you need arcticlean too)
    XCM Unlock Tool: I can strip a 360 in under 5 minutes with this baby. Website
    Torx Screwdriver: You need T10 and T8 sizes. You get a T10 with the XCM tool, so you can either buy a T8 or an 8in1 like this.

    And yes, get a whisper fan. It keeps your console cool and looks... er, cool! [​IMG]



    I got most of the above on ebay which worked out quite cheap. I even found a Ceramique+ArctiClean bundle on there which saved me almost £4.
     
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    You noticed a difference with the whisper fan? It just seemed as loud and the console still froze. Only difference is it lights up. At the moment I use an intercooler to stop my 360 freezing. But it still seems to freeze. Maybe I will have to do the x clamp fix myself someday.
     
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    adgloride, if your console is freezing you're probably witnessing the first symptoms of RRoD and you can't expect a fan to fix it. If you do end up needing to do the x-clamp fix, I say use the Lawdawg method.

    I didn't really buy the whisper for the noise problem (that is down to the dvd drive anyway) I just wanted to add some extra cooling as a preventative measure. The whisper definitely extracts hot air better than the stock fan.




    BTW. I looked into the intercooler a while back and a lot of users said they were extremely loud. Plus I saw those pictures of heat-damaged 360's apparently caused by intercoolers.

    [​IMG]

    kinda put me off [​IMG]
     
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    I have everything except for the Talismoon Fan, which I already ordered from GamerSection.ca.

    Should I wait for the fan or start with the mod?
     
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    You should go ahead and do it. Hopefully it'll work. Mine was fixed with the x-clamp replacement, but my cousin's 360 was not so lucky. We had to replace the motherboard.
     
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    I would have said wait for the fan and do everything at the same time, but if you're in a hurry, go for it! [​IMG]
     
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    They are really loud. So far I've never had a problem. It fixed the freezing for a while. I still seem to get it occationally though.
     
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    Let me guess... usually during graphic intensive games like Dead Rising, Gears or Bioshock?
     
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    so that whisper fan is worth buying? would it be a good idea to put on a new 360 for preventitive measures to try and stave off needing to do an xclamp fix?

    i remember my brother in law put one kind on his and like 2 days later it overheated i dont know which fan it was?
     
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    If it's a modded 360, then I'd do anything you can to keep the internals cool. Whisper fan is a good start, but there are a few other things you can do as well. Check xbox-scene for tuts on the shroud mod and adding an extra internal fan.

    This chart measures the effects of each cooling mod
     
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    nice thanks jimmy j!
     
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    Just to make sure, the x-clamp replacement is for both CPU and GPU right?
     
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    Yes. You're going to remove both x-clamps
     
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    ok one more question, jimmy j, the lawdawg method says to clean the old thermal compound off the chips but doesnt say anything bout putting new thermal compound on? should i put new thermal compound on, and if so what kind?

    also should i do all this before i even get the rlod just to try and prevent it? or should i just wait til i get the rlod for the first time?
     
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    Wait until the RRoD hits your console properly (appears within 1 minute of switch-on). You can use the RRoD as a signal to tell you if the mod has worked, or if you still need to adust things slightly.
     
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    nice thanks jimmy j! [​IMG]
     
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    please do you know an alternative for the nylon washers? i live in Nigeria and i found it hard to find metal washers, i'm still searching for the screws.

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