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An Xbox (One) Station That Keeps Shutting Down Repaired

By on June 14, 2019
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My cousin’s son brought this Xbox station for repair. He explained that this machine keeps shutting down. Shutting down happens sometimes happen in five minutes sometimes, one hour but either way, this has to be repaired.

From experience, shutting down happens for some reasons but the main reason would be over heating or some bad capacitors in the power supply. We need to open it and find out. First thing to check was the main power supply. To do that, only four screws off and you will see the inside of it. There is a fan there too. Let us check it out.

xbox station fix

These are the specification of the power supply. It has instruction on it like the LED status, when the machine is on or off.

I noticed that when the machine shuts down, the power supply switches to orange which according the instructions here, it goes into standby mode.

xbox power supply repair

I could see a lot of dust but once it was cleaned, I could not see any bulged capacitors or any dry joints even. It was in top conditions. But once I checked the fan, well, take a look

xbox fan repair

It is a 12 volts fan and as you can see, it was full of dust and when I tried to move it with my finger, the fan did not rotate. Did some cleaning and lubrication and connected it back to the power supply and the fan spin just fine.

how to repair xbox fan

I put everything back together and started the Xbox but sad to say, it went into shut down in about four to five minutes. It was time to open the machine.

Taking the machine apart is very easy and if you want to check it out in full details you can find it on YouTube.

xbox board repair

When I got to the main chip, I could see why it was shutting down. The thermal paste was dry and most of it was on the side of it not on the top of it. Here is a closer look

xbox cpu repair

It was time to clean the main chip and replace the thermal paste and give it a try. In order to get to this chip, you can to get the X clamp in the back of this board. Sorry I forgot to take a photo of it.

xbox cpu fix

This is the heat sink that goes on the top of the Xbox station.

This has to be cleaned as well before adding any thermal paste on it.

paste on xbox cpu

I added the thermal paste on the chip and not on the heat sink and I spread it out using a flat plastic piece. Once this was done, I installed the heat sink and added the X clamp back. Very good ideas to clean the fan while you at it.

how to repair xbox motherboard


silicone based heat compound

This is the thermal paste that I added on the top of the main chip. I bought a lot of it on my last trip to the USA. It is very good paste and works amazingly well.

xbox repaired

That is the top section of the machine with the screws tightened.

how to repair and fix xbox station

The only thing left to do is to power on the machine and give it a try. My son enjoyed playing games on this machine. I know I am not supposed to let anybody play with it without the agreement of the customer, as I said he was close family and that is the only way to make sure it was working fine.

It worked for hours and it did not shut down. The only thing I regret that my son loved the Xbox and now he is asking me to buy him one.

Mission Accomplished.

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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    June 14, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Hi waleed rishmawi,very nice article, thank you.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      June 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      MARCO: hi, you are most welcome

  2. Parasuraman S

    June 15, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Another professional expert solution found! Well done!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      June 15, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Parasuraman: thanks to you my friend. you are always supportive and i appreciate that very much. be blessed today

  3. Albert van Bemmelen

    June 15, 2019 at 12:33 am

    The Microsoft XBOX consoles are manufactured with decent quality components. The only trouble why they often stop working is because of these thermal issues. The Red Ring Of Dead is a well known XBOX 360 console problem. They often replace the X-clamps with newer design clamps after the thermal paste and the way the cooler is mounted is improved to provide a better 'bga errorfree' CPU and GPU heat transfer. In the past Microsoft also had provided a fire protection electronic switch box free to all XBOX buyers (at least in the EU) to put between the original Power supply and the power line cable. That free distribution must have cost them a great deal of money which is something that is admirable!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      June 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      yes, thanks for your input my friend. have a blessed day

  4. Ghashaan

    June 15, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I like the way you drop clues about what you think the problem is. If it shuts down repeatedly, the most like some components are overheating.

    But I think the idea of letting your son play some games with that XBox was really a bad idea.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      June 15, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      the clues help the reader to stay attached to the article and it make it interesting.
      yes, my son is getting a playstation soon but I control the time he plays with it. we have set of rules in the house to keep them controlled and happy at the same time.
      i let him use that xbox for testing purposes but still in controlled situations. have a blessed day

  5. beh

    June 15, 2019 at 8:26 am


  6. Waleed Rishmawi

    June 15, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    thanks man. have a blessed day

  7. Justice

    June 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Yes Waleed that was an interesting article. Thermal paste is of utmost importance on such chips, thanks for sharing with us.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      June 19, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      Justice: I am glad you liked it. yes, totally agree.

  8. franco

    June 22, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I have purchased this adapter for save IC's data information of my devices, it helps if suddenly equipment stop to works, then with saved data before, I can re-write / programming IC's again "in circuit".
    If someone need to do so, see for references.

    I have faced it in the past with DVD's and Wifi router, this helped to recover the Flash IC memory information, and devices back to works fine.

    As some Telescopes also use EEPROM and FLASH IC's memory, this should be worth as well


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