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Cooling Requirements

Discussion in 'Xbox - Hardware mods' started by Praetor, May 29, 2004.

  1. Praetor

    Praetor Moderator Staff Member

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    Just a curiosity, I know with computers, my HDDs need to be cooled for me to operate knowing they wont have a meltdown .... is cooling an issue with XboX HDDs and if so:
    - Is there sufficient space in the chassis for cooling?
    - What cooling techniques are (or CAN be) employed? (Passive, Active, Thermoelectric, Water)
     
  2. lcarbutt

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    I do a 12v fan mod when putting 7200rpm HDD in xbox, here a small guide on how to do it.

    Tool needed:
    -Torx t20 Screwdriver.
    -Torx t10 Screwdriver. (To open the Xbox case and unscrew a screw on the mobo.)

    Instructions:
    -Unplug power cord.
    -Take out HDD + DVD drive.
    -Unclip the stock fan using a screwdriver...(You know where the clips are...)
    -Take a look at the fan’s plug. Use a needle to pinch out the “black” wire.
    -Ground the “black” wire under a screw on the mobo. as shown.



    -Leave the “red” wire the way it is though. (You see the “red” wire’s always plugged in.)

    P.S. MAKE SURE THE “BLACK” WIRE’S TIP IS TOUCHING THE “SILVER” PART UNDER THE SCREW! FAIL TO DO SO WILL MAKE YOUR XBOX “RESTART” FREQUENTLY DURING THE NEXT BOOTUP!

    That’s all, thank you for reading this. Hope it helps.
     
  3. Praetor

    Praetor Moderator Staff Member

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    Also a good idea if you have a big hdd in your xbox, the tray where the hdd sits, because it covers the fan, restricts the airflow to the hdd from the cooling fan, So I cut a part of the tray, under the ide socket of the hdd, the full width of the tray and about an inch deep
    lowered my temp by quite a bit.
     
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    xbox ver 1.0 are the best to have, as it has an extra fan that none of the other versions of xbox have.
     
  6. redjuice

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    I don't think you need a fan unless you use it all the time. I have a 7200rpm, runs fine for hours on end, never very hot.
     
  7. Praetor

    Praetor Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends how you define very hot ... without cooling my 7200s i have in my tower will sit in the 50-60°C range but slap them into HDD coolers they will sit a nice and comfortable 28-34°C -- thats a serious difference to consider. Just my 2 cents :)
     
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    I'd buy a larger 80mm case fan, you can change the fan speed with Xecuter BIOS (4981 for ex.), or by using a dashboard (like UnleashX). I wouldn't strip the black stock fan wire and tape it, my friend did that and it came off, heated up and messed up his HD.
     

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