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XBOX Do It Yourself Guide - PAGE 1

- Thursday, February 26th, 2004 Like Share



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1.Disclaimer & Breakdown
2.Opening & Gutting
3.Cleaning & Replacement
4.Cleaning w/o removal



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Gravity Feb 27, 04
You did a really good job with the guide Veg. The pictures turned out excellent. I'm sure people using the guide will greatly appreciate your efforts.
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PanterA Feb 27, 04
I think this thred should be made stickey
also is there ANY way to replace the whole DVD rom? if so can you add that in there and maby how to get a new HD
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Defunkt Feb 27, 04
The only way to get a new hardrive is to get a modchip. You have to FTP the files from the stock hardrive to your computer, and then back to the new hardrive.
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PanterA Feb 27, 04
*throws hissy fit* damnit,what about the DVD rom
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VeGiTAX2 Feb 27, 04
The DVD-ROM Drive can be replaced if the entire unit is destroyed. Oo no idea why you'd want to spend that much to replace early though since it's so cheap to renew the life of the Thompson.

If I remember right an unlocked HD will work with the xbox

Link This should suit your need.

Otherwise you'll have to buy a matched pair. (Mainboard & HD)

A true new philips drive runs about $125.00 samsungs are around $135 if I remember right and a new modified samsung that works with the xbox costs about $145. Compared to the $23.99 laser assembly replacement that I linked in the article. ^^: It depends what you need it for but I'm in no rush to upgrade my system to one of those. I'm still trying experimenting on DVD Drive replacements though, when I get a success I'll add it to the guide. it's a little tougher than I imagined.
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Gravity Feb 29, 04
A long time ago, I remember someone wrote about a pioneer drive they swapped. The only drives that are pc that can be used that I've seen are samsung 616T drives and you have to flash the firware with the 605 (xbox) version. Other versions have been known to work for people, but most of them have problems reading the cdr's. Also, for those that are putting in replacement drives, like the Samsung, I believe you have to set it as slave, otherwise it won't even light up right . Also, don't be concerned if it's not ejecting until you have it all plugged in the xbox cause it needs to be for that to work on it.
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Slacker Feb 29, 04
Great job Veg, I'll most likely be using it soon, though I hope not. I got my Xbox in 2001, and it's got a Thompson drive, but I've yet to have any problems with it. I'm expecting to sometime though, so I'll be ready... ^.^
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Rennie Mar 16, 04
Good job on the article.

Trust me - I am one of those dreaded "Thomson" drive owners.
I took my Xbox apart over ten times - first to clean out all of the dust that gets sucked onto the mother board (all xbox owners really should do that cleaning job) - and the next to try to get that Thomson garbage to work -

I took the Thomson drive apart constantly - cleaning the lens - cleaning the tiny glass plate reflective thingy -
using more Q-tips and Windex than you can imagine


My advice? Get rid of the Thomson - fast - get an aftermarket Samsung online - ready to install for the xbox - and find true happiness - it is a beautiful thing -

reads burned media - twice as fast as before -quieter
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corbartha May 16, 04
Hi, VeGiTAX2,

Thank you for the excellent guide on replacing the laser assembly in the Thompson drive. I did it the other night and it is like a new machine. Like you suggested, I ordered a new laser from Tech Consoles. Their pricing and service are excellent. No lock-ups while gaming, no stutters during movies, and even the sound is better than before.

The only thing that caught me off guard were the two screws holding down the right rail (the one that holds the assembly in place). Mine were held in place with threadlock. I almost stripped the screws getting them out. It took a LOT of pressure to break them free.

Thanks again for letting everyone benefit from your experience.
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xbox3354 May 28, 04
Tks for this great info guys!

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XBox Cheats
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Roy May 30, 04
I don't know if anyone has asked this, but why did they change the style of the XBox controllers they used to be bigger?
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Sgt Tooth Jul 25, 04
I can answer that:)

They changed it cause after a week Xbox came out, Microsoft got complaints that the controllers were to big. So they made a smaller controller. Hence it's name, "Small Controller"

The End
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iccky Apr 23, 05
can i install a 7200rpm hdd on my xb
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VeGiTAX2 Apr 26, 05
You can but the process itself is a bit troublesome if you want to preserve your current system setup without modding it.

If I remember right it requires booting the xbox without the top case, and using a drive software to back it up after the system unlocks it on the PC end then formatting and installing the image onto the new drive and then installing it back on the IDE in the XBOX. Although I wouldn't use that method without researching it further since I've never pursued it and it may be out of date since that was from early on. Most user upgrades to the XBOX turn out to use a modchip instead of going through all that.

If I remember right drives that do not match up with default specs are banned from Xbox live. Same applies to people who do the processor swap and memory upgrade.
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