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Capacitor Blown On Mobo V1.0..need Advice

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#1 styxx_78


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Posted 21 October 2003 - 03:49 PM

Well, I blew up my Xbox! Literally!
A capacitor blew up directly beneath the DVD rom. (picture at bottom)
At first it thought it was my TV because while I was playing the picture started to look washed out and turn white...then *POP*...smoke...stink..

Well, now i'm Xboxless and looking for an alternative. I am wondering if I should get a new mobo or just buy a new box. It was modded with a flash of the retail BIOS and I had an 80GB HDD in it.
I know there are issues with transfering HDD's to another mobo that inst modded. I rreally want to keep this HDD as you can imagine.

Need some insight and possible solutions to my problem...please help.


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Edited by styxx_78, 22 October 2003 - 01:49 AM.

#2 laxb0y1o


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Posted 21 October 2003 - 07:34 PM

OK well 1 if ur HD isn't locked u should have no trouble transfering it to ur new mobo or box (as long as the box is modded). Second i would buy a new mobo...For about $50 you could buy 1 in the buy/sell forums.

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 02:03 AM

Picture posted....sorry, its kinda big.
But fun to look at.

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 02:10 AM

QUOTE (styxx_78 @ Oct 21 2003, 11:03 PM)
Picture posted....sorry, its kinda big.
But fun to look at.

Crop that huge picture. Good lord... tongue.gif

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 02:37 AM

i dont know if this would work, but i had a 1.0 mobo that i broke and literly stripped it apart with
the jig saw lol, but if i happend to not throw it away, i could give u the little piece of board from
that section to get a new capacitor or something off of, but im almost positive i threw it away,
if i didnt, ill give u the capacitor.

or u could find out which parts those r and buy new ones

or if u dont feel like even trying to repair it, then buy a new 1.
but that makes me think, i guess u should just buy a new 1 cuz if somethign on mobos wrong
like making capacitor blow up, it might be useless

but contact me i'll be happy to help u get it unlocked and give u ur unlockign options, my contact info is below
im goin on vacation, gettin back next tuesday, so drop me an email and i might check email on vacation

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:01 AM


looks like you've shorted something there,
if the cap just blew, there would be lots of sticky gunk there, not much else tho

the charring means that something else has been shorted, this power supply
section has had to provide too much current, butning the PCB and
overloading the capacitor.

chanced are you've shorted a +V to ground (maybe the chassis),
i'd very much doubt that replacing the capacitor will fix it, just read the value
go out to your local electronics store and order that value "axial electrolytic capacitor"
the value will be measured in uF (microfarads)

personally i'd trash the board, flog it on ebay, or if you're VERY good at soldering / desoldering then
remove the RAM and bung it in your new one, or send it off for someone to do

bad luck there

#7 styxx_78


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Posted 22 October 2003 - 04:17 PM

Thanks for the ideas guys.

Heres a little more info and Im curious to know if this had anything to do with it.
Just before this happened i had my Xbox open and I upgraded my Thompson to a Samsung DVD drive.
Could this have been the probalem? Or maybe i just didnt put it back together properly.

Ive got a friend whos really good at soldering and he said that he might be able to fix it.
I know that this is beyond my skill level. I think its worth a try to fix it. What do I have to
lose except for time?
I still have the cap and was able to read the rating off of it. The only concern I have is if there was
too much voltage then it would happen again if i cant find the short.
Maybe i will pull the RAM and USB daughterboard out of it and sell the rest for parts.
I think im going to keep the chassis...it may come in handy...who knows....maybe i can
squeeze a mini PC mobo in there.

Any other ideas?


#8 styxx_78


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Posted 19 November 2003 - 02:49 PM

Well, I managed to fix this board belive it or not.
I have a buddy who has been doing electronics stuf for a long time and we managed to trace back where the
problems was.
There was a short on the back of the board which caused the cap to blow.
We replaced the cap and bandaged up the rest of the traces around the blow.

Thanks for the help!

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Posted 19 November 2003 - 04:54 PM

i thought your fuse would blow out befor anything liek this would happin, good you turned it off intime or everything could of went copoooooy

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