Strange Corrosion On Motherboard?
Posted 01 December 2004 - 05:25 AM
After these mysterious problems started I opened up my xbox to see if there was anything physically wrong with it, I was concernded to find a mysterious hardened white deposite beneath one of the capacitors. I know that some capacitors have electrolytic goo inside but don't know if the xbox uses these. Even more concerning was some small spots of carnbonization close by, that I would guess is from current arching across the board.
Could this be the source of my freezing woe's?
Should I be concerned about my board frying?
I scraped off the white crud as best i could with a swab and through a pick of electrical tape over the area with the carbon spots but that is no fix. What should I do? Any help would be great, I don't want my xbox to die!
Posted 01 December 2004 - 05:31 AM
so in conclusion, i dont know if boxes come with it but imho its harmless
Posted 01 December 2004 - 05:52 AM
I am running an older version of xbmc with the mayhem dash, could the freezing be because of some glitch in an earlier build?
Sorry I know it's the wrong forum.
By the way, the goo was not factory.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 05:58 AM
Posted 01 December 2004 - 06:03 AM
Posted 01 December 2004 - 06:06 AM
(probably not good) that being the cause of the carbon spots.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 06:09 AM
Posted 01 December 2004 - 06:32 AM
There was an article a year or so ago on www.geek.com about how some mobo manufacturers used bad caps to make their mortherboards (Abit was the only company to admit to it... Hmmm wonder if M$ might have skimped to save production costs)
Bad CAPs cause loads of problems (Random lockups, video and audio problems, permanent damage to the MoBo)... better off replacing the PSU if its there or if its located on the board and your feeling brave go to www.digikey.com and get replacements.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 07:09 AM
I'll open it up again and take a closer look at the capacitor that was the epicenter for the mystery goo, it is in a place that it could be easilly enough replaced (be brave) so maybe I'll do that, it's an early version box and would be a shame to fry it because of neglect.
Coulld this be caused by extra stress put on the board by a mod chip and functions the box wasn,t designed to do?
I've heard of horror stories of boxes just kind of giving out after awhile from the stress of being modded and doing things the xbox wasn't designed for.(just wondering?)
It has been about four years since my chip was installed is death inevitible for all mods? or is it just a leaky cap? Opinions?
Thanx for input so far, very helpful.
Posted 03 December 2004 - 05:00 AM
Posted 03 December 2004 - 05:18 AM
|QUOTE (stephenstashko @ Dec 1 2004, 08:12 AM)|
|It has been about four years since my chip was installed is death inevitible for all mods?|
Electronic devices are all head for an "inevitible death" things get old and worn out...especially electronics
Posted 05 December 2004 - 07:44 AM
Posted 05 December 2004 - 07:59 AM
Posted 07 December 2004 - 05:16 AM
By the way has anyone ever had there MS Dongle stop playing dvd-r's (phillips crap drive) when the media center one plays it fine?
The dongle played my burnt dvd's fine until about a week ago it's an friggin' mystery to me!
Posted 07 December 2004 - 05:31 AM
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