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#1 Sloppy Fat Dump

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 03:52 AM

Finally I got around to make a tutorial for disassembling the 360 faceplate.

While making this tutorial... I slipped with one of my knifes and cut myself. It's pretty bad too. But, I hope everyone will benifit from it!



Here's my thumb after I cleaned it up. There's the exacto I slipped with.

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Disassembling the Faceplate

First, we're going to start off with the stock MS faceplate.

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Supplies:
  • Exacto Knife (standard and chisel blades are perfect)
  • Faceplate
  • Hot Glue (for putting it back together)
  • Careful hand (so you don't cut yourself like me happy.gif )

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This is the finished product. You can see all of my supplies and all the individual parts.


Removing Memory card slots A and B

The first step to removing everything is to take off your Memory card doors. It's pretty simple.

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You can see there is one spring for each door. You need to remove them both.

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You can use either your exacto or your bare finger to lift up each end of the spring over their holding spots. Make sure that you keep your finger on top of the coils when removing the second side.

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Here's the first spring off.

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Repeat the same thing on the second spring.

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The second spring shown off.

Now, we have both springs off. We are now ready to take the physical doors off. You will see two noches that hold the back of the door "axil" in place. It's hard to show in a picture, but you will need to push the part of your faceplate down where the axils are. You will then need to push diagonaly on the actual axil on one side. Then, the doors pop right out!

Don't be scared, I'm just telling you exactly what to do so that you don't break it. You'll figure it out.

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Here's the first memory card door. You can see that I popped out only one side. The other slide just slides out. See how it is diagonal? That's the direction I pushed when I removed it.


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The first door off.

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Both doors off.

Removing the USB Door

The USB door is kind of tricky. Do not use the same method on the USB door that we used on the memory card slot.

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Here's what it looks like before we begin.

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Begin by cutting away the "soldered" plastic on the metal part of the door. When you look at the solder joint, you will see that there are inscribed and circumscribed circles. Cut off the thin circumscribed spots on each side. There are two in total wink.gif .

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Once you get the melted plastic cut off the metal piece comes out. It also allows the spring and the door to come out.

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The door and all the parts shown off.

Removing the Remote Component

This part gets kind of ugly. It's really tricky to cut off these "solder" joints because you can't get a good angle with your exacto.

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Before you begin.

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I spent a lot of time on this piece cutting with my standard exacto blade. DON'T USE IT.

I found that it is the easiest to just plainly cut off the solder joint all together. You can do this by shaving off layers of it on both sides with your chisel blade. It won't be a clean or simple job.

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Just push on the main shaft of the component when you're finished cutting off those joints. The thing easily slides out.

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The individual piece.



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Now, you should be at this point with the doors out and the remote component removed.

Removing the Ring-of-light button

You want to be as careful as you possibly can be on this piece. It is a bitch. The ring consists of the actual button, a transparent plate, and four supports.

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Here's the ring itself.

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Begin by cutting each solder joint into a right angle. The 90 degree angle is facing the middle of the button and the remaining 270 degrees should be facing away from the middle.

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Next, wedge your fat exacto chisel between the solder joint and the transparent board. You want to preserve as much of the solder joint as possible for reassembly. *It was on the last joint that I slipped with my knife sad.gif *

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The button then just pops out. You are then left with the four supports and the transparent board.

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The transparent part easily can be pulled out because it is no longer secured. Make sure that you pull it straight up so that you don't break a support.

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The button and transparent board removed.


Removing the Signal Component[/size]


After doing everything else this should be easy.

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Just cut that melted circumscribed circle of plastic from the solder joint. Don't worry if your button splits at the end a little, it happened to me too. A little glue will fix it all up when you reassemble it.

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Both solder joints cut.

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All the parts out.



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Does this picture look familiar to you?


Yay! Now you can paint all the individual parts laugh.gif !

Painting the Power button


There is a great painting tutorail you can find here in the F.A.Q. The only thing that I can contribute is how to paint your power button!

I went to my local hobby shop to figure out how I was going to mask that pesky power symbol. I was talking to the owner and I got a few suggestions. Masking solution (too chalky and expensive), Ultra thin tape (not thin enough), and to just scratch out the paint when I was finished (too ghetto).

So I purposed an idea... Rubber cement. The owner, Joey, nearly killed himself because he was outsmarted by a kid (I'm 17 and he's nearly 80).

Here's what you need:
  • Rubber cement
  • Fine Brush

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You can get the brush and Rubber cement for about $5.

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Here's what we start with.

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Paint as thick or as thin of layer of cement as you would like.

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If you're not the most skilled painter, you can touch up with an exacto after the rubber cement dries. My layer was so thin that it's barley noticable to my camera. *btw, any1 know how to take better close ups? I got a 4 mega pixal camera that takes shitty close ups cool.gif *


Well, anyways... Happy painting!

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 03:57 AM

wow man good tut, the only thing i would say to do is try to get your pics more in focus. Do you have a macro mode on your camera? again good job

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:05 AM

props dawg.. nice tut !! wink.gif

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:20 AM

excellent tut man. but i would say use a dremel instead of a knife, less likely to lose fingers that way biggrin.gif

good work keep it up.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:23 AM

QUOTE(grim_d @ Feb 26 2006, 10:27 PM) View Post

excellent tut man. but i would say use a dremel instead of a knife, less likely to lose fingers that way biggrin.gif

good work keep it up.


what woudl you use a dremel for? he barley uses the knife i think a dremel woudl be overkill

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:23 AM

Lol. I'll consider the dremel.

Thanks for the feedback guys. Oh ya, and I'll look for that macro mode. I've had my camera for only a couple months. I hope I've got it! jester.gif


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LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ya, now I'm reconsidering the dremel...

Edited by Sloppy Fat Dump, 27 February 2006 - 04:24 AM.


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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:39 AM

Nice tut, that is an ass-load of pics lol. That is also the weirdest power button I have ever seen. I'm looking at two MS faceplates (premium original plate, and MS silver) and I don't see that backing of the power button. Everything else is the same though. I still am gawking over the ammount of pics lol, looks like you took a lot of time to put all those pics on your comp then on a hosting site. I'm glad I didn't have to keep track of all the ID#s blink.gif

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:43 AM

That's wierd... what do the recent faceplates look like? ohmy.gif


Well atleast that's only one section of my tut that doesn't apply to everyone happy.gif .

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:47 AM

QUOTE(dougMod @ Feb 27 2006, 03:30 AM) View Post

what woudl you use a dremel for? he barley uses the knife i think a dremel woudl be overkill


well he used a knife and cut himself up, i used a dremel and didnt, thats proof enough for me smile.gif


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Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:23 AM

dang its not that hard whys everybody havning trouble with it ?

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:36 AM

Nice tut thanks, only thing is you could do with a macro mode on your camera tongue.gif

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 01:27 PM

awesome tut! PIN IT i say!

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 01:42 PM

I vote for a pining of this tut!

Wish this would have been up a week ago tho, took ages takeing my faceplate appart.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE(Karlos The Jackal @ Feb 27 2006, 07:49 AM) View Post

I vote for a pining of this tut!

Wish this would have been up a week ago tho, took ages takeing my faceplate appart.


Agreed, mod come hither and pin away!

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 03:12 AM

I'm having a little trouble with that macro mode on my camera. Anyone got any tips for a Cannon Power shot? blink.gif




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