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#1 grim_d

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:24 PM

I noticed a few people over the last few days asking how to put cold cathodes into their 360, and there isnt a tutorial in the faq so i thought since i wanted to rewire mine i might aswell make a tutorial out of it, so here goes.

Ok so youve probably got a nice spangly new kit that looks something like this, my cathodes have already been modified to fit into my case and your kit may have either a sound controller or a switch on it. Either way, the cable with the molex pass thru on it is the one we will be using.

Oh yeah, and if you can't solder this tutorial is no use to you.

Anyway, see that molex pass through connector? chop that bad boy off, it aint needed.

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from where you cut the molex adaptor off, strip the wires back a little, say 5mm or so, whatever your comfortable with. For reference, black is almost always ground, so whatever colour wires your kit comes with the black one will be ground and the coloured one will be 12v.

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crack the soldering iron out and drop a little solder onto the end of each of the wires, this will make connectiong later on alot easier.

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Grab your 360 and dismantle it, if you don't know how to do that then go here if you dont like that tutorial then visit the faq and there are a few more.

Pressing on...ok so hopefully youve managed to dissasemble your xbox, get your motherboard and flip it over and look for the area where the powerplug goes into, it looks like this.

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Using the pic below identify the 12v and ground points. Soldering to these points is hard with a low powered iron so a good method of doing so is to lightly scratch at an area of the solder so its clean and shiny and then drop some solder onto it, like ive done in the picture below..

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grab your wires and solder the black to the Gnd and the yellow (or whatever colour it is) to the 12v, this should be easy peasy since both parts have solder on them. Once done, put a little bit of electrical tape over it to stop any short that might occur.

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once youve done that, flip the motherboard over and put it back in the case. It should look a little like this.

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now im not going to go into any great detail as to where to mount the cathodes/switch/sound controller/inverter because it's completely up to you, the user, and every kit is different. Below are some pics of my setup, this works well for me, but it's completly up to you.

Anyway once youve done that, plug her in and fire it up, if all is good it should look a little something like this.

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Hope this helps some people in need. Good Luck

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Edited by grim_d, 11 July 2006 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:27 PM

Nice tut grim, youre a beast.

someone pin this, or ill eat someones babies.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:44 PM

nicely done . woot

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE(grim_d @ Jul 11 2006, 08:31 AM) View Post

I noticed a few people over the last few days asking how to put cold cathodes into their 360, and there isnt a tutorial in the faq so i thought since i wanted to rewire mine i might aswell make a tutorial out of it, so here goes.


Well now there is one in the tutorials under "Case Mods". smile.gif

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:25 PM

Great tut D.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:31 PM

Yeah, that's pretty sweet...red cathodes here I come! muhaha.gif

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:38 PM

QUOTE(nekkron99 @ Jul 11 2006, 04:38 PM) View Post

Yeah, that's pretty sweet...red cathodes here I come! muhaha.gif


don't get cheap red cathodes, theyr pink..just a warning.

P.S leds own so much more laugh.gif

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:53 PM

dry.gif I know. I've had a "red" light wired IDE cable before...boooo. It was pink! I'm going to my electronics supply store to pick up some LED kits, and some eSATA parts. I've got something up my sleeve for Vader wink.gif

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 05:48 PM

my red cathodes are more orange then pink..

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:11 PM

well your red cathodes suck my balls laugh.gif

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE(grim_d @ Jul 11 2006, 11:18 AM) View Post

well your red cathodes suck my balls laugh.gif

rotfl.gif

SIDEWAYS SON!!!

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 11:13 PM

nice tut! but by the way what size cathode should i use?

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 11:16 PM

QUOTE(jcrew06 @ Jul 12 2006, 06:20 PM) View Post

nice tut! but by the way what size cathode should i use?

4in

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 12:34 AM

Awsome thanks for tut just what i was looking for, i see you have the dual 4 inch CC the one i picked up is a single will that be bright enough to light the whole case?

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 05:27 AM

not a cathode man myself, but hey, a good tut is a good tut, so well done. smile.gif




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