So I made a rather newb mistake... I got my third Xbox a couple months back, but didn't decide to mod it until now. I was hoping to finally have found one without the stupid overscan issues that every current emulator, or application, has with them.
Problem is that while I was switching out the IDE cable during the 'hot' swap, I let the drive slip from hand, and it made contact with the silver aluminum piece on the inside of the Xbox with the two yellow electrical warning stickers.
As anyone can guess, this did not go well.
Pretty much..... !POP!
I saw the contact create a single large spark, and then the system was off... probably for good. It won't turn on now, and I'm unsure as to where to look for the inconspicuous damage. Doing a quick look over the components, and the mobo, I'm unable to perceive any visible damage. After testing it out, it seems the hard drive still functions correctly.
The Xbox simply won't turn on. Even if I found the culprit outside of my own stupidity, would it be worth trying to repair a console this old, or should I just write it off? BTW - The disc drive was already non-functional when I got it.