Fixing Xbox 360

Had a chance to fix friends Xbox 360. It was not powering on. Repair center said it was not fixable.

Symptoms were: psu was glowing yellow, but Xbox was not turning on, no reaction, no sounds.

After disassembly found that only +5V were present on the motherboard. No 3.3V, no 1.2 or 1.8V.

Later identified that 3.3V line was shorted, and traced short to C5 capacitor on the RF board.

Shorted C5 capacitor on the RF board ( replaced )

Found that u5a1 u5a2 on the main board are responsible for generating 3.3v and 1.8v. Removed those as they seemed faulty. Also removed coils near them on corresponding lines.

u5a1 u5a2 and nearby coils removed.

Tested with external power suply providing 1.8 and 3.3 volts directly to corresponding lines near u5a1 u5a2. Xbox powered on and booted ok.

Powerd up with external 3.3v and 1.8v supplied.

So I took LM1117IMP-3.3 and LM1117MP-1.8 and wired up ingenious quick and dirty pcb to generate 1.8v and 3.3 volts for the pcb.

Xbox 360 fix with LM1117


    • Sorry, I have not made a schematic for this. But you can use LM1117IMP-3.3 and LM1117MP-1.8 datasheets to wire them up, and then just get some source voltage from PCB where u5a1 u5a2 were and wire output to outputs of u5a1 u5a2, it should be ease, check it with a multimeter.

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