Hybrid eXtreme X-Clamp Fix Tutorial(Repair Kits)

Step 1: The Actual Fix!

Saturday 10th of March 2009
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Error codes that can be fixed with this method:
PrimarySecondary Error code 
1 red light 1RLODE74;
2 red lights 2RLOD0013; 0012; 0011;
3 red lights 3RLOD0001; 0020; 0021; 0022; 0100; 0102; 0103; 0110;
4 red lights 4RLOD
 





The actual Fix!

Step 1: Preparing/Modifying the Case


At first you have to disassemble your mainboard like described in this tutorial - How to disassemble a 360....
After that you should have nothing but the plain mainboard and the metal case.

The "Hybrid" fix addresses many design flaws that still plague the Xbox 360 and keep giving people the "red rings of death". For one thing we wanted the motherboard to rest on a perfectly flat surface, which is impossible without a little case modification. Another issue was to advance the methods of applying even pressure to the CPU and GPU from both above and below the motherboard. Yet another goal was to find some way to stabilize or reinforce the motherboard to finally stop any flexing from occurring. As a bit of an unexpected bonus, this fix also helps your system run much cooler as the whole metal chassis acts like a giant heatsink.

First you must do a little prep work before putting the motherboard back in. The two rounded screw standoffs are a bit higher than the outer lip that the motherboard rests on. The outer lip is 3mm tall, so each of these standoffs need to be 3mm as well, or else the motherboard will be flexing no matter what x-clamp replacement method you choose.

Please Note... this mostly pertains to units built before 2007. We have found some 2007 metal chassis that Microsoft updated, as well as most Elite units seem to have the fixed chassis as well(Actually we have found evidence that this failure can be persistent for some Elites built in 2007 so please, check it out here and confirm that yours got the perfect height). There are different versions of the metal chassis, so please check yours yourself before you go sanding things down.

Sanding the stand-offs

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You can stack 3 flat metal washers next to the standoffs to see they are taller than 3mm.

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Now stack 4 washers on the inner area of the metal chassis near the x-forms in the middle rectangle area, and 3 washers on the outer part too see how they are nearly level. Actual difference is estimated to be .75mm.

So for everything to sit perfectly flat, you need 3mm tall standoffs and 3.75mm between metal chasis and the motherboard where the screws are.

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Next you will need to sand down those 2 taller standoffs until they are level with 3 flat washers.


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You can sand it by hand, but might want to use something like a small piece of plexiglass or something else flat to help sand it to a nice flat surface.

Optional: You can also remove the whole standoffs, just drill them away, the washers will give the mainboard enough stability, so the standoffs arent a requirement, you can find a little tutorial here.


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if you have some sort of sanding tool that can sand flat surfaces this can save some time.


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This is what the two stand-offs should look like when you are done..


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Then recheck the height and it should be exactly 3mm which is the height of a stack of 3 washers. It is a good idea to check the thickness of your own washers as some cheap ones are not deburred properly and can give the incorrect thickness. Also nylon washers are not really recommended as they can become brittle over time and also do not stand up to the pressure as well as steel washers.


Drilling the screw holes:

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Now get a metal drill bit with a diameter of 5mm. You can also use a "unibit" step drill bit that can drill through metal and deburr the holes at the same time.


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And drill the holes and be careful to not apply too much pressure so you don't deform the chassis when drilling.


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After drilling it should look like that...


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If you take a look on the inside of the metal case you will find stuff that looks like that if a common bit was used.


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Take the sandpaper again and sand all the chippings away until it is perfectly flat like on this picture.


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Now you are done with the preparation of the case. Congrats, now lets get on with the repair part.


Inserting the screws

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Turn around the case and insert the 8 screws.


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Then take the tape,


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and fix the screws with it like that.


Inserting the Uniclamp

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Set up the screws and the case


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then insert the plate & install the washers, 3 for each screw.


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Next you need to remove the protection-layer on the thermal pads, dont forget it!

That's it, the case is prepared, you can now proceed to the next step...








Notice: The Tutorials have been done many times and were often successfull, however we cannot guarantee the success and so dont take any responsibility for any damages that might be caused by it, you do it on your own risk!!!


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