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About VCoupe376ci

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  1. A chipped box will not work with a trashed EEPROM.
  2. Hate you? Nope. You are someone I know nothing about. I don't hate you, just don't understand why you are so passionate about people not doing something that costs near nothing and provides peace of mind. Also if you find cleaning thermal paste off an xbox to be difficult it makes me wonder how you accomplish anything in life like tying your shoes or taking a shower. The paste Microsoft used takes effort to remove but it is far from the impossible problem you make it out to be. As far as me being a scammer I have no skin in the game either than wanting to educate others based on my experience. If you don't want to or are too lazy to change your hear 20 year old thermal paste with something you know is sound, be my guest.
  3. It's becoming very obvious why you are here.
  4. Raspberry Pi and PiPROM is what saved my ass. https://github.com/grimdoomer/PiPROM Worked for me on the first try with a Raspberry Pi 3B+ https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-plus/
  5. I agree with you about blaming the tools just being an excuse, however having quality tools makes the job easier in every situation I can think of, not just soldering. My first iron was a 15w Radio Shack pencil. I couldn't solder anything properly with that iron. I am in no way saying it's impossible with that iron though. Had I put in the time I absolutely could have made it work for me. As I just mentioned in the post above this one after a couple hours I was able to successfully solder with the iron. I did some reading though because from all of the tutorials out there soldering is made to look quite easy for most jobs. Every article kept mentioning temperature control so I started looking and landed on the Weller 1010. No bullshit, after it came and I tried on that junk motherboard, I instantly saw a difference. After a little bit of practice with the new iron I knocked out my first pinheader on the first try in only a few minutes. You can give an expert tradesman the worst tools in existence and they will absolutely get the job done, but having decent tools absolutely flattens the learning curve and makes the learning process far easier and more forgiving for a beginner. That was all I was getting at.
  6. We all have at some point. It's all part of the learning process. It just stings a bit when it's a device you want to keep and use and not a throwaway. After I trashed the motherboard during my first solder attempt ever, I picked up a junk computer, removed the motherboard and sat there for a couple hours bridging points, attaching wires, desoldering components, and soldering pinheaders. That is my recommendation now for everyone I speak to who is new at soldering.
  7. Interesting. I have two drives from that xbox, the original which is a Seagate ST310014ACE and a WD WD3200JB which was the replacement but for some reason after the Slayer install, the drive was locked. I have no idea why since the drive is in a 1.6 with a X3CE and am not even going to try to remember since that drive went in the console back in 2005. I know it really doesn't matter since I don't need a locked drive at all, but my OCD is just bugging me that I have two locked drives with the original file on it and the box currently has all the wrong information in the eeprom. Being OCD really sucks sometimes!
  8. Going to take a look around and see what I can find. I tried the factory master passwords on both drives in hopes maybe the replacement 320gb WD may unlock but no dice. Do you happen to know what any of that software is called? So far coming up empty in google.
  9. You know you are bellowing on and on from your soapbox about a replacement procedure that is easy and costs $10 right? Did you work for a company that makes thermal paste and get fired? You are very passionate about steering people away from something that requires a negligible amount of effort and also has a negligible cost.Care to enlighten us why something so minuscule is such a life or death deal to you?
  10. I have no clue why either. I'm now searching for a way I can access two drives I have that were previously locked on that system to possibly get the eeprom backup. It's not looking hopeful.
  11. Well that did it. I flashed with PiPROM without even looking at it and got the flubber animation but black and white and distorted. After changing from PAL to NTSC in LiveInfo it booted completely. I was about to toss this motherboard in the trash. Thank you for your help!
  12. Everything I have read on the issue exempts 1.6 and 1.6b consoles from having the clock cap issue. After searching further I found several instances of the 1.6 clock cap bulging but no mention of leaking and there was also mention that a 1.6 console will not boot with the clock capacitor removed. From the picture you posted yours looks perfectly fine. I would honestly leave it.
  13. Removal of the clock capacitor is not necessary on 1.6 consoles. It is the only board revision where Microsoft addressed the issue.
  14. With proper equipment and preparation of the surfaces soldering is actually fairly easy. From what I can see your iron is either too hot or you held it on the board for too long and there is way too much solder on all of those points except one. My guess is the solder wasn't flowing into the joint so you kept adding more which would indicate either the board surface/iron tip weren't clean or you didn't use flux. All of those issues are easily fixable and that trace is definitely repairable as well, you just need to practice on a board from a junked piece of electronics until you have the process down before attempting it. You can only be as good as the tools you are using to get the job done so an iron with temperature adjustment is highly recommended. Less is more. Use the minimum amount of solder necessary, the minimum temperature to get the solder to melt, and only have the iron contacting the surfaces you are soldering for a few seconds at a time. I've been where you are and have killed my fair share of boards as well. I thought learning to solder properly was hopeless as no matter what I did I would end up with solder joints that look just like the picture. My problem was the 15w soldering iron from Radio Shack that I started with. I picked up a 70w Weller 1010 and it literally took me 30 minutes on a dead pc motherboard before I did my first pin header for a modchip successfully on the first try. That iron is expensive at $105 on Amazon but considering I was killing expensive hardware with the cheap iron it was well worth the cost. Hope this helps.....

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