Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

XBox Chort Circuited

Recommended Posts

hello everyone.

i bought a "virgin" xbox yesterday and just softmodded it.

i was going to upgrade the hdd and, with the console powered off (but had the powercable connected) it made a spark near the IDE conector (pic 1) and turned the power down here at home.

then i removed the board and saw that below it had shorted something and took a picture (pic 2).

does anyone knows if this is reparable?


when i turn on the xbox now, the front led changes color and it has no picture on tv.

can anyone help???

thanks in advance


Please login or register to see this attachment.

Please login or register to see this attachment.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Possibly reparable but not an easy fix. The second picture is a resistor pack that contains 4 - 33.0 ohm (corrected the value) resistors. 


What was connected to the IDE cable when the problem occurred?

Did you have the cable inserted backwards?  That should be near impossible to do with proper cable keying.  However, some cables have no keying to prevent it. 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I would proberly say it's well and truly cooked. 

I suspect the the hard disk was conected to the 40way cable and fell on one of the heat sinks on the power supply.

Have a look at the bottom of the 40 pin conector of the hard disk and you will proberly see black marks on the back of the plug.

Also have a look at the power supply heat sinks especially the one with the yellow stickers for burn marks.

If it was me looking at repairing that Xbox I would do a temporary repair by jumping the 4 resistors with new ones add wire links to replace the burnt track near the 40 pin conector and the power it up with an old 8gig drive and no DVD drive and see what happens.

Also check for correct voltages at the main power plug. 

But because you say your not getting any video out I think your flogging a dead horse as the saying go's

If you have the correct voltages at the power plug to the main board and still no responce I would suspect you now have a door stop with a dud main board with the  possibilty a dead hard disk and a dead DVD drive if it was conected at the time.


A word of warning the heat sinks with the yellow stickers can have 200 volts or more  also in Australia it's 300+ volts


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By Spackie21
      Wanting to buy a 128mb Xbox motherboard, I would prefer it to be a 1.2 or any revision that doesn't have the single row PSU connector
      Also I'm only really looking for people in Australia to save on postage cost
      @SS_Dave would you be interested in selling me a 128mb board since your in Australia?
    • By blainelocklair
      Please login or register to see this link. Hello everyone!
      First post, and happy to be here. I want to share something that will add value to the community. I've put together a video tutorial on how you can install games directly to the XBOX HDD through the internet and FTP. All you'll need is your softmodded XBOX, an Ethernet cable, and the HDD Ready games you want on the HDD. You'll be up and running with it in no time. Full how-to video is below. Please let me know if this video helps you so that I can make XBOX content that makes your gaming experience more enjoyable.
      Please login or register to see this link.
    • By murderbox
      Hey! My name is Murderbox, and I picked up an original Xbox a while ago in a trade. Got it soft modded and have a 1TB HDD installed. Completely new to this realm, but I've always wanted a modded system since I experienced a buddy's back in 05. I hope to learn a lot here and meet some new people! Seems pretty extensive.

Board Life Status

Board startup date: April 23, 2017 12:45:48
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.