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Restoring the Original Xbox – Retro Console Restoration & Repair

Odd Tinkering
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Restoring the original Xbox. In this episode I will restore this old Xbox. The console is very dusty and it has some problems, but nothing beyond restoration. The disc drive is stuck and it won’t save the time and date if it’s unplugged. Both are common problems with the Xbox and pretty easy to repair. This unit has been unused for along time and it also needs to be cleaned from all the dust on the inside and outside. I wanted to publish this episode right before Christmas have got this gaming console for Christmas almost 20 years ago.

I wanted to keep the stickers at the bottom intact so I used isopropyl alcohol to soften the glue. This allowed me to lift the sticker with a sharp blade without ruining it. Fun fact: the bottom says opening the console will void the warranty. Of course the warranty is over but eve if the console was new it wouldn’t. The FTC has deemed warranty stickers illegal in the US with some exceptions. Nevertheless, it was fun to try to get in unnoticed.

The disassembly was pretty straightforward. A few screws here and there and a ton of cables to wiggle free. After everything was out of the body I opened the disc drive. I didn’t see any tutorials for this type of drive. so I had to figure that out myself. Microsoft used different drives in different versions of the original Xbox. The disc drive is stuck for one of two reasons. Either the rubber band is too stretched and it slips of there is too much dust. I shrunk the band by boiling it for a minute or two. I blew all the dust off and whatever was left was cleaned off with isopropyl alcohol.

I also wanted to replace the condensator which is used to keep the time and date if the xbox is unplugged. Condensator is basically a small battery.. Microsoft used cheap condensator for this and they start leaking eventually. Condensator contains acid which causes corrosion and might ruin the motherboard so I had to remove the condensator anyways. I replaced it with similar but different looking condensator. Only in v1.6 xbox the condensator won’t start leaking. The corrosion was removed by washing the board with isopropyl alcohol.

On the board there was also heat sink to cool the CPU and GPU. Between heat sink and the board there is always thermal past or thermal pad that is used to transfer heat. If there is air gaps the heat wont transfer efficiently enough. Also if the thermal paste dries, that can cause overheating so I replaced the paste. It’s important to clean the old paste. A small drop of paste in the middle of the CPU is the best way to apply it. Some people draw X or something else silly but that might cause air bubbles. A simple drop is the best based on my research.

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  1. I’m super surprised the inside is overly dirty. Keep up the great content!

  2. when applying isopropyl alcohol to remove a label, how long should i let the alcohol sit?

  3. Hello I would like to ask if you fix consuls like the Xbox you fix in this video from fans. Because my dad has the same Xbox except it is broken and I would like to know if you will fix consuls from your fans because I would really like to check out some of the games on it. My dad has had it since he’s bought it and he would really like something from his childhood. Senserily, ANONYMOUS.

  4. Ok at 6:30 its after 10:00 p.m then at 16:30 its 11:39 p.m

    Did this guy take two days to restore his X Box or was that editing? And is he going into his basement wile his wife is asleep to make these videos?

  5. whoever designed the original xbox had never cleaned ANYTHING in their entire life

  6. i remember as a child opening the very same console to fix the disk drive that my sister broke. now i wonder how the hell i put it back together because this shit looks complex. i was 11 at most. maybe i should consider a career change.

  7. Bill Gates: If you restore and take off these stickers, you'll void your warranty.
    Odd Tinkering: laughs in alcohol and hydrogen peroxide

  8. You show replacing the clock capacitor with a beefy replacement. I checked the bio and there’s no link. I’ve tried to find the model you used and have unsuccessful. Would you make mind sharing the secret (knowing it won’t be one if you agree to share it) of where you found it? And/or the model #? You did an awesome, thorough breakdown and resto of this console. It’s inspiring to see it done.

  9. Nice video. Now i can open and clean my xbox

  10. The OG Xbox was an absolute powerhouse compared to other system that were out at the time and Xbox Live was a game changer I got one for Christmas in 05 along with Halo 2 I spent the next 3 years glued to my tv

  11. An old console comes in
    Odd Tinkering: glances over at Isopropyl Alcohol
    Isopropyl Alcohol: sweats profusely

  12. 2:57 look a bit closely on the disc drive on the left side on the bottom "SAMSUNG" Xbox is made by Microsoft, so you're telling me this whole time the original xbox had a samsung disc drive?! Because I see the oval

  13. Mere pass bhe same yahi game h kise ko chiye toh call me

  14. This is a modder's dream console! It's hardware v1.1, with a Samsung drive. The drive will read cdr/dvdr reliably, and a firmware write enable by one so tolder point.

  15. What does that wire called? I need it cuz my Xbox wired got beat up by a Puppy 0:22

  16. Disassembling an Xbox: where you find out how Microsoft really turns the screws to you.

  17. Hey I want to hire someone like you if you want to make more money.

  18. I just love how the original Xbox was built like a pc

  19. Wow the inside when its first opened up looks brand new. I bought an original xbox off ebay and when it came it had a fucking dead cockroach inside it. Needless to say I got my money back for that because that a bit more bullshit than I am willing to deal with.

  20. I still have my console, it is working. What can I do with it? Should I sell it or put it on display like in a collection room?

  21. At 7:57, when you have to press down the side to remove the disc tray, i think your supposed to have to press on both sides. Mine wouldn't come out by pressing just 1 side.

  22. i could watch this guy restore 100 different xbox's

  23. He should put the title restoring Xbox first generation ASMR

  24. Looks very professional, but some spell checking may be required XD

  25. First, how did you know where the first screw was?

  26. The Xbox was actually not the first Xbox. They made a beautiful concept prototype that was shaped like an X.

  27. This just makes sad to see this but happy at the same time he/she is fixing it that makes me happy

  28. Gala da mor payer email you are interested and I will be

  29. this is sooooo good to watch while high or in bed ready for sleep, thanks for discovering this channel

  30. You need a new soldering tip bro, that shit wore out months ago.

  31. If that is retro then I'm old as hell

  32. Serviço porco! Kkkkk não sabe restaurar consoles!

  33. Hello everyone! Next week it's Christmas so I wanted to wish you all merry Christmas (just merry normal day,if you don't celebrate Christmas). I hope you get as awesome presents as this Xbox was 18 years ago!

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