Ahhh...The most popular repair method preferred by many Xbox 360 owners worldwide, the X-clamp fix.

So, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this article and show you exactly what you’re going to need and do to get the job done.

X Clamp Step 1:

You’re going to want to completely take your console apart, now this may seem a bit complicated or intimidating at first, but it’s not as half as difficult as you might think.

There’s allot to explain with taking apart your Xbox 360, so I’ll just go over the basic how to’s of what you have to do. But, first things first, be extremely careful when taking your console apart, make sure to separate each part and you can either label or number your parts in sequence, so when you’re putting things back together, it won’t seem like to much to remember and also find a few household tools, you’ll need a pair of basic pliers, both Philips screwdriver and flat head screw driver and a set of spring washers mini screw kit,(cost about $2.00 bucks at any hardware store), that’s about it, you can browse around different videos on YouTube or other video sharing sites and find all kinds of hooligans taking apart their consoles to give you a good idea of how to do it.

X Clamp Step 2: Taking the original x clamp and heat sink of the main circuit board.

When you finally get to the point where you can lift the main circuit board away from the console’s shell, what you’re going to want to do is gently flip it over, grabbing your regular flat head screwdriver, easily prying each end of the x clamp off until all 4 ends are loose. Then flip the circuit board over and pull the heat sink off, next, untwist the screws in the heat sink.

X Clamp Step 3:
Take the washers and place them on your screws then put them in the heat sink holes with the tip on the bottom of the circuit board so you can screw them in, you can either place some sort of masking tape to temporarily hold them in place while you flip the board back over to put the heat sink back into position, then gently screwing each screw 2 turns a piece, do not tighten each screw individually, rotate each screw until all 4 are securely fashioned.

X Clamp Step 4: There is no step 4, that’s all there is to it.

Now, obviously, this article isn’t the best when it comes to giving you graphical images to picture while doing it, it’s probably lacking a few details here and there as well.

That’s why it’s recommended you learn the steps from a pro, with an entire series of videos, pictures and plans to make everything as easy as possible for you, from taking a simple screw out to finally hitting the power button, so the best advice you can take is to scrape up $30 bucks and get the guide that’s helping people everywhere play their Xbox 360’s again, without worrying about hardware failures or other common Xbox problems happening, because not only will it show you how to properly use the X clamp technique, but will also show you every single repair method you can think of, when it comes to fixing a broken Xbox 360.

  1. Anonymous June 23, 2009 at 2:37 PM  

    Usually the problem comes back after a few months, the only real solution is to get a xbox with the new chipsets...
    try http://www.3604free.com/index.php?ref=5946019 if your tight on cash, and sell the old one after you fix it ;)