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Successful x clamp replacement but still has problems

Here's the story for me so far..

I have replaced the x-clamps, used no washers underneath or above the board.
It worked fine, shows green lights when i boot up the console.
I was able to play for 3 minutes or so then 2 red lights show up.
I put silicon compound on the GPU and CPU dies.
I boot it up again, still fine, and was able to play for 5 minutes or so.
Then I decided to clean the heatsink and GPU and CPU dies, removed residues of thermal compound underneath the heatsinks, on top of the dies and also on the sides of the dies (black gooey thing).
When I turned the console on, 3RLOD.
I also noticed that the board is somewhat bent, and when i look under the board, there is a curve or lump where the CPU and GPU are soldered.

I am currently using the shim method, placed 1 washer underneath the board, 2 washers above the board.
When I boot the console, still shows 3RLOD for about 3 seconds then 2RLOD.

So, was it wrong for me to clean the processors of any residues of thermal compound? Another thing, is that artic silver thermal compound on the sides of the cpu and gpu dies?

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  • bally900 Jun 02, 2008

    I need photo's of underneath the gpu x clamp as I believe some components have blown.

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Try Again, tighten the screws a little .
Equal loading of the heat sinks for both
the GPU CPU then burn in . keep the fan on
the CPU .
normal
takes 3-5 min for fan get to full speed
and i like to see at least 3-5 more min before
two reds over heating

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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Of course, then he would have had to deal with the rrod issue a few days/weeks/months after it was "repaired," since microsoft "fixes" the rrod with a reflow and a heatsink on the southbridge. imo, microsoft needs to stop saving face and admit that their engineers were more interested in the aesthetics of the clamping system than stability, then do away with the x-clamps entirely. horrible design.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

  • the720k Jan 19, 2009

    I noticed that you are using one washer on the bottom of the motherboard. What has always worked for me is the use of two washers on either side of the board. One metal, one nylon on each side. Make sure the nylon washers are touching the motherboard on either side, to make sure that the washers are not conducting any electricity by accident or causing damage to the board. The softness of the nylon is the preferable way to clamp down your board. I've had similar problems as yours by not following this method. If you need them, here are the Lowe's part numbers you'll need for the complete fix:

    139065 - 4pk. of 5mm nylon washers (get 4 bags)
    138319 - 10pk. of 5mm metal washers (get 2 bags)
    138433 - 2pk. of M5 .80x10mm machine screws (get 4 bags)

    Try these parts and you should have much better luck. Hope this helps.

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Yeah it needs to be cleaned off and replaced with arctic silver 5 dude. if you didnt have any compound on there it could have got HOT HOT HOT!

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

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Well if you would not have opened up your console nd messed with it you would still be covered by the 3 year warrenty and would be able to recieve a new console from xbox support now i think you must pay a fee for repair you can call them at 1-800-4myxbox

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