45 minuten - 1 uur
Red Ring of Death.
Grandson was getting every kind of useless advice from his friends - like popping it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
I told him Grandpa doesn't do things by magic - he does them by engineering. So I guess I had to live up to my boast and get the job done!
The kit finally arrived in the UK. We put the Xbox on the kitchen work top and had a go. Tools provided were very good. Especially the multi tooth gismo for opening the case.
The original heat sink retaining clips were just that. They just held everything in place but no downward force really pushing the heatsink on to the chips. The iFixit screw down ones were a big improvement. Make sure the heat sinks and tops of chips are scrupulously clean. My grandson kept his eye on the stopwatch whilst I waived the rework gun around in the appropriate places. Just one comment regarding the instructions. It says" set the heat gun to High" A rough temperature guideline would have been useful here as my rework gun is calibrated in temperature settings and we all have our own versions of what's high and low. Otherwise very good instruction.
We did get Red Ring of Death just once after about an hour of running. My grandson told me he switched off to let the unit cool down then I moved the box to give plenty of space down the sides and shifted the external power supply well away from the box. So far the fault has never been back and the box has been running now for some months.