Please note the following methods of repairing the xbox 360 console are outdated and/or harmful to the console:
<>overheating the console (last step of x-clamp fix)
<>hair dryer reflow (why was this ever considered a 'fix')
These fix's/tricks are far from permanent, most dont last more than a week.
Here is some reference material for the outdated/harmful fix's listed above:
Why the 'penny fix' can cause long term (sometimes unfixable) damage to the motherboard:
http://forums.llamma.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=31221" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Why not to intentionally overheat your console:
As most of you know the melting point of solder is quite high (about 200ºc, which is ~390ºf), im not 100% sure on the temps but it is about right.
A hairdryer gets to about 50ºc (~125ºf), now if you do the math you will notice there is no way in hell a hairdryer can liquify solder.
If your going to say
The very best a hairdryer can do is heat the motherboard up to the 50ºc or so, which is just enough to help flatten it out; therefore creating a temporary connection between the two half's of the broken solder joint.but i used a hairdryer on my xbox and it worked. so your wrong!
The very same can be said for the 'towel trick'.
The basics of the towel trick are as follows:
wrap the console (plugged in) in several clean towels or thick rags, then power the console for 30min-1hour.
after which the 2 red quarters would show indicating an overheating console. you then leave it to cool for another hour and after that time, when you power it on again it will show green/its working.
If you are going to say
True, the xbox 360 does operate at around 45ºc (~110ºf) BUT the console has a 'kill switch' so to speak. when it reaches a temperature of about 90ºc (~195ºf) it automatically shuts itself off.but the xbox operates at about 40-50ºc, so it gets hotter than a hairdryer. so therefore this method must be good!
Once again, solder liquifies at about twice that temperature. The best this method can do it help to flatten the motherboard, creating a temporary connection between the broken joint.
Also note that the solder Microsoft uses is un-leaded, which liquifies at a temperature 5-10º higher than leaded solder.
Finally, you may now be asking "how do i fix an xbox 360 properly then Mr. smart guy?"
Here are some things you need to know if your going to attempt a fix:
1. The x-clamp fix is still a good method! You need to however, remove the step of overheating completely. (once you have replaced the x-clamps with the bolts and washers, test it out. it might work. if not, take it apart again and use a HEATGUN to reflow it, heatguns can get to temps of up to 700ºc, which is more than enough to liquify solder.
2. If you do not want to replace the x-clamps (if you want to put them back on after you fix) this is also fine, give the console a reflow with either a heatgun or professional equipment (you can send it to a specialist in your area if you dont want to buy a heatgun)
3. If you do not want to buy a heatgun/pay for a professional to fix it there is one last option. It is NOT guaranteed that your console will be fixed though. This method is called an 'oven reflow'.
And finally here is a list of tutorials for the above "approved" fixes:
Heatgun reflow w/ thermocouples (you can do it without the thermocouples if you so choose):
http://forums.llamma.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=39279" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (ffs, this is a link to the link. i could do it directly but... )
http://forums.llamma.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=27431" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
try google , just be sure to leave the overheating step out
It would be useful to any first (or more) time repairers if it was stickied