Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

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Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by MRN3 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:56 pm

Hi,
i just found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cdR8Ryn4wE

And would like to ask you, is this really necessary or is this just hypochondriac ?


The Problem is, i got 3 Xboxes, and i would like to not open them again, also one is a Xbox 1.6, so it needs a different way to remove the capacitor.
Also i am not that much into doing stuff like this, i think i would harm the xbox more than it would help.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by Rocky5 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:01 am

No it's not mandatory, but it is preferred amongst modders, sine one day it will go bad.

If your hard modded, Tsoped or softmodded (newer softmod) then you don't need to worry about the clock & you can just remove the capacitor before it does burst.

Also Xbox 1.6 you shouldn't need to remove the cap as its a better brand isn't prone to leaking.

It's also an easy process, all you do is wiggle it back & forth untill it falls off.
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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by fxmech » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:22 am

Rocky5 wrote:It's also an easy process, all you do is wiggle it back & forth untill it falls off.
Rarely is the reason for opening your boxes easier than the opening of the boxes themselves. Worth being thorough, methinks.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by xman » Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:48 am

I personally have never had one that required removal and as a result, have never removed one. I have always put that down to all the Australian machines all come from the Chinese factory and maybe, the Chinese cap was better quality. I can't believe I just said that. :shock: but that is what I put it down to.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by MrMajst3r » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:46 pm

I recommend removing it. I have seen Xboxes with corroded or damaged traces around already leaked clock-cap.
7/10 Xboxes (besides 1.6) which I open have leaking clock-cap.
If you can't solder, just cut off capacitor's legs, then clean motherboard with isopropyl alcohol or gasoline.
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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by dan.h » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:07 pm

Take a look at the photos asbo posted in this post - taking the cap of is worth doing if you have the top of the xbox off.
I don't know about stock bioses but with a custom bios I can't see a downside to removing the cap.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by MRN3 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:56 am

ok, so i will remove it, the guy in the video pulls out to clean it, but that isnt needed ? I mean, can i just wiggle it back & forth as rocky5 said and thats all ?
No cleaning or something ? Because i dont have anything to clean it up.

Also i got a unmodded xbox which i got in December 2003, so this isnt a 1.6 i guess.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by dan.h » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:03 am

Not sure about dates of manufacture. I think there is a way you can check via serial number but I think going to system info in xbmc and checking Xbox version is quite reliable.

As for having something to clean the motherboard with, not necessary if the cap hasnt leaked but be careful if you're not soldering it out - I've tried pulling the cap out and ended up splitting it and leaking fluid everywhere. If you have a pair of snips try and get them underneath to cut the legs

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by Albatross » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:28 am

Over the last few years I've opened quite a few xboxes but only seen one (a 1.1version) with a leaking cap - I replaced it with a 2.7v super capacitor from maplin.

I can't confirm this but I've read that if the capacitor from a 1.6v xbox is removed (& not replaced) it won't boot.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by hawsey » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:09 am

Yep you just wiggle it until it comes off , its pretty easy .
If there is any leakage I would just use a cotton bud or two to remove it .

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by tim619 » Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:18 am

I also removed the clock capacitor from my xbox yesterday it was already leaked. But I'm not sure if it can become more critical for the
xbox if the capacitor has already leaked. I removed mine nevertheles without soldering just pulled it off and the xbox booted fine but was a version 1.1.

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Re: Is this really necessary ? Xbox Clock Capacitor Removal

Post by Ging3rguy » Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:40 pm

tim619 wrote:I also removed the clock capacitor from my xbox yesterday it was already leaked. But I'm not sure if it can become more critical for the
xbox if the capacitor has already leaked. I removed mine nevertheles without soldering just pulled it off and the xbox booted fine but was a version 1.1.
You only need a clock capacitor installed to run a 1.6 anything earlier and it is fine to remove. Just clean up the gunk with a cotton bud and some isopropyl fluid (alcohol liquid cleaner) or something similar, just don't rub to hard or you my remove another component :!: :)

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