Under the Hood

I got that Torx-10 tool I was talking about in yesterday’s blog… it worked great for opening the case, only now I need a Torx-8 tool as well, to remove the heatsinks! Arg!

I tested the system anyway after opening the case to a.) ensure that it still worked and b.) see if cleaning the dust out managed to improve performance at all. Sadly, it didn’t – my Xbox overheats even faster now, if anything. I’m hoping that once I get the heatsinks off and apply some fresh thermal paste, things will get better. If not, oh well, it’s a learning experience right?

Its always a great feeling when you finally “crack” a difficult problem, after getting in there and working under the hood. Whether working on a particularly troublesome piece of code on an interactive medical Flash training website, working around a weird bug in my 3D software’s particle rendering logic while creating 3D medical study videos, or figuring out the exact logic needed to make a certain menu system link up with another in a complex HTML medical website, nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment when all finally starts going according to plan.

I know that opening the Xbox voids the warranty, and technically is against the EULA that comes with the hardware. However, I did buy the system used, and it is about 5 years old so its way out of warranty anyway. Plus, I just can’t help getting in there and learning a thing or two about how my favorite console works. Even though they make it a pain to get at, it really isn’t much different than a PC once you crack it open, something that I am not unfamiliar with. Here at DDA Tyler takes care of all the tech stuff, but I can hold my own on my PC at home :D I’ll be sure to keep you updated on whether my Xbox ever gets resuscitated, or if it will simply become a 5 year old, $300 paperweight!