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    Case Modification FAQ by confedx 19

    Version: .6 | Updated: 05/27/04 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    :::::THE COMPLETE X-BOX MOD:::::
    ::::::::::By: Confedx19:::::::::
    Disclaimer: This guide is only to be used as personal
    reference and not to be distributed, sold, altered, or
    broadcasted on any site without my concent. Any violation
    of these terms is a punishable offense, and can result in
    fines, lawsuits, jail-time, ect. Thank You. 
    Notice: I take NO RESPONSIBILITY for any personal harm, 
    damage to any property including you X-Box. By doing any
    of the mods in this tutorial, you take full responsibility
    for the outcome of your work. You should also know that
    once you open your X-Box, any existing warrentys will 
    be null and void. Thank You.
    ~Table of Contents~
    0. Version History
    1. Introduction
    2. A Few Helpful Ideas
    3. Basic Knowlege and Tools
      a. Things to Know
      b. Things to Have
    4. The Mods
      a. Opening and examining the X-Box
      b. Painting the Case
      c. Changing the Front LED's to Red
      d. Adding new Front LED's
      e. Lighting the Jewel
        i. Preparing the Jewel
        ii. Option 1, The LED Method
        iii. Option 2, The Cathode Method
    5. Credits
    0. Version History  xxx
    Current Version - .3
    Version .3 - 5/25/04 - Sections 0,1,2,3 and 
         5 Complete, Section 4: parts a,b and c 
    Version .6 - 5/27/04 - Section 4: part d
    1. Introduction  xXx
    Welcome to my first tutorial. In this tutorial, I will 
    show you how to turn you boring, dreary, ugly X-Box, into
    a gleaming, hot, X-Box God. I will cover painting, and
    lighting your X-Box. I hope you have as much fun doing these
    mods as I did! When reading the ASCII diagrams, you may see
    a legend which instructs you on what symbols mean, please
    pay attention to those. Also, in the legend, if you see
    "Connect points A, B, C, ect." That means those letters
    are connecting points on wire that you can't see. Example:
    :::Connecting Points A
    Although the box is in the way of the wire, the wire actually
    looks like:
    This is because the two A's are connected.
    CONTACT ME AT: confedx19@yahoo.com
    I will be more than happy to help, just as long as you
    keep it polite. Also, please do not ask when the next
    version is due. I will get to it when I do so don't
    bother me, it wont help.
    2. A Few Helpful Ideas  xxx
    In case you are not too inventive, creative, or imaginative,
    here are some ideas for colors for Modding. (Primary refers
    to the "X" color, secondary is everything else [see 4-b])
    Primary     Secondary     Front LED's     Jewel Color
    Chrome      Black         Blue            Blue
    Chrome      Dr. Blue      Blue            Blue
    Silver      Silver        Purple          Purple
    Chrome      Black         Purple          Purple
    Silver      Silver        UV              UV
    Chrome      Black         UV              UV
    Red         Blue          Red             Red
    Red         Gld./Org.     Red             Orange
    Silver      Gold          Orange          Orange
    Hey, this is just a list of ideas. Use it if you like. If
    you're not, the go ahead, be creative, have fun! Anyway,
    it is your X-Box that you modding.
    (Gld. = Gold, UV = Black Light)
    3. Basic Knowledge and Tools  xxx
    a. Things to Know
    LED's: Just to let you know, the positive leg is small on
    the inside, negative is big.
                 /    \
                 | _  |
                 ||/ ||
                 ||  ||
                  |  |
      Negative--->|  |
                  |  |<---Positive 
                  |  |
                  |  |
    You should also find that the LED's positive leg is slightly
    Soldering: Although it is possible to do most of these mods
    without soldering, it is good to know how because you will
    need to do some soldering in some of these mods. 
    Wiring: Hey, I'm not asking you to be a mega genius at wiring
    and electronics, and I am telling you basically what to do, but
    it never hurts to know, or at least sort of know what you
    are doing.
    Painting: Well, I can tell you how to paint the damn thing, but
    you should at least know how to correctly paint, or have someone
     else who does know what they are doing paint it for you, 
    'cause you can ruing a good case with 
    some bad painting if you know what I mean.
    b. Things to Have
    Torx Set (Not going to go into exact sizes, just do yourself a 
         favor and get the set).
    Dremel Tool With: Cleaning, and Grinding/Sanding sets
    Soldering Iron
    Flux (Optional)
    Hot Glue Gun (Preferably with Glue)
    (Everything else needed will be addressed with the mod itself)
    3. The Mods  xxx
    a. Opening and Examining the X-Box  xxx
    Tools Required:
    1 Torx Set
    Alright, before we can actually mod, we should get inside the
    X-Box and see whats inside, MmmmmKay. First Look for the screws
    Diag. 1
    |S                                S|
    |    +-------+                     |
    |    |     S |                     |
    |    +-------+                     |
    |                                  |
    |                                  |
    |                                  |
    |                                  |
    |                                  |
    |                +-------+         |
    |                | S     |         |
    |S               +-------+        S|
    The screws on the squares are under the stickers and 
    the corner onesare under the pads. Lift up and were 
    in business. See the aluminum casing, well, you can 
    get rid of it once you pop it off of the case if
    you want. what you should see on the inside is this.
    Diag. 2
    :::|, /, \, -, and "=" = Wires
    :::v = Plugin Ports
    :::Connecting Points A
     ||Yellow Wire
     ||                  Gray Ribbon
     ||          =========================
     ||         /////       =========A\\\\\A===
     ||        |||||       //          |||||  \\
     vv        vvvvv      VV           vvvvv   ||
    +---------------+    +------------------+  ||
    |               |    |                  |  ||
    |               |    |                  |  ||
    |               |    |                  |  ||
    |               |    |                  |  ||
    |               |    |                  |  ||
    |  DVD Drive    |    |    Hard Drive    |  ||
    |               |    |                  |  vv
    |               |    |                  | Power
    |               |    |                  |
    |               |    |                  |
    |               |    |                  |
    +---------------+    +------------------+
    To get the drives out, you'll need to hit some screws 
    around the outside
    of each drive. Once you have the drives out, you should 
    see somthing like 
    Diag. 3
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |              Mother-Board                 |
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |                                           |
    |             Daughter-Board                |
    If you want to take the front plate off, first, look for 
    a yellow wire group connected near the daughter-board, 
    unplug that, then unplug the controller port
    wires from the daughter-board. Now, pry out each side 
    of the front plate until it pops out. Congrats, you 
    successfully took apart your X-Box, wasn't that easy.
    Now, you are ready for som real modding.
    b. Painting the Case  xxx
    Tools Required:
    2 Cans of Spray Paint (Preferably Krylon for Plastic)
    1 Roll of Masking Tape
    1 Rag
    1 Bowl of Warm Water and Dish Soap Mix
    1 Craft Knife
    1 Torx Set
    1 Flathead Screwdriver
    1 Ball of Blu-Tac
    Now we are ready to make our X-Box look cool. First, after
    taking off the case of the X-Box, wash off the case using 
    the rag, and the dish soap water mix. Let it air
    dry before you continue. Next, decide what two colors you 
    will use. For this mod, we will refer to the "X" part of 
    the case as the primary color and the other parts the
    secondary color. Next paint the whole case using the SECONDARY 
    color. Make sure you do at least 3 coats, and remember, DO NOT
    USE TOO MUCH PAINT!!! Let each coat dry inside
    in a well ventilated area. After you finish that color, 
    tape all secondary colored areas with the masking tape.
    Use the craft knife to get a nice clean cut. Also
    cover the Jewel, because you REALLY do not want to paint 
    the outside of it. Now, paint the rest of it with the PRIMARY 
    color. After you are done with that, peel off
    the tape and your done! Now for the front plate. As you did
    in the first section, pop the front plate. Continue to
    paint as you did with the top cover. To get the DVD drive
    cover out, just pry the side with a small flathead
    screwdriver until it comes out, this part will be primary.
    To get the back, simply use some Blu-Tac to cover the ports.
    It will probably be best to have the cover on at this point
    and have masked the top part of the cover to ensure not
    getting paint on it. Make sure you leave some tac left
    outside of the port so you can grab hold of it. Paint that
    and guess what? You're done! Now we can get on to Part C
    (If you want the LED's Red), Part D (If you want the LED's
    to be another color other than red), or Part E (If you want
    the front LED's green)
    c. Changing the Font LED's to Red  xxx
    Tools Required:
    1 Torx Set
    1 Flathead Screwdriver
    1 small Needle
    Alright, lets just skip to the chase, this is a damn easy mod,
    so lets get to it. Open the box and get to the mother board (
    take the drives out). Pop the LED wires and the controller ports
    and pop off the front cover. Now, see the chip on the front? Take
    that out by just pushing the Tab and pulling it out. Now, see 
    where the wires are connected to the chip? Notice the numbers
    on the wires. 1, and 9. Now, find 8 and 7, 6 and 5. We are going
    to switch these. Use a small needle or somthing to push back the
    tabs holding the lil suckers in to get to the wires. Make sure 
    you switch the wires on the end that plugs in. The new order 
    should be:
    Old: 123456789
    New: 123465879
    Plug her back in, get you X-Box put together, and WOW, your front
    LED's should now be an evil Red. Majik I tells ya.
    d. Changing the Front LED's  xxx
    Tools Required:
    1 Torx Set
    1 Flathead Screwdriver
    1 Soldering Iron
    1 Roll of Solder
    1 Can of Flux (Optional)
    2 3mm LED's (Your Choice of Color)
    Just to make things clear, this mod is for anyone who wants LED's
    that are not Red, or Green. This time you will need to install
    your own Diodes. Open the box and get to the mother board (
    take the drives out). Pop the LED wires and the controller ports
    and pop off the front cover. Now, see the chip on the front? Take
    that out by just pushing the Tab and pulling it out. Now you
    should have the LED board. Okay, look at the LED's; see anything
    odd? The LED's have three legs! This will make a few problems
    but don't worry, we can get it to work (If you have the wires
    in a different order [changing the LED's to red] switch them
    back, I don't know if it really effects anything so it's always
    good to be safe with your X-Box). Now, cut the existing LED's 
    out, preserving as much of the legs as possible. Now, there will
    be a special way to soldering the LED's so pay attention to
    the diagram.
    Diag. 4
    :::R = Red LED Wire
    :::G = Green LED Wire
    :::M = Middle Leg
    :::(+) = Positive
    :::(-) = Negative
    :::E = Eject Button
    :::P = Power Button
    |                   |
    | G(+)    E      R  |
    | M(-)        (-)M  |
    | R       P   (+)G  |
    |                   |
    If you have soldered it correctly, It should work just fine. Make 
    sure that nothing is touching the Red LED wire. If you do not know
    how to solder, just have a friend who does know how do it for you.
    If the connections are bad, big deal! It just won't light up. 
    Just find out whats wrong, and fix it. Now its on to the fun stuff,
    lighting the Jewel.
    5. Credits  xxx
    I would like to thank:
    Me, for writing the guide
    www.xbox-scene.com, for teaching me to mod my box
    Microsoft, for hours of mind-melting fun
    Krylon, for awesome paint
    LSDiodes.com, for cool diodes
    Direction.com, for the awesome Cathodes
    Notepad, for the good text editor
    My mom, for giving birth to me
    Everyone that has read this mod, because without you, I have done this
    for no reason at all.
    Copyright, 2004

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