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Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to remove an xbox faceplate

In this tutorial, I will show you how to remove the faceplate from the front of an xbox AND how to remove the P/E (power / eject) board.

First your xbox should look like this. If it does not, please read THIS before you start.

Next I want you to locate the yellow, 10 wire, cable located on the inside of the xbox, just behind the faceplate, and remove it. (gently)

Now, move to either side of the xbox and find where the faceplate latches to the chassis. In this case I started on the right side. Use a flat head screw driver and gently pry outward.(away from the metal cage) You may have to un-clip 3 retainers on the inside of the xbox. Pay attention to the yellow 10 pin and guide it through the oval shaped hole. If you yank at it, it WILL break the P/E board. (it has happened to me in the past and was a nasty fix)

If you did it right, it should now be independent of the case.

While we have the faceplate off, lets go one step further and remove the P/E (power / eject) board from the faceplate!

First off, the P/E board in held in place with 2 stationary clips and one retention clip. Locate the retention clip. It will be in the center, bottom, and look like the picture below. Using the flat head screw driver that we used earlier, gently push down on the tab until it clears the board. Using your thumb, on the other side, push in the power button. Then it should "swing" out.

Now the the face plate is off you're free to add USB ports, LED's etc.. the possibilities are next to limitless. Also you may want to consider swapping out the P/E LED's with a different color OR adding dual LED's ::wink::

LED removal / replacement, USB port's and LOTS more tutorial's coming soon!



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