Finding a cure for the Red Ring Of Death in Bangkok


A friend of mine passed me an XBox 360 Core to repair that was suffering the, well known, Red Ring Of Death (RROD).

“Well”, I thought, “we are in Bangkok, so this shouldn’t be too difficult to fix…”

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XBox power connector


The DC power connection (plug) is a proprietry connector, that has lugs that prevent under powered power supplies being used with an incorrect XBox 360:

  • A 203W power brick will work on all XBox 360 variants;
  • A 175W power brick will only work with a 175W or 150W XBox 360;
  • A 150W power brick will only connect to, and work with, a 150W XBox 360

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XBOX controllers


I was trying to save cash, whilst trying to design a robot, and I was reluctant to purchase a full-on R/C transmitter, as these can be rather expensive.

After considering the PS2 controller options, which include using:

  • a custom PS2 receiver;
  • a standard generic Bluetooth USB adapter, and;
  • fooling the USB shield from wireless to wired (using the custom PS2 receiver).

For more information about these three options, see the PS2 controller blog.

However, I then thought that I would see if I could use an XBox controller. Again there are multiple options available to the hacker:

  • Using a Microsoft wireless optical desktop receiver;
  • Using a generic Chinese clone;
  • Using the RF receiver from an XBox, and;
  • Some other hardware solution.

This blog will investigate each of these options.

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